Reading: BIG TENT
This evening's program will feature poet, Dennis Etzel; non-fiction writer, Mary Klayder; and Seneca poet from Wisconsin, Jim Stevens.
Dennis Etzel Jr. has an MFA from The University of Kansas, and an MA and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Kansas State University. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, BlazeVOX, Indiana Review, 3:AM, 1913: a journal of forms, Flint Hills Review, The Laurel Review, and others. He serves as Managing Editor for Woodley Press, volunteers with the YWCA, and leads book discussions with the TALK Series sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Jim Stevens is a poet of Seneca heritage, born in Wisconsin, and he has been active as a writer and editor for almost 50 years. His recent book is The Book of Big Dog Town: Poems and Storeis from Azatlan and Around (Fireweed Press 2013). In the early 1970s, he was introduced by Morgan Gibson to the work of Lorine Niedecker, and in 1975had a poem in the seminal Truck 16 / The Lorine Niedecker Issue. Stevens worked for many years as a writer and editor in Madison and was responsible for The Journey Home: Four Centuries of Wisconsin Literature (North Country Press) as well as well as August Derleth Reader and Dreaming History: A Collection of WisconsinNative American Writing (both from Prairie Oak Press). He now lives in northern Wisconsin, where ,since 2005 he has edited Yukhika-latuhse (She tells us stories), a journal of Native writing. He is one of the principal planners for the 20th anniversary Returning the Gift, the national conference of Native writers held September, 2012, in Milwaukee.
Mary Klayder is a longtime Lawrence resident, writer, and English teacher at KU.