Thomas Pecore Weso is an educator, writer, and artist. His Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, ISBN:978-0-87020-771-6) is a finalist for the international Gourmand Award and national winner in the category of Historical Recipes. The Midwest Independent Booksellers picked Good Seeds as one of three November selections, and The Miller’s Tale selected it as one of the “Best of the Fall Cook Books.” Weso is co-author of Langston Hughes in Lawrence (Mammoth Publications) and articles, reviews, and personal essays in Muckleshoot Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Native Literatures: Generations, Overland Review, and others. Weso has an M.A. in Indigenous Studies from the University of Kansas and teaches social sciences at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He is a speaker for the Kansas Humanities Council library program Talk about Literature in Kansas. Weso is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Nation of Wisconsin.
Denise Low, Kansas 2007-2009 Poet Laureate, is active as a writer, educator, publisher, poet, and critic. Recent books are The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (University of Nebraska’s Bison Books series); Mélange Block, poetry based on geologic structures and mixed-blood experiences (Red Mountain Press2014); and Jackalope , trickster fiction (Red Mountain Press 2016). Low is author of over 25 books. Members of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs elected her to the national board in 2008-13, and she served as president of the AWP board 2011-2012. Currently, Denise Low teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies and leads independent creative writing workshops. She has been visiting professor in the Creative Writing programs of the University of Richmond (’05) and the University of Kansas (’08). She taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she founded the creative writing program. Her Ph.D. in English with a Creative Writing emphasis is from the University of Kansas and M.F.A. in Creative Writing is from Wichita State University.
Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001. The Writers Place cosponsors this series with the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for The Writers Place and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’ health failed, his wife Jeanie Wilson, an emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, curates this popular reading series in his memory. The readings take place at the newly remodeled Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The readings are free and include light refreshments. Donations to The Writers Place are welcome. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.