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Posted by : cj on Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 01:30 PM
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Clever Gretel by Jennifer Dotson
8.5" x 8.5", 96 pages
Chicago Poetry Press
$12.00, ISBN-13: 978-0615769646


Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce the release of Jennifer Dotson's wonderful new book, Clever Gretel, the first Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award Selection.

Chicago Poetry Press is offering copies of Clever Gretel for its cover price of $12 with $2.99 shipping (within the United States), when ordered directly through the publisher via PayPal (allow a week for delivery).

Click Here to order your copy of Clever Gretel.

Click Here to order more than one copy with free shipping.

Click Here to have your copy shipped outside of the United States.

You can also pick up your copy of Clever Gretel at an upcoming event:

On Saturday, April 27, Chicago Poetry Press held the Official Book Release Event for Clever Gretel at Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, during the annual Poetry Fest that included a Clever Gretel book signing in the main lobby. Other Poetry Fest highlights included a panel discussion moderated by Chicago Poetry Press publisher CJ Laity and a reading by Campbell McGrath.

On Sunday, July 7, Jennifer Dotson appeared for a book signing at the Pop Up Book Fair at the Empty Bottle in Chicago.

Wednesday, October 2, 7 PM. Clever Gretel Reading and Book Signing. Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025

COMING: Coming March, 2014, join Chicago Poetry Press authors Jennifer Dotson and Donna Pecore for the 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse in Oak Park.

Copies of Clever Gretel are also available for purchase at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago.

PRAISE FOR CLEVER GRETEL

Click Here to open a pdf file and read an article about Jennifer Dotson written by Greg Shapiro for The North Shore Weekend.

There's much to like here, from the cracked music of the title through your deft expressions of form to your cagey litany of postmodern cultural icons encountered in crazy places. Mythic and mundane meet in these poems in meaningful and often hilarious ways.

Kevin Stein, Poet Laureate of Illinois

"In Clever Gretel, Jennifer Dotson’s poems transform the straw of everyday womanhood to that which glows with the luminosity of simple truth. Utilizing a playful sense of the magically real, she sleuths for meaning-- in misplaced glasses, in the chipped veneer of Art Deco dressers, in the empty jar of celery salt, in her nightmare “plummet into space.” As a reader I peered through the window of Jennifer's words into the grace of family life and her 'fortune shone on me.'"

Maureen Tolman Flannery, author of Ancestors in the Landscape

"Clever Gretel explores life's loves, losses, anxieties and joys in a voice sagacious yet candid enough to discuss acne over a latte. Even Dotson's forays into the worlds of mythology and superheroes stay grounded in the contemporary problems of junk mail and low-carb diets. In one poem the speaker says of the Muse, 'I don't remember what she looks like'-- but you will certainly find her here in this refreshing debut."

Tania Runyan, author of Delicious Air (Finishing Line Press).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Dotson received her B.A. in English Literature & Theatre Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her M.F.A. in Drama from the University of Virginia. She is the founder and program coordinator for HighlandParkPoetry.org. She leads creative writing and memoir classes for the District 113 Continuing Education Program at Highland Park High School.



Chicago Poetry Press supports the continued production of books that are made out of paper and that are read from a page; this is why Clever Gretel is not currently available as an e-book. Chicago Poetry Press promises to publish quality poetry, beautifully published and reasonably priced.


 
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