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Diane Tate has a bachelor’s degree in special education from Greensboro College and a master’s degree in social science from the Citadel. She has worked in the nonprofit arena her entire career, focusing on organizations that serve in different ways: as a preschool director, an applied behavioral therapist for kids on the autism spectrum, and a therapeutic horseback-riding instructor for children and adults with disabilities. Ms. Tate serves on the Boards of The Palmetto Hope Network (www.palmettohopenetwork.org) and R.E.A.P.- Rural Education Advocacy Project (www.reapgh.org) and volunteers in her local community. Along the journey, she has always appreciated the chance to serve, sharing her skills to increase the opportunities for those living on the margins of our society.
Ms. Tate has unlocked her creative side as an artist with her studio at The Nest Arts Factory in Bridgeport, CT, a poet, and a writer with the publishing of her memoir. She is the proud mom to a grown daughter, who reminds her every day of what is important and she is a firm believer that you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge. That acknowledgment begins, for her, with a long look in the mirror.
Member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
Under the Radar: When Truth Hides in Plain Sight
Growing up on the family tree of an American dynasty did not protect Diane Tate from the darker legacies of sexual abuse, addiction, and domestic violence. This story is one of survival in the face of peril, redemption despite self-hatred, and the impact that abusive legacy has on establishing the trajectory of a child's life.
Whether she was walking the streets of her small hometown in North Carolina or being presented to American and international society in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York City, her truth was hiding from everyone, including herself. Not only does she trudge through the darkness of alcoholism and an abusive marriage; she takes the reader on a journey of healing, making the choice to stand up for herself when it mattered the most.
Within these pages you will find inspiration in the poetry of Diane's life. You will wince and cheer, laugh and cry, and walk away with the hope that even a life lived in the shadows of your own mind can be brought into the light.
Published by Fulton Books
Reviews of Under the Radar
Thank you to all who have read Under the Radar and have shared their feelings about the experience.
Under the Radar is a compelling story, beautifully written. Although the details of her story are specific to her life, it is also, sadly, all too universal. I love the combination of poetry and prose. Each chapter’s poem serves as a reflection on how she she holds, in the present, what she is recounting of her past.
I am thankful that Dee shared her story. I know that everyone will find something they can recognize, and be lifted and inspired by.
"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves"