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Ellen Stimson’s Mud Season

Mud Season

by Diana Davis If you’d like to meet Ellen, hear her read from her book, and perhaps purchase signed copies of the first edition to give as Christmas presents, then go the Barnes and Noble at Ladue Crossing this coming Friday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m.  Come and meet this modern day Thoreau. You’ll be…

October Writing Contests

Briar Cliff Review: Poetry, Short Story, Creative Nonfiction Chautaugua Literary Journal Contest for Poetry Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild: Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Dana Award for Short Fiction or Poetry Diagram Essay Contest The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Competition The Tampa Review Danahy Fiction Prize 8th Annual Greenhouse New Play Festival Briar Cliff…

Writing in Nature: Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum

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by Jennifer Adele www.jenniferadele.com For the happily haunted and harvest-centered month of October, I thought I would focus my article for the Writing in Nature feature on a local St. Louis cemetery that exceeds in lush green space, historic provisions, and an essence of autumn… Mount Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum. Whether it is actually located…

Matt Freeman Remembers Ken Brown

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I first met Ken Brown soon after we both came out of the poetry closet and started meeting other poets.  We were hitting open mics, giving readings, and generally trying to “do something.” I was sitting in the back of Loudmouth (a legendary open mic sponsored by the Writers Guild and billed as rather risque,…

Writing in Nature: Cahokia Mounds

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Written by Jennifer Adele www.jenniferadele.com For our excursion into creative green space this month, we venture a little bit outside of the St. Louis area, to an area many native St. Louisans will visit time and time again… Cahokia Mounds. My very first trip to this impactful location happened as a child at around age…

September Writing Contests

Farmingdale State College—The Paumanok Poetry Award Glimmer Train Press—Open Fiction Literal Latte—Ames Essay Award Red Hen Poetry Award Real Simple Life Lessons Essay Contest—Creative Non-fiction Slippery Elm Poetry and Prose Awards Springfield Writer’s Guild Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction Awards 2013 Farmingdale State College—The Paumanok Poetry Award Entry fee: $25 Prizes: 1st place: $1500 and expenses…

Elliot Gets to the Heart of Middle Age

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By Julie Failla Earhart If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my lesbian friends it’s that they aren’t that different from my straight friends. We all basically want the same things in life: to be loved, to love, to succeed, to be happy, etc. Therefore it doesn’t matter what sexual orientation you proclaim, you gotta…

Book Sales to Support SAGE Metro-St. Louis

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It isn’t often that a fit is so perfect.  A book about middle age that helps to generate money for a group that supports programs for the elderly, specifically members of the LGBT community.  Walrus Publishing has teamed up with SAGE Metro St. Louis to donate 10% of the sales from the Walrus website for…

Your Next Great Read: Top 10 Reads for the Summer

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By Julie Failla Earhart Summer is upon us, and you’ll want some great reads to take along on vacation. Here are 10 of my recent favorites, in no particular order…notice the theme: strong women protagonists: 1)         The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBride St. Louis writer McBride scores a big hit with her…