We asked the 97 contributors to the Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, October 2016) to send photos featuring the book in their home environments. Poet Jeannie E. Roberts provided this portrait of herself and the collection from beautiful Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Jeannie contributed the poem “Nancy Drew, the Everywoman,” featured below, to the 212-page anthology. (Author photo by Bruce Pecor.)

Nancy Drew, the Everywoman
by Jeannie E. Roberts

Evolving over six decades, and,
at times, exhibiting contradictory
values and a paradoxical nature,

her character did demonstrate two
things consistently: the inclusion
of flashlight and a connection

with readers. Feminists saluted
her female empowerment while
conservatives nodded to her middle-

class ways. Nancy was a role model
of strength and perseverance,
the good-deed doer, and the essence

of the term everyman. An everywoman
icon, Nancy was an everyday woman
who had just about everything,

including an everlasting appeal with
women readers nearly everywhere
in the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeannie E. Roberts writes, draws and paints, and often photographs her natural surroundings. Her fourth book, Romp and Ceremony, a full-length poetry collection, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She is the author of Beyond Bulrush, a full-length poetry collection (Lit Fest Press, 2015), Nature of it All, a poetry chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and the author and illustrator of Let’s Make Faces!, a children’s book (2009). An award-winning poet, her poems appear in online magazines, print journals, and anthologies. She holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and a master of arts degree in arts and cultural management.Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeannie lives in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley area.  Learn more about her at

The 212-page Nancy Drew Anthology — featuring poetry, essays, stories, art, and photographs — is available at