Kari Abate *
|is a poet, photographer, and freelance writer living
in Springfield, Illinois.
|lives in Northern Alberta and has been published in a variety of
Neil Aitken **
|Born in Vancouver, was raised in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the US,
and Canada, in communities as various as small farming towns in northern
Saskatchewan and the industrial districts of Taipei City. The son
of two librarians, words accompany him wherever he goes; books fill
walls, rooms, floors; he talks to himself and scribbles on the backs
of business cards. He says, "Canada is in the heart, a great
island that lies beyond the horizon of my memory." He works
as a computer programmer in California, plotting his escape for an
| was raised north of the Shoshone Arapaho Reservation and found
his biological parents after 29 years. "They never told anyone
about me not even their spouses of 25 years or their parents. I spent
most of my life as a guide and outfitter in the Windriver Mountains
in Wyoming. I moved to New York City to be a poet."
Stanley P. Anderson
|lives in Lincoln, Nebraska and, writing poetry and fiction
for about 35 years, he has published poetry in various literary journals.
He has worked as an editor for the United States Department of Agriculture,
Natural Resources Conservation Service, since 1974. He has a
Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland.
|is a second generation native New Yorker who has emerged from a
very long writer's block.
| is a linguist and educational researcher who lives in San Francisco
and specializes in the introduction of computer literacy within educational
and social systems. She has designed and implemented virtual learning
environments and partnerships for children and senior citizens and
has published stories and poetry for children and adults.
|is an Associate Professor of German and Italian at Kansas State
University and has published several academic books, numerous scholarly
articles as well as some short stories and poems.
|has lived in Kansas all his life with the exception of a couple
of years in eastern Colorado and Nebraska. "I love the great
plains and rolling hills of the MidWest and enjoy trying to put that
love into written form."
Aurora Austin *
| born at the foot of the Rockies, looking back across the plains,
now resides in Arizona.
|is an Anishinaabe / Finnish poet, painter, woodblock printer, guitarist,
pianist. His work has won
awards and accolades such as the Evelyn Apitz Morris Prize,
the Eliza A. Drew Prize, the George Henry Bridgman Poetry Prize,
and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. James lives peacefully
with his wife, son, and cats in Minneapolis.
|has been a finalist
for the James Hearst Poetry Prize, as well as The Poet’s
Pen. She grew up near Kansas City, Missouri, and decided to
return after spending five years in California, where she found
|an award-winning playwright for "A Lyon's Tale" (with
productions in New York, Utah, Illinois and California), covers the
crime beat for a North Carolina newspaper. He has a literary website
dedicated to the interests of men: A
| is a Christian, a husband, a father, a teacher, a writer, and
a juggler. He has written a lot of poetry for adults, and has been
published in several journals. His current projects include picture
books and poetry books for children.
| has had poetry published variously in the print world. He wrote
and directed a six year project produced by a local access television
station, a six part mini-series called Zephyr.
| is a father, sculptor, singer/songwriter, and goatherd who teaches
art to a myriad of children in central Texas.
| is a native Texan. With family and careers behind him, poetry
and the Glory Of God have become his all consuming passions.
|is a student in Kansas City.
|was born in Topeka, Kansas and lives in Colorado. He has "worked
in corporate American cubes for 16 years."
|formerly managed a steelyard in Ohio but has moved to Brazil where
he is a full time writer and photographer.
Dori Patterson Bearce
|"At my house I have instructed various family members that when
I die, they are to check every book, notebook, and scrap of paper
before disposing of them. I have found forgotten and incomplete poetry
in novels, texts, cook books, and stuffed under my nightstand. My
need to write is what keeps me breathing."
| is a student in Nebraska.
| is a sixth generation Californian living on the prairies of East
Central Iowa. "I'm a produced playwright, an award-winning journalist
and poet, and an ex-Hollywood comedy writer. I'm finishing my first
poetry book and my first novel. I'm also the editor of the soon-to-be-launched
literary e-zine The Redhawk Review, and the music e-zine Big Bad
Beat. I record for mp3.com as DJ Blurry Guy."
|is a PhD candidate in creative
writing at the University of Kansas where she has begun
to explore the Midwestern landscape.
|has " lived on the plains for most of my life. Born here.
Worked here. Loved here. Rejoiced here. I am a recovering engineer
now retired from a daily commitment to university science and service.
Poetry and the plains have been my abiding inspiration and
now it is time to give something back as they say."
|was born in Minneapolis and lived in South Dakota, Minnesota and
Montana, before moving to Portland, Oregon, where she works in communications.
Her poetry has been published elsewhere, and she is currently at
work on a novel.
| lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
Linda L. Bielowski
|has published a chapbook, Spirit Echoes, and a full length book
of poetry, Contemplative Persona. Her work has appeared in an array
of journals, magazines, calendars, and anthologies throughout the
US, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, and India. She spends
her leisure time studying the works of monastic Benedictines and
of the Catholic Worker Movement and retreats to Michigan or Iowa,
where she walks wilderness scapes and grasslands.
| is a retired (broke) farmer who took up a cheap hobby. native
of Illinois, has experienced the prairies, rivers, and woods.
Dave Bishop *
|From his farm in central Illinois, he operates the
RURAL IMAGE PRESS and a native prairie restoration business that
grows, processes, and distributes native prairie plant seed for prairie
resoration projects, large or backyard small. RURAL IMAGE publishes
poetry and prose on earth related themes. Dave has a personal site
John I. Blair **
|was born in Kansas. His father's family homesteaded near Broken
Bow, Nebraska, in the 1870s living in sod houses and
dugouts. "Even though I have lived in cities all my life, the
prairies are in my blood."
| is a retired financial manager living in Washington state. His
work has appeared in several zines and mags in the USA and other
countries. He edits the poetry pages of www.writershood.com and
is CEO and secretary for Santiam Publishing, which does limited edition
chapbook runs and web publication. He wonders if he is
"an editor with a poet rattling around inside or a poet with
an editor trying to get out." He has "taught, moderated,
judged and otherwise likely screwed up his brother and sister poets." His
home page is http://gardawg.homestead.com/gardawg.html
|was born and raised in Chicago in a succession of broken down old
apartments and has spent her thirties on the high plains of North
Dakota in a succession of broken down old homes. She is a mother,
writer, and expert drink pourer, with no plans of returning to civilization.
David Bond *
| labored for 17 years in a coal mine. He works at Morris Library,
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where he is frustrated by
the thousands of books surrounding him that he has no time to read.
