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Peggy Elam, Ph.D.
Nashville, TN
Psychologist, publisher (Pearlsong Press, www.pearlsong.com), editor, author, artist.
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Melanie Page of Grab the Lapels follows her "Meet the Writer" interview of Leslie Moïse with a review of Moïse's memoir Love is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship (Pearlsong Press). Read the review here. Love is the Thread shares the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Although Louise Mathewson's poetic memoir A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury was published by Pearlsong Press in 2012, in a recent review of the poetry collection Melanie Page of Grab the Lapels calls it "the right book at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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The book/writing-oriented blog Grab the Lapels has added author Mary Saracino to its collection of interviews with authors who identify with women. Check out the interview here. Saracino is the author of the novels The Singing of Swans and Heretics:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Melanie Page of Grab the Lapels interviews Leslie Moïse, Ph.D., author of the novel Judith and the memoir Love is the Thread: A Knitting Friendship, as well as the poetry chapbook Linked by the Joy of Words, in her "Meet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Melanie Page of Grab the Lapels praises the Fat Poets Speak series in her review of Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly, and Fat Poets Speak 3: FatDance Flying.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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At her Grab the Lapels blog recently Melanie Page interviewed Kathy Barron, author and poet featured in the Fat Poets Speak poetry anthology (Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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The book review blog Grab the Lapels has reviewed the spiritual travelogue/memoir by Anne Richardson Williams (with Aboriginal Traditional Stories as told by Lorraine Mafi-Williams), Unconventional Means: The Dream Down Under. Read the review here. In the book, Anne Richardson... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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The book review blog Grab the Lapels has reviewed the first volume in Lynne Murray's wonderful Josephine Fuller mystery series, Larger Than Death, highly recommending it. Read the review here. The review was actually published in November 2020, but we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The Pearlsong Letter
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The current issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society contains Kimberly Dark's review of the first three volumes of the Fat Poets Speak series (Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society, Fat Poets... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2020 at The Pearlsong Letter
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The third volume in the groundbreaking Fat Poets Speak series, Fat Poets Speak 3: FatDance Flying, is now available in original trade paperback and ebook formats from Pearlsong Press. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at The Pearlsong Letter
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We appreciate Kristian Wilson of Bustle including Félix Garmendía's Flying On Invisible Wings (Pearlsong Press, June 2019) in their list of 26 new LGBTQIA+ poetry collections to look out for in 2019! Check out the list here. Félix Garmendía's poems... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Small town boy journeys from Ponce, Puerto Rico to Manhattan: a riff on many famous movies and books. Except in this case the boy is gay, confused, frightened, and trying to find where he will fit in and be happy. The story has a happy ending—of sorts. Boy from Ponce finds companionship, happiness, and his proud gay identity in the Big City. But it also has a sad ending—of sorts. Boy from Ponce finds out he has HIV, almost dies, gets almost well, then meets another illness—Inclusion Body Myositis. He is confined to a wheelchair. And yet— In the same year he becomes wheelchair-bound, the man rediscovers an old love: writing poetry. He begins to write. He writes more. He becomes adept. His poetry soars. "This," he says, "is what I should have been doing all along." Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Enter the dystopian world of If We Were Snowflakes, the young adult novel by Barbara D'Souza (September 2018, Pearlsong Press). Shy, fat Hannah Smith has a popular, thin twin sister, a slender mother obsessed with cleaning, and a fat father... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Violet Crown, the fat- (and sex-) positive first adventure of forty-something criminal psychologist Dr. Hedy Villarreal, is now available in ebook format from Barnes & Noble (for the Nook reader and Nook apps), Google Play, and the Pearlsong Press shop,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at The Pearlsong Letter
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If you haven't yet purchased a copy of K.C. Littleton's fabulous thriller Violet Crown, now's your chance to snag the paperback at Amazon at a significant discount! Amazon is currently offering the 350-page paperback for sale for $12.12, about 40%... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at The Pearlsong Letter
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In her own words: "Hello there. I'm Hedy, criminal psychologist and certified nasty woman -- forty-something, fat-assed, foul-mouthed, and still trying to figure out how to build a life for myself two years after the death of my beloved Christine.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Last night we discovered that Amazon.com is not carrying new listings for the print versions for 11 Pearlsong Press books, which means the print versions of those books are only available from third party/used-book sellers. Publishers and authors do not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Join Pearlsong author Anne Richardson Williams (author of Unconventional Means: The Dream Down Under) and storyteller Mary Lou Wilson August 10-13, 2017 for a weekend at Grouse Run, a beautiful wooded private property in Hendersonville, NC. The "Art. Write. Tell"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Pearlsong Press is proud to publish the most recent collection by award-winning poet Maria Famà. Other Nations: An Animal Journal is now available via your favorite online retailers, as well as directly from Pearlsong Press. Maria recently debuted Other Nations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Great news! The ebook version of Once Upon Another Time, the time traveling tale from the Queen of Rubenesque Romances, is now available from Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and directly from Pearlsong Press, in addition to Amazon's Kindle store.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Just in time for holiday gifting -- to yourself as well as to others who enjoy tales featuring big beautiful heroines -- Pearlsong Press has released Pat Ballard's newest novel, Once Upon Another Time. The original trade paperback is available... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at The Pearlsong Letter
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There's news in the Falstaff Vampire realm this summer! The Falstaff Vampire Files has gotten a new ebook cover as author Lynne Murray prepares to release a sequel to the paranormal adventure, The Falstaff Vampire Ghosts. Murray has also published... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at The Pearlsong Letter
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In April 2014 I moved my mother out of a nursing home, where she was miserable aftera badly-healed broken hip confined her to bed and wheelchair, to live with me in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then we've had many challenges, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at On The Whole
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Michele Tamaren, co-author of ExtraOrdinary: An End of Life Story Without End, will present "Who Cares? Caring for Ourselves as We Care for Others" June 10-12, 2016 at St. Mary's retreat center in Sewanee, TN. The program offers a spiritual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at The Pearlsong Letter
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Earlier this week Bette Freedson was featured in a National Association of Social Workers Twitter chat about her book Soul Mothers' Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother. Read the archived chat interview here. A longer interview with Social Workers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at The Pearlsong Letter