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Book Review from Julie: The Butterfly and the Violin

by Julie Earhart-Cracchiolo Present day Manhattan: Art dealer Sera James saw a beautiful painting as a young girl. She has made it her life’s work to find that painting, which has been missing for decades. The painting’s subject is that of a young female violinist with a shaved head and a number tattooed on her…

Book Review from Julie: China Dolls

by Julie Earhart-Cracchiolo The story’s locale is 1938 San Francisco. Three young Chinese-American (or American-Chinese as I prefer since they were born in the USA) young women meet when they try out as dancers (or ponies) for the opening of the city’s glitzy new nightclub, Forbidden City. Grace Lee is 17 years old. She arrive…

Call for Submissions: Proud to Be vol 4

For all military personnel, Veterans, and their families: Call for Submissions for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors volume 4 Deadline: June 1, 2015 No fee Prize: $250 Categories: Short fiction, Poetry, Interview with a Warrior, Essay, Photography Writing must be by veterans, military-service personnel or their families.  Include the connection in your short bio.…

The Story of Change: What’s Next?

by Jessica Marie Baumgartner No matter how we feel about the Grand Jury’s decision to refrain from indicting Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case, those of us who remain in the city of St. Louis have to live with the direct after effects. There are numerous national platforms to promote diversity and positive change…

Julie’s Book Review: Tantric Coconuts by Greg Kincaid

tantric coconuts

Reviewed by Julie Failla Earhart I’ve enjoyed Greg Kincaid’s previous three novels (A Dog Named Christmas, Christmas with Tucker, and A Christmas Home) so I was excited to see that he had a new book coming out. In rural Kansas, Ted Day is a divorced, workaholic lawyer. One of his grandfather’s last wishes was that…

Proud to Be Consortium Releases New Anthology

By Lisa Miller The Proud to Be Consortium is pleased to announce the publication of its third installment to the very successful Proud to Be anthology series: Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors vol 3. The Missouri Humanities Council, Saint Louis Poetry Center, Southeast Missouri State University Press, and Warriors Arts Alliance will be…