Denise Low


Denise Low grew up in Emporia, Kansas.  She received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas in English, and an MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University.  She has published ten books of poetry and essays and received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lannan Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission, Poetry Society of America, Roberts Foundation, The Newberry Library, and the Lawrence Arts Commission.

She has taught Creative Writing and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence since 1984, and retired in 2011.   She was an editor for Cottonwood Review at the University of Kansas for several years, and edited two volumes of poetry, 30 Kansas Poets (1979), and Confluence: Contemporary Kansas Poets (1984).  She also edited for Woodley Press, at Washburn University. Kansas Poems of William Stafford is one of the many books that she edited. 

Low has been honored as the second Poet Laureate of Kansas.  Denise Low lives in Lawrence with her husband Thomas Weso.  Her children are David Low, Daniel Low, and stepdaughter Pemecewan Fleuker.

Bibliography ( - housed in Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection)


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