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    F. Scott Fitzgerald in St. Paul, photo by Roger Lathbury, used w. permission.

    Denise Low, Ph.D., is an experienced reader with audio/video files collected in archives of the San Francisco State Poetry Center collection, New Letters on the Air, Prairie Lights Bookstore, and others. She teaches professional workshops, both on-the-ground and online. She has extensive experience with developmental editing of book manuscripts, both poetry and prose, with suggestions for style, structure, and sentence-level improvements.  She lectures on contemporary poetry, craft, Indigenous American literary narratives, especially ledger art. 

    READINGS & PRESENTATIONS: Readings and/or half-day workshops $300 (negotiable under some circumstances). WORKSHOPS: Day-long group workshop, $500 a day in Kansas or Kansas City area; $750 a day outside Kansas City region. ONLINE WORKSHOPS: PROFESSIONAL REVISION   , prose and poetry. Contact kansaspoetry[AT] for details. If 8 people want a workshop, contact for scheduling. EDITING SERVICES: Base Rates: Poetry manuscript review (70-90 pages) with detailed two-page (500 words) summary of strengths and weaknesses–$250.  Comments on each poem, $500. Prose manuscript review with detailed two-page (500 words) summary of strengths and weaknesses–$250/100 pp.. Comments on each chapter, with some style editing, $500/100pp. For details or negotiations, contact kansaspoetry@gmail.


Master Poetry Workshop: Poems as Maps Oct. 23-Dec. 4

More delicate than the historians’ are the map-makers’ colors,” writes Elizabeth Bishop in “The Map.” Writing poems is indeed a delicate cartography. Explore topics and techniques of geography in this sequence of discussions and workshops. Weekly topics include brief “lectures” by Denise; sample poems, articles, and links; and interactive critiques. This is available either online (Google Groups and Classroom), on the ground, or combinations of both (especially if you have to miss a meeting). Johnson County Central Resource Library in OP, 5:45-8 pm. $30/session with 1-2 poems critiqued weekly (online students may submit 6 revised poems at the end for portfolio review). Pay in advance $150 for all 6 sessions. Refunds in credit. Contact

  • Oct. 23 Introduction: Bishop, Areda, Ammons. Historic Overview. Central Study Rm 9
  • Oct. 30 Landscape and Geography: Siting Poems. Central Conference Rm 3 (6-8pm)
  • Nov. 6 Central Deep Geography: Culture Landmarks. Conference Room 2
  • Nov. 13 Cartography and Road Tripping: Spatial Sequences. Central Conf. Room 3
  • Nov. 27 Cognitive Maps: Simultaneous Structures. Central Conference Room 2
  • Dec. 4 Mapper as Tourist: Insiders/Outsiders. Central Conference Room 1

Denise Low, Ph.D., is a former Poet Laureate of Kansas winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award, among other honors. She has taught creative writing in graduate programs of the University of Richmond and the University of Kansas. She founded the creative writing program at Haskell Indian Nations University.

“I am always energized during and for months after I attend one of Denise Low’s poetry workshops. She has a way of presenting new, stimulating, and useful writing approaches, ideas, and habits that never fails to spark my writing engine. My acceptance rates spike up a notch or two after I attend her workshops as well.”

~Roy Beckemeyer, Winner Kansas Notable Book Award

“Denise Low is one of the most experienced, comprehensive, and wise teachers I know when it comes to finding, writing, revising, publishing, and sharing poetry. She can speak, teach and lead on just about any aspect of what it means to be a writer in the world, and how writing can help us understand where we live and who we are. I recommend her with all my heart.”

~ Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate

“Denise said something and the story came pouring out. In 30 minutes an idea I’d been wrestling with washed up clearly on a very present shore in a very vivid way and there it was–a painful treasure looking at me with uncomfortable and striking clarity. Now I have the launch pad I have been searching for all year.” Laurin, Write On Door County workshop

 Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, has published over thirty books, poetry and non-fiction prose. As co-publisher of Mammoth Publications , she selects and edits manuscripts for publication. She has taught creative writing across the country, in both academic and community settings: visiting professor at the University of Richmond, & the University of Kansas; workshops at Southwest Festival of the Book-Silver City, NM; Fairmont State in West Virginia; Write On Door County in WI; The Writers Place in Kansas City; Anoka Ramsay College in Minneapolis; Excelsior Springs Cultural Museum;, Omaha Metro. Community College; and many organizations and colleges across Kansas. She teaches an ongoing master class in Kansas City and consults privately.


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