BIG TENT: Stories & Poems in Three Acts


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Julianne Buchsbaum (poetry) Benjamin Cartwright (poetry) Mary Stone Dockery (fiction)

Julianne Buchsbaum earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in Literature from the University of Missouri. Buchsbaum is the author of Slowly, Slowly, Horses (2001, Ausable Press) and A Little Night Comes (2005, Del Sol Press). Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Verse, Denver Quarterly and Harvard Review. Her third book of poems, The Apothecary’s Heir, won a National Poetry Series award and will be published in 2012 by Penguin Books. She lives and works in Lawrence, Kan.

Benjamin Cartwright’s prose poetry has appeared in Sentence, DMQ Review, and is forthcoming in Midwestern Gothic. His flash fiction has appeared in Pure Francis. Ben’s prose poetry chapbook Entrance Mediums was a finalist for the 2011 Firewheel Chapbook Award. Aside from chasing stubborn pet goats who refuse to be contained in pens, in the country north of Topeka, Ben can often be found editing sound recordings of poetry by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Fred Moten, Bruce Covey, Ken Irby, and others, for the PennSound archive. Ben’s own poetry archive project, Kansas Blotter Audio, can be found at

Mary Stone Dockery's poetry and prose is forthcoming in Gargoyle, South Dakota Review, Connotation Press, Weave Magazine, and has appeared in many other fine journals, including mot recently Midwestern Gothic, Foundling Review, and Blood Lotus. She is the author of two chapbooks, Aching Buttons (Dancing Girl Press) and Blink Finch (Kattywompus Press), both forthcoming in 2012. She is the recipient of the 2011 Langston Hughes Award in Poetry, a Pushcart nominee, and her chapbook Becoming an Island was a finalist in the Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize. She is the co-editing founder of Stone Highway Review and she co-edits the Blue Island Review with Katie Longofono, in addition to reading for Gemini Magazine. She lives in Lawrence, Kan.


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