Published in various literary magazines, he has presented poetry
programs at Binghamton University and The University of Tulsa, and
won an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award for 2001.
| was raised in Nebraska and schooled in Iowa.
|is a 1998 alumnus of the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
and former member of the editorial staff of "Whetstone" -
a literary magazine. After 20 years on the prairie she now lives
and writes quietly in Nanaimo, B.C.
| lives in Chicago. She won the College Poetry Prize of the Academy
of American Poets while at Rockford College, and she has an M.A.
in English Literature from DePaul University.
| moved to California from Alberta, Canada, to be married and find
California densely populated with freeways. "I miss the open spaces
and the clean air. I have been writing poetry most of my years as
gifts and therapy."
|is a big fan of the Rolling Stones, baseball, Buffalo Bill and
the poetry of Robert Browning. Published in various journals, he
received a 2005 Pushcart nomination from VLQ.
|AKA J. B. Stillwater, is a writer and poet who lives in the foothills
of the Sandia Mountains
in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and a great gray cat
named Amos. Her short stories, poetry and novels are widely published.
|is a clinical social worker and mother of two. Writing poetry is
her spiritual practice and a way to express her connection to landscape
and to light.
|is a warrior, poet, philosopher, mother of three, baker of extraordinary
chocolate chip cookies, lover of life.
| is married and lives in New York City. He and his wife enjoy classical
music, good books past and present, fine art, their children, their
grandchildren, their four parrots and walking in Manhattan. Mr. Brown,
the systems manager for a printing company in New York, is a private
pilot, and has seen several of his plays produced off off-Broadway
and on commercial television.
Leah Browning *
|is the author of two nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens and
has published in various venues. Over
the course of her life, and especially during the four years
she lived in Minnesota, she often visited the
plains states. www.leahbrowning.com
Will Brulé **
| has a Master of Fine Arts degree
from the University of Arkansas. He has been published in print as
well as online. He was found in a card-board box in Tyler, Texas
in 1943 and now lives in Palestine, Texas. He rides a Harley® and cooks Italian.
| grew up on the farm her great-grandfather homesteaded in
northwestern Kansas. She left rural Graham County for college and
returned 33 years later.
She worked for many of those intervening years at several universities,
the last of which was just outside New York City.
Martha Sue Buckner
| has been removed from the site for rudeness.
|came to the United States from Russia. She is a writer and a
teacher with a Masters degree in creative writing, poetry,
literature and translations (Russian - English).
Ryan A. Bunch
|is a writer from the hill-less, soot-covered
expanse of land in the northwest corner of Ohio known as Toledo.
He is currently the Arts & Entertainment Editor at
Toledo's finest and only alt-weekly newspaper, Toledo City Paper.
He enjoys tennis, but isn't very good and never plays.
Judy Gaile Burgess
| born in Alabama, has lived in the Land of Lincoln for half of
her life, since 1973. A graduate of Auburn University, she credits
her father for her introduction to the magic of words. A full time
real estate agent for the past eleven years, Judy only recently returned
Mary Butler *
|lives in Minneapolis where she writes
surgical technique manuals for spine implants. She started a creative
writing program at the Foundation for Immigrant Resources and Education
in Saint Paul, and is at work on poems inspired
by photographs of the universe by NASA.
Geraldine Moorkens Byrne
|is a poet, writer and musician from Dublin Ireland. Published
in several journals and anthologies, "my first love is poetry
although I occasionally get distracted by other projects."
| grew up on Illinois dairy farm, married, migrated to Iowa, and
raised three musicians. Her poems are stories about people who worked
and loved the land. "Even though I'm city bound, I find a toe dragging
in the furrow."
Abigail B. Calkin
| former editor of Inscape, Washburn University's literary magazine,
now lives and writes in Alaska. Her novels, Nikolin and The
Carolyne Letters are available from amazon.com. Vanessapress
is publisher of a recent collection, Aceldama & Other Regions.
|made a difficult transition from her home state of California
to graduate from the University of Nebraska and teach high school
English in rural Western Kansas.
Traveling with the Professional Bull Rider’s Association,
she has a cowboy of her own. "I have seen many different places
and met some unforgettable people, all due to my choice to follow
through in this Midwestern lifestyle" though sometimes " the wind
blows a little too hard, the ice is a little too slick, and the
horizon is a little too flat."
| teaches high school mathematics, and thus is allowed most of the
summer to wander the backroads of Wisconsin, gathering burs on his
cuffs, turning over decomposing logs looking for long-lost relations,
chewing on juicy grass stems, trying to figure out just exactly what
squirrels might be up to. He has previously been published in several
|Brooks Carver is a farmer, a writer of historical fiction and a
poet from Illinois.
| receives inspiration from the Loess Hills of Western Iowa.
|lives and works in Missoula, Montana, where he is a contributing
editor for the literary journal Cutoff Mountain.
| lives in Tennessee. Married now, he used to ride the rodeo circuit.
| teaches English at Riverside Community College in Southern California.
He has read in seven states, published eight chapbooks and is a member
of the multi-racial performance poetry group called Second Shadow.
|attends a small Christian liberal arts college in Illinois. Originally
from Nairobi, Kenya, she summers in South Dakota.
Joe Coffey *
| lives with his wife and three children in a part of Illinois where
prairie and woodland once melted into one another. He served as judge
for the 1996 Prairie Poetry Peer Awards.
A.W. (Bill) Coleman
| grew up in Topeka. "I love, not only the expanse of the plains,
but also the details, such as a mated pair of hawks working a field,
or the sound of bob white at sunset. I like the feel of the wind
on my face just before a storm and the scent of the rain in the air
as it approaches unhindered."
Ashley Coleman *
|is a college student at Brigham Young University and a farmer
at heart. "I'm the youngest child and that says everything."
Job C. Conger, IV
| is a freelance journalist, poet and folksinger who lives in his
home town of Springfield, Illinois. He has published two books of
poetry, Minstrel's Ramble in 1996 and Wit's End in
|was raised in Northeast Texas and Oklahoma. He
is a writer and painter. Though away for many years, the big flat
land still haunts him. More can be seen at www.cherrystreetartist.com
|whose parents were both born on the prairies, is a semiretired
physician who focuses his spare time on genealogy and poetry.
Heather Knowles Cottington *
| lives in Iowa. "I feel my work represents a 'slice of life' rather
than making world-shattering statements."
|is a former reporter and editor and has published one nonfiction
book, Adjustments (see Bookstore).
Coordinator for the annual Christopher Newport University Writers'
Conference and Contest, she has had articles, poetry and fiction
published in numerous magazines.She is working on a medical thriller
and a young adult novel.
|is a 28-year-old Air Force Veteran currently living in Iowa City,
IA. She has writes to pass the time since a debilitating form of
epilepsy disabled her from a “normal” life. Her essays
and poetry have been published in several journals.
|grew up on a small farm in rural Alberta, Canada. She writes
about the influences of her childhood and the everyday experiences of
growing up in a large family. Alberta lives in a small
town and is an instructor at an agricultural college.
|was raised in Colorado and has always had a love for wide open
spaces. As a child she spent a lot of time with her family traveling
and visiting the plains and prairies of Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado
and Nebraska. She is a Christian, mother, writer, poet and artist.
Cesar A. Cruz
|is a poet, educator and human rights activist. His life is dedicated
to fighting injustice. My "role is a simple one;’To comfort
the disturbed, and to disturb the comfortable.’ Nothing more,
and nothing less!"
| is a writer, editor, and business manager. Originally from Long
Island, New York, she has lived in Kansas for 13 years. "I have
published fiction and poetry in several small journals, including
Midwest Quarterly and Indiana Review."
Marsha K. Davis
| is a former elementary teacher born and raised in central Illinois.
Now living in Florida with her husband and their two teenagers, she
enjoys creating, crafting, sewing, painting, sculpting, and weaving.
She especially enjoys writing children's books, poetry, and essays.
Much of her works of art she shares as gifts to family, friends,
and students, She has been published in several online
poetry journals and in magazines.
Sam B. Davis
| spent years drifting about as photographer, fortune teller, santa
claus, axe thrower, jewelry seller, and janitor before settling on
the equally unprofitable act of writing poetry. He won the Ostrowski
award in 1998 for best essay writing at UIS, and his poems have appeared
in numerous publications. He has seven chapbooks of collected poems.
| was born and raised in the North Platte Valley and the Sand Hills
of Nebraska. He resides in Pocatello, Idaho where he teaches 7th
grade English while his writing returns to the plains and prairie.
Bill's personal lair is at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/5520
| was born on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.She has live in Seattle
and aboard several boats, and cruised the inside passage. She has
been a sailmaker, handtroller, and a deck hand on a commercial fishing
boat. She raises her daughter alone and works in tourism in Alaska.
Drew de Man
|is from Georgia, paints houses, and plays in a rock-n-roll band
that tours frequently in the Midwest. It was this way that he first
visited the prairie. He is an amateur botanist and is particularly
interested in restoring prairie ecosystems.
Ronald J. DeSantis
| is a poet, author, and historian.
|lives in Alberta. She is a teacher who retrieves troubled youth,
a counselor, a woman of Native American heritage, a soul seeker,
the mother of seven and a sister of the earth. "I write for
no other reason than to express how the world has affected, and affects,
|"Where I've been (and where I'm going) and the people I've
known along the way are more important than who I am; in fact, they
have made me who I am, or at least who I could be if I had had more
common sense." He lives in Florida on the Spacecoast, and spent
time in Mississippi, Germany, Texas, and Australia."
| attends high school in New Jersey after living much of her life
in Kansas. Memories of prairies and family farms "fuel much of my
poetry. It's lovely here, too, but the landscape doesn't feed the
soul as the prairies do."
| died in January 2005. She lived in Calgary, Alberta and taught
poetry courses and creative writing workshops. Her poems appeared
in literary magazines and were broadcast on CBC Radio. She published
three books of poetry: Still the Rush, and Into This Room,
and a third awaiting publication. Sharon served as judge for the
1998 Prairie Poetry Peer Awards.
Vicki Goodfellow Duke *
|lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she teaches and writes poetry.
Her work has recently been featured in several magazines and she
was a Finalist for the 2004 Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award.
Marc duPlan *
| edits Prairie Poetry under a family name that means, 'of the plain'. "The
poetic vision of prairie people is exciting. My wife started writing
about the land when we moved there. I thought there might be a lot
of writing going on out there, and that if it had a home it would
grow and encourage others." After living 14 years in Kansas
he moved to Denver, where the prairie ends.
| lives in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the heart the Canadian Prairie.
"The best thing about living on the prairie? You can watch your dog
run away for three days."
|is just a former desert lad from Seeley, California, a part of
The Anza Borrego desert.
Trista Petra Emmer
| is a 24 year old native Utahn. She lives in Rose Canyon, Utah
and works at a daycare in the nearby city of Midvale. When she isn't
traveling, volunteering or teaching pre-school, Trista attends the
University of Utah."
| is a copywriter for a rural real estate company in Missouri. His
work has appeared in various publications. He authored the chapbook
After Eden, won the David Ray Award and was nominated for the 2001
Pushcart Press Award.
| born and raised in central Illinois, is an archaeologist and a
water gardener. "My perspectives come from the time beyond people
and life as reflected in water (in that order). I am a father of
four teenagers and I am a husband."
Meagan Evans *
|was born in East Texas and immigrated to the far Northwest where
she is majoring in Creative Writing and Spanish at Western Washington
University. If the rain has it's way she'll turn into Edgar Allen
Poe any day now.
James A. Felson
| was raised on a grain farm that fronted on the North Dakota side
of the Red River. He worked in the central region of the United States
and then retired to California.
|a native Spaniard from Barcelona, is a graduate student in Lawrence,
University of Kansas. "My gut pushes me to incorporate my Spanish
background mingled with my English voluntary cultural submersion
in the poetry that I write. When I do that, I feel that two giants
begin fighting, and after a while a peaceful weariness reconciles
them in writing."
|lives on a dairy in Tillamook, Oregon
L. Mark Finch
|is a native Hoosier who enjoys gardening and bicycling, among other
|lives with her husband and children in an Illinois town that 150
years ago was a region of mixed tall grass prairie and oak savannah,
but is now known as a birthplace of prairie-style architecture. She
teaches, writes, and works with a savannah restoration group.
| is a United Methodist pastor, husband, father of three teens,
and a former missionary in the country of Peru. "When I'm home in
Indiana, I root for the Hoosiers!"
|lives on the plains of central Nebraska. He is a father of three
sons and works in the healing professions. A refugee from the east
coast, he’s just happy to be here.
Loren Flynn *
| lives in Montana, "where on some mornings I can watch the
moon roll off the mountains toward the plains."
|is an American author, editor, reviewer, and publisher. Owner of
Mind Fire Press, he has judged many literary contests, including
The Georgia Author of the Year Awards and The Robert Penn Warren
Prize for Fiction. His award-winning work has appeared internationally
in a variety of publications.
|is a retired teacher, originally from "very rural" Saskatchewan,
who now mourns the slow death of an early prairie way of life.
| lives under the Kansas sky, walks on black earth and prairie grasses
and wonders what spirits live on the winds. Kansas Authors Club Vice-President,
she has better luck finding a home for her poetry and short stories
than for the six novels under her bed!
|grew up near Wichita. "Although I have lived in Washington
State for many years, memories of the mid-west and the sense of the
people who live there, have never diminished." Her website is http://www.alittlepoetry.com/afraser.html
| Born in Iowa, raised in Minnesota, she is a writer, parent, student
| was born and raised on a farm outside of Henderson, Nebraska.
She enjoys teaching at a rural Nebraska school and fears where today's
"bigger is better" policies may take quality education
in the future. She is an avid photographer and writer. She and her
husband have a two-year-old son. Danielle believes it truly does
"take a village to raise a child."
| lives in Springfield, Illinois where she works as the Public Relations
Officer at Lincoln Library, and has published a chapbook, Poetry's
|grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, graduated from the University of
Nebraska in 1976, and has published before.
| is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Colorado
State University. His poetry has been published widely. His scholarly
writing is concerned with social work ethics, international social
work, friendship, social work theory and social work practice. He
is slightly obsessed with his two American Bull dogs. His first book
of poetry, of only average intent, was published in 2002.
|grew up in the dirt and manure of a hardscrabble one-section farm
in the foothills drained by the James River.
