What is Okie Noir? It is the struggle and pain, survival and rebirth of people in this land, the place where we descend from outlaws and survivors of attempted genocide and the Dust Bowl. -Faith Phillips
Author Faith Phillips returns to ImaginePublicity on Air to talk about new books, surprising opportunities and 2020 Visions, a memoir describing the time of COVID-19 by the Senior Class of Stilwell High School!
Stilwell is situated in eastern Oklahoma between Muskogee and Fayetteville, Arkansas, just miles from the Cherokee Nation capitol of Tahlequah. Stilwell may be poor in economic opportunity, but it’s history is richly steeped in family, tribal community, survivorship and social responsibility.
Riding high on the accolades of her last book, Now I Lay Me Down, Phillips was presented with an offer she was definitely not going to accept, teach English to the seniors of Stilwell High School. After consulting her trusted circle of family and friends, they unanimously convinced her to take the job.
Arriving for duty she quickly realized her students didn’t have the learning tools that were provided to other school districts and laid out a plan to allow her students a level playing field by raising funds online to purchase Chromebooks for the class. #Chromedreams was a great success!
In the midst of gaining trust, and the remarkable transformation of her students, COVID-19 arrived and classrooms were closed at Spring Break. Preserving the momentum to keep students involved, Phillips assigned them to write a daily journal entry describing their experiences. Moved by what she read, learning of their struggles, and inspired by their resilience and survival, she published 2020 Visions, “….. Full of refreshing honesty, spirituality, advice, and hope.“
To purchase a copy of 2020 Visions and all books and essays by Faith Phillips head to her website ReadBooksBy.Faith
By pursuing this continuation of the initial Senior #Chromedreams project, 2020 Visions will ensure that every student who passes through Stilwell High School has daily access to the same tools students in larger Oklahoma school districts already enjoy.