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

Silent Words book cover

Silent Words


Blue Window book cover

Blue Window: Poems by Deborah Gordon Cooper

Under the Influence of Lilacs book cover

Under the Influence of Lilacs

Bound Together book cover

Bound Together: Like the Grasses

Dark Honey book cover

The Dark Honey:
New & Used Poems


By Heart book cover

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

Jules on School book cover

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


crossing the waters book cover showing river view





Zenith Bookstore front












Blue Window book cover






Lambda Literary Medal



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



















painting of drury lane bookstore












































News from Clover Valley Press

Poetry Reading:
Deb Cooper + Norita Dittberner-Jax

We welcome Norita Dittberner-Jax, a wonderful poet from the Twin Cities, to a joint poetry reading with Deborah Gordon Cooper at Karpeles Museum on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 25, 2018
2 p.m.
Karpeles Museum, 902 E. First St., Duluth, MN

Both poets are celebrating new collections: Blue Window by Deborah Gordon Cooper and Crossing the Waters by Norita Dittberner-Jax. Norita is Duluth Mayor Emily Larson's mother.

Here is the Nodin Press description of Dittberner-Jax's new collection:

“Norita Dittberner-Jax’s new collection, Crossing the Waters, chronicles the daily triumphs and setbacks, fears and recollections, that arose when her husband, Gene, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Her first response is 'a shock so deep / the dreaming shut down…' But the poet, adept at exploring the range of emotions from wistfulness and joy to panic and desperation, regains her bearings to capture details of the roller-coaster days and weeks following the diagnosis.”

For more information, contact Deborah Cooper at deborahdebcoop@gmail.com.

Zenith Bookstore Local Authors

Poets Ellie Schoenfeld and Deborah Cooper will be two of the authors reading and signing books at Zenith Bookstore on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Here's the lineup:

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 p.m.
Peace United Church of Christ

1111 N. 11th Ave. E
Duluth, MN

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 student scholarship is being 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 expences of a literary conference beyond their means.

              • To kick-start this fund, author Jane Cuthbertson has offered to match donations up to $5,000. 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.”

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.

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.