About Us: Fellows Biography
Fox Averill is Writer-in-residence
and Professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka, where
he teaches courses in Creative Writing and in Kansas Literature,
Folklore and Film.
His story collections are Passes at the Moon (Woodley Press,
1985) and Seeing Mona Naked (Watermark Press, 1989). He
is the editor of What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth Century
Writers on the Sunflower State (University Press of Kansas
1990). In the Fall of 1996, Eagle Books (Wichita) brought
out his Oleander's Guide to Kansas: How to Know When You're
Here. His novels are Secrets of the Tsil Cafe (BlueHen/Putnam,
2001) and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson (2003).
He helped to found, and was the first director of, Washburn's
Center for Kansas Studies. He is the author of numerous articles,
poems, and short stories (most recently in New Letters, Cimarron
Review