BIG TENT: Stories and Poems in Three Acts


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BIG TENT: Stories and Poems in Three Acts Thursday, June 23rd 7PM @ The Raven

Louise Krug Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Gregg Primo Ventello

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2011 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and a long-time transformative language artist. Caryn’s books include four collections of poetry (Landed – forthcoming, Animals in the House, Reading the Body and Lot’s Wife); a forthcoming memoir on cancer, community and ecology, The Sky Begins At Your Feet; an award-winning writing guide, Write Where You Are; an anthology on Transformative Language Arts, The Power of Words; and anthologies she edited by people living with serious illness, and ow-income women of color. Her poetry and prose has been published in dozens of literary journals, magazines and anthologies.

Caryn received her Ph.D. and MA from the University of Kansas (poetry, women’s studies, mythology), and she is certified in grassroots organizing from the Midwest Academy, and poetry therapy from the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. She is the recipient of Kansas Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Rocky Mountain National Park artist-in-residency, the City of Lawrence Phoenix Award, and other honors.

Caryn lives in the country, just south of Lawrence, Kansas with her husband, bioregional writer Ken Lassman, and their children. In addition to writing, she practices yoga and cello.

Louise Krug is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. Her short stories have been published in elimae, Juked, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. Her memoir, I Wish I Could Say I Got Back To Normal, will be published in April 2012 by Black Balloon Publishing.

Gregg Primo Ventello was born and lived most of his life in New Jersey. Before moving to Kansas, he worked as an auditor for an accounting firm in Philadelphia that became the largest partnership failure in American history. He also worked in D.C. for National Geographic Traveler as an editorial assistant, and in Asahikawa, Japan as an English teacher. For the last twelve years, he’s been teaching African American Literature, Composition, and a course called “Men & Masculinities” at Kansas City Kansas Community College.


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