Big Tent Reading: Janet Eigner, Mercedes Lucero, and Bob Sommer
Poet, dance writer, and retired psychologist Janet Eigner composes free verse poems that explore themes of family, community, and the earth and its war-wounds. She is the author of the chapbook Cornstalk Mother (2009), and her work has been featured in “American Life in Poetry,” the syndicated newspaper column of former US poet laureateTed Kooser, as well as in the anthology Earthships: A New Mecca Poetry Collection(2007). Her first full-length poetry book, What Lasts Is The Breath (Black Swan Editions), was awarded a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in 2013. She lives in the Santa Fe area.
Mercedes Lucero holds an MFA from Northwestern University and is currently a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of Kansas. Her writing has appeared in Curbside Splendor, Paper Darts, and The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal, among others. She is the fiction editor of Beecher's and her chapbook, In the Garden of Broken Things, is forthcoming from Flutter Press in October. A Pushcart Prize nominee and recent Glimmer Train "Short Fiction Award" finalist, you can find her at http://www.mercedeslucero.com.
Bob Sommer's recent essays and stories have appeared in Rathalla Review, New Plains Review, O-Dark-Thirty, and The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers. He has written for The Kansas City Star, Sierra Magazine, Chronogram, Counterpunch, and various publications. Bob is the Director of Development for the Sierra Club in Kansas and a lecturer at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth. He blogs at Uncommon Hours. His novel, A Great Fullness, was published this year (Fomite).