A community journalist for 15 years, he
won several North Dakota Newspaper Association peer awards for feature
writing and agriculture reporting. He is now a home missionary
for Child Evangelism Fellowship.
|is a poet with a strong caffeine addiction, and the mother of Kimberly
Anne. The doctor pronounced her a boy at birth, but quickly changed
|was born in Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland where the prairies
seem very far away "but I've always loved the wide open
feel of the westerns I watched as a boy. He has published in various
|lives in Granite Falls, MN and is a poet and photographer who
teaches Creative Writing and Composition at Southwest Minnesota State
University in Marshall, MN.
|is writing a memoir and continues to write poetry. Willa Cather
was her first inspiration to come West and crossing from Nebraska
into Colorado's Pawnee National Grasslands
"still evokes strong memories for me, an East Coast girl."
| Greg German, a Kansas native, was once a farmer/stockman, then
a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Now he is a creative
consultant, web page designer, and free-lance writer, whose time
is also consumed by the challenges of his 5-year-old son, as his
wife consults across the USA.
| grew up under the austere guises of Catholic nuns and the slow
heat of a gravity furnace on Kansas City's North East side. Thus
prepared to fight in Desert Storm, he now teaches (high school composition
and American lit.) and is a graduate student at the University of
|who taught journalism at the University of North Dakota
in Grand Forks and now teaches it at SUNY New Paltz, is the author
of the poetry chapbook, Death of the Frog Prince (FootHills Publishing,
2004). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and e-zines.
| was born in Missouri and currently lives and teaches in Manhattan,
|"Living fifty-seven years on the American prairie has molded
me like a poem: I am concise and to the point while being evasive
and elliptical. When I rhyme I am metered and disciplined. But I
can also be lyrical and free."
|dissertating for a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and
Writing from Bowling Green to be completed in May, 2009,
holds an MFA in Poetry from Wichita State.
|teaches at Azusa Pacific University where he also serves as Director
of the Center for Research on Ethics and Values. Published in various
journals, he and his wife reside in Highland, California.
Rosemary Griebel *
| attributes her appreciation of light, space and language to growing
up on the Canadian prairie. As a writer by night, and a Librarian
by day, she promotes literacy and a passion for the word.
| lives in Upstate New York and works for a major insurance company.
He prefers "...old style story telling poetry. Years ago I gave up
trying to be commercial, now I simply enjoy the writing and having
|originally from the Alberta prairies, recently completed an MFA
in poetry at Louisana State University and is now a visiting professor
of English and Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. He
is the former editor of the New Delta Review, a reader for The
Exquisite Corpse, and is currently a staff member of the Cimarron
Review. His creative and scholarly work has appeared in journals
in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
|is a writer and archivist/librarian living in Saskatoon.
|has long been intrigued by the shifting perscectives of space
within the plains, and the way this has influenced poetry and literature. Currently
earning an MFA of Poetry at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado,
Brwyn hails from a tiny town in Sequim, Washington.
| is an English major at the University of Dayton.
|is a retired Cooperative CEO and International Consultant. He
has been published in several western
publications and can be heard on KHEN & KVRH in Salida, CO. and
KSIR in Fort Morgan, CO.
Betty Lou Hebert
| is married and lives with her husband and youngest son, in the
country east of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. A ham radio operator, she has "written
poetry since a young girl and started submitting for publication
in l984. I have around 600 poems published in a variety of magazines
and small press publications."
J. Anthony Heck
|studied screenwriting at NYU.
|is a 50-year old teacher from Texarkana, whose drive "from
East Texas up through Amarillo and then on to Colorado or Wyoming
has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember."
| originally from St. Louis, Missouri, now teaches writing at several
colleges and universities in New York City. Widely published in a
variety of literary journals in the USA and overseas, her first collection
of poems was published last year by Ginninderra Press in Australia.
Dale K. Hermann
| His first love is Wyoming and he's been writing poetry "for
too long to remember."
J.D. Heskin *
| is married, with children whom now have their own children. He
lives in Duluth, and, in his heart lives on the North Dakota prairies
where he was born and raised. He is published both on and off line.
|born in North Dakota, lives on a lake near International Falls,
MN and looks across the lake to Canada.
A. Dale Hilliard
| is a retired, Korea veteran, born and raised in central Iowa.
He spent youthful summers with grandparents near the Meskawki Indian
settlement. Influenced by grandfather Eli, he now devotes his time
nuturing three loves: "my poetry, my oil painting and my life long
partner, my wife."
Joan Hoekstra *
| is a retired denturist living in Calgary. She began creative writing
in 1985, and her work has appeared in several journals.
|, the recipient of the 2006 Mari Sandoz Award, is an 80 plus year
old ranch wife at the Lazy Horseshoe Ranch, Clearwater, Nebraska.
Poetry is her "strong
hold on life and dreams and faith."
| lives and writes in Southern Oregon’s high desert returning
in 2002 after 20 years of wandering the world. She was a 2001 Fishtrap
fellow and has been published in various journals. She lives in the
country with her husband, two exceptional (and very teen) children,
five cats and coyotes who howl “here kitty, kitty” each
Joan Munn Hopkins
|"My childhood home was in the dunes of Nebraska's Sandhills.
One of the ironies of living in that parched land, was the cool sweetness
of the Ogallala Acquafer which lies below. The windmills which drew
water to the surface were essential to life for all who live there,
animal and human. Today, I live within a mile of the Platte River.
It has a huge subterrainian system that traverses the state of Nebraska.
I use both poetry and journaling for self awareness and in my practice
John Horváth, Jr.
|"writes from 'inside the sinner' where events are experienced,
history becomes, and memory shields." His poems focus on the strange
and stranger among us.
Hazel Smith Hutchinson
| lives in Salina, Kansas, with her husband and two teenage sons.
Spends spare time reading, writing poetry and attending kids' activities.
She has published in several journals. She has a website for women
Annette Marie Hyder
| makes her home in Youbetchaitscoldhere, Minnesota. Being from
Florida originally, she will never accept that Minnesota winters
are not cruel and unusual. She is of French and Irish descent --
and she thinks that it shows. An editor and freelance writer, she
pursues le bon mot. Her writing credits encompass a range of genres,
including but not limited to, magazine articles, short stories, viewpoint
columns, interviews, flash fiction and poetry. She sees life as a
poem that is constantly altering its form to accommodate one's world
view/experiences: sometimes a sonnet, sometimes haiku, sometimes
graffiti on a wall. Her review can be found at niederngasse.com.
|is from Arlington, Texas but lives now in Hattiesburg Mississippi.
She is in pursuit of a MA in creative writing.
|in his 60s and married for over 40 years. Retired, he
lives on a small farm in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas where he
raises a garden each year and start most of his plants from seed.
|studied writing with Gwendolyn Brooks and Ed Dorn at Northeastern
IL University in Chicago. "I was the first World Heavyweight Champion
poet at the Taos Poetry Circus defeating Gregory Corso in 1982."
| writes "from the southern prairie of Manitoba...from the
fringe of field and riparian corridor...the dead horse creek meandering
thru the back yard. My work with arboriculture and horticulture are
constantly finding the way into my poetry."
| is a lecturer/advisor/graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
where she received her B. A. in 1998. She has an M. F. A. from the
University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. She is currently working on a poetry
manuscript and a short story manuscript.
| is a writer and college student out of the suburbs of Philadelphia.
"I believe it is important to reflect the counter views while
I still have the chance. Lord knows I'll become a old, conserative
republican soon enough!" He has a web site at http://members.tripod.com/JjUnderworld/
Hope L. Johnson
|is a life-long plains dweller and delights in writing poetry, short
stories, and screenplays. She finds time to write between her two
full-time jobs: mother and instructor.
