Dennis Weiser

516 W. 39 Terrace Apt. 4
Kansas City, MO 64111-2927

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="" class="linkification-ext" title="Linkification:"></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

A Kiss is Still A Kiss
(Outrider Press, 2001)
, A Kiss is Still A Kiss
(Outrider Press, 2001)
, Dirty:Dirty art by Mugi Takei prose and poetry by 53 writers
(Jaded Ibis Press, 2015)
, Family Gatherings
(Outrider Press, 2003)
, The Sixth Surface: Steven Holl Lights the Nelson-Atkins Museum
(Topo/graphis Press, 2007)
Abramelin, Chouteau Review, Interview, Janus, Literary Juice, New Letters, The Hungry Chimera, The Illuminata, The Legendary, Thorny Locust, Unlikely Stories
Prizes Won: 
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

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
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Favorite Books: 
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, On Revolution, Men in Dark Times, Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought, , Crises of the Republic, The Life of the Mind: Thinking / Willing; Perry Miller, Jonathan Edwards, The Life of the Mind in America: From the Revolution to the Civil War, Errand into the Wilderness, Nature's Nation, The Responsibility of Mind in a Civilization of Machines; Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Benito Cereno, Billy Budd, The Encantadas, Bartleby the Scrivener: A Tale of Wall Street; Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station, The Wound and the Bow; W. T. Stace, Man Against Darkness and Other Essays; George Orwell, 1984; William Dalrymple, White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India; Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano; Joseph Church, Language and the Discovery of Reality; Alice Miller, Prisoners of Childhood, For Your Own Good, Banished Knowledge, The Untouched Key; Paul Ricoeur, The Rule of Metaphor;
Favorite Authors: 
Hannah Arendt, Perry Miller, Franz Kafka, W. T. Stace, Stanley Elkin, Howard Nemerov, William H. Gass, John Gardner, Eudora Welty, Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Owen Barfield, Ursula K. LeGuin, Dylan Thomas, William Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, Bertrand Russell

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
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: 
Raised in: 
St. Louis, MO
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Last updated: Apr 25, 2018