Ken Hada’s recent poem “Homecoming” was a finalist for the 2015 Spur Award. He is the author of Margaritas and Redfish (Lamar UP, 2013), The River White: A Confluence of Brush and Quill (Mongrel Empire, 2011), with artwork by Duane Hada, Spare Parts, (Mongrel Empire, 2009) Winner of the 2010 National Western Heritage Award, The Way of the Wind (Village Books Press 2008) and two ebooks: Contour Feathers and The Way of the Wind. A professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, Ken directs the annual Ada Scissortail Creative Writing Festiva. Of Spare Parts, Larry D. Thomas writes, “Hada probes the natural and human wolds with equal candor, forcefulness and literary artistry. His canvas is broad and he paints it wirh rare compassion, grit, and unblinking emotional honesty. This is a bok to read and return to, again and agin, for the lriumphs necessary to sustain us through the tragedies of our lives.”
Reviews and information may be found at: www.kenhada.org.
New Mexico poet Gary Worth Moody is a falconer (between hawks) who lives in Santa Fe with the artist and writer Oriana Rodman, two dogs, and hopefully this autumn, a passage ferruginous or red-tail hawk. Gary has worked as a forest-fire fighter, cowboy, farrier, horse trainer, and various jobs in the construction industry, which included a year in Siberia in 1993 building a town for coal-miners. He is the founder of the 1980s Lost River Poetry Workshops
Of Gary’s first book , Hazards of Grace, (Red Mountain Press 2012) Stephen Bodio writes: “Moody’s work] comes on like a rare, old bourbon, rich and complex and burning like fire. Its view of the mortality of everything is unflinching, even as it celebrates life in its infinite varieties. Hazards of Grace is the most original poetic debut I have read in years.” His 2nd book, Occoquan (Red Mountain Press 2015) was shortlisted for the International Rubery Award. Of Occoquan, Denise Low writes, “This poet ignites words with fire. In reading Occoquan, I enter timeless conflagrations of events. This book is a live ember”.