Lois P. Jones
|Lois P. Jones' work has been variously published. She collaborated
with Deborah Levasseur Lottman for
her graduate thesis--a synthesis of modern dance,
poetry, photography and sound. She was also selected
as one of the Regional Poets in the 2005 Ojai
Poetry Festival and is a Workshop Moderator at
| is a third generation forty-two year old farmer and rancher on
the high plains of Eastern Colorado. "My family has farmed the same
ground for over 65 years, along the banks of the Arikaree River.
God's county, but you have to wrestle the devil for it."
| was schooled at USC and Harvard, and now teaches at Pepperdine
University and lives in Los Angeles, CA with my wife Karen and my
son Jackson. His work has appeared in various journals.
|earned his master's degree from Ball State University in Muncie,
Indiana, and has lived in Illinois and Indiana for 24 years. He
enjoys experimenting with poetic forms, touring as an independent
musician, and volunteering at several local churches.
Debra Kaufman *
| is an Illinois native who lives in Mebane, North Carolina.
Her poems have appeared in scores of journals and anthologies. She is author
of A Certain Light
and Still Life Burning.
Clyde Kessler *
| lives in SW Virginia and grew up a few miles from Goblintown Creek. "Most
of my kin folk are farmers or the children of farmers. I have a few
relatives in Kansas, Indiana and Colorado. At one time these folks
were farming folk too. I don't know now. Anyway the small farm way
of life as it changes and disappears haunts me and will keep on haunting
| is a fifth-generation Nebraskan, pure prairie-bred. "My grandmother
was raised in a soddy, broke horses and plowed. I was born in a three-room
house with 'outdoor plumbing.' I ended up in Los Angeles, where I
write and teach and make my living as a consultant. I'll probably
never return to Nebraska or the prairie I loved, but I know I'll
never escape it either."
Robert E. Kogan
| died in 2000. He was born in Wichita and published a fair bit
of poetry. At times, he found it difficult to be productive while
living in rural America but stayed connected through the web.
Paul Kloppenborg *
| works as a Librarian at a University Library in Melbourne, Australia,
when not writing poems. He has seen publication in a number of paper
and electronic journals around the world. Paul is the Fiction Editor
of Recursive Angel and List Administrator of "The Muse," an Internet
Carol La Foret
| who lives with her husband and two children in Bucks County, PA,
graduated from Houghton College. Published widely, she taught several
years before homeschooling her children.
| husband and grandfather, lives in his native Minnesota. He loves
to write poetry and fiction for fun.
Elisabeth Lee **
| has been publishing her poetry for too many years to bother counting.
She published two chap books in 1997, Stones Leap, and Spirit
Presently she lives in Kansas. Her book review site is located at http://www.MarginNotes.com.
detective mystery, For Glory, is available at http://www.For-Glory.com
Robert Edson Lee
|was born in Iowa, lived in Nebraska, and died in Colorado in 1977
with his back to the mountains. His publications include The
Dialogues of Lewis And Clark, An Epic History.
|teaches writing and poetry at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
His essays, poetry and short stories are widely published. He is
the director of the Athenaeum Poetry group and author of a book of
poetry entitled Public Lives and Private Secrets [Foothills
Press, 2005]. His poem Reporting
from Fallujah was nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize. His
short play, My Health Care Worker Stole My Jewelry was
selected for professional production in January 2006 at Geva Theatre,
Rochester, NY. Visit his website at www.garylehmann.blogspot.com
| lives in St. Paul Minnesota, where he unloads semis in the dark
hours of the morning. His work has previously appeared in several
| teaches eighth grade language arts in Clive, Iowa having spent
most of his life on the front range and plains of Colorado where
he was a fellow of the Rocky Mountain Writing Project.
Claudia Loomis *
| grew up on a 7,000 acre farm and ranch in western Nebraska. During
the farming crisis of the 1980's, her family was forced to sell out
after 100 years of living on the land. Claudia now resides east of
Lincoln and is a mother of an eight-month-old son and an English
Second Language teacher.
| was moved by a woman to write before moving from Las Vegas to
Sioux City, Iowa.
| lives in North Carolina with her husband, two daughters, and two
cats-Dickens and Emerson. Her day job is writing magazine and newspaper
articles that include personal essays, travel articles and book reviews.
A well published writer her work appears in anthologies, journals,
magazines and newspapers throughout the United States and internationally.
Lola L. Lucas
| is the author of At Home in the Park: Loving a Neighborhood
Back to Life about Springfield, IL in general and the Enos Park
area in particular. Her poetry has been published in various journals.
Rhonda Foss Lundquist
| lives in Minnesota where her interests are the poetry of witness
and poetry which honors farm and land. She channels the lives of
her prairie ancestors through her poetry and finds her inspiration
looking out over the fields.
|is an actress working in Chicago.
|lives on the prairies of Saskatchewan. Having grown up on
a farm (and will never get it out of his soul) he has a passion
for the open spaces and the beautiful, prairie sky.
|has lived all her life in Illinois. She works as a computer programmer,
and recently earned an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois
at Springfield. She received the 1995 Friends of Lincoln Library
Writer of the Year Award for Poetry.
|is a middle school English teacher from Kearney, Nebraska and a
MA Creative Writing student at the University of Nebraska en route
to an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside
at Palm Desert.
| is a college student in De Pere, WI, double-majoring
in Music and English with creative writing emphasis. He enjoys
playing the piano, reading, writing, movies, PC games, having long
intellectual/philsophical conversations, traveling, connecting with
people, connecting with people, concerts, etc.
Raymond D. Marshall
|was born and raised in Indiana, educated in Illinois, taught in
Minnesota, and is almost retired in Montana. He writes poetry,
short stories, and essays mainly about the harsh reality of people
living in rural America either on farms or in small towns.
| has published three books of poetry and prose. "I publish
on the net like crazy and have just finished an avant-garde crime
novel from Spectrum, on computer disc."
|raised and educated in the Midwest, moved to Key West after 26
years as a professor. He enjoys volunteer work and the Key West Poetry
Guild. His work appears in various mags and ezines.
| lives in Iowa. "I enjoy writing, traveling, and trying to look
farther than I can see."
|is a journalist originally from Nebraska who came to Alaska in
1982. Author of several books, she served as publisher and president
of the Tundra Times from 1986 until 1991. Under her direction, the
newspaper focused much of its attention on promoting sobriety within
Alaska. A member of the Cook Inlet Historical Society Board of Directors,
she is working on her master's degree in a self-directed program
at Alaska Pacific University, and she writes poetry and is an avid
|grew up in a small rural town in Indiana and graduated from Indiana
University with a degree in journalism and U.S. history.
| resides in Northern California with her husband and daughter.
Currently she works with visually impaired children and in her spare
time, enjoys hiking in the foothills and high mountain regions of
the Sierra Nevada's.
