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Stealing the Dog's Prozac
by Charlotte Lowe
8.5 x 5.5 inches, 92 pages
Charlotte Lowe is a poet and critic living near the ranch on which she was raised in Patagonia, Arizona. As a poet she has traveled throughout the Southwest, teaching and reading her work on the Apache, Pima, Navajo, and Hopi Reservations for Poets-On-The-Road and Poet-In-The-Schools programs for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She taught for the Texas Commission on the Arts and served as Poet in Residence for Galveston Island.
There she worked with patients at the Shriner’s Hospital for Burned Children and developed the program Dial-A-Poem featuring poetry written and read by Galveston writers of all ages. She also taught creative writing for the University of Houston at Clear Lake and seminars in writing for the College of the Mainland and for the Tucson/Pima Arts Council. Her awards include a First Place from the Academy of American Poets at the University of Arizona, the Writers at Work Award for an MFA student in writing from the University of Arizona, a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council and a scholarship to study at the Prague Summer Workshop, sponsored by Western Michigan University and Charles University. Lowe has most recently studied at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program at Naropa University and privately with the poet, Jack Collom. Her collaborative work, "When The Light Hits Your Window," was a featured installation at the Faculty Art Show with artist Alfred J. Quiroz, based on Lowe’s non-fiction novel-in-progress The Apologetic Rapist.
In Tucson she co-produced, wrote and performed comedic monologues in the literary comedy group Monolog Cabin.
Praise for Stealing the Dog's Prozac
“Whether she’s regaling us with tales of mothers and daughters, tender, lost husbands, neurotic dogs, dust-dreaming babies or the chattering teeth of javelinas, ‘the bad blonde, lucky blonde’ of these poems is passionate, sexy, witty and always smart. Charlotte Lowe has made of her poetry an exuberant landscape we traverse with deep pleasure.”
— Karen Brennan, author of The Real Enough World
“Charlotte Lowe’s Stealing the Dog’s Prozac, is witty, whimsical, and oddly, wise, not something often noted in American Poetry of the moment. I deeply enjoyed it and I guarantee the same pleasure to anyone who buys it. It is never shopworn and often brilliant. It is a wonderful book.”
— Jim Harrison, author of Songs of Unreason
“Charlotte Lowe’s bluesy, been-around-the-block-a-few-times poems, deal with love, getting old, getting young, and tracking memory by what war it is. She comes from a world where men would go mad touching a bra, through the unhooked sixties, back to a time that becomes about touching hearts in spite of it all. She’s a hot coal that gets white hot when you breathe on a poem or two.”
— Doug Anderson, author of The Moon Reflected Fire
"Charlotte Lowe writes from deep knowledge of the wild Arizona land, but the nature she especially, passionately knows is not so much the watershed; it's more the bloodshed, based on daily life, personal life, family life. Human nature, caught in language that resembles the harsh ruggedness of her surroundings …. Like the natural desert, Lowe's poetic prose (and vice versa) is full of surprises.”
— Jack Collom, author of Exchanges of Earth & Sky