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Books by Dorothy Wall

Identity Theory:
New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010

Bluelight Press

In this collection, culled from 30 years, are desire, illness, loss, grandchildren, whimsy, grief, and always "the necessity of seeing." Clear-eyed, precise, evocative, these poems confront the radiant promise of the world and the limits of each small life, where "to continue is what matters, the daily, graceful stumbling."

"Dorothy Wall's pen leaves nothing unturned, unexamined–joy and grief receive the same scrutiny."
~ Stewart Florsheim, A Split Second of Light

"This body of work...deserves to be read over and over."
~ Andrena Zawinski, Something About, Oakland PEN Award recipient

"A master poet."
~ Charles Entrekin, Listening: New & Selected Work

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Encounters with the Invisible:
Unseen Illness, Controversy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Southern Methodist University Press

"Not only a wonderfully readable, beautifully detailed account of Dorothy Wall's experience of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but also an intelligent review of the history, science, and politics of the illness."
~ Kathryn Montgomery, Director, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

"An important investigation of a little-understood illness with much to teach doctors and patients alike. General readers will find Dorothy Wall's personal story compelling as well as beautifully told."
~ Lynne Sharon Schwartz, novelist and author of The Fatigue Artist

"A remarkable book that could help huge numbers of people."
~ David Bell, MD

Winner of the "2007 Sand Castles Author & Book of the Year Award" from P.A.N.D.O.R.A.

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Encounters with the Invisible: Unseen Illness, Controversy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Available in Spanish / Español

Finding Your Writer's Voice:
A Guide to Creative Fiction

co-author, St. Martin's Press

"This illuminating guide mixes creative inspiration with practical advice about the craft to help writers discover their most powerful writing tool: the voices that are uniquely their own."
~ Ingram

"This book will help writers find their own voice–helping them move from raw outpourings to polished prose....The authors have focused on a writing skill that is very hard to teach, and they have done so successfully."
~ Library Journal

"A meaty little book....I came away from it aglow, in love (again!) with my quest as a writer."
~ The Writing Self

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Finding Your Writer's Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction
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