Tom Averill, an O. Henry Award winner, is Writer-in-residence and Professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka, where he teaches courses in Creative Writing and in Kansas Literature, Folklore and Film. His has published four novels: A Carol Dickens Christmas
(University of New Mexico Press, 2014), rode
(University of New Mexico Press, 2011), Secrets of the Tsil Cafe
, (BlueHen/ Penguin Putnam, 2001, and reprinted by UNM Press in 2012), and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson
(BlueHen/Berkley, 2003). His story collections are Ordinary Genius
( University of Nebraksa Press, 2005), Seeing Mona Naked
(Watermark Press,1989), and Passes at the Moon
(Woodley Press). Seeing Mona Naked
and A Carol Dickens Christmas
both won the Byron Caldwell Smith Book Award from the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. rode
was named Best Western Novel of 2011 by the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and was a finalist for the Spur Award given by the Western Writers of America.
Alyse Bensel's poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Zone 3, burntdistrict, Heron Tree, Bone Bouquet, and elsewhere. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Not of Their Own Making (dancing girl press, 2014) and Shift (Plan B Press) and serves as the Book Reviews Editor at The Los Angeles Review, a literary journal from Red Hen Press. A PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Kansas, she lives in Lawrence.
Priscilla Howe delivers funny, smart storytelling shows, tailored to the group. Young children (age 3+) get stories, songs and puppet hilarity, while older kids and adults (really!) get more sophisticated (and still funny) fare. Priscilla travels the region, the country and abroad (8 foreign countries and counting) with a headful of stories and a bagful of puppets.