Dean Morrison McKenzie
| After nearly forty years teaching high school in
four or five different prairie villages and cities, Saskatchewan-born
McKenzie recently released the CD "Prairie Hejira", a compilation
of his performance poems.
| of Scranton Kansas, is a member of the Kansas Author's Club,and
author of several books of poetry. www.macpoetry.com
| writes in English, Spanish, and German.
|is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has seen the prairies
only from a plane ride.
| a native Kansan, has taught literature at Pittsburg State University
since 1979. Author of Looking for the Pale Eagle (1993) He has been
poetry editor of The
Midwest Quarterly since 1985.
|is a mother, grandmother, a retired school teacher, and a
lover of the land: "prairies and lakes that extend with glory
in all directions here in Minnesota."
| was born in Nebraska and lived in Hot Springs, South Dakota, before
moving to California. An anthropology and english major, Marion's
poetry has been published both on and off line.
Joyce Middlestead *
|was born and raised on the Alberta prairie.
She has written poetry for fun and little profit most of her life.
| grew up in Ohio, traveled East for university, and now lives in
Brooklyn. Her work has been published both off-line and on.
|born in Wisconsin, lived, educated and taught in Nebraska, is with
the American University in Cairo. "The hopeful clarity
of expression, direct wisdom, restraint and a sense of humor
are from my prairie upbringing and populistic education."
|recently retired after 35 years of college teaching and returned
to poetry writing after a 30-year hiatus.
| of Glenwood, Iowa, is a wife, mother, community actress, and personal
poet. "Life -- what a Grand Adventure, don't you think???
O. Renee Minium
| is from a farm on the High Plains of Kansas." Morland, my
hometown is miniscule and to work you have to leave-it's like stepping
out of a previous generation, maybe even a century. I live in Austin
Texas now and work as an account manager for a financial publishing
| is an art director and poet. He was born in Kentucky and has a
wife and daughter. He has worked in every sort of job from a tobacco
farm to a pillow factory to a butcher shop. Minnick has published
in a variety of journals.
| is a regional sales representative for Marriott International,
and a part-time Writer's Workshop student at the University
of Nebraska at Omaha.
|is a Texas born entrepreneur and businessman with interests ranging
from clean energy technology to software, and editor of the online
writing blog Barcid Homily.
| is a Pakistani, now a U.S. citizen. Her recent publications include
First Moghul Saga, In the Land of Cain, by Atlantic Publishers.
|teaches writing and literature at the University of Colorado,
Boulder and is broadly published. He has been a finalist for
the 2007 Richard Snyder Memorial Prize from Ashland Press, the National
Poetry Series, the Brittingham Poetry Award, and the Anhinga Poetry
Prize. He is writing a guide to motorcycling called The
Lone Rider's Guide to the American West.
| lives "in a small town in Kansas between two wild life preserves
and spend most of my days reading, writing, and enjoying life in
general. All around me, there is poetry in motion."
Daniel Thomas Moran *
| is Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, NY the birthplace of Whitman.
His sixth collection, "Farnan's Well" will be published
by The University of Salzburg in early 2006. He has been nominated
for a Pushcart Prize on three occasions and he is a practicing dentist
on Shelter Island in New York.
| was born and raised and continues to live in Nebraska, raising
her own family of four children and three cats.
| of Hutchinson, Kansas, studies Koreanat the Defense Language Institute
in Monterey, California. An Army enlistee, he writes "as often
as words allow."
|grew up in a very small town in Iowa - Whittemore - population
530. "It seems to me that it had much to do with the kind of
person I became." Now living in Virginia, she's a full time
health educator and part time poet. "Even though I am far away
from Iowa, I think of it often, go back for annual visits and always
seem to wind up there in my dreams."
Margaret S. Mullins
| lives and writes in Maryland, but her heart is still tied to
the Midwest, where she grew up. She
studied international public health at Johns Hopkins and writing
at the University of Maryland and has worked in health projects,
public affairs and housing rehabilitation in the U.S. and Latin America.
Eunice Doman Myers
| received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures
from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is chair
of Modern and Classical languages and Literatures at Wichita State
University and director of the WSU Summer Program in Puebla, Mexico.
Her research interests include contemporary prose fiction of Spain.
Dr. Myers is at work on a study of the novels
of Rosa Montero.
Jesse Zerger Nathan *
|is a poet and photographer based in Lawrence,
Kansas. He lives with five other folks in a communal house
and does odd jobs ranging from contracting to coffee-drink making. Born
in Berkeley, he has lived in Guatemala, Israel
and on a farm near McPherson, Kansas.
|, a Canadian writer of short stories, plays and poetry, lives
in Winnipeg where she writes about both urban and the rural settings,
exploring their connections.
|"Like I said, I've got about 100 pieces put together, along the
lines of religion, politics, misc. Mostly "western" or "cowboy"
stuff. This one won a sweepstakes award at our county fair."
Robert H. Nunnally, Jr.
|is an attorney who lives north of Dallas, on the bottom edge of
the southern Blackland Prairie. Published in a number of places, "the
prairie transition zone in which I live provides me with great hiking
and much space for thought."
| teaches English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
He was raised between Princeton, Illinois and Chicago.
|is host of the Final
Thursday Reading Series in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and publisher
Thursday Press . His work has been featured in various mags
|is from Minneapolis. An actor and director of the stage
and screen, he writes poetry, short stories and screenplays.
|lives in Los Angeles. He has been a guest lecturer at various colleges
in California, lecturing on the nature of the creative process, and
has conducted poetry workshops, "mainly with young adults, especially
those struggling with various addictions or having come from an abusive
household, using poetry as an instrument of discovery both self,
and as an entry into the world around us."
|is from Michigan. He studied literature and writing at Columbia
University and Bennington College. He teaches world literature
at a private high school and manages a ranch/farm.
|is a teacher, farmwife, and mother. "I've never lived outside
of Kansas, and I don't intend to ever move. I enjoy photography,
writing, reading, and socializing."
Marcy L. Palk
| a data processor, specializes in computer graphics presentations.
She enjoys her two horses and her daughter, Teddy.
Karen Bingham Pape
|is a writer and teacher in west Texas. She has published poetry
with a variety of presses and presented her work at various
|is a Presbyterian minister serving two rural churches in eastern
Kansas. Prior to becoming a minister he was a sheep shearer, and
still shears a few to pass the time.
| is mother to 4 great kids and a wonderful dog from Chesapeake,
VA. Her deep ties to the midwest (with family still residing in Central
Illinois) originate with her grandfather, the past editor of a small
town newspaper in Montgomery County, IL and published author himself.
Naomi Patterson *
| is a recently retired child psychologist in Topeka, KS. In addition
to poetry, she writes a monthly column for the Topeka Capital Journal.
Naomi served as judge for the 1997 Prairie Poetry Peer
| was born, raised and educated on the Alberta Prairies, spent childhood
summers in Redcliff Alberta and lives in Calgary. She has published
in a variety of publications and is in the process of completing
a first collection of poetry.
Dorothy J. Pike
| was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, near a
sacred quarry out of which Native Americans obtained the soft, red
rock used for traditional peace pipes. "Living at the eastern
edge of high-grass prairie lands gives me the urge to gaze westward
across the wide ocean of grass to find inspiration in the richness
of peace that can be found here."
