Big Tent Curators' Reading: Danny Caine, Denise Low, Mercedes Lucero, and Jennifer Pacioianu
Danny Caine is an MFA candidate at the University of Kansas. His chapbook, Uncle Harold's Maxwell House Haggadah, is out now from Etchings Press. He has been published (or has work forthcoming) in Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, Hobart, Hobart (again), The Minnesota Review, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Atticus Review, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, TL:DR, More Than Sports Talk, Off the Coast, The Legendary, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, RipRap, The Cafe Review, and Flyover Country Review, where he was a featured author in November 2014.
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-2009, is award-winning author of 25 books of poetry and prose. She does individual consulting and editing, as well as professional workshops. Low is co-publisher of Mammoth Publications ,an independent small literary press specializing in Indigenous and Mid-Plains poetry and prose. Her poetry blog has over 400 entries, and she reviews poetry for the Kansas City Star and other venues. She teaches in the Baker University School ofofessional and Graduate Studie
Mercedes Lucero is the author of the chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things (Flutter Press 2016) and winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her writing has appeared in New Orleans Review, Curbside Splendor, Paper Darts, The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, The Pinch, Heavy Feather Review, and Whitefish Review among others. She is a recent Glimmer Train "Short Fiction Award" Finalist and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently the Fiction Editor of Beecher's and curates a collection of works dedicated to the experiences of autism and developmental disabilities through the online literary magazine, Spectrum Extract. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas.
Jennifer Pacioianu completed her MFA in 2015 at the University of Kansas. She teaches at Washburn University in Topeka, KS where she lives with her husband, daughter, and spoiled rotten wonder-Schnauzer.