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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


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Blue Window: Poems by Deborah Gordon Cooper

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Under the Influence of Lilacs

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Bound Together: Like the Grasses

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The Dark Honey:
New & Used Poems


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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


The Jen Wright GCLS Student Scholarship Program

In honor of Jen Wright, author of the Jo Spence mystery series published by Clover Valley Press, we are pleased to announce the Jen Wright Student Scholarship Program.

Jen WrightDesigned to support lesbian women currently attending college, this scholarship will provide hotel accommodation and registration to attend the Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) annual conference. The GCLS conference is the premier lesbian literary event for both authors and readers. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to meet trailblazing authors, develop their writing craft, and be inspired to pursue their dreams.

Jane Cuthbertson has generously pledged $5,000 in matching funds to launch this scholarship in Jen’s name. With your help, we can raise the additional $5,000 to provide financial assistance to young women whose contributions to lesbian literature will carry on Jen’s passion for writing.

Jen Wright spent much of her career in juvenile probation, guiding youth and helping them 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."

Jen succumbed to colon cancer in March 2016. She was able to attend two GCLS conferences before her untimely death at the age of 52.

Please consider making a gift toward the Jen Wright Student Scholarship Program. Any amount would be appreciated.

  • To make a donation,

    • Go to http://www.goldencrown.org/donations.
    • Under Donation Funds, select “Conference Scholarship Fund.”
    • Then select the “Jen Wright Student Scholarship” after “Please designate my donation as follows.”

If you loved Jen Wright, were a fan of her novels, or just want to support lesbian literature, please help make this program a success.

The Golden Crown Literary Society is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation will be tax deductible.

Thank you so much!

Charlene Brown