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Dennis Weiser

Author's Bio

Poet, novelist and philosopher, Dennis Weiser is a former editorial page columnist at The Kansas City Business Journal and book reviewer for NPR affiliate KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Missouri. Dennis has published articles, poetry and fiction in Chouteau Review, Thorny Locust, Abramelin, New Letters and p.r.n., as well as several anthologies from Outrider Press. “Excellence”, his parable of genocidal race hatred, was the featured “Original Fiction” in The Illuminata, Bret Funk, Editor, Vol 2:Issue 8 (Tyrannosaurus Press), pp. 9-15. An excerpt from his novel, Crash Dummies, won first prize for prose fiction at the Printers Row Book Fair in Chicago and was published in Things That Go Bump in the Night (Outrider Press 2004). Dennis has read at Barnes &amp; Noble, Borders, Prospero’s Books, The Way Out Club and Venice Café. He is a member of the online directory of poets at Poets &amp; Writers (<a href="http://www.pw.org" class="linkification-ext" title="Linkification: http://www.pw.org">www.pw.org</a>). His biography is included in Marquis Who’s Who in America (2007) and Who’s Who in the World (2008). His most recent publication, “Hidden Song”, appears in The Sixth Surface: Steven Holl Lights the Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City: Topo/Graphis Press 2007). Dennis holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Westminster College and an M.A. in Philosophy from The University of Kansas. Currently a member of The Writers Place, Dennis is finishing a screen adaptation of Crash Dummies and writing his third novel, a historical thriller set against the tumultuous backdrop of Dutch colonialism in 1879 Java.

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies:
Dirty:Dirty art by Mugi Takei prose and poetry by 53 writers (Jaded Ibis Press, 2015), The Sixth Surface: Steven Holl Lights the Nelson-Atkins Museum (Topo/graphis Press, 2007), Family Gatherings (Outrider Press, 2003), A Kiss is Still A Kiss (Outrider Press, 2001), A Kiss is Still A Kiss (Outrider Press, 2001)
Journals:
Abramelin, Chouteau Review, Interview, Janus, Literary Juice, New Letters, The Illuminata, Thorny Locust, Unlikely Stories
Prizes:
2004 TallGrass Writers Guild Winner of First Place in Prose Fiction for novel excerpt [CRASH DUMMIES] awarded at Chicago Printers Row Book Fair June 6, published in THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT—[$500]; 1978 Samuel Robins Prize Winner 1972 Rockefeller Fellowship Nominee

Dennis Weiser Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Don Quixote by Cervantes; Edith Grossman, Translator, Max Havelaar by Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Java: Pearl of the East by S. J. Higginson, The Way of Life According to Laotzu: An American Version by Witter Bynner, Translator, Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Favorite Books:
Crash Dummies Grendl Under the Volcano
Favorite Authors:
John Gardner Louis Simpson Mark Twain Anton Chekhov Leo Tolstoy Edgar Allan Poe Witter Bynner

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Listing last updated: August 20, 2013

More Information

Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
British, Disabled, Feminist, German American, Irish American, Jewish, Scotch-Irish American
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Children, Mentally Ill, Naturalists/Environmentalists, People with Disabilities, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in:
English, French, German
Born in:
Philadelphia, PA
Raised in:
St. Louis, MO

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