2007-2008 Park University Ethnic Voices Poetry Series
Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Mark Turcotte grew up on North Dakota's Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation and in migrant camps, living on the road for nearly 15 years. In spring of 1993, he joined the Chicago poetry scene. He won the First Gwendolyn Brooks Open-mic Poetry Award and was named a Significant Illinois Poet, and to the Illinois Authors Poster. He received a Residency from National Writer's Voice; the 1997 Josephine Gates Kelly Memorial Fellowship from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers; a Lannan Foundation Literary Completion Grant; and two Literary Fellowships by the Wisconsin Arts Board. He authored The Feathered Heart (Michigan State UP, revised, 1998); Songs of Our Ancestors (Children's Press, 1995); Road Noise (Mesilla Press, 1998); and Le Chant de la Route (bilingual, La Vague Verte, 2001). His collection Exploding Chippewas (Northwestern UP, 2002) is in its third printing. He has published in TriQuarterly, POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, and The Laurel Review. His poem The Flower On was part of the Poetry Society of America's Poetry In Motion project, and he recently published short stories in Rosebud and Hunger Mountain. » See presentation poster.
Brenda Cárdenas' chapbook of poetry From the Tongues of Brick and Stone was published by Momotombo Press (Institute for Latino/a Studies, University of Notre Dame) in 2005, and her full-length book Boomerang is forthcoming from Bilingual Review Press. She also co-edited Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press, 2001). Cardenas' work has appeared in a range of publications, including Poetic Voices Without Borders; U.S. Latino Literature Today; Prairie Schooner; RATTLE; Bum Rush the Page:A Def Poetry Jam; and the Poetry Daily web site, among others. Cárdenas also has a special chapter in the Book of Voices (launched April, 2002) and ten pages of her poetry are forthcoming in The Wind Shifts: The New Latino Poetry from University of Arizona Press in 2007. With Sondio Ink(quieto), a spoken word and music ensemble, she co-produced and released the CD Chicano, Illinoize: The Blue Island Sessions in 2001. Among her honors are two Illinois Arts Council finalist awards. Càrdenas holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She currently teaches English at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin. » See presentation poster.
Stanley E. Banks has written four books of poetry: Blue Beat Syncopation (BkMk Press, 2002), Rhythm and Guts (Georgia A.B.Press, 1992), Coming from a Funky Time and Place (Georgia A.B.Press, 1988), and On 10th Alley Way (BkMk Press, 1981). His awards include The Langston Hughes Prize for Poetry and the N. E. A. Fellowship. He is an Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri since 1997.