Special thanks to SCSU for having me last week. It was great to share States of the Union with such a welcoming audience!

Michaela Papa discussing her book project at SCSU. The night was full of others discussing research, creativity, and innovation.

Michaela Papa discussing her book project at SCSU. The night was full of others discussing research, creativity, and innovation.

Write up in Emerson's Expression

Thank you to Emerson's Expression for the great blurb on States of the Union. We are proud to have so many Emerson alum in our anthology!

Costco Signing Event

Exciting news! Michaela will be doing a signing at #Costco in #Milford #CT next Sunday! Make sure to stop by to buy our book in bulk.

(Just CAN buy just one 😁 )

TV Interview on NYBERG!

Ann Nyberg of WCTX interviewed Michaela Papa. The segment aired March 12, 2018 on the 10 o'clock news. Here's an extended version:

Berkeley Beacon Article

Special thanks to the Berkeley Beacon for a great write up!

Local Author's Event in Milford, CT

Exciting news! Saturday, February 10 we have been asked to be a part of the Local Author's Event at Barnes and Noble in Milford, CT! The event runs from 12-4. Stop by our table!


We apologize for the period of silence, but we have been very hard at work finishing up the book. We are so proud of how it turned out and cannot wait to share it with you!

Right now, the book is being printed. It will take about a month and a half to print and be ready to shipped out to all who ordered a copy. We are very excited for you all to see the final product! In anticipation of the release, we set up our online shop at Here you can pre-order your copy of States of the Union. This book is complete with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, photographs, and interviews by contributors all over the country.

We wanted to take this time not only to share the good news, but also to thank all those who made this possible! It was an honor to read all submitted works.

We cannot wait to hear your thoughts once you dive into States of the Union, a collection of election reflections.

All our best,

Submission Decisions

Due to an overwhelming turn out, we are slightly delayed in our responses.  We want our decisions to be thoughtful and thorough---you all trusted us with your thoughts and we respect that.  Decisions will be made in the upcoming week.  Thank you all! We deeply appreciated all of your insights and perspectives!

Submissions period closed!

Thank you to the overwhelming number of people who have submitted to us.  We appreciate and honor the insight into your thoughts, perspectives, and opinions on the 2016 POTUS election.  Thank you for sharing.  We are elated to begin the review process!  We should be in touch in the upcoming month or so regarding publication decisions.

Kickstarter Goal ACHIEVED!

As of yesterday, our Kickstarter project is 144% funded. 

I am elated to announce that States of the Union is fully funded.  This project is going to happen.  I cannot express just how amazing that is.

I couldn't ignore all of the polarization and opposition surrounding this election.  In order to understand how we got here, I wanted to attempt to grasp the fuller picture. I would ask WHY people supported Trump. Instead of asking people why they hate Trump, I would ask how they feel and are affected by his election. The only way I saw a path forward was to comprehend each perspective. Or, at least try to hear from as many voices from as many ages, places, and mindsets as possible. That's when I came up with the idea of States of the Union. After telling a few friends and getting their support, it grew. And grew. And grew. And is still growing. This book project is REAL and has become so, so much bigger than myself.

This project has given me the ability to provide a platform...for everybody. EVERYBODY has thoughts on the election and, no matter what they are, I want to know them. I want to be open. I want to allow a place for your opinion to be heard, because so much of this election was about people thinking they were silenced or unheard and so much of the aftermath is the same.

I am grateful for the love and support people have shown for me and my project. I am grateful for the incredible team helping me. I am grateful for the INSANE AMOUNT OF SUBMISSIONS from people from ALL OVER of ALL DIFFERENT points of view. I CANNOT get over it. I am grateful for the ability to put together this collection. This book has granted me the opportunity to widen my perspective and for that, I am eternally changed for the better.

This book, in EVERY possible sense, could not be possible without YOU. Without your donations, your submissions, your encouragement this would be nothing. None of this would exist. Thank you. Truly. Thank you. I will make this book the best book possible. Thank you for believing in me, in my project, in America, and in the power of words.


-Michaela Papa

Founder of States of the Union

Deadline Extension!

Due to the outpouring of submissions, we are going to allow for a deadline grace period until Feb 5.  We look forward to seeing your work!

Contest Announcement!

EXCITING NEWS! We have a CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT.  Thanks to a patron of the arts founding our Editor's Choice Award, we are able to give $100 to a work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or artwork.  The Editor's Choice Award will be given to the work that best embodies and achieves the goal of States of the Union. All contributors will be considered. If you have already submitted, your work will be in the running. We hope you will submit to us your thoughts on the election of Donald J. Trump. Whatever your medium, perspective, or age, we welcome your contributions.  Thank you!

Shout out by Trish Hopkinson

Kickstarter is LIVE!

Please, check out our Kickstarter and help make this the best book possible.