The Universe smiled on me the day that I crossed paths with an extraordinary woman by the name of Julie Anderson. I can’t possibly tell you all how much this woman and her dynamic business partner Marla Carlton have empowered so many others and me but I can sure as hell try.
I have been a huge fan of Feminine Collective since I first read an outstanding piece written for the site by none other than the brilliant Jackie Cioffa, author of The Vast Landscape and Georgia Pine, which just happen to be two of my favorite books.
After I read Jackie’s piece I spent the better part of a day on Feminine Collective and read what I can only describe as some of the most phenomenal writing – ever. The kicker is that what I was reading were true stories of women, and a few good men, who poured their souls out, raw and unfiltered, no holds barred exquisite writing.
Sometimes these stories, essays and poems were funny and sometimes they were heartbreaking. Some were highly informative and some were gut wrenchingly painful, but all were written with a great passion and published with such care and attention to detail that I was amazed.
One day I decided to take a leap of faith and submit a piece I had written to Julie and within hours she and Marla both responded that it was a go for publication on their site. I am honored and humbled to be a small part of such an amazing collective of powerful voices and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to help announce the release of Feminine Collective‘s very first book. This is definitely a shining moment and I am so proud of everyone at Feminine Collective. Read on to find out what they are doing to help women and children with this book.
For Immediate Release
December 15, 2015
Feminine Collective’s RAW & UNFILTERED Vol 1 essays and poems takes the pulse of the next generation of writers
Los Angeles, CA – December 15, 2015: In their first bold venture into publishing, the masthead of Feminine Collective has pulled together an edgy, raw collection of essays and poems by women (and a few men) in Feminine Collective: RAW & UNFILTERED Vol 1: Selected Essays and Poems on Relationships with Self and Others. These unfiltered essays from the best of FeminineCollective.com are touchpoints on popular culture, and span topics from self-awareness to bold revelations, from stories of empowerment to witty perspectives on working life and culture today.
RAW & UNFILTERED Vol 1 is the passion project of Feminine Collective founders, international supermodel Julie Anderson, and art director Marla J. Carlton, as a celebration of women’s achievements. The collection gives readers intimate insight into the brilliant minds of top emerging writers.
Agapi Stassinopoulos, author of Unbinding the Heart, said, “In the pages of this book you will hear your deeper voice and touch the raw places of yourself where angels fear to tread and as you read them watch out because you might you just might become fearless and unbound.”
Actor and musician John Stamos said this about Feminine Collective, “When I need to tap into my feminine side, I run to FeminineCollective.com and now this book. It’s really smart.”
This astonishing book is divided into four sections, each highlighting both masculine and feminine perspectives that give us a glimpse into the often insane world of others. A collection of 44 writers in 376 pages—some published for the first time—converge to paint a portrait of the journey of the female mind in a dazzling spectrum that is an unrivaled compendium on raw, unfiltered voices including a poem by street artist Jules Muck. Famous for her green goddesses, as well as her green version of Gloria Steinem, Muck’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including the Bronx Museum of Art and can be seen on the book’s cover.
The foreword by Rachel Hunter, supermodel, actor and creator of Docuseries Tour of Beauty describes Feminine Collective’s book as an experience “Where men and women can glimpse into the world of others … understanding the vulnerable, exquisite, powerful place of being a woman.”
Released December 11, 2015, Feminine Collective: RAW & Unfiltered: Vol 1 is available to purchase on Amazon.com. For the launch of this book, Feminine Collective has partnered with Women’s Center of LA. Now through March 31, 2016, Feminine Collective will donate 50% of the net proceeds from the book sales to Women’s Center of Los Angeles (WCLA). WCLA is a community of dedicated women with the shared goal of guiding, educating and supporting women and girls to attain the knowledge, confidence and courage for a life of personal success. On January 28, 2016, Feminine Collective will host a book launch party and fundraiser for WCLA in Los Angeles, open to the press.
About Feminine Collective
Feminine Collective is a platform devoted to raw, unfiltered stories and poems of emerging writers. They focus on nonfiction stories of interpersonal relationships, published four to six times per week, including essays, poems, and short fiction. While they avoid breaking news, they have been known to publish opinion pieces on current events. The provocative voices on Feminine Collective are unlike any found in mainstream media today—storytellers who openly share raw accounts of abuse, emotional and mental health issues, parenting, love, and self-image that empower, elevate, enlighten, and entertain. Each writer expresses a vulnerability yet unseen that impacts the lives of Feminine Collective’s rapidly growing readership. Feminine Collective was launched in January 2014 by creator Julie Anderson and co-founder Marla J. Carlton. Julie Anderson has enjoyed a two-decade long career as a supermodel—where she has been the face of influential luxury brands and cover girl on international editions of Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Marla J. Carlton, a former international model, founded the award-winning Los Angeles based design firm, Specto Design in 2002, where she works as an art director and writer.
About Feminine Collective Foundation
Feminine Collective formed Feminine Collective Foundation in December 2015 with the sole mission to raise money to donate to charities that are dedicated to helping women and children in need, including victims of domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse, rape, human trafficking, at-risk teens and women who suffer from mental health issues.