Denise Low and Albert Goldbarth enjoy visiting Watermark Books in Wichita, Jan. 2015

Denise Low, photo by Tracy RasmussenDenise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-2009, is author of 25 books of poetry and prose. She does individual consulting and editing, as well as professional 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,fromMelange-Block-Front-cover-12_26 Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe, explores geological scales of elegies, celebrations, American Indian and European histories. A new book of short fiction, Jackalope, is forthcoming in 2016 (Redmountain Press). Cream City Review nominated Low’s flash fiction piece “A Jackalope Walks into an Indian Bar” for a Pushcart Prize. See EVENTS for appearances. Upcoming: WORKSHOP in Lawrence June 27 and Santa Fe July 11, 2015 From Private Treasures to Public Celebration at the gorgeous Red Mountain Press home in Santa Fe (when you enroll, address will be sent). For poets and nonfiction prose writers. All day $175-200 including lunch and materials (see WORKSHOPS for schedule & PayPal or check payment). Sample the rich literary culture of Santa Fe as a backdrop for this workshop in Santa Fe. The one-day intensive workshop focuses on your writing, ending in time for the opera. Susan Gardner and R.D. Ross, publishers of Red Mountain Press, greet participants and provide an insider view of how the press selects, publishes, and promotes their award-winning series of writers and the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. Denise Low, Poet Laureate of Kansas and RMP best-selling author, reviews manuscripts sent beforehand and presents ways to take personal writing and expand its appeal to readers and editors. The schedule includes office tour, discussion, handouts, sharing, and time for writing and revision. This relaxed atmosphere is perfect for spending time on the inner creative process with helpful, experienced professionals.


Denise Low speaks at the Langston Hughes Literary Awards ceremony Feb. 1, 2015 at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Recent online publications are an essay on the poet Ronald Johnson, Numero Cinq, an essay on the Black Mountain-related poet Kenneth Irby in Jacket2, and an online chapbook In the Direction of North with paintings by Thomas Pecore Weso. Excerpts from Melange Block are featured on the We Wanted To Be Writers website. An interview is in the Museum of Americana literary journal.   North Dakota Q. published a special issue about William Stafford, including Low’s “‘The Way It Is’: Second Sight in William Stafford’s Poetry.” Reviews of Kooser, Matsuda, Westerman, and Hoogestraat for the Kansas City Star. She teaches in the Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Poetry Foundation biography is at


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2 Responses to Denise Low: RECENT NEWS

  1. Glad to see the new website

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