Poetry. California Interest. Native American Studies. Imagined and real worlds intersect as lyric poet Denise Low dances between mortals and the dead, humans and animals, her European and Indigenous heritages. Real pandemics and wildfires set the stage as she illumines connections between the rational and intuitive. This former Poet Laureate of Kansas mourns the lost buffalo herds and celebrates the irresistible and beautiful material world of art, from Renaissance paintings to recent works by Nick Cave, Julie Buffalohead, and Peter Max. History is a living entity in the works: English lords court on teacups; a spirit woman walks Cimarron Breaks. Two hands and vestigial limbs—including wings—are tools for understanding the dualities of existence. Low’s rich work sings a healing song, knitting opposites together into a whole.
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor's Choice Award for SHADOW LIGHT (Red Mountain Press, 2018). Other recent books are a memoir, The Turtle's Beating Heart: One Family's Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press) and A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press. JACKALOPE (Red Mountain Press,2015), fiction, was acclaimed by Pennyless (U.K.), American Book Review, and New Letters. She edited Kansas Poems of William Stafford (Woodley). Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She has won 3 Ks. Notable Book Awards and recognition from the Poetry Society of America, The Circle -Best Native American Books, Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Award, and NEH. Low has an MFA from Wichita State U. and Ph.D. from KU. She and her husband Tom Weso publish Mammoth Publications books and chapbooks. She teaches for Baker University's School of Professional and Graduate Studies. She recently relocated to Sonoma County, California. Author City: HEALDSBURG, CA USA