Big Tent: Greg Kosmicki, Jo McDougall and Candice Wuehle
Greg Kosmicki is a poet and social worker living in Omaha, Nebraska. He founded The Backwaters Press in 1997, which he edits and publishes. His poetry has been published in numerous magazines since 1975, both print and online, including Briarcliff Review, Chiron Review, Connecticut Review, Cortland Review, New Letters, Nimrod, Paris Review, Poetry East, Rattle, Smoking Poet, Paddlefish, and Windless Orchard. He received artist’s fellowships for his poetry from the Nebraska Arts Council 2000 and 2006. He is the author of four books and 8 chapbooks of poems. Two of the poems from his book from Word Press, Some Hero of the Past, and one poem from his newest chapbook from Pudding House Publications, New Route in the Dream, have been selected by Garrison Keillor and read by him on The Writer's Almanac. He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. His new book, Sheep can Recognize Individual Human Faces, was just published in June by Stephen F. Austin University Press. He and Debbie, his wife of 40 years, are the parents of three children, grandparents of one.
Jo McDougall is the author of five books and two chapbooks of poetry; her most recent publications include In the Home of the Famous Dead: Collected Poems and a memoir, Daddy’s Money (University of Arkansas Press, 2015 and 2011, respectively. She is the winner of awards from, among others, the DeWitt Wallace Readers Digest Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and the Porter Prize Fund, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Georgia Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Midwest Quarterly ,and New Letters. A book of poems is slated for publication by Tavern Books in 2016.
Candice Wuehle is the author of the chapbooks curse words: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Books Press, 2015). Her work can be found Tarpaulin Sky, The Volta, and The Colorado Review. She is originally from Iowa City, Iowa and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Candice currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas where she is working towards a PhD in poetry at The University of Kansas, serving as Poetry Editor for Beecher’s Magazine and writing the column "Moon Cradle" for Serpentine Magazine, a monthly reflection on the nature of the zodiac calendar.