Gary Dop—poet, playwright, and performer—lives with his wife and three daughters in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he is an English professor at Randolph College. Dop's first book of poems, FATHER, CHILD, WATER (Red Hen Press, 2015) sold out of its first print run of 1000 copies in two months. Dop was awarded the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize in 2013 and a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Dop's work has appeared throughout the country in magazines such as Prairie Schooner, New Letters, North American Review, Agni, and Poetry Northwest, among others.
Denise Low, the second Kansas Poet Laureate, is award-winning author of 25 books, including Jackalope, short fiction from Red Mountain Press in Santa Fe (2016). This collection of trickster prose features adventures of an intergender rabbit-antelope hybrid as she/he meets Chupacabra (Goatsucker), aliens, Geronimo, and an Ojibwa shapeshifter. Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She blogs, reviews, and co-publishes Mammoth Publications. She teaches professional workshops and classes for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Her MFA is from Wichita State University and PhD is from the University of Kansas. She has British Isles, German, Lenape, and Cherokee heritage.
Music by Gib Shell.
Emcee: Rhiannon Ross
The Riverfront Readings series of poetry and fiction readings was started in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 by Philip Miller and Donn Blevins. In those days, the location actually was in the Riverfront area, in the Kansas City Artists Coalition space. Now they are held at The Writers Place and in other Kansas City area locations. More information here.