Part of The Writers Place Reading Series. Paul Dickey’s most recent book is Wires Over the Homeplace. Dickey is a poet and philosophy instructor in Omaha, Neb., who has published poetry, fiction, plays, book reviews, and creative non-fiction. His previous volume of poetry, They Say This is How Death Came Into the World, was published in 2011. He has published two e-books: a full-length play, The Good News According to St. Dude, and a collection of witty, political verse, Liberal Limericks of 2012.
John Mort is the author of the novel Goat Boy of the Ozarks, as well as Soldier in Paradise, which won the W.Y. Boyd Award for best military fiction. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, and The Missouri Review. Story collections include The Walnut King and DON'T MEAN NOTHIN: Vietnam War Stories. Originally from southern Missouri, Mort has lived and worked all over the United States as a librarian, teacher, and editor. In addition to the Hackney Award, Mort won a Western Writers of America Spur Award, for a story adapted from The Illegal called "The Hog Whisperer." Mort is a graduate of the University of Iowa with MFA and MLS degrees.