More About the Author
Denise (Dotson) Low grew up in the Flint Hlls of Kansas, descended from British Isles, German, and Native (Delaware/Cherokee) peoples. She is 2007-2009 Kansas Poet Laureate, with 25 published books of poetry, personal essays, and scholarship. Red Mountain Press (Santa Fe) published Melange Block (2014). Her writings explore interactions of historic and natural time with individual imagination. The Poetry Foundation features her work. She is a 2008-2013 member the national board of the Associated Writers & Writing Programs and president 2011-12. For 25 years she taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she founded the creativing writing program. She has been visiting professor at the University of Kansas and University of Richmond. Currently she teaches courses for Baker University's School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Her essays about Black Mountain related poets Kenneth Irby and Ronald Johnson are online (Jacket2 and Numéro Cinq). She has awards from the NEH, Lannan Foundation, The Newberry Library, Academy of American Poets, and Ks. Arts Commission. Her academic books include prose about Native and settler literatures of the middle plains region. Her web site is www.deniselow.com, and she maintains a writing-related blog, http://firstname.lastname@example.org. She also is on Twitter. The Kansas City Star had this to say about her _Ghost Stories_: "Let Denise Low, a former Kansas poet laureate (2007-2009), tell you tales of the Great Plains with her recent book "Ghost Stories of the New West."Her poems take readers through the natural tapestries and landscapes that we Midwesterners are lucky to have. With the poem "Trailhead," we observe the plight of travelers on the Oregon Trail: "Watch for travelers/ who risk what they have/ for what might happen." Read "On Thompson River" or "Flint Hills Twilight" to the one you love and let their vision of this land and the hopes that endure within it resonate."
Currently, Low is writing prose about a Jackalope character. "Jackalope Walks into an Indian Bar" is a Pushcart Prize nominee (Cream City Review 2014).