Denise Low

Board Member, Indigenous Nations Poets

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, is winner of the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Choice Award for Shadow Light. Other recent books are a memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press), A Casino Bestiary: Poems (Spartan Press), and Jackalope (Red Mountain Press). With Ramon Powers she co-authored Northern Cheyenne Ledger Art by Fort Robinson Breakout Survivors (U. of Nebraska Press). She founded the Creative Writing Program at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she taught and was an administrator. Low is past board president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs. She has won 3 Kansas Notable Book Awards and recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sequoyah National Research Center, Poetry Society of America, The Circle -Best Native American Books, Roberts Foundation, Lichtor Award, and the Kansas Arts Commission. Low has an MFA from Wichita State U. and Ph.D. from Kansas U. She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. She has Lenape – Munsee heritage. She recently relocated to Sonoma County, California and lives on Tsuno Mountain. www.deniselow.net

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A Casino Bestiary: POEMS (2017)

Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Spartan Press
Publication Date: September 9, 2017

A Casino Bestiary continues Denise Low’s exploration of the frontier West, what it means for Indigenous and settler citizens, its myths and boundaried realities. This is the most personal of Low’s books, full of wit, sting, surprise. Cover art by Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

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Jackalope

Genre: Short Fiction
Publisher: Red Mountain Press
Publication Date: December 1, 2015

Fiction. Native American Studies. Jackalope in Denise Low's trickster stories is a 21st century figure as real as Bigfoot. Part antelope and part rabbit, this denizen of the grasslands has a Twitter account and a trusty road car. He loves Native American tales as well as Old West adventures. Jack's social life includes encounters with Roswell aliens, Jayhawks, and Chupacabra (Goat Sucker). Bawdy humor is Jackalope's lifeblood, so join Jack as he (or sometimes she) savors urban legends and juniper-based martinis.

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Shadow Light

Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Red Mountain Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Poetry. Native American Studies. "The natural elements are honored and reclaimed in all their vital glory in Denise Low's SHADOW LIGHT. Water, land, wind, and language rise up and dazzle. Low splinters syntax and line to signal presence, absence, spirit, and light. These are also elegiac poems for a father, sister, and grandparents, and gloss the history and resilience of the Lenape, Cherokee, Cheyenne, and Kiowa people. Low translates nature into human song and back again. This is a riveting and urgent collection by an accomplished poet, who courts a hummingbird so that we may witness it 'bullet dive' and open a portal into another world."—Hadara Bar-Nadav

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