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- By Frank Fratoe

FLAR logo designed by Elizabeth Seaver FLAR CALL FOR SUBMISSION Fredericksburg has a number of quality publications available for writers and artists to share their work with the public. Three years ago, Susan Carter Morgan, Elizabeth Seaver, and Lynnette Reed - with guidance from author Steve Watkins - launched a magazine with the sole purpose of providing a place for people to publish poetry, short fiction and short nonfiction called Fredericksburg Literary Review (FLR). Morgan recalls, "I was eager to provide a place for local writers to share their work, and as an avid reader of lit mags myself, I wanted to try my hand at creating and publishing one.” The publication featured primarily local writers and printed in limited quantity with all posts available on a blog managed by Morgan through Water Street Writing and Art Studio. FLR continued as a blog that accepted rolling submissions, but went on hiatus after FLR’s summer run in 2014.

Writer and visual artist A.E. Bayne had contributed to FLR since its beginning. A seasoned interviewer with over twenty years of editorial, features and creative writing experience, she approached Morgan about resurrecting the magazine as a bi-annual, online “flip” version, giving it a more traditional periodical appearance. Bayne also suggested the addition of visual arts and profile interviews covering prominent writers and artists from Fredericksburg and Virginia. Morgan, Seaver, and Reed agreed to pass the logistics of FLRover to Bayne with Morgan serving as a consultant during the fall of 2015. With the help of rotating literary and art panels comprised of area experts in the fields of editing, writing, and visual arts, Bayne is now editor in chief for Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review (FLAR). The magazine accepts submissions from around the world, but focuses on writers and artists from Virginia and Fredericksburg. Bayne says FLAR is a true labor of love, expounding, “In 2006, Paul Lewis gave me a copy of The Art of Looking Sideways for volunteering at The Wounded Bookstore, and I never looked back. I have long been inspired by literary and art magazines like The American Poetry Review and Tin House, as well as design fixtures like Print and HOW. Online journals Hi-Fructose and Juxtapose offer contemporary inspiration. The past decade has seen an explosion of high quality online journals, and that is where I’d like to see FLAR flourish. I was eager to try some new ideas with the first updated version of FLAR. With the help of

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experienced literary and art panels, my goal is to publish critically reviewed, thought-provoking writing and visual art that is representative of Fredericksburg and beyond.” Bayne notes that while print copies of FLAR are available for purchase through the hosting site, ISSUE, they are costly. “At 140 pages full-color, the print copy is gorgeous, but runs about $35.00.The digital version pops, too, and it’s free for all to view online.” Local contributors are pleased with the fall edition. Writer Scott Chevalley says, “As a first time published author, I am deeply honored for my writing to be recognized by Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. The presence of such a magazine in Fredericksburg gives an avenue for established and first time authors and artists of various genres to present their work in a professional way.” Author and contributor Lynda Allen says, "Fredericksburg is a community overflowing with creative talent. In that kind of environment, it is essential to have a forum for writers and artists to share their work with each other and the wider community." FLAR is accepting submissions for its Spring 2016 edition, February 1st March 18th. Visit for specific submission guidelines in each category. You may view the Fall 2015 edition of FLAR through a link on the website, and follow FLAR’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest deadline information and news about profiled writers and artists.

Stardust aglow at night are flurries descending which sparkles above us to imitate a snowfall.

Interview with Susan Brown

Life brings much more than the next i-phone or a crowded schedule everyone races to keep. Wonders are lost again if we become diverted going fast somewhere or viewing text on screens. Within the chilliness a moonburst has flared and hovers beyond shore making us yield to awe. A tribute to the artists of Fredericksburg Frank Fratoe lives & writes in the city. He wrote this poem as a tribute to the artists of Fredericksburg

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Washington Woolen Mill during Civil War Last month, the Fredericksburg City Council approved Phase One of the Mill District project,* a mixed use property development comprised of a new brick/stone Germania Mill commercial/residential complex that will be built on Princess Anne Street. Later phases, if approved, will include revitalization of adjacent historic features such as the Virginia Electric and Power Company. We asked visionary developer Ed

planning to replace these dilapidated structures with stately new historic-based buildings like the widely-admired Shockoe Bottom and Rockett’s Landing areas of Richmond. Now that approval has

been granted, our next step will be the full-scale design process that may take up to a year. So although we are all excited to see this project completed, it will

unfortunately not be built overnight. As we bring this project to life over the next few years, we trust there will be continued support and momentum towards a community of revitalization projects on this corridor. “ Washington Woolen Mill Site Currently “We are confident today that the Whelan to tell us more about this project public has come to embrace and overwhelmingly support transforming the and future plans. “Starting with the successful Princess Anne corridor and the Mill District. Over a thousand citizens have revitalization of the Inn at the Old Silk Mill, I have been working on improving the added their names, and affirmed their strong support for our plan on our Mill District for about 10 years. This Mill page District project formally originated about Facebook People two years ago. Phase One will be located ( supported our plan to remove a longon the historic Woolen Mill site (see 1864 photo), which now is occupied by an standing eyesore, create an attractive abandoned ice plant and former BP gas entrance corridor to our downtown and station (photo above). As can be seen in create a healthy new economic engine for the graphic representation, we are our city (estimated city revenue is

expected to be close to $1M annually)”. As for opposition to the project, City Council and nearby residents expressed concerns about parking and residential density. We came before the Council and met repeatedly with our neighbors and those who voiced opposition or concerns. Research was presented showing that increased residential density is the number one driving success factor in an

restaurant choices, quaff a fresh craft beer, binge on Virginia’s finest ice cream, explore their artistic side, hear some live music, shop and sightsee in historic Downtown, workout at the gym next door, stroll on the scenic 3.1 mile River Heritage Trail/Canal Path loop, play at spacious Old Mill Park, and paddle on the Rappahannock River. Speaking of the river, as part of revitalizing this area, we

Phase One: Front View Mill District Project urban neighborhood’s revitalization efforts. We agreed to provide underground parking space to mitigate that concern. As a result of a real team effort and countless negotiations, I am proud to say we eventually earned the support of nearly all those who previously voiced opposition.” “Looking forward, we were pleased to see the nearby Red Dragon Brewery receive City Council approval along with the Mill District project. Further revitalization will require partnerships with the city government, adjoining Fall Hill and Rising Sun neighborhood associations, and upstanding businesses such as Little Tire, the 2400 Diner, Carl’s Ice Cream, Mason Dixon Café, Keystone Coffee & Auto Spa, The Inn at the Old Silk Mill, Olde Town Steak and Seafood, ArtMart, and BIO Crossfit West. This Gateway to the City is destined to become a popular district where residents can step outside their front door and dine at a wide variety of

strongly encourage the city’s “Face the River” effort to consider selective clearing of the overgrown wooded area between the river and Caroline St. This is a potential recreational amenity next to Old Mill Park where we would like to see a network of nature trails and water access. In conclusion, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the city officials and citizens of Fredericksburg for all your support for the revitalization of the Princess Anne corridor and the Mill District.”

Interview conducted by Susan Brown, city resident and revitalization advocate. * NOTE: City of Frdericksburg staff report for the Mill District by Mike Craig, Zoning Administrator, can be viewed at er/ViewFile/Item/3087?

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