OUR TITLES:

Mysteries

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Under Contract:
A Lauren Vellequette Mystery

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Killed in Escrow:
A Lauren Vellequette Mystery

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Maggie's Mechanics: Murder & Mayhem Mixed with Love

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Killer Storm:
A Jo Spence Mystery

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Big Noise:
A Jo Spence Mystery

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Dead Ahead:
A Jo Spence Mystery

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Silent Words

Poetry

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Bound Together: Like the Grasses

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The Dark Honey:
New & Used Poems

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Under the Influence of Lilacs

Education

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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

 

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Lambda Literary Medal

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellie Schoenfeld

Ellie Schoenfeld has been selected as the 2016-18 Duluth Poet Laureate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News from Clover Valley Press

Release Event

Blue Window:
Poems by Deborah Gordon Cooper

Help us celebrate the publication of Deborah's sixth collection of poetry, following Under the Influence of Lilacs (Clover Valley Press, 2010).

“Marked by breath and memory, by the holiness of ordinary things, each page opens windows to a world of empathetic light.”
(Kimberly Blaeser, Author of Apprenticed to Justice, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2015-16)

Deborah Cooper’s poetry delivers healing compassion, bringing readers into a landscape of solace and renewal.

Dark clouds this morning
casting shadows on the waves

and still the birds sing,
one of sorrow, two of grace.

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
3-5 p.m.

Peace United Church of Christ
1111 N. 11th Ave. E.
Duluth, MN 55805

Enjoy readings from the new collection, refreshments, and music!

 

Jordan's Under Contract
A Lambda Award Finalist

Jennifer L. Jordan's Under Contract, a Lauren Vellequette mystery, was 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 were announced at a gala ceremony on Monday evening, June 12, 2017, in New York City.

Golden Crown Literary Society
Honors Jen Wright

A tribute to Clover Valley Press author Jen Wright was part of the Lost Sisters segment at the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society 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, a lesbian mystery writer who passed away in March 2016.

The scholarship will support students currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning, who might find the expenses of a literary conference beyond their means.

Jen Wright 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 kick-start this fund, author Jane Cuthbertson has offered to match donations up to $5,000. To learn more about how to support this conference scholarship fund, email Charlene Brown.

Thank you for your generosity and for helping to inspire new voices in lesbian literature!

Ellie Schoenfeld Named
Duluth Poet Laureate 2016-2018

Ellie Schoenfeld, author of The Dark Honey (Clover Valley Press, 2009), was 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 read on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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.