Tonight's readers are Elizabeth Schultz, Erin Brown and Susan Harris.
Erin Brown is a published poet, spoken word artist, womens’ health advocate, and mom. She grew up in Lawrence, attending Lawrence High School, then graduated rom Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in social work. Erin began focusing on health and wellness so she could be a strong, fit, positive role model for her daughter. What started as her personal training blog became a website, social media platform, and upcoming book centered around living healthy and feeling good in your skin.
After retiring from the Kansas University English Department, Elizabeth Schultz has been involved in arts and environmental advocacy. She writes about the people and places she loves and has published two academic books, four collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, a memoir, and a collection of nature essays.
Susan K. Harris is the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Kansas. She is a specialist in American literature and culture of the 19th Century, with special focus on Mark Twain. Currently, she is working on a project that follows Mark Twain’s 1897 lecture tour around the world. She will read from this project, parts of an essay about the Ganges River today, compared to Mark Twain’s description. Harris’s most recent book is God’s Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902 (2011). She has edited the Library of America’s volume of Twain’s historical romances and a Houghton Mifflin pedagogical edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. For Penguin Publishers she has edited novels by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, and Kate Wiggin. Additionally, she has contributed articles and chapters on Twain and on women writers to numerous journals and essay collections. Additionally, she teaches and writes about American women writers, 19th & 20th-century immigrant writing, and issues of national identity, citizenship, religion, and race.