Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series at the Johnson County Library (Oak Park Location), 9500 Bluejacket St., Overland Park, Kan.
Features former Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low and Kathryn Kysar.
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-2009, is author of 25 books of poetry and prose. She does individual consulting and editing, as well as workshops. Low is co-publisher of Mammoth Publications , an independent small literary press specializing in Indigenous and Mid-Plains poetry and prose. Her poetry blog has over 400 entries, and she reviews poetry for the Kansas City Star. Her book of poetry Melange Block, from Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe, explores geological scales of elegies, celebrations, American Indian and European histories. Thanks to Cream City Review for the nomination of Low’s flash fiction piece “A Jackalope Walks into an Indian Bar” for a Pushcart Prize, 2014.
Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oberholtzer Foundation. Her poems have been heard on A Writer’s Almanac and have appeared in anthologies such as To Sing Along the Way and Good Poems, American Places. Kysar has served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Rain Taxi Review. She co-chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and teaches creative writing classes at Hamline University and the Loft Literary Center. Her latest project was a collaborative CD of poetry from Pretend the World. She lives with her family in Saint Paul.
[NOTE VENUE CHANGE: The Johnson County Main Library (Central Resource), 9875 West 87th St., Overland Park, Kan., where we usually have readings, is undergoing remodeling in 2015. We will meet at the Oak Park Location, 9500 Bluejacket St., Overland Park, Kan., throughout 2015. After 2015, we will return to the Central library.]