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Two worlds, one real and the other make-believe, coexist in GRIT, a poetry chapbook with photographs chronicling the life of Janis Luke Roberts and her alter ego, Clancey the Clown. From imaginary playmates to fans grieving at her funeral, these poems offer a glimpse of how one woman overcame dyslexia and depression to pursue her passion. Friends, family, Janis and even her clown shoes team to tell the story. A hometown performer befriended by a Ringling clown, Janis delighted audiences with singing telegrams and award-winning skits in classrooms and hospitals, at festivals, and on the White House lawn. She also taught clown character development to fellow joeys across the United States. Early in her career, Janis created Smileville, a town where "when it rains, it rains ribbons and children can take cotton candy carpet rides." Clancey became its mayor. When facing struggles, Janis escaped into that alternate universe to cheer and encourage others. She also confronted the fear some people have of clowns, including a few of her own family members. Written by her older sister in different forms, styles and voices, this honest and heart-warming collection captures the human spirit at work and vividly portrays the resilience of a creative mind.