Brenda H. Cox
Brenda H. Cox is a life-long English educator at the high school and university levels. She earned a BA at The University of South Carolina, an MAT from The Citadel, and a PhD at The University of Georgia where she served as the Assistant Director of the Freshman English Program. She was affiliated with the National Writing Project site at Clemson University where she led a Writing in the Humanities Institute and is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She has taught numerous writing workshops and delivered papers at state and national conferences and directed The Young Writers Conference at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was an Assistant Professor of English Education. She has published articles in English leadership and in 18th century rhetoric.
In addition, she has served as a writing consultant in numerous school systems in the Southeast and in the American and International Schools in Kuwait. She also served as a Reader of Advanced Placement exams for The College Board, and her students have won numerous local, state, and national awards in writing. Brenda lives in Greensboro, NC and is married to Jim Cox. They have one son and daughter in-law and two perfect grandsons.
Tethered: The Life of Henrietta Hall Shuck, the First American Woman Missionary to China
Creative Historical Biography
Based on a true story, Tethered tells of the first American woman missionary to China who accompanies her husband Jehu Lewis Shuck 19,000 miles across oceans and through Calcutta, Burma, Penang, Bangkok, and Singapore to land in Macau in 1836. A child of The Second Great Awakening in America, at only seventeen years of age, she assumes the conventional roles of wife, mother, and teacher in order to earn the trust of the local Chinese. She is beloved for her care of children, especially young girls who were bound in lives of servitude and oppression. This is also the story of her growth from an innocent romantic to a mature woman of faith in China as well as Lewis’s efforts to minister to “The Celestial Empire” during the time of the Opium Wars. They battle climate, disease, cultural opposition, robbers, and serious conflict with their own mission board. After bearing four children and educating many Chinese youth, most of them girls, Henrietta dies knowing they have established churches and a school in Hong Kong. Today, a stone monument commemorating Henrietta and Henrietta Secondary School stand as testaments to her lasting influence in Hong Kong.