This evening's featured readers are Caleb Puckett, Justin Runge and Sarah Smarsh.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Caleb Puckett has lived in various towns and cities in both Oklahoma and Arizona. Puckett now lives with his wife, sons and dogs in Ottawa, Kansas. Over the years, his writing has appeared in many small and large press publications. His recent collection of poetry is Fate Lines / Desire Lines (Mammoth Publications 2014). Eileen Tabios said this about the book: “Puckett’s poems are no ‘slight song[s] of self.’ Seek them out and marvel at language made fresh.” Puckett has also published chapbooks with Plan B Press, The Feral Press (an imprint of Prehensile Pencil Press) and mgv>2publishing, as well as two book-length collections, Tales from the Hinterland and Market Street Exit, both with Otoliths. In addition to writing, Puckett serves as editor-in-chief for a library science journal, associate poetry editor for Nimrod International Journal, and editor for the online literary journal Futures Trading.
Justin Runge lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he serves as poetry editor of Parcel. He is the author of two chapbooks, Plainsight (New Michigan Press, 2012) and Hum Decode (Greying Ghost Press, 2014). Recipient of a Lawrence Arts Center 2014 Langston Hughes Award, Runge has published in Best New Poets, Linebreak, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. He can be found at www.justinrunge.me.
Sarah has written for Harper's, Guernica, The Huffington Post, The Pitch others. She is the author of two books on Kansas history and the editor of a feminist essay collection for the Waiting Room Projects, an international creative dialogue on women's health. Her personal essays on poverty have appeared in The Common, The Morning News, Parcel and The Flint Hills Review, and she has written literary criticism for Columbia Magazine and Great Plains Quarterly. Sarah has taught creative writing and journalism at Washburn University, Columbia University, Ottawa University and the Lawrence Arts Center. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia, as well as degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas.