Big Tent

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.

Big Tent Curator's Reading: Kelly Barth, Danny Caine, Denise Low, and Jennifer Pacioianu

Kelly Barth lives on very little money in a very small house with her partner Lisa Grossman in Lawrence, Kansas. She was a fiction fellow in the University of Montana’s creative writing program and has received fellowships from the Missouri Arts Council and the Kansas Arts Commission. Her memoir, My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus was published in 2012.





Big Tent Reading: Michelle Boisseau and Chris Brower

Michelle Boisseau won the Tampa Review Prize in 2015, and her fifth book, Among the Gorgons, was published by the University of Tampa Press in April. She has twice received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the arts. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Big Tent Reading: Stephanie Fitzgerald, Kate Russell, and Tim Volpert

Stephanie Fitzgerald’s poems have appeared in Calyx, Native Literatures: Generations, and other journals. She is the former poetry editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal and the author of Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence (U New Mexico P, 2015). She is an associate professor of English at the University of Kansas.



Big Tent Reading: Sarah Henning and Meagen Youngdahl

Sarah Henning is the author of the YA fantasy novel, Heartless (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). A KU grad, she is a recovering journalist who has worked for the Journal-World, Palm Beach Post, KC Star and Associated Press. Sarah lives in Lawrence with her family. 



Holiday Big Tent: Amanda Sellet and Rebekah Taussig

Child of the ’70s Amanda Sellet is a former journalist who has written for NPR, VH1 and the Washington Post but now spends her days fictionally channeling her inner young adult. She lived in California, South Dakota, England and New York before moving to Lawrence five years ago with her husband and daughter.