Karsten Piper *
|teaches college writing and wields a mechanical pencil of her own
in Worthington, Minnesota.
|a writer of poetry and prose, has three chapbooks of poetry published
as well as a collection of sonnets written with her husband. She
lives in central Illinois where she is very active in the Poets & Writers
Literary Forum of Springfield.
|was born in Wales, and received a PhD from the University of Newcastle
Upon Tyne. He has taught at the British campus of the Univesity of
Evansville, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he was
Fulbright Scholar in Residence, and currently at Marlborough College.
His poetry and short stories have appeared widely in British magazines,
and a children's story, "Bessemer" was published by Gwasg
Gomer in Wales in 1999.
Adrian S. Potter
|is a lifelong Midwesterner, who won the 2003 Langston Hughes Poetry Contest and the 2006 Cervená Barva Press Short Story Prize. http://adrianspotter.squarespace.com/
Luke A. Powers
| teaches English and Folklore at Tennessee State University in
Nashville, TN. He is married to Jackie O'Keefe and has an infant
| lives in Colorado where he has been writing poetry since confined
for nearly a year with polio in 1951. His work has been published
in various journals.
| Is from Bombay, India.
| is an Illinois native and a Harvard graduate. She writes poetry,
children's stories and novels.
| a single mother and Athabasca University graduate grew up in the
Peace Country. "I "can never leave the North."
| born on the Prairies in southern Manitoba Canada, spent 26 years
in the Air Force and then 10 years working at an airport in the Canadian
Arctic. Married 37 years with 2 children and 2 grandchildren, he
lives in Winnipeg.
| studied Creative Writing at Drake University. She has had poems
appear with various publications and Shelly publishes a monthly column
for The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature under the guise of "Lil
Earlene". She is a native of Iowa, "where they do strange things
|lives in Cheyenne Wyoming where she lives her life on the range.
| lives in Bothell, Washington, was born in Texas and grew up in
Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. He has published chapbooks entitled Folkways and Oklahoma and
is at work on two more. He also plays a pretty lousy guitar on occasion
| born in Milwaukee in 1945, is a lighting designer for contemporary
dance and music. For the last 25 years he has lived and worked in
Lora K. Reiter
| was born on a farm in Jewell County, Ks., and graduated from grade
school in a class of four. A professor of English at Ottawa University,
she considers the Flint Hills of Kansas the most geautiful geography
in the world and horses and dogs the two perfect creations. She has
three collections of poetry, a novel, a play, and a collection of
|lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she practices the Daoist arts
of acupuncture, tuina, qigong and poetry. Her first full-length collection
of poems - And Now The Story Lives Inside You - was published
in 2005 by WovenWord Press. Her website is www.purplemistpoems.com
|teaches at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.
His work, which combines interests in history and folklore, has been
published by a variety of publications.
| an affirmed flatlander who writes almost exclusively about the
Midwest, is published in varied magazines, and has a chapbook, Some
Conversations with an old Man. He has taught and coached at Elm
Creek, Nebraska for the past 27 years.
| teaches English at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She is a poet,
fiction writer, traveler, wife, cat lover, and rock and roll fan
(although not necessarily in that order). Originally from South Dakota,
she now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her poetry and nonfiction
have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines.
| lives on a sailboat on the Intercoastal Waterway in central Florida.
Matthew Campbell Roberts
|graduated from Western Washington University. He works
as a Fisheries Technician and spends his free time around
rivers holding a fly rod. His work has appeared in various publications
ahd he was awarded the Sue C. Boynton poetry prize
|the author of Night Song (Tia Chucha Press) and Book of the Heart:
The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats (Lindisfarne Press).
Published in various reviews and journals, he is also the 2007 winner
of the Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award in poetry sponsored by
Poets & Writers.
| has for nine years served as the Director of Chaplaincy at Menninger
in Topeka, Kansas that is in the thros of closing. "As I have
turned aside to see the bush which burns and is not consumed, I have
found a holy ground upon which to feed my soul. There are those who
see the bush burn, and run for cover. I ran from poetry at first
because too much is not clearly determined with explicit directions
and signs. My soul now is learning to find comfort in unknown known."
|lives in Indianapolis.
| lives in the 100 year old Jacoby house in Dundurn, Saskatchewan,
small prairie town 42k south of Saskatoon on the number 11 highway.
He is the author of a
number of poetry books.
|was raised on a family farm in the Northeastern corner
| homesteads with his wife and seven children in a ghost-town on
the open Manitoba prairie. Strong advocates of the back-to-the-land
movement, they are renovating the former Belleview Church into their
|grew up in North Dakota and teaches college writing and literature
in Portland, Oregon. "I too love the prairie lands of America
think of them often."
| was born in Kansas. A member of Western Writers of America and
a 2004 nominee for Poet Laureate of Maryland, Vernon Schmid is a
novelist, prize winning poet and syndicated columinist whose "Horse
Sense" column reaches 40,000 readers in all fifty states and
twenty four foreign countries. Newest
Book - Cherokee Myth and Legend: An Interpretation http://www.vernonschmid.us
|lives in Pennsylvania. He is a long time high school teacher and
poet who has published variously in both print and electronic publications.
Larry Schug *
| has published four books of poems. He is employed as Recycling
Coordinator at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
"This is a fancy job title that means I sort other people's
garbage for recycling."
Marjorie J. Scott
| born and rooted in Minneapolis, has edited organization newspapers
for close to 50 years. Living in Hawai'i she writes and edits a quarterly
for the the world-wide Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association.
Jan Epton Seale
| has received an N.E.A. fellowship in poetry. She writes and teaches
writing in the Rio Grande chaparral of south Texas. With a number
of books to her credit, her poetry volumes include Bonds and Sharing,
Texas Poets in Concert, and The Yin of It.
| an editor of Epicenter, is a Winnipeg native, now living in southern
Julia Meylor Simpson *
|born and raised on a farm in Iowa, now lives in Rhode Island, where
she is "a wife, a mother of two, and a high school English teacher.
I began writing poetry in my farmhouse bedroom in high school where
I could always hear the wind rattling around the corners of the house."
| is a self employeed photographer, "Dabbling in dirt and clay
creating.... gardens, sculpture, poems, photos trying to touch others
emotions in Wichita, Kansas." She is married with 3 children
and a multitude of animals.
| resides in Kearney, Nebraska where he enjoys cooking Thai, Indian
and Cajun food. A Civil War re-enactor at Fort Kearney, he is the
Nebraska State Contact for the Natural Law Party and the American
Clan Gregor Society.
| lives in South Dakota.
Kenneth J. Smith
|is a sales manager with 5 kids. He grew up
on a farm on the high plains and finds "most of my poetry taking
me back to that time in my life. I have filled note books with
poems sense I was five."
| was born on the plains in Maidstone, Saskatchewan. "My grandfather
left a legacy of traveling as a rodeo clown and a rancher. My father
loved the flat grassland inspite of constant travel in the military.
And I inherited their love of the soil and their struggle with the
plains. I love the space and the meditation of my own thoughts."
