Grit and Grace: A Women Writing Anthology

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From acclaimed members of the Writing Women project from northern Indiana and southern Michigan comes this diverse and inspiring collection of poems, fiction, and personal essays. The poignant voices of Grit and Grace explore issues of religious belief, philosophy, women's grace under fire, young people overcoming challenges, and survivors of discrimination and civil war. Thoughtful, wise, and entertaining, this courageous anthology offers its readers a momentary respite from the cacophony of life.
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The featured writers of Grit and Grace live in Pennsylvania, California, Michigan, and Indiana. They have widely varied interests, but each one is focused on writing and publishing as a vocation in her own genre. Several of the authors featured have received awards and published previous books.

Contributing editor Shanda Blue Easterday MFA, PhD, is a college professor of Literatures in English. Her poetry has been published in the U.S. and England, and she helps lead Women Writing as an outreach to her regional community of writers. She was managing editor of Third Coast Literary Review from 2000-2002 and continues as an editor to Mind Vine Press.
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FriesenPress
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Published on
Jan 18, 2019
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Pages
228
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9781525529894
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English
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Literary Collections / American / General
Literary Collections / General
Literary Collections / Women Authors
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EXCERPT: 


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