Poets whose poems have appeared or will appear on this site and also in the forthcoming anthology, Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, debuting Nov. 1, 2011 from Woodley Press, include the following:
Lorraine Achey, a life-long autodidact, has studied subjects ranging from anatomy & physiology to Zimbabwean mbira. Poetry writing started with her sixth grade teacher’s encouragement, and has continued with varying success over the years. She also writes for her personal and business blogs, and recently sent her first poetry collection, Diner on Dark’s Last Corner in search of a publisher. Lorraine has lived quietly with the stark beauty of the prairie of southwest Missouri/southeast Kansas all her life, and shares her home with three dynamic “Diva Dogs.” She works as a massage therapist when she is not reading, writing, or grooming dogs. Visit her personal blog at http://www.floodgaps.blogspot.com.
Abayomi Animashaun is a Nigerian emigre whose poems have appeared in such journals as Diode, Drunkenboat, African American Review, and Southern Indiana Review. He is the winner of the 2008 Hudson prize and a recipient of a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation. Animashaun’s poetry collection, The Giving of Pears,is available through Black Lawrence Press. www. abayomianimashaun.com
Marie Asner is an entertainment reviewer in the greater Kansas City area and with Chicago outlets. She has had regular appearances on KCUR-FM (Kansas City NPR). Marie is a free lance writer, poet, workshop presenter and past member of Kansas Arts on Tour. She is a contributor to the Last Book project with displays in Buenos Aires, Zurich and New York City. http://www.kansaspoets.com/ks_poets/asner_marie.htm
Jackie Magnuson Ash grew up on a farm in central Kansas, later to return to raise two children and help her husband manage the farm business. She holds an English degree from Emporia State University and is a member of Prairie Poets and Writers, a Salina group which self-published its work in PlainSpoken: Chosen Lives, Chosen Words.
Anne Baber’s poetry has appeared in Kansas City Voices and on a Grammy-nominated CD and been recognized by The Ontario Poetry Society, The Writer’s Digest November 2009 Poem-A-Day Challenge, and The Saturday Writers Guild. Her first Chapbook, Endless, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011.
Walter Bargen has published thirteen books of poetry and two chapbooks. The latest are: The Feast, BkMk Press-UMKC, 2004, winner of the 2005 William Rockhill Nelson Award; Remedies for Vertigo (2006) from WordTech Communications; West of West from Timberline and Theban Traffic (2008) WordTech Communications. In 2009, BkMk Press-UMKC published Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems. He was appointed to be the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).
K. L. Barron has a weakness for landscapes, Kansas being the most enduring. She lives in the Flint Hills and teaches literature and writing at Washburn University. She’s published poems, fiction and non-fiction in New Letters, The Bennington Review, Midwest Quarterly, The Little Balkans Review, and Chickenbones et al.
Roy J. Beckemeyer, a retired aeronautical engineer from Wichita, studies fossils insects that lived in Kansas 250 million years ago, and edits two scientific journals. He has been writing poetry since he sent his first love poem to his high school sweetheart, Pat, now his wife of fifty years. Web page: http://www.windsofkansas.com.
Allison Berry was born and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell College and her master’s from Pittsburg State University. She lives in Pittsburg with her wife and son, and she teaches English and Women’s studies at Pittsburg State University.
Elizabeth Black grew up on a farm in southwest Kansas. After a long career as a teacher, writer, journalist, and editor in the Washington D.C. area, she moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 2007. Elizabeth is the author of the novel Buffalo Spirits, which drew on her experiences growing up in western Kansas. http://www.ElizabethBlack.com.
Lori Brack’s work has appeared in The Packingtown Review, North American Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Rosebud, and other journals. Her first chapbook A Fine Place to See the Sky, a poetic script written as a collaboration with her grandfather’s 1917-1922 Kansas farming journals for a work of performance art with artist Ernesto Pujol, was published in 2010.
Mickey Cesar is a former soldier and sailor who lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his cat Carmen. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Vanishing Point (219 Press, 2005) and If I Were On Fire (Spartan Press, 2011). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. http://mickeycesar.com
Victor Contoski enjoys retirement to no end, working currently on a long sequence of short dream poems and a manuscript of his adventures at the Monroe Institute, detailing spiritual exploration. He is also working with Jolene Anderson on a book on spiritual awakenings. His poetry books include Midwestern Buildings and Broken Treaties.
