Curtis L. Crisler

Dreamist: a mixed genre novel

(Jordan’s Rainbow YA imprint)



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A masterwork of edgy, lyrical genius. Curtis L. Crisler knows the heart and mind of today’s young adult.

“I am smart. Extremely smart, so says my parents, friends and teachers. But it doesn’t register. I don’t see it, at least not like they see it . . . I’m a bit lazy—a daydreamer. My father, a big fan of mine, persecutes me about my laziness, how I will daydream my life away.”


For Charles Malik Jacobs, the summer of junior year will change everything. He dreams about being a writer someday, but for now, he’s just dreaming. Exceptionally bright, he wins a gifted artist scholarship to Cal State. While there, however, he can’t help but think about what he is leaving behind in Chicago—family, friends and more importantly, his former self. He relies on photographs to help him see what he believes he has lost. What Malik doesn’t know is that he will gain much more this summer, including the love of someone named Bleu.

Praise for DREAMIST:

“Curtis L. Crisler vividly affirms the human desire for love, identity, and acceptance, and the dreams that often hold them together. Dreamist is an inspiring and timely collection of prose and poetry. A must read!” –Robin Morris, President of the Josie Odum Morris Literacy Project, Inc.

Dreamist excerpts


Curtis L. Crisler is the author of Tough Boy Sonatas, winner of The Eric Hoffer Award, and a poetry collection, Pulling Scabs (Willow Books). He is also a Cave Canem Fellow and a past recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Project Grant. Crisler is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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