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Daniels to celebrate release of first novel

February 26, 2014
Pine Island Eagle

Special to The Eagle

Bert's Pine Bay Gallery will present awarding-winning local author JD Daniels, as she celebrates the release of her first novel, "Through Pelican Eyes."

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JD Daniels

Daniels' fiction and poetry has appeared in various literary publications. She received a prize for poetry from Emerson College/Cambridge University, is listed in the Iowa Arts and Poets & Writers Directories and is an active member of PEN Women of Southwest Florida. Her poetry has been choreographed to dance and has inspired painters and clay artists at ArtPoems, a Southwest Florida poet/artist collaboration.

Her book, "The Old Wolf Lady: A Biography" was published in 2005 by a grant from The Iowa Arts Council.

Daniels was awarded her doctoral degree for her collection of poems, "Currents That Puncture" and is co-founder and an editor of Prairie Wolf Press Review. After her June reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City, Iowa, "Say Yes," her book of poetry published in 2013, was listed No. 1 on the local best-seller list.

Matlacha and Pine Island have been inspiring her writing for over 10 years. One of her highlights is meeting Pine Island fine artist Peg Cullen, who painted the cover.

The public is invited to attend the launch party at Bert's Pine Bay Gallery Friday, March 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. "Through Pelican Eyes" and "Say Yes" will be offered for sale and Daniels will be available to autograph them.

Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Bert's Bar. For more information, email

The celebration will be followed by a reading/book-signing March 19 at the new CW Fudge Factory in Matlacha at 7 p.m.



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