Maril Crabtree has lived in Kansas most of her adult life. Her poems are published in Coal City Review, Flint Hills Review, Steam Ticket, Kalliope, New Works Review and others. She is Poetry Co-editor of Kansas City Voices. Her most recent chapbook is Moving On (Pudding House Press, 2010). Her web site is http://www.marilcrabtree.com.
Daniele Cunningham’s poetry is informed by Zen ethics, which she grounds with images of place, particularly the landscapes of Kansas. Her poetry has been published in the Cow Creek Review, the SEK Celebration Program, and has been the focus of her thesis for a Master of Arts in English at Pittsburg State University. Her blog is www. danielewrites.blogspot.com and her website is http://www.danielecunningham.com
Rebekah Curry’s primary qualifications are having lived in the state for over sixteen years and having made attempts at poetry for over ten. She is currently a student at the University of Kansas, where she is majoring in Classics.
Brian Daldorph teaches at the University of Kansas and Douglas County Jail. He edits Coal City Review. His latest collection of poems: Jail Time (Original Plus P, 2009).
Jan Duncan O’Neal, after a twenty-year career in librarianship, retired to Overland Park where she writes poetry. Her work has appeared in I-70 Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Thorny Locust and Coal City Review. She has written eleven language arts resource books for teachers. Jan has done storytelling workshops in 25 states. She is currently an editor for I-70 Review. Her chapbook, Voices: Lost and Found, will be published in autumn 2011 by The Lives You Touch Publications.
Eric Dutton has done all of the big things in Kansas: he was born there, educated there, married and divorced there. He became a father there. He says “there” because he lives in Florida now, but Kansas will always be a “here” for him.
Paula Glover Ebert is an English graduate student at Kansas State University. A native of Colorado, she spent 30 years as a journalist in Colorado and Wyoming before coming to Kansas. She is recently married to a farmer who works his family farm outside of Manhattan.Paula’s blog is http://www.christian-woman-at-the-well.blogspot.com and also http://www.kansas-mornings.blogspot.com
Harley Elliott’s books of poetry include Animals That Stand In Dreams and Darkness at Each Elbow, both available from Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn, New York, and The Monkey of Mulberry Pass and Loading the Stone, both from Woodley Press, Topeka, Kansas.
Dennis Etzel Jr. lives with Carrie and their two sons in Topeka, Kansas. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Kansas and teaches at Washburn University. He is Co-Managing Editor of Woodley Press, Poetry Editor for seveneightfive, and hosts the Top City Poetry Reading Series. Work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, RATTLE, BlazeVOX, kiosk, Poetry Midwest, Coal City Review, Flint Hills Review, I-70 Review, and seveneightfive.
Melissa Fite earned her Master’s in English literature from Pittsburg State University in Kansas and now teaches English at Pittsburg High School. She writes poetry as frequently as she can, usually just often enough to keep her from getting kicked out of her beloved workshop group. Melissa lives at home with her boyfriend and dog. Her blog is http://www.melissatothefite.blogspot.com.
Amy Fleury is the author of Beautiful Trouble (Southern Illinois UP, 2004), and the chapbook, Reliquaries of the Lesser Saints (RopeWalk Press, 2010). She was the 2009-10 Amy Clampitt Resident Poetry Fellow. A native of Seneca, Kansas, she now directs the M.F.A. Program at McNeese State University in Louisiana.
Greg German, was born and raised near Glen Elder, Kansas, where he farmed with his family for many years. He has been active within the Kansas literary scene for over 25 years including the development and oversight of http://www.kansaspoets.com. Currently, with ties to Kansas City, Greg resides with his family on the Caribbean island of Dominica where, amidst many other things, he is involved with country’s annual Nature Island Literary Festival. Greg’s poetry, all thematically tied to farming and rural Kansas, has appeared in numerous literary journals. Many samples of his writing and photography can be found at http://www.limestone9.com and http://www.dominicaliving.com.
Diane Glancy is professor emeritus at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She moved to Shawnee Mission, Kansas in 2005. A new collection of essays, The Dream fo the a Broken Field, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in 2011. Her latest poetry collection, Stories of the Driven World, was published by Mammoth Publications. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and an American Book Award. She was born in Kansas City where her father worked for the stockyards.
Katherine Greene lived in ten states and thirty seven houses before settling in Kansas in 1977. She is a writer, a law librarian, a lover of words, and an avid reader. She lives in North Lawrence with her husband in the middle of a beautiful garden and still travels from time to time.
Anne Haehl is a lover of words, both in writing and in storytelling. She lives with her husband of 43 years, three cats and a dog. They have two grown children. She has been published in, among others, Coal City Review, Studio: a Journal of christians [sic] writing, and Chiron Review. Her chapbook, Daughter and Mother, was published by Snark Press in 2004.
Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On: an amneoir (Wesleyan University Press 2011), Poetry and the Public (Wesleyan 2002), and the chapbook earth day suite (Beard of Bees 2010). His creative work also has appeared in Hotel Amerika, The Collagist, Otoliths, Fact-Simile, and P-Queue, amongst others. He teaches at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
William J. Harris has published two books of poems, Hey Fella Would You Mind Holding This Piano a Moment and In My Own Dark Way, a chapbook, Domande Personali/Personal Questions and individual poems in more than fifty anthologies of poetry. Currently he is interim Director of the MFA in the KU English Department.
Serina Allison Hearn, raised in Trinidad and Tobago, studied fashion design at St Martin’s School of Art, London, U.K. in the late 70′s. Her first book Dreaming the Bronze Girl was published by Mid America Press, 2002. Atlas of Our Birth was published by Woodley Press, 2010. She currently works in Victorian house restoration in Lawrence, KS. and travels back and forth between latitudes.
Bill Hickok’s humorous articles and poems have appeared on the Op-Ed pages of Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Philadelphia Enquirer, and in magazines, such as Uncle (for those who have given up), The Same, I-70, and online. He is an ornithologist, wildlife photographer, environmentalist, and co-founder of The Writers Place, a literary center in Kansas City. His new book of poetry is The Woman Who Shot Me (Whirley Bird Press, 2011).
Steven Hind divides his time between Hutchinson where he taught for three decades and the family farm on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills near Madison. His collection, The Loose Change of Wonder, was selected as a 2007 Kansas Notable Book.
Jonathan Holden has been recognized as one of America’s foremost poets. He is a University Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, and, in July 2005, was appointed the First Poet Laureate of Kansas. He won numerous awards, published 17 books in addition to more than 190 poems in journals.
Hazel Smith Hutchinson, a SoulCollage® Facilitator (artensoulcollage.com), grew up in Maine. She began her life in Kansas with her sweet-souled Kansas man 33 years ago. Hazel has been published in The Flint Hills Review, The Mid America Poetry Review, The Awakenings Review, Animus, and others.
Nancy Hubble has been a teacher at KU as well as various alternative and public elementary schools. She has had poetry published in the Lawrence Journal World, a variety of small zines and a publication by Imagination and Place, The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image. Her work includes a CD and chapbook: Dharma Dog.
Jennifer Jantz Estes grew up on a farm in the middle of Kansas and spent many summers learning the art of solitude driving a wheat truck across the Great Plains. She writes and works for Eighth Day Books in Wichita, Kansas, but lives (wistful for the prairie) in Canton, Ohio, with her husband, two sons and two dogs.
Judith Bader Jones is a founding member of Whispering Prairie Press, and a poetry editor for Kansas City Voices, 2001-2008. Her collection of short fiction, Delta Pearls received The William Rockhill Nelson 2007 Fiction Award. Finishing Line Press published Moon Flowers on the Fence, June 2010. The Language of Small Rooms, a chapbook of poems will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. http://www.judithbaderjones.com.
Kathleen Johnson is the editor and publisher of New Mexico Poetry Review. She received her BFA in history of art and MFA in creative writing from the University of Kansas. As a freelance book critic specializing in poetry, she published over sixty book reviews in The Kansas City Star and other publications between 2002 and 2009. Her collection of poems Burn, published by Woodley Press in 2008, was selected as a 2009 Kansas Notable Book. A fifth-generation New Mexican, she has divided her time between Kansas and New Mexico for many years. She became a full-time resident of Santa Fe in 2009. http://www.newmexicopoetryreview.com.
Michael L. Johnson is a professor emeritus from the University of Kansas now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His most notable recent book of poems is Sky Land: A Southwestern Cycle (Topeka, KS: Woodley Press), which received the 2010 New Mexico Book Award in poetry.
