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Kathleen Finneran and Left Bank Books

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By Katiuscia O’Brian In a mid-week fit of restlessness, I decided to go on the hunt for my favorite activity:  finding artistic and cultural events that serve free wine.  What is better than being at a hip place, hearing amazing artists doing their thing, and enjoying it with a large plastic cup of red wine…

Andrew Asberry Mans the Bat-Signal in St. Louis

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I’ve been a fan of comics for as long as I can remember. The first comic I remember buying was DC Presents No. 30 in the spring of 1981 at age seven featuring Superman and Black Canary. The first comic that really meant anything to me I bought a few months later, X-Men No. 144.…

Virginia Slachman Reads from her new book Many Brave Hearts

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by Diana Davis Virginia Slachman, a gifted poet and talented photographer , has just written her first book, a sensitive memoir about growing up in the years following World War II. Her mother, Victoria, had served as a nurse anesthetist in the first evacuation hospital, just behind the front lines of Patton’s Third Army in…

Writing Contests for December

International Publication Opportunities and Contests: Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize The Moth Ballymaloe Poetry Prize The Moth Ballymaloe Short Story Prize Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests: Boulevard Short Fiction Contest Glimmer Train Press Fiction Award Moment-Karma Short Fiction Award for stories with Jewish content Poetry Society of America, Robert H. Winner Memorial Award Poetry Society…

Simone Muench & Joy Katz Poetry Reading

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By Katiuscia O’Brian Looking for something fun and different to do this past Friday night, I found out about a poetry reading on Cherokee Avenue. Knowing full well of the artistic renaissance occurring on a several mile stretch of Cherokee starting at Gravois Avenue, hiccuping past Jefferson Street, and butting up to the historic Lemp…

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival: Missouri’s Own Program

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by Diana Davis The cold drizzle could not keep an enthusiastic crowd away from the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival: Missouri’s Own Program which featured St. Louis authors.  Michael Kahn hosted the event and introduced the afternoon’s theme:  successfully coping with and triumphing over hardships, disabilities and adversity.  Three local authors paneled the discussion –…

Book Review: The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker

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by Julie Failla Earhart The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary Marilyn Monroe’s death, a death that still haunts the American Dream Machine. Some suspect suicide; others murder. There are so many unanswered questions, and conspiracies abound.  Bring in author J.I. Baker, the executive director of Conde Nast Traveler.  In his debut his novel, The…

November Writing Contests

Writing Contests for November International Publication Opportunities and Contests: Fish Publishing International—Short Story Contest Poetry International: C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests: Eco Arts Awards—Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction The Formalist: Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award New Millennium Writings Awards—Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival – Fiction—Short Story University of North…