Under Contract book cover

Under Contract:
A Lauren Vellequette Mystery

Killed in Escrow book cover

Killed in Escrow:
A Lauren Vellequette Mystery

Maggie's Mechanics book cover

Maggie's Mechanics: Murder & Mayhem Mixed with Love

Killer Storm book cover

Killer Storm:
A Jo Spence Mystery

Big Noise book cover

Big Noise:
A Jo Spence Mystery

Dead Ahead book cover

Dead Ahead:
A Jo Spence Mystery

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Silent Words


Bound Together book cover

Bound Together: Like the Grasses

Dark Honey book cover

The Dark Honey:
New & Used Poems

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Under the Influence of Lilacs


By Heart book cover

By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and Learning at Home

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Jules on Schools:
Teaching, Learning, and Everything in Between











Ellie Schoenfeld

Ellie Schoenfeld has been selected as the 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate.







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Jen Wright signing books at GCLS

Jen Wright signing books at her first Golden Crown Literary Society conference (Orlando, Florida).








































News from Clover Valley Press

Jennifer L. Jordan's Under Contract, a Lauren Vellequette mystery, is a finalist for the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards in the Lesbian Mystery category.

Lambda Literary, the nation's oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards–or the "Lammys," as they are affectionately known–on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The finalists were chosen from nearly 900 submissions and over 300 publishers. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 12, 2017, in New York City.

Ellie Schoenfeld Named
Duluth Poet Laureate 2016-2018

Ellie Schoenfeld, author of The Dark Honey (Clover Valley Press, 2009), has been selected as the 2016-2018 Duluth Poet Laureate. She resides in Duluth and has been active in the local literary community for many years.

In 1992, she co-founded Poetry Harbor and organized free readings. From 2004-2010 she served on the board of the Spirit Lake Poetry Series. She has facilitated a monthly writing group in the Federal Prison Camp and conducted a series of writing workshops with an HIV-positive support group.

Her work has been published in journals and anthologies as well as in the anthology Bound Together: Like the Grasses (Clover Valley Press, 2013).

Schoenfeld will organize five public events in her two-year term. She presented an inaugural poetry reading on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E., Duluth.

"Readings from Seven Nations" was her next official poet laureate event on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library, 416 Library Drive, Duluth, Minnesota. This was an open mic event with participants reading verses written by poets from the seven countries banned from travel to the United States by the Trump Administration.This event was cosponsored by the library in the rotunda reading room in recognition of National Poetry Month.

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was founded in 2005 as a way of honoring local poets and encouraging the appreciation of poetry. There have been five poet laureates previously selected over the years including Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, and Jim Johnson (twice).

The Poet Laureate Project is co-sponsored by Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Arrowhead Reading Council, Minnesota Public Radio, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, the English departments at UMD and CSS, and Lake Superior College. A 12-person committee oversees the work of the Duluth Poet Laureate Project.

Drury Lane Books Saturday Salon

Ellie Schoenfeld will read on Saturday, April 29, 2017, starting at 5 p.m., at this quaint little bookstore overlooking Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Drury Lane Books is located at 12 E. Wisconsin St., Grand Marais.

The store is owned by former Spinsters Ink publisher Joan Drury and managed by Gwen Danfelt.

For information, call 218-387-3370.

Golden Crown Literary Society Convention

July 6-10, 2016

Alexandria, Virginia

Tributes to Clover Valley Press authors Jen Wright and Sheila J. Connolly were part of the Lost Sisters segment at the GCLS awards ceremony.

In response to Rachel Spangler's speech encouraging our community to "add more planks to the table" of lesbian literature, a GCLS conference scholarship will be funded in memory of Jen Wright. The scholarship will fund the attendance of young women of college age at this annual lesbian book conference.

Jen Wright, a Clover Valley Press author who passed away in March 2016, spent much of her career in juvenile probation, guiding young people to live happier and more productive lives. In her dedication to Dead Ahead, the third novel in her Jo Spence Mystery series, Jen wrote: "I dedicate this book to the baby dyke who came to one of my book signings—in your softball uniform with your mom. You plopped down in front of me, crossed your legs, and asked me to read. I hadn't planned to, but I did. For you.... I also dedicate this book to all the lesbians and gay men who are struggling with their sexuality. I hope your family and friends accept and love you.... Supportive communities are out there. Keep looking. May this book in some small way make you feel connected and valuable."

To learn more and to support this scholarship fund, email Charlene Brown. Thank you!