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Voices of Our People is expected to be available in October 2009.
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Voices of Our People features 52 interviews with people born, raised or currently living in Stone County, Arkansas. This book is in partnership with the hometown newspaper, the Stone County Citizen, who ran the pieces weekly. Places of Our People (second in the series) is currently in progress and will be partnered again with the Stone County Citizen. Due out October 2010, it will feature places around Stone County as told by local citizens. Music of Our People (third project) will feature traditional and current musicmakers of Stone County.
The "Voices of Our People" include: Betty Mitchell , Jonathan Clarence “JC” Bonds , Betty Lawrence Allred , Lorraine Jordan , David Dahlstedt , Dean Hinesley , L.C. Sutterfield , Debra Varela , Sage and Tom Holland , Carl Gayler , Mae Dell Lancaster , Glenn Orhlin , Wilma Teague Wolfe , Andrea Hollander Budy , Scott E Branscum , Neva Petty Foll , Les Sutterfield , Sam Younger , Linda Caperton , Linda Burns Stake , Josephine Linker Hart , Martin Darrell , Charles & Linda Cartwright Widmer , Lois “LD” Monroe , Ruby Flinn Stewart , Fern and Franklin Beamon , Mark and Carol Miller , Pete Klinkhammer , Don Mellon , Glenn Morrison , Lois Davis Brewer , Jana Cash Wickham , Jan Lancaster Nesbitt , Albert Junior Fulks , Dorothy Greenway Younger , Eddie A. Walker , Juanita Walker Coleman , Gary Turner and Family , Travis Hartwick , WWII Veterans , Steve Arender and the Hardly Worth It Fellers , Leonard Lewis , Dwain Nesbitt , Virgil “Jack” Thomas , Firse O’Neal Brannon , Becki Dahlstedt , Herbert Poff , Billy Don Burns , Richard Decker , Leroy Deese and Smooth Iron Rail
About the Author
Born in 1957 to Lonnie Edward “Ed” Cruse and Ima Fulks Cruse, Freda Cruse Phillips is the youngest of three children. Both of her parent’s families homesteaded land on the East Side of the county, some where between “Cajun and Dry Creeks.” A multi generational “local” she left the Ozarks after graduating Mountain View High School in 1975, for the beaches of California where she worked as a model and lifeguard while a student at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She met fashion photographer, Richard Avedon, and was privileged to work for him assisting in portions of the shooting of In The American West between 1977 and 1985. As a student at UCSD she met Jack D. Douglas, Sociology professor who became her friend and mentor. She assisted him on a number of publications including Creative Interviewing (Sage Publications). She graduated UCSD in 1980 with a triple major degree in English, American Literature and Sociology. In 1984 Cruse was named one of "America’s Outstanding Young Women," an honor presented to her by then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. In 1988 she co-authored, Love, Intimacy and Sex (Sage Publications) with Douglas. Cruse completed her Master’s then earned her PhD in 1998 in Social Psychology. She returned home to Arkansas in 1988. She worked for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services from 1988-2005. Since 2005 Cruse has returned to a full time profession in photography and writing. She writes for a number of newspapers and magazines throughout the South. In May of 2009, she and JC Bonds assisted photographer, Dave Anderson, with his debut video for Oxford American’s online magazine, SoLost series. Voices of the People is her first non academic book and her first in a series about the Ozarks.
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