William J. Karnowski is the author of six books including Pushing the Chain, Painting the Train, Catching the Rain,True Tales Hard Tails and Highways, The Hills of Laclede and Dispensation. He has published over 90 poems in the Kansas Plus Weekly Capital-Journal Magazine and numerous websites. Karnowski lives in the Wamego, Kansas, vicinity, near the unincorporated village of Laclede with his wife, Sue. They have three children.
Ken Lassman is the author of Wild Douglas County and Seasons and Cycles: Rhythms of Life in the Kansas Area Watershed. He writes regularly for Blue Sky, Green Earth and has maintained a daily guide to look for what’s happening in the natural world, displayed at Z’s Divine Espresso, for ten years. He lives on land south of Lawrence, Kansas, where he is fifth generation, and where he restores tallgrass prairie.
Robert N. Lawson is a retired Professor of English at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas, where he taught for over thirty years, his specialties Shakespeare and courses in Japanese Literature (with a lot of Freshman Composition in between). He served as General Editor of The Woodley Press from 1980 to 2000
Philip Kimball is the author of several novels, Liar’s Moon and Harvesting Ballads, and a great deal of poetry, translations and theory. He was born in the first half of the previous century in the front bedroom of a shotgun bungalow two blocks east of downtown Piedmont, Oklahoma, about two miles from the hole in the ground where his paternal grandfather was born (a dugout soddie on the land claimed in the 1889 rush). It was July 21, 1941, on the cusp between Cancer and Leo, the transition from dust bowl, the great depression, to world war and into the atomic age. It was 104º. http://www.PhilipGKimball.com.
Gary Lechliter’s poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, Chance of a Ghost: an Anthology ofContemporary Ghost Poems, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, New Mexico Poetry Review, Straylight, Tears in the Fence, and Wisconsin Review. He has a recent book, Foggy Bottoms: Poems about Myths and Legends, published by Coal City Press.
Stanley Lombardo has published verse translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the poems of Sappho, Virgil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Dante’s Inferno. He teaches Classics at the University of Kansas and, with his wife Judy Roitman, Zen at the Kansas Zen Center.
Katie Longofono is in her third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas. She is pursuing a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. She is also the founder and lead editor of Blue Island Review, a Lawrence-based poetry anthology. Her work has been published in North Central Review, Kiosk, Blue Island Review, and Polyphony Online. In her spare time she enjoys Scrabble, scarves, and alliteration.
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is a national board member of the Associated Writing Programs and has awards from the NEH, Lannan, Ks. Arts Commission, and Ks. Center for the Book. She has taught at Haskell Indian Nations Univ., Univ. of Ks. and Univ. of Richmond. Her publications include 20 books of poetry and prose. Low grew up in Emporia and is of British, German, Delaware and Cherokee heritage. She is 5th generation Kansan.
Dixie Lubin is a long-time resident of Lawrence, Kansas. She has written for pleasure since she learned to read. She is the author of Slightly Tilting into the Void and has had poems in anthologies, including The Carbon Chronicle-Harvest of Arts Poets 1992-1996, Flatland Press, Lawrence, Kansas and Kaw, Kaw, Kaw-as the Poets Fly from Lawrence Kansas, a CD. Dixie facilitates community writing workshops and writes with incarcerated teens. She is an outsider artist, and a founding mother of the annual “Bizarre Bazaar” in Lawrence.
Jim McCrary was born in Illinois in 1941. He spent the last half of the ’60s in Lawrence, the ’70s in New York City and San Francisco, the ’80s in Sonoma County, and the ’90s and oughts back in Lawrence. He won the Pheonix Award from the city of Lawrence for contributions to the literary culture, which was due most to a very successful poetry slam he co-curated at The Flamingo club in North Lawrence. His published books include West of Mass from Tansy Press; All That from Many Penny Press and DIY from his own Really Old Gringo Press: Mental Text (2010), My Book (2009), Maya Land (2006), Holbox (2006), Oh Miss Mary (2001) and Dive She Said (2000). His recent work has appeared in the journals Otoliths (Australia), House Organ (NY) and Galatea Review (Ca). His most recent chapbook Po Doom was published in 2011 by Hanks Orginal Loose Gravel Press.
Ramona McCallum earned her B.A. in creative writing and literature from Kansas State University. Ramona currently lives and writes in Garden City, Kansas where she and her husband, Brian McCallum, are raising their six children. In her spare time, Ramona serves as editor and assistant to her husband, a ceramic sculptor. The couple collaborate on written and visual art projects throughout southwest Kansas.