PJ lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
| is unknown.
| has roots in the prairie of Minnesota. Her poetry has been published
in many web sites and literary magazines. "I am also a travel
writer and some of my articles are published on the web. Barbara
is the author of The
Dynamic Great Lakes and The Wilderness Within, poems from
wild places on this planet and within the human spirit.
| grew up in Ontario and now resides in British Columbia. On his
several trips across the continent he has been struck by the prairies
and moved to write. "Something about the prairies seems to bring
out the best in writers."
| lives East of the Mississippi river but spends a lot of time in
Colorado Springs working. "I write. It's what I do."
| was born in Pennsylvania, raised in central Illinois. Retired
after thirty five years at Eastern Illinois University he is still
happily married. "I am a formalist by inclination and a sometime
dabbler in light verse. I still prefer melody in music, representation
in painting, and subject in poetry."
|is an instructor of English at Des Moines Area Community College
and a graduate of Iowa State University. She has been reading, writing,
and loving poetry for over 15 years.
Mary Ann Stout
| lives and teaches where the frontier is believed to have passed.
|, a native of Louisiana, lived for
several years as a young man in Oklahoma, North Dakota
and Montana before returning to Louisiana to work as a public librarian.
He has a chapbook entitled Picking Rocks from Red Gate Press.
| is the mother of four wonderful children, and lives in Petersburg,
Illinois, where she teaches high school English.
David Hunter Sutherland
| whose work has appeared in several journals, serves as editor
for Recursive Angel. His collection of verse, issued by Menace Publishing,
Alexandria, VA, is called between absolutes.
Colen H. Sweeten Jr.
| has published three books. His background is a large homestead
in Southern Idaho, farmed by using 150 horses, seven brothers, four
cousins, and several hired hands.
| has kicked around Missouri and Kansas for years. His
greatest joy is God's gift of two wonderful daughters, even more
than the poetry which has appeared in such ezines. Samples may also
be viewed at his website: http://www.geocities.com/sojournerwolf/index.html
Doug Tanoury *
| grew up in Detroit and still lives in the area. His work has appeared
in a variety of online and other publications.
|spent part of his life on a Nebraska farm, and now lives
in Michigan. He write sonnets and other formal verse about the farm
and ranch life as he remembers it from many years ago.
Doug Thiele *
| is a poet and lyricist masquerading as a college curricular
provocateur. His latest chapbook, "Like Chinese Milk,"
is available at Amazon Books, and his lyrics can be heard on the
|secludes in Iowa, works in the medical field, writes in the corn
field and reads a lot of John Sweet.
William Tinsley *
| a native of Texas, seeks to capture in poetry the spirit and beauty
of his adopted state, Minnesota. His poems have won first place honors
in the Chatfield Software Poetry Contest (96), The Colorado Open
Poetry Contest (97) and the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest (97).
Married to Jackie Denton for 28 years, they have three children,
Jonathan, Collin and Allison.
|was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the heart of the prairies.
She is usually found indulging in some form of artistic expression,
whether it be poetry or photography or music.
| is from Topeka, Kansas.
P. A. Trice
| originally out of Oregon, "currently resides in California
amongst sunsets, salmonberries and seagulls."
| lives in Chicago. His work has also appeared on severl other on-line
|lives in Clarkston, Washington on the border with Lewiston, Idaho,
but grew up in Wyoming. The married mother of five grown
children, she is an enthusiastic cyclist, "and the world I see
from my bike often turns up in my poems."
|grew up in western Kansas and lived in California, Germany, other
places, and now Florida. "For me, finding Prairie Poetry was
like finding members of a lost family."
Rosalee van Stelten
| is a Victoria, BC freelance writer whose book Pattern of Genes is
published by Frontenac House in Calgary.
|splits his working time in Laramie, WY as a custodian and an entomologist. His poetry has appeared in various publications.
| is published in a variety of journals.
| author of Poemories, and Office in a Bag, grew up
in North Dakota.
|now retired to Fort Worth, grew up on a cattle ranch outside of
|is a student at the University of Saskatchewan. He spends his summers
out on the road, sometimes on Canadian tours with his band, sometimes
just wherever the the night takes him.
|lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his wife and corgi. He has been writing prose and non-fiction for more than four
decades but turned his hand to poetry twelve years ago.
| has roots in a family that lived in southern South Dakota for
many generations. Now he lives and works with technical manuals and
unruly freshmen in Southern California.
| is unknown, but likes it that way for "It makes me seem all mysterious."
| is a native Texan.
Helen R. Weingarten
| is an early retired professor of social work from the University
of Michigan who is now a part time faculty member at the Fielding
Graduate Institute, a university without walls.
|lives, writes, and teaches in Madison, Wisconsin where she is the
2006 winner of the Edgewood College Prize for Poetry. Her work
has appeared in various journals.
|is professor of English at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski,
Tennessee. Published in various journals he is a traveller and a
child of the Arkansas Ozarks where he was born.
Margaret Wigley Westall
| lives in Kansas at the edge of the flinthills. Poet and personal
essayist, she belongs to Prairie Poet's & Writer's and to the Kansas
Author's Club and to the Kansas State Poetry Society.
|grew up in Austin, Texas, and has enjoyed the prairies of Oklahoma
and Illinois as well as the pecan hollows and creekbeds of her childhood.
Living alone and teaching information studies, she watches her neurotic
cats with affection and hears of her adult son's adventures with
| is the pen name of a retired west Texas CPA. He resides in Midland,
Texas, with plans to move the Dallas-Fort Worth area to be closer
to his children and grandchildren.
|born in Liberal, Kansas, has been a lifelong resident of the
Debra L. White
| is a retired teacher living in Hays, Kansas
| is a Wyoming native transplanted into the red clay of South Carolina.
She lives on the water, "the only place in SC where you can
see more than 50 feet. There are trees everywhere!"
She has had work published in several literary magazines.
Elizabeth Hughes Wiley *
|came to love the prairie and plains while working on an MFA in Creative Writing in Kansas. She, her husband and their three Kansas-born cats, now live in San Diego, California, by way of San Antonio, Savannah and Brazil.
Gary Charles Wilkens
|studies in the MA in English program at Sam Houston State University
in Huntsville, Texas, where he works as a teaching assistant.
|was born and raised in southwest Minnesota. After a few years in New England, she
lives now in Brooklyn, where she writes about the landscape of home.
|is a wife and mother of two. She enjoys life with the family's two golden retrievers and four wonderful equine friends. .
David Wright *
| is a native Midwesterner. His poems have appeared in various publications.
His two poetry collections are Lines from the Provinces (2000) and
A Liturgy for Stones (2002). His website is http://www.dwpoet.com.
The Writers Round Table
| of Springfield IL occasionally composes poetry as a joint venture.
The Round Table can be found at http://www.online-springfield.com/writers/wriboard.html
| teaches and writes on the Mornington Peninsula, about forty miles
south of Melbourne, Australia. He has had a number of poems published
in Australian magazines and has completed two books, Lost Things
and Other Poems and The Colour of Maps.
Sarah Yost *
| is a free lance writer and massage therapist living in Wichita,
KS. "The subject of my poems are people of the midwest, the
kind of people I've not met anywhere else--and I've been everywhere
else. These people are of the ordinary variety and it is in the ordinary
that I see their beauty and uniqueness. These are the people of the
midwest, set against a backdrop of surreal sunsets and limitless
|grew up on an Alberta farm and is at work on both a chap book and a