Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, essayist and poet. She has written for and edited several newspapers and magazines in Northern California. Julia has written for Huffington Post, Salon, Paste, Scary Mommy, Thrillist, Redbook, Narratively, Oakland Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Insight, and many other publications in print and online. She writes about history, books, and the arts.
Her affinity for family history led her to several foremothers whose stories begged to be told. The Bereaved, forthcoming in August 2023, tells of her third great-grandmother Martha, a poor widow, and the choices she made to survive with four hungry children as the Civil War erupted around her. Forthcoming in Fall 2024, Silence, tells of Julia’s eighth great-grandmother, Silence Greenleaf, who was punished by the Puritan Church in coastal Massachusetts, 1722, and spent a year in silence to fit her name. A third novel, in progress, tells of Julia’s grandmother Ruth Crum, who wanted to be a thoroughly modern city businesswoman in 1920, but the demands of her family’s Montana ranch life and economic downturn brought her plans to a halt. Will she achieve her dream? Ruthless is coming, slated for Fall 2025.
Julia is the author of three novels: Tongues of Angels, Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop, and Veronika Layne Has a Nose for News; two collections of women’s history (I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diary of a Roaring Twenties Teen, and Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen), and a volume of poetry, Amaryllis: Collected Poems (Scarlet Letter Press, 2nd ed. 2021).
A bird nerd, apiarist, cat lady, and chaser of stories, Julia lives in the California foothills in an 1800s Victorian that she painstakingly rescued.
Julia was selected as Poet Laureate for the city of Alameda, California, in 2014-2017. Her short fiction and poetry have been anthologized and published in print and online in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Julia has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State and a MA in English/Creative Writing from California State University East Bay.
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