Big Tent: Divya Bhalla and Susan Rieke
Susan Rieke, S.C.L. and Ph.D., is a Professor of English, holding the McGilley Chair for Liberal Studies at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. She has published two books of poetry, Small Indulgences and From the Tower (with Mary Janet McGilley, S.C.L., and Michael Paul Novak), as well as individual poems in many magazines. She does numerous poetry readings in the greater Kansas City area. Through the Kansas Humanities Council, she has given talks on Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and led book discussions in the state of Kansas. She is a native of Jefferson City, Missouri.
Divya Radhika Bhalla hails all the way from New Delhi, India, where she enjoyed studying Eng. Lit., but couldn’t shake the feeling that she was on the wrong side of the fence. One day, she decided to jump over the fence to see what lay on the other side. The stories all said that the grass would be greener, but what do you suppose she saw? Why, there wasn’t any grass at all, but a winding yellow brick road that led to a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas as well as the position of Fiction Editor of the literary journal, Beecher’s.