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Sitting Down with Kathryn Davis

Kathryn Davis

by Lisa Miller Kathryn Davis was gracious enough to answer a rather long list of questions about her writing, her awards, and what it’s like to be a “Hurst Writer in Residence” at Washington University.  Ms. Davis will be reading from, discussing, and signing her book Duplex at Left Bank Books on November 6th.  Please click…

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…

I Heart James Patterson!

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James Patterson is one of the most prolific writers out there, hitting the bestseller list over and over again. His success shows through recent reports, including Forbes’ Celebrity 100 (he sits at #44) and Top Earning Authors, where he was only recently knocked off the #1 slot to #2 by E.L. James (50 Shades of…

Fall Into Reading

Ender's Game

The temperatures are declining. The colors are changing. The leaves are scattering. Fall is here, and it is the perfect time to get in some reading before the chaos of the holidays ensues. Here are a few of the books on my stacks for the coming blustery months . . . Doctor Sleep by Stephen…

Matt Freeman Remembers Ken Brown

Ken Brown

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,…

Pen Names – Why or Why Not?

In August, one of the biggest stories in the written world broke, exposing the debut author Robert Galbraith as the one and only, J.K. Rowling. The exposure was not supposed to happen, yet it did, and the books started flying off the shelves. This got me thinking.  Why did Rowling (or any author for that…

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…