Jo McDougall lives in Leawood, Kansas. She’s Associate Professor Emeritus of English, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. McDougall is the author of five books of poetry, two chapbooks, and a memoir, Daddy’s Money: a Memoir of Farm and Family (July 2011, University of Arkansas Press). http://www.jomcdougall.com
Eric McHenry received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for his first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies (Waywiser Press, 2006). Waywiser will publish Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, his collection of children’s poems with woodcuts by Nicholas Garland, in 2011. McHenry teaches creative writing at Washburn University. For more information, visit http://www.waywiser-press.com.
Stephen Meats has taught literature and creative writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas since 1979. He has published poems and short stories in various journals, and his book of poems, Looking for the Pale Eagle (1993) was published by Woodley Memorial Press. He has been poetry editor of The Midwest Quarterly since 1985.
Lee Mick was raised in Mitchell County, a third generation Kansan, living in Cawker City. He married his wife Denelle in 1978, and is the father of two grown children, Travis and Shawna, and Grandpa to one, so far, little Johnathan. His poetry also appears in the Kansas Authors Club anthology Tallgrass Voices published by Hillsong Press.
Ronda Miller moved to Lawrence from NW Kansas where she attained degrees in Creative Writing, University of Kansas. She is a certified Life Coach, graduate of World Company Citizen Journalism Academy and author of The 15Oth Pony Express Re-ride. She writes for The Examiner, and created poetic form ‘Loku’. Her poetry can be found at The Smithsonian Institute of Art, Tallgrass Voices, Blue Island Review, etc. She is the mother of a daughter and a son. Blog: ljworld.com at random (Ronda Miller – justbegintowrite)
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the poet laureate of Kansas 2009-2012, and the author of over ten books, including four collections of poetry, The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community and Coming Home to the Body, and several anthologies. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches, she also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, Caryn offers Brave Voice writing and singing retreats, collaborative performances and co-written songs. http://www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com
Marilyn Pollack Naron, a Chicago native, studied journalism at the University of Kansas, and has enjoyed living in Lawrence for 15 years. A writer, mother and pastry chef, she traded professional baking to write from her own kitchen, now sharing stories, recipes and entertaining ideas on her popular blog Simmer Till Done. She has contributed to The Sister Project and PaulaDeen.com, and is noted by Babble.com as one of the country’s “50 Best Mom Food Bloggers.”
Rick Nichols penned 51 Burma Shave-like rhymes and a poem, “Messengers,” for his book 50 Sermons, 50 States: Presentations from the Pulpit for the Peopleof America. Residing in an old river house with a good view of Missouri at Leavenworth, he has dubbed himself the “Border Bard.” Please see http://www.borderbard.wordpress.com and http://www.middleborder.com.
Amy Nixon is an award-winning poet and song-writer who lives in Manhattan, KS with her teenage son and three very spoiled cats. She is passionate about architecture, genealogy, and guacamole, among other things.
Karen Ohnesorge has lived mostly in Kansas since 1986, having grown up near Oak Ridge, Tennessee— the Atomic City. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Spoon River Quarterly, Mudfish, Antioch Review, and Chain. She currently works as Associate Professor of English and Dean of Instruction at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas.
Al Ortolani has been teaching in Kansas for 37 years. His poetry has appeared in the Midwest Quarterly, The English Journal, The Laurel Review, The New York Quarterly and others. His second book of poetry Finding the Edge was published by Woodley Press in 2011. He is currently co-editor of The Little Balkans Review.
H.C. Palmer is a physician who was born in Southeast Kansas and spent much of his time growing up in the Flint Hills which is his “anchor” place although he considers the Madison Valley in Montana and the Florida Keys as important places too. He lives in Lenexa where he writes poems in his old age.
Dan Pohl grew up across the state of Kansas from Lucas to Lawrence, Americus to Zenda as his father help build I-70 and grain elevators, moving every two years, forever the “new kid.” He lives in Moundridge, Kansas and instructs English composition at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Matthew Porubsky’s first book of poetry, voyeur poems, published by Coal City Press, was the winner of the Kansas Authors Club Nelson Poetry Book Award in 2006. His second book of poetry, Fire Mobile (The Pregnancy Sonnets) is forthcoming from Woodley Memorial Press. He lives in Topeka where he works as a freight conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. Visit http://www.mppoetry.comto purchase books and view all other kinds of poetry fun.
Kevin Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State University. He has two books of poems, Bird’s Horn and Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner.
