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Anyone who follows The Quail Bell Crew knows that Quail Bell Press & Productions, LLC. has an ever-buzzing hive of unique arts and journalism projects. Our latest? The Children of Jackson Ward, a poetry and photography collection, is ready for its shiny, new jar. All we need is a small publisher ready to put a lid on it.
The Children of Jackson Ward features poems by Quail Bell Magazine editor Christine Stoddard about her experiences as an AmeriCorps volunteer at an elementary school serving downtown Richmond, Virginia's historically black neighborhoods. The poems focus on the children of the community, from their complicated home lives to the legacy of their ancestors in the former capital of the Confederacy. Quail Bell Magazine art director Kristen Rebelo designed and illustrated the collection. Her drawings make up the front and back covers, while her digital photography documents real sights and scenes in the neighborhoods of Jackson Ward, Gilpin Court, and Carver.
The Children of Jackson Ward is an art project with a social justice perspective. As such, we hope that the publisher who picks it up would be willing to donate a portion of the proceeds to a high school senior in Richmond City Public Schools who 1) attended G.W. Carver Elementary as a child, and 2) demonstrates creative promise in art or writing.
If your company or foundation would like to consider publishing The Children of Jackson Ward, please contact us today. We also appreciate recommendations from our readers. Please like the project on Facebook and receive regular updates.
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Christine Stoddard conceived the idea for Quail Bell in late 2009 after writing a children's story by the same name, and launched the website as a college blog in 2010. In June 2013, Christine and former art director Kristen Rebelo officially launched Quail Bell Magazine as a global web magazine. Read our editorial mission statement to learn more.