Alice McLeod

DuEwa Frazier Children’s Book Author

DuEwa Frazier Children’s Book Author

DuEwa Frazier is an award winning writer, speaker, author, educator, and cultural commentator. DuEwa has been honored with a Mayor’s Proclamation in St. Louis, a Black Caucus of ALA Conference Presenter Award, Writers Digest Publishing Awards honorable mention, and NAACP Image Award nomination. She was a featured TEDx speaker in 2019 for her talk “Word is Bond.” DuEwa is the author of a children’s book, Alice’s Musical Debut (2019), two teen novels, Quincy Rules(2016) and Deanne in the Middle (2014). DuEwa is also the author of several books of poetry, including Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems(2013). Alice’s Musical Debutwas featured in Publishers’ Weekly in summer 2019.

Alice McLeod

featured in 2020 on Fox 2 News in the Morning show to discuss her children’s book Alice’s Musical Debut. She also featured on the 30 Minute Hour podcast. DuEwa has written children’s content for Rocket Learning and McGraw Hill Educational Publishers. DuEwa is the editor of the NAACP Image Award nominated, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees (2006). Her writing has featured in Crossing the Divide Anthology, Eleven Eleven Literary Journal (CCA), Poetry in Performance (CUNY), Book Riot, Black Renaissance Noire (NYU), Tidal Basin Review, Split This Rock, Essence Magazine and others. She has been profiled in Rolling Out, SpokenVizions, St. Louis American, and other publications. DuEwa is the host/creator of Nerdacity a podcast – discussing various topics in culture and news. DuEwa is a proud HBCU and Ivy League grad who earned the B.A. degree in English and several advanced degrees in Creative Writing, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Teaching. Visit www.duewaworld.com to learn more..

Alice’s Musical Debut reimagines one day in the childhood of the late jazz pianist, harpist, composer and organist Alice Coltrane – wife of the legendary jazz saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane

Alice McLeod

ABOUT HER BOOK

7- year old Alice McLeod has a special ear, an ear for musical sounds in and around her home in Detroit. A thunderstorm keeps Alice awake one night and as she listens to the storm from her bedroom window, the sounds of an owl and the rain, seem to call her name. Playing outside becomes a sensory adventure for Alice. The bees in the flowers, the swish of the trees moving in the breeze, the sound of an ice cream truck, and the laughter of children, combine to form music in Alice’s world. Alice’s Musical Debut reimagines one day in the childhood of the late jazz pianist, harpist, composer and organist Alice Coltrane – wife of the legendary jazz saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane. Set in the 1940s, Alice’s Musical Debut reveals the magical connection young Alice McLeod has with nature sounds and musical rhythms. Alice’s Musical Debut is a story filled with poetic language and imagery that speaks to the hearts of all children. Grades 2 and up.

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