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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEWS! DuEwa is the 2015 Returning Artist for U. City Arts & Letters!

Poet & Author, DuEwa Frazier

The Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters for University City (MCALUC) has named writer, educator, and award-nominated poet DuEwa Frazier as its 2015 Returning Artist. This year will be the 21st anniversary of the Returning Artist Program, which brings artistically renowned University City High School (UCHS) graduates back to work with current students. The Commission’s two goals with the program are to encourage students to investigate careers in the arts and to enrich the school’s art programs.

Frazier graduated from UCHS. Frazier is an award nominated poet and educator who not only has several volumes of poetry published  “Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems,” and “Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children” but is also the editor and publisher of the NAACP Image Award nominated book, “Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees.”  She is the author of the newly released young adult novel, "Deanne in the Middle."

Past returning artists have included visual artists, glassblowers, photographers, writers, filmmakers, graphic designers, videographers, animators, instrumental musicians, composers, actors, singers, and dancers. Workshops with students will take place during the first week in February, at several of the city’s schools. A public reception in celebration of this year’s program is scheduled for February 5, at 7 pm, in the UCHS library.

Visit University City Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters

Friday, December 26, 2014

SORMAG Winter 2014 Edition Features Interview with DuEwa!

 The Winter 2014 edition of SORMAG Shades of Romance Magazine is dedicated to children’s and young adult authors and their works!  I am featured in an interview on page 8 of the issue.  

I discuss my latest book, a young adult novel, Deanne in the MiddleDownload or order a print edition of this issue here!

~ DuEwa 

Give the Gift of Books! Receive an Autographed Book from DuEwa this Season!

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Gift the gift of books this season! Order one or more copies of the following Lit Noire Publishing books and receive each one with an original autograph from poet and author, DuEwa Frazier! The following poetry and children’s books are available for author signing and shipping to your work or home address:


- Deanne in the Middle, a young adult novel by DuEwa Frazier (2014)
Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems by DuEwa Frazier (2013)
Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children by DuEwa Frazier (2010)
Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees Edited by DuEwa Frazier (2006) NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATED ANTHOLOGY!


All books are on SALE! Perfect gifts for book lovers including book clubs and students! Fee includes USPS or FedEx shipping. Offer and sale ends December 31, 2014.
Contact for orders and more information!

Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming Takes Center Stage

Children’s author Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming has received a number of accolades this year, breaking barriers for diversity in children’s books.  Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir, won this year’s National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category.  Jacqueline Woodson discussed Brown Girl Dreaming on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show last week.  Brown Girl Dreaming reveals the childhood and coming of age of Jacqueline Woodson during the 1960s and 70s.  The story is set in the places where Woodson grew up:  Columbus, Ohio, Greenville, South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York.  NPR recently interviewed Jacqueline Woodson about details of her life in Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming has been named among the New York Times’ Notable Children’s Books of 2014.

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of 27 other titles, including picture books, books for middle grade readers and young adult books.  Woodson has previously been honored with The Newberry Honor Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, The Caldecott Medal, ALA Notable and Margaret A. Edwards Award.  Visit her website at

Written by DuEwa Frazier

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Repost: Hanging with the Big Girls in My Traveling Shoes by Patricia Spears Jones

This is a repost from award winning poet and author Patricia Spears Jones Check out her blog published at The Poetry Foundation!

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Hanging with the Big Girls in My Traveling Shoes by Patricia Spears Jones

Last year when I was invited to receive an award from the Black Students Association at Rhodes College as part of my 40th College Reunion, I was freaked out. I had a few weeks earlier been to Arkansas to bury my mother and what little money I had was gone. But to be honored as a Distinguished Alumni for a group I helped to organize decades before was an important opportunity I could not say no to. A very good friend, a wonderful novelist and elder heard about my honor and knew my predicament. She took me to a shoe store on Broadway and let me choose a pair of beautiful, well made dress shoes. I would not look like a poor poet at such a gathering. They are in a way my “traveling shoes,” the ones for readings and special events: memorials, weddings, high teas. They are the shoes I wore to A Celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou at Riverside Church on September 12.  Continue reading the rest of Patricia Spears Jones' blog here at The Poetry Foundation!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My new teen novel, DEANNE IN THE MIDDLE!

After working with teens and pre-teens for many years, I wanted to craft an engaging story that would peak the interest of young readers!  My new novel and offering for young readers is DEANNE IN THE MIDDLE

Check out my new book - DEANNE IN THE MIDDLE - a great summer read for teens!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Children's Book Panel at 2014 Harlem Book Fair Featuring Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors

2014 Harlem Book Fair
Saturday, July 12, 2014    2:10pm - 3:15pm  
Countee Cullen Library - Conference Room B
104 W 136th
New York, NY 10030

The Next Chapter: Black Geeks, Heroes, Heroines & Bullies in Middle Grade & Young Adult Books

Panel Discussion Featuring: Zetta Elliot (The Deep, Bird) Jerry Craft (The Offenders, Mama’s Boyz) and DuEwa Frazier (Deanne in the Middle, Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them)

Moderated By: Nina Angela Mercer (Gutta Beautiful, Gypsy & The Bully Door)

Today's young adult and middle grade market is saturated with stories of vampires, girl cliques, coming of age stories, and teenage redemption. But how do these stories include diverse characters written by authors of color who present themes for "alternate" groups of young readers, ie. Geeks, punks, nerds, sci-fi fans and the like? These diverse, award-winning authors write on a variety of themes which speak to the interests and backgrounds of today's young readers. The authors will discuss issues in diversity within the children's book market, how to reach struggling readers, including boy readers, and ways in which librarians and educators can develop programs of high interests for teen readers.