Konza Poetry Project: poets from the Sunflower State 2017-ongoing
Museum Made of Breath
Lori Brack’s Kansas roots coil down to her mother’s Barton County homestead and her father’s Russian- German immigrant parents. The script is a collaboration with her grandfather’s 1907-1918 Kansas farming journals.
All That Jazz
Kevin Rabas chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism at Emporia State and leads the poetry and playwriting tracks. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and Rabas is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, and the Salina New Voice Award.
From the Bone
Melvin Litton’s stories have appeared in Mobius, Foliate Oak, Floyd County Moonshine, Pif, Chiron Review, First Intensity, with poetry in Broadkill Review and The Stray Branch.He is a retired carpenter and lives in Lawrence, KS with his wife Debra and their black and tan shepherd Jack. He also writes and performs songs solo and with the Border Band: www.borderband.com
A Casino Bestiary
Denise Low, second Kansas Poet Laureate, is award-winning author of 25 books of prose and poetry. Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She teaches professional workshops nationally as well as classes for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
Following the Curve
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate is the author of over two dozen books, including most recently Miriam’s Well, a novel; Everyday Magic; and the award-winning Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image with weather chaser Stephen Locke. She’s co-editor of Konza: A Bioregional Journal on Living in Place.
Cal Louise Phoenix
Cal Louise Phoenix was born, raised, and educated in Kansas, where she continues to reside. Her poetry, fiction, and non fiction have appeared in literary publications since 2010, including her essay “Renovating Shabbat,” which won the Beecher’s 2015 Contest in non fiction. Tracing Ghosts is her first book.
Anarchy and Pancakes
Award winning poet Dan Pohl lives in Moundridge, Kansas, and instructs English composition at Hutchinson Community College. Pohl, along with his daughter Jessie, an artist who graduated from Bethel College (Newton, Kansas) in 2014, winner of the rasher Award for academic excellence, illustrates her father’s works as well as children’s books.
This Removed Utopia
Dennis Etzel Jr.
Dennis Etzel Jr. lives with Carrie and the boys in Topeka, Kansas where he teaches English at Washburn University. He has an MFA from the University of Kansas, and an MA and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Kansas State University. He has two chapbooks, The Sum of Two Mothers (ELJ Publications 2013) and My Graphic Novel (Kattywompus Press 2015).
Boyd Bauman grew up on a small ranch south of the town of Bern, Kansas (population 200). Grist for the mill included stints as a flight attendant out of New York City, dude ranch worker and ski bum in Colorado, and King Salmon sherman in Alaska. Boyd lives with his lovely wife Lisa and their little poets Haven and Milly. Visit him at boydbauman.weebly.com.
Creed J. Shepard
Creed Shepard’s poems have been published in Smelt Money, Kaw Vally Independent, Beecher’s, Hypocrite Reader and more. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas and works various odd general labor jobs to supplement his part time job with the nonprofit Kansas Progress Institute.
Photos of Ghosts
Gary Lechliter’s work has recently appeared in many poetry journals and anthologies. He has published three full-length books of poetry. His newest book Off the Beaten Path is published by Woodley Press. Gary is the managing editor of I-70 Review.
Into the Stillness
Jackie Magnuson Ash
Karl Dean, from the Central Great Plains along the Smoky Hill River, perceived a vision perusing through an old cellar at the impressionable age of seven, mani-festing this insightful phantasm into poetry. Karl Dean, also a professional abstract artist, has been published in one anthology Tears of Fire (Watermark Press, 1993) and in the Lawrence Journal World twice.
Roy J. Beckemeyer is a retired engineer and scientific journal editor who lives in Wichita, Kansas. He currently studies the Paleozoic insect fossils of Alabama, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and writes poetry.
Stephen Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Kansas. He has published in Puerto del Sol, Coal City Review, Physics of Context, Mikro- kosmos, and the Kansas City Star. He earned how to cuss from his grandmother, to read from the old timey testaments, and to write from carpenters, mechanics, and fishermen.