Big Tent Reading: Linda Rodriguez, Creed Shepard, and Candice Wuehle
Linda Rodriguez’s latest book of poetry is Dark Sister: Poems (Mammoth), based on teachings from her Cherokee grandmother. Her fourth Skeet Bannion novel, Every Family Doubt, will be published August 15, 2018. Her writing book, Plotting the Character-Driven Novel (Scapegoat Press), is based on her popular online workshop. She co-edited The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East (2017 BkMk Press/UMKC) with Diane Glancy. Her second and third Skeet Bannion novels, Every Broken Trust (St. Martin's/Minotaur) and Every Hidden Fear (St. Martin's/Minotaur), were selections of Las Comadres National Latino Book Club and won International Latino Book Awards. Her first Skeet novel, Every Last Secret (St. Martin's/Minotaur), won the 2011 St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and was a Barnes & Noble mystery pick, featured by Las Comadres National Latino Book Club, and a finalist for the International Latino Book Award. She has published two books of poetry, Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009), winner of the 2010 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence and finalist for the Eric Hoffer National Book Award in Poetry, and Skin Hunger (Potpourri Publications, 1995, Scapegoat Press, 2007) and edited Woven Voices:3 Puertorriquenas Look at Their American Lives (Scapegoat Press), which won an International Latino Book Award. She received the 2010 Inspiration Award from the KC Arts Fund, the 2009 Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award from the Macondo Foundation, and the 2009 Midwest Voices and Visions Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities and the Joyce Foundation and has been both a Ragdale Fellow and a Macondo Fellow. She is the president of the Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime, a founding board member of The Writers Place and the Latino Writers Collective,and a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, Kansas City Cherokee Community, and International Thriller Writers. She publishes poetry and fiction in numerous journals and anthologies and has edited three award-winning anthologies. Her poems have been broadcast on The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor (NPR) and New Letters on the Air (NPR). She is currently working on another novel.
Creed Shepard’s poems have been published in Smelt, Beecher’s, Hypocrite Reader and others. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas and runs Enduring Puberty Press, an earnestly unprofessional effort specializing in correspondence art. He's trying to make pay. It's magazine is published annually. The mail art is all year round Enduring Puberty Press merchandise at miuseofheterolinea.wordpress.com. Rapport Privilege is his fourth chapbook of poems.
Candice Wuehle is the author of the full-length collection BOUND (Inside the Castle Press, August 2018) and several chapbooks, most recently VIBE CHECK (Garden Door Press, 2017). Candice currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where she is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Kansas.