Dr. Denise Low-Weso

Kansas, United States

Member Since: 05/22/2012

Denise (Dotson) Low is 2008-2013 member the national board of AWP and former president. She is 2007-2009 Kansas Poet Laureate, with 25 published books of poetry, personal essays, and scholarship. Melange Block, poems, is from Red Mountain Press (2014) and short fiction Jackalope Walks into an Indian Bar is forthcoming (2016). Her previous books have won recognition from the state of Kansas, Circle Magazine (Minneapolis) and the Kansas City Star. She has been visiting professor of creative writing at the University of Richmond and the University of Kansas. At Haskell Indian Nations University, she founded the creative writing program. Currently, she teaches courses for Baker University as well as independent creative writing workshops in Kansas City and online. She has awards from the NEH, Lannan Foundation, The Newberry Library, Academy of American Poets,Sequoyah National Research Center, and Ks. Arts Commission.  A recent critical article about poet Ronald Johnson is in Numero Cinq (2014) and another about William Stafford is in North Dakota Quartly (Spring 2014). An article about poetry of Kenneth Irby is in Jacket2 (Nov. 2014). Other publications are in Yellow Medicine Review, Virginian Quarterly Review, New Letters, Blue Lyra, North American Review, Connecticut Review, and others. "On Poetry" is her column for the Kansas City Star. She and her husband Thomas Weso co-publish an independent press, Mammoth Publications, which focuses on Indigenous and Mid-Plains literature.She grew up in the Flint Hlls of Kansas, descended from British Isles, German, and Native (Delaware and Cherokee) peoples. Her Poetry Foundation biography is online with four sample poems.

Website: www.deniselow.net

Twitter Username: @deniselow9


  • Ghost Stories of the New West: Poems & Prose , Woodley Memorial Press (June 2010)
  • Natural Theologies: Essays , The Backwaters Press (October 2011)
  • Melange Block: Poems , Red Mountain Press (June 15, 2014)


  • Fellowship--Sequoyah National Research Center(2012)
  • NEH Faculty Fellowship(2011)
  • Poet Laureate of Kansas 2007-2009


  • Adjunct Professor at Baker University--School of Professional and Graduate Studies (June 2011 - )
  • Co-Publisher at Mammoth Publications (September 2004 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Wichita State University (May 1987)
  • Doctoral Degree in Literature/Creative Dissertation (Essays) from University of Kansas (December 1997)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry