Author Archives: Arts in Lawrence

About Arts in Lawrence

Denise Low is a writer and publisher of Mammoth Publications, of Lawrence, Kansas

Mammoth presents a digital poem by DaMaris B. Hill

Mammoth is proud to present a video / text /image experience of this fine poet, Dr. Damaris B. Hill, professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Follow the link on her Mammoth web page, which also features her chapbook Visible Textures. Click here:

Shut Up In My Bones: A Digital Poem / A Remix

 

Mammoth publishes Diane Willie’s Short Fiction Chapbook: “Sharp Rocks”

frontcoverwillie-2.jpg$10.00   ISBN 978-1-939301-68-0, Staple-bound paper, 5.5” X 8.5” 24 pages.  2017. Order at www.mammothpublications.net ; mammothpubs@gmail.com; 1916 Stratford Rd. Lawrence KS 66044  $10@ plus shipping + Kansas tax. Discounts for multiple copies.These short stories collect the contemporary and mythic experiences of a young woman seeking identity in the American Southwest. Diane Willie, enrolled Dine (Navajo), moves among cultures, geographies, and time frames to renew stories of the Navajo Long Walk, La Llorona, and contemporary women who survive with courage and dignity.

Diane Willie is an instructor at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University with an Associates degree and the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She has pursued graduate studies in Creative Writing and Education. She is from the Navajo tribe of New Mexico. Her favorite authors are Leslie Marmon Silko and Louise Erdrich.

image“Diane Willie’s original voice adds depth to 21st century stories of the American Southwest. Her mythical tales draw upon Navajo, Pueblo, Spanish, and Anglo histories to create her own mélange.  Always, the Native viewpoint structures Willie’s narratives. Read these as rituals of healing. The final message is one of hope, esperanza.”    Denise Low, former Kansas Poet Laureate

 

International author Xánath Caraza’s latest book is a moving prayer, in Spanish and English, to water

DONDE LA LUZ ES VIOLETA / WHERE THE LIGHT IS VIOLET by Xánath Caraza,    Nov. 15, 2016  Translated by Sandra Kingery, introduction by Beppe Costa. 208 pages, perfectbound, $18 ISBN: 978-1-939301-69-7 For inquiries and multiple orders: mammothpubs [at] gmail.com or for online discount $14.50 PayPal Click herebtn_buynow_LG

International author Xánath Caraza’s latest book is a moving prayer, in Spanish and front-cover-donde-la-luz-es-violeta-where-the-light-is-violet-3-2English, to water, at a time when this essential of life is most precious. Now a native of Kansas City, Caraza draws upon Nahuatl (Aztec), Spanish and English traditions in this accessible and lush verse diary. Each poem is a sequence in her journey to Italy, where she finds water ever present in seas, rivers, Venice canals, and rainstorms. This is a beautiful book. Tino Villanueva, 1994 American Book Award recipient writes: “Part diary, part poeticized travel journal, Caraza’s, Where the Light is Violet is nothing if not a paean to Venice, Murano Island, and likewise to Rome, Pompeii, Florence, et al.  The poet is ever swept away by all complexities of natural splendor (waterways, flora, and fauna), under a colorful vaulting sky, an exuberance conveyed in sensual verse, and chromatic flourishes, Greco-Roman mythology serving, at times, as backdrop.” xanath-caraza-3Xánath Caraza, award-winning author, teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and makes presentations in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. She is Writer-in-Residence at Westchester Community College, New York. She writes for La Bloga, Periódico de Poesía, Revista Literaria Monolito, The Smithsonian Latino Center, and Revista Zona de Ocio.  She is originally from Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

 

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New chapbook from Mammoth, May 1, 2016,

Mammoth author publishes boarding school narrative poetry: BITTER TEARS, 36 pp., staplebound, $12.00 ISBN 978-1-939301-72-7  POETRY  $12.00  btn_buynow_LGPayPal Click Here or contact mammothpubs@gmail.com  for multiple copies. International postage extra.

Denise Lajimodiere spent years interviewing boarding school survivors for this project of moving verse, Bitter Tears. The poems describe the experiences of children who experienced the wrenching trauma of assimilationist boarding schools. Denise Lajimodiere, an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is past President of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (N-NABS-HC) and present board member. Denise works as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at North Dakota State University, Fargo. Her current research agenda includes the history of American Indian boarding schools and also Native female leadership and Horizontal Violence. Her first book of poems is Dragonfly Dance (Michigan State University Press). Denise is also a Birch Bark Biting artist and traditional Jingle Dress dancer.

Full-color cover, After Boarding School: Mourning, is copyrighted by Klamath-Modoc artist Kaila Farrell-Smith, used with permission. It is in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum, purchased with funds from the Native American Art Council.

Mammoth publishes Leavenworth poet Susan Rieke

The latest publication is by Susan Rieke’s Ireland’s Weather This fine arts edition, 24 pages and 2 illustrations, mixes all the mythic beauty of Ireland with clear-eyed
IrelandsWthrCvr6.15observations. Contemporary sights mingle with ageless natural wonders. Even a commonplace experience like dawn becomes extraordinary as  the poet notices how “the sun tilts with a side grin.”  Travel with this writerly companion to a landscape populated with robins, crows, bees, and “old demons.” The journey will change everything.  ISBN 978-1-939301-77-2    $10.00

$10.00  btn_buynow_LGonline discount, free domestic shipping. To order multiple copies or for inquires, contact mammothpubs@gmail.com  

Thomas F. Weso, art, “Blue Storm,” private collection, Washington D.C. Published by Mammoth Publications. Order by mail: 1916 Stratford Road, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Susan Rieke, S.C.L. and Ph.D., is a Professor of English, holding the McGilley Chair for Liberal Studies at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. She has published two books of poetry, Small Indulgences and From the Tower (with Mary Janet McGilley, S.C.L., and Michael Paul Novak), as well as individual poems in many magazines. She does numerous poetry readings in the greater Kansas City area. Through the Kansas Humanities Council, she has given talks on Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and led book discussions in the state of Kansas. She is a native of Jefferson City, Missouri.

New poetry by DaMaris B. Hill, \ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ (Visible Textures), available for order

\ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ (Visible Textures) is a chapbook project of poems that incorporate digital DaMarisCover3.2.15 (3)humanities methods in creative expressions. The poems are inspired by GPS technologies.  The series contrasts details and physical spaces associated with an 1854 Indian Reservation map of Kansas and a 2013 highway map of Kansas. Some poems detail territories allocated to Indigenous American Nations.

 PAYPAL  (click on this link) $9.00 for web discount, single copies (or order multiple times). For larger orders, please contact          mammothpubs@gmail.com  and mention this special rate.

Staple-bound paper, 5.5” X 8.5”      Poetry     24 pages     $10.00   ISBN 978-1-939301-73-4  Cover art and interior illustration by Thomas Pecore Weso     April 1, 2015. Free shipping with online orders. 20% discount for orders of 5 or more. Check orders may be sent to 1916 Stratford Rd., Lawrence, KS 66044.

picture-5226-1421957972DaMaris B. Hill has a keen interest in the work of Toni Morrison and theories regarding “rememory” as a philosophy and aesthetic practice. She is inspired by the anxieties of contemporary existence that are further complicated by fears that some linear narratives of history fail to be inclusive, stating “I belong to a generation of people who do not fear death but are afraid that we may be forgotten.”  Currently, Dr. DaMaris B. Hill serves the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies.

Mammoth is publishing Maryfrances Wagner’s new book DIORAMAS

Mammoth will be publishing Maryfrances Wagner’s book April 1. Watch for more information. dioramas cover_finish_5Pre-orders are available through e-mail, $12@ postpaid. Reviewers interested in advance copies, contact Mammoth directly. Paypal order is available through this link:

DIORAMAS BY MARYFRANCES WAGNER

Click above link for PayPal, single copies. For multiple copies, email mammothpubs@gmail.com