Join us as we welcome Brenda Fantroy-Johnson as she reads from and talks about her new memoir Imagine Me with special guest Jennifer J Wilhoit. Fantroy-Johnson's memoir is a detailed accounting of a young black girl’s journey growing up in the ghetto in Detroit in the early 1960s. Imagine Me shows how a self-described good girl copes with childhood loss and abandonment. A coming-of-age story set during the civil rights movement, the book illustrates Fantroy-Johnson developing and discovering her identity and refusing to let herself quit.
Brenda Fantroy-Johnson grew up in Detroit. She graduated with the highest distinction from Davenport University with a Bachelor of Arts in computer science. She went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University. She is a certified information security professional and holds many other industry certifications. An avid hiker, she has climbed Mt. Rainier, hiked to Mt. Everest Base Camp, and walked the Northern Camino of Spain. She currently lives in Washington State with her husband, Harvey, and their Labrador retriever, Tama.
Jennifer J. Wilhoit Ph.D. is an author, writing/life mentor, editor, and a spiritual ecology researcher. Drawing from ecological and human nature, she offers writers compassionate processes for navigating their writing life in order to complete projects. Through TEALarbor stories she works individually with international writers of all genres; offers workshops, trainings, courses, and retreats to groups as diverse as attorney mediators, hospice workers, interfaith clergy, ecologists, businesspeople, medical doctors, and scholars; and speaks frequently at professional gatherings. Jennifer has published three nonfiction books including Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew; dozens of articles, book chapters, essays, newspaper articles, and guest blogs; and keeps her own blog. She’s currently working on her fourth (ecology essays) and fifth (eco-artists’ profiles) books. Brenda hired Jennifer to mentor her through the process of writing her memoir and they became dear friends through this time together.