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June 16, 2011 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Poets Denise Low and Kathryn Kysar will read from their work. Denise Low, Poet Laureate of Kansas, will read from Ghost Stories of the New West: From Einstein’s Brain to Geronimo’s Boots. The collection takes readers on a head-to-toe discovery of colliding cultures, shifting winds, and legendary figures who still populate the Great Plains region. Low, of mixed ancestries herself, brings to life Native and settler heritages, sometimes in the form of ghost stories. Denise Low has 20 books of poetry and essays, including Natural Theologies: Essays on Literature of the Middle Plains and Words of a Prairie Alchemist. She has earned  awards from the Academy of American Poets, The Newberry Library, Lannan Foundation and The National Endowment for the Humanities. 


Kathryn Kysar will read from her new collection of poems, Pretend The World. Kathryn Kysar is the author of a previous collection of poems, Dark Lake, and is the editor of the essay collection Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers. Dorianne Laux says that Kathryn Kysar’s “spirited poems radiate a lyric vitality as they explore the world of nature, motherhood and sexuality.”