Thomas Reynolds is an associate English professor at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, and has published poems in various print and online journals, including New Delta Review, Alabama Literary Review, Aethlon-The Journal of Sport Literature, The MacGuffin, Flint Hills Review, and Prairie Poetry. Woodley Press of Washburn University published his poetry collection Ghost Town Almanac in 2008.
Linda Rodriguez, born in Fowler, Kansas, has published Heart’s Migration, winner of the 2010 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, and Skin Hunger. She received the Inspiration Award from the KC Arts Fund, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Midwest Voices and Visions Award, and both a Ragdale and Macondo Fellowship.
Judith Roitman, born and raised in New York City, landed in Lawrence KS in 1978 after bouncing back and forth between the coasts, and has been here ever since. Her book No Face: Selected and New Poems was published by First Intensity Press in 2008. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including (most recently) First Intensity, Spectaculum, Locus Point, Delirious Hem, and Bird Dog.
Mark Scheel was born and raised on a farm in rural, east-central Kansas. He served overseas with the American National Red Cross in Vietnam, Thailand, Germany and England and later took graduate studies and taught at Emporia State University. Prior to retirement he was an information specialist with the Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and a prose editor for Kansas City Voices magazine. His most recent book, A Backward View: Stories & Poems, won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award from the Kansas Authors Club.
Elizabeth Schultz, having retired from the University of Kansas in 2001, now balances scholarship on Herman Melville and on the environment with writing essays and poems about the people and places she loves. She has published two critical works on Melville, two collections of poetry, one book of short stories, and published her scholarship and poetry widely.
Leah Sewell lives in Topeka, Kansas with her two children and husband, Matt. She is the creator and facilitator of the Topeka Writers’ Workshop, the features editor of seveneightfive magazine, the editor of XYZ Magazine, and has had work published in Flint Hills Review, Coal City Review, Inscape, Blue Island Review and other small independent journals.
Melissa Sewell lives in Topeka, Kansas, where she slings coffee and scrubs her daughter’s painty fingerprints from the walls. She loves raspberries and being divorced. Her poems have resided in Susquehanna Review, Inscape, seveneightfive magazine, and the upcoming Kansas City Voices.
William Sheldon lives with his family in Hutchinson, Kansas where he teaches and writes. His poetry and prose have appeared widely in small press publications, including Columbia, Epoch, Flint Hills Review, Prairie Schooner, and Midwest Quarterly. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Retrieving Old Bones (Woodley) and the chapbook Into Distant Grass (Oil Hill Press). Mammoth Publications will bring out his new collection, Rain Comes Riding, in summer 2011.
Roland Sodowsky worked in Kansas wheat fields as a teenager. His books include Things We Lose, an AWP Award Winner for Short Fiction, Interim in the Desert, Un-Due West. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Award in 1989 and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award for Short Fiction in 1991. His poetry and fiction have also appeared in Atlantic Monthly, American Literary Review, Glimmer Train, and Midwest Quarterly, among others. A 2009 Kansas Voices winner, he lives with his wife, Laura Lee Washburn, in Pittsburg, KS.
Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College. He is the author of The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and Early
William Stafford, one of the world’s most beloved poets, was born and raised in Kansas, starting his prolific poetic life in Hutchinson in 1914, and going on to receive his BA and MA from the University of Kansas. During the Second World War, Stafford was a conscientious objector and worked in the civilian public service camps-an experience he recorded in the prose memoir Down My Heart (1947). He married Dorothy Hope Frantz in 1944; they had four children, including writer Kim Stafford. Stafford taught at Lewis and Clark College from 1948 until 1980. His first major collection of poems, Traveling Through the Dark, won the National Book Award in 1963. He went on to publish more than sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose. Among his many honors and awards were a Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Western States Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry. In 1970, he was the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a position currently known as the Poet Laureate).
Mary Stone Dockery’s poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Foundling Review, Blood Lotus, Breadcrumb Scabs, and many other fine journals. In 2011 she received the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Poetry. Currently, she is an MFA student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where she teaches English classes and co-edits the Blue Island Review and Stone Highway Review.
Olive L. Sullivan, an award-winning writer, grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas. Since then, she has lived in cities, mountains, deserts, two foreign countries, and an island, but she returns to Kansas landscapes for the images in her work. She lives with two big dogs and travels every chance she gets.
