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Lindsey Martin-Bowen

Lindsey Martin-Bowen

Author's Bio

A Kansas native, Lindsey Martin-Bowen taught writing, literature, and cultural studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 18 years. She now teaches at MCC-Longview in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She has also taught at Rockhurst University, served as a full-time newspaper reporter for The Johnson County SUN and the Louisville Times, as Associate Editor for Modern Jeweler Magazine and as Editor of The National Paralegal Reporter. Her latest poetry collection is INSIDE VIRGIL'S GARAGE, released in early 2013. She holds an MA In English/creative writing and a Juris Doctor. She reads often at The Wrier's Place (KCMO) and The Writer's Place West in the Johnson County Central Resource Library. With poet Carl Rhoden, she helped organize the Second Sunday Reading series at Borders in Overland Park, Kansas (1991-2001).

Publications and Prizes

Rapture Redux (Paladin Contemporaries, 2014), Inside Virgil's Garage (Chatter House Press, 2013), Hamburger Haven (Paladin Contemporaries, 2009), Standing on the Edge of the World (Woodley Press, 2008), Cicada Grove (Paladin Contemporaries, 1992), SECOND TOUCH (Paladin Contemporaries, 1990)
Thorny Locust Special Selections Anthology 20 Years (Thorny Locust, 2015), The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Poets (Whirlybird Press, 2012), To the Stars through Difficulties A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices (Mammoth Publications, 2012), Show + Tell (Potpourri Press, 2000), DOWN PEACEFUL PATHS (Quill Books, 1988), Kansas City Outloud (as Carole Nicholson) (BkMk Press-UMKC, 1974)
Bare Root Review, Black Bear Review, Coal City Review, Flint Hills Review, I-70 Review, Kansas City Star, Kansas City Voices, Lip Service, Little Balkans Review, New Letters, River King Poetry Supplement, Rockhurst Review, The Same, Thorny Locust
2013 Pushcart Prize nominee for "Bonsai Tree Gone Awry" from INSIDE VIRGIL'S GARAGE (Chatter House Press 2013). This collection was also a runner-up in the 2015 Kansas Authors Club THomas Nelson Poetry Prize. McClatchy Newspapers named her first collection, STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD (Woodley Press) one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of 2008. The collection was also nominated for a PEN USA award. 1987 Grand Prize Barbara Storck Creative Writing Contest (Cicada Grove and poetry) 1986 Grand Prize Barbara Storck Creative Writing Contest (a short story and poetry) 1992 Third Place Shorelines Poetry Contest

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Jackalope by Denise Low, Dubliners (re-reading stories) by James Joyce, Selected Poems by Czeslav Milosz, Ecstatic in the Poison by Andrew Hudgins
Favorite Books:
C.S. Lewis: Till We Have Faces; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Aimee Bender: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina. Anne Tyler: Accidental Tourist; Celestial Navigation; Breathing Lessons. Andrew Hudgins:Babylon in a Jar. Larry Levis: Collected Works. F. Scott Fitzgerald: This Side of Paradise; The Great Gatsby. Anne Rice: Christ the Lord Out of Egypt. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale. James Joyce: Dubliners; Ulysses. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: Slaughterhouse Five; Mother Night; Gallapagos. Mark Twain: Personal Recolections of Joan of Arc; Huckleberry Finn. James Tate: The Lost Pilot. W.S. Merwin: everything he's written.
Favorite Authors:
C.S. Lewis, Anne Tyler, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Czeslav Milosz, Andrew Hudgins, James Tate, Larry Levis, Pablo Neruda, Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Mark Twain, W.S. Merwin, Leo Tolstoy, Joyce Carol Oates.

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Listing last updated: February 3, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
English American, Christian
Prefers to work with:
Teachers, Adults
Born in:
Kansas City, KS
Raised in:
Kansas City, MO

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