Denise Low

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Healdsburg, CA 95448

Author's Bio

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-2009, has 35 books of award-winning poetry, essays, and fiction. Recent books are Wing (Red Mountain, 2021), A Casino Bestiary (Spartan Press), Shadow Light (Editor's Choice Award, Red Mountain), Jackalope (short fiction), Melange Block (Red Mountain ), Ghost Stories of the New West (Woodley), named one of the best Native American Books of 2010 by The Circle of Minneapolis. She was 2011-2012 AWP president of the board of directors. Currently, she is a founding member of Indigenous Native Poets (In-Na-Po). Low taught at Haskell Indian Nations U., U. Ks., and the U. of Richmond. MFA-Wichita St.U.& Ph.D. U. of Ks. She teaches privately and does developmental editing.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Riding Shotgun (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2008)
The Turtle's Beating Heart (University of Nebraska Press, American Lives Series, 2017)
Natural Theologies: Essays about New West (Backwaters Press, 2011)


WING (Red Mountain Press, 2021)
SHADOW LIGHT (Red Mountain Press, 2019)
A CASINO BESTIARY (Spartan Press, 2018)
Langston Hughes in Lawrence (Mammoth Books, 2004)
New and Selected Poems (Penthe, 1999)
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Connecticut Review
Cottonwood Review
Flint Hills Review
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Prizes won: 

Red Mountain Press Editor's Choice Award, Heitz Award finalist, Kansas Notable Book Awards (4), Pami Jurassi - Ac. of Am. Poets 2nd; NEH Faculty Fellowship; Ks. Lit. Fellowship; The Newberry Library; Lannan-McNickle Center;  Phillips Foundation

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Leslie Marmon Silko, Rilke, William Stafford
What I'm reading now: 
The Shrubberies by Ronald Johnson, The Intent On: Collected Poems by Ken Irby, Pretend the World by Kathryn Kysar, Preparing to Leave by Stephen Bunch, Things Come On by Joseph Harrington

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Last update: Jul 28, 2021