Mary Swander was appointed Poet Laureate of Iowa in 2009. She is the author of over ten books of poetry and non-fiction. She is a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. Her most recent work is a book of poetry, The Girls on the Roof (Turning Point/Word Tech, 2009), a Mississippi River flood narrative.
Patricia Traxler is author of three poetry collections including Forbidden Words (Missouri), and has published her poetry widely, including in The Nation, Ms. Magazine, Ploughshares,Agni, LA Times Literary Supplement, Slate, The Boston Review, and Best American Poetry. Awards include two Bunting Poetry Fellowships from Radcliffe, Ploughshares’ Cohen Award, and a Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod. Website: http://www.patriciatraxler.com
Roderick Townley, although known primarily as a children’s author (The Great Good Thing, The Door in the Forest, The Blue Shoe, and others), has published works of criticism and nonfiction, as well as two volumes of poetry: Three Musicians (NY: The Smith) and Final Approach (VT: The Countryman Press). His honors include the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award, a Master Artist Fellowship, the Peregrine Prize for Short Fiction, the Thorpe Menn Award, and two first prizes from the Academy of American Poets. Visit his website at http://www.rodericktownley.com.
Wyatt Townley is a fourth-generation Kansan. Her work has appeared in journals ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek. Books of poetry include The Breathing Field (Little, Brown), Perfectly Normal (The Smith), and her new collection, The Afterlives of Trees (Woodley), completed with a Master Fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission. http://www.WyattTownley.com.
Gloria Vando’s most recent book, Shadows and Supposes, won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame’s Book Award and the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award. She is founding publisher/editor of Helicon Nine Editions for which she received the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award. In 1992 she and her husband, Bill Hickok, founded The Writers Place, a literary center in Kansas City.
Timothy Volpert, in addition to being a poet, is also a musician, and co-manages Blue Planet Cafe in Topeka. His poems have been published by the wonderful folks at seveneightfive magazine, Coal City Review, Inscape, Blue Island Review and more. He loves you, and wants the best for you.
Diane Wahto’s poetry has been published in Midwest Quarterly, AID Review, and Coalition Connections: The Feminization of Poverty. Awards include the American Academy of Poets Award and the 2011 Salina Spring Reading Series New Voice Award. She lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and two dogs.
Laura Lee Washburn, director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University, is the author of This Good Warm Place (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in Prime Number, Cavalier Literary Couture, Valparaiso Review, The Sun, The Journal, and elsewhere. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she has lived in Pittsburg since 1997. She is married to the writer Roland Sodowsky. Laura and Roland host a writing group in Pittsburg that includes Allison Berry, Eric Dutton, Melissa Fite, Olive Sullivan, and Chris Anderson.
Israel Wasserstein was born and raised on the Great Plains and currently teaches at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. He received his MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2006. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Flint Hills Review, Blue Mesa Review, Coal City Review, BorderSenses and elsewhere.
Iris Wilkinson lives in North Lawrence just off the banks of the Kaw River. She enjoys leading a creative writing group for the women at the county jail and is thankful for her day job as a college professor at Washburn University.
Donna Lynn Lash-Wolff was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but has lived in Kansas most of her life. She works at Kansas University Medical Center and is a Trustee Scholar at Park University. Her writing has appeared in The Scenic Route, the Synapse, the Kansas City Kansas Community College e-Journal, as part of the Kansas Arts Commission 2010 National Poetry Month To the Stars Writing Contest, and as a 2011 Kansas Daily Poem in Your Pocket selection. She is currently compiling her first book of poetry.
Peter Wright, focusing on the shadows that feed and motivate this symphony of existence, has been writing poems for seventeen years. He lives with his partner thirty miles north of Lawrence. As this small stretch of land on a rise in the middle of nowhere is a new arrangement, he looks forward to the continued evolution of his work influenced by the giant whispering Kansas sky. He has self-published one chapbook of short poems called Spray.
Pamela Yenser (formerly Pam McMaster) grew up in Wichita. She holds a BA in English (WSU), MA (PSU), and MFA (UI). Yenser was student editor of Mikrokosmos and The Midwest Quarterly Review. Nominated for AWP and Pushcart Prizes, and recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize, she teaches college writing in Albuquerque.
Max Yoho, a Topekan and native Kansan, is a retired machinist, and award-winning Kansas author. This poem was originally published in Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, (Dancing Goat Press, 2004). http://www.dancinggoatpress.com