Lindsey Martin-Bowen

Poet, Fiction Writer

Blue Mountain Community College Criminal Justice Department
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 
541 663-0922

Author's Bio

 A poem in her fourth collection, Where Water Meets the Rock (39 West Press 2017) reaped an Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest’s 85th Contest. Her third, CROSSING KANSAS with Jim Morrison (in chapbook form), was a finalist in the QuillsEdge Press 2015-2016 contest and won the KAC 2017 “Looks Like a Million.” Her poems have appeared in many lit zines, including New Letters, I-70 Review, Thorny Locust, Flint Hills Review, Coal City Review, Ekphrastic Review (Egyptian Challenge), Phantom Drift, and Rockhurst Review. She holds an MA and Juris Doctor and teaches Criminal Justice classes at Blue Mountain Community College. (To be near children and grandchildren, she followed William Stafford’s spirit to Oregon.) Until then, she taught writing/literature at UMKC, MCC—Longview, Penn Valley, Rockhurst University, and Johnson County CC. Poetry is her way of singing.

 

A Kansas native, Lindsey Martin-Bowen taught writing, literature, and cultural studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 18 years. Until September 2018, she taught writing and Criminal Law at MCC-Longview in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She has also taught Classical Literature and writing 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 read often at The Writers Place (KCMO) and The Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Program 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 & Prizes

Fiction

Books:
Rapture Redux (Paladin Contemporaries, 2014)
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Hamburger Haven (Paladin Contemporaries, 2009)
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Cicada Grove (Paladin Contemporaries, 1992)
Journal:
Thorny Locust

Poetry

Anthologies:
Thorny Locust Special Selections Anthology 20 Years (Thorny Locust, 2015)
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The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Poets (Whirlybird Press, 2012)
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To the Stars through Difficulties A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices (Mammoth Publications, 2012)
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Show + Tell (Potpourri Press, 2000)
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DOWN PEACEFUL PATHS (Quill Books, 1988)
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Kansas City Outloud (as Carole Nicholson) (BkMk Press-UMKC, 1974)
Books:
Where Water Meets the Rock (39 West Press, 2017)
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CROSSING KANSAS with Jim Morrison (Paladin Contemporaries, 2016)
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Inside Virgil's Garage (Chatter House Press, 2013)
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Standing on the Edge of the World (Woodley Press, 2008)
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SECOND TOUCH (Paladin Contemporaries, 1990)
Journals:
Bare Root Review
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Black Bear Review
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Coal City Review
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Flint Hills Review
,
I-70 Review
,
Kansas City Star
, ,
Lip Service
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Little Balkans Review
, ,
River King Poetry Supplement
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Rockhurst Review
,
The Same
,
Thorny Locust
Prizes won: 

A poem in her fourth collection, Where Water Meets the Rock (39 West Press 2017) reaped an Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest’s 85th Contest. Her third, CROSSING KANSAS with Jim Morrison (in chapbook form), was a finalist in the QuillsEdge Press 2015-2016 contest and won the KAC 2017 “Looks Like a Million.”

 

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

Favorite authors: 
Poetry: Galway Kinnell, W.S. Merwin. Louise Gluck, Mary Ruefle, Mark Strand, Andrew Hudgins, Mary Oliver, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Czeslav Milosz, Kim Adonezzio, Tara Skurtu, Pablo Neruda, Michelle Boisseau, Fiction: Anne Tyler, Kurt Vonnegut, James Joyce, Leo Tolstoy, C.S. Lewis
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

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Christian, English American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Teachers
Born in: 
Kansas City, MO
Missouri
Raised in: 
Kansas City, MO
Missouri
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Last update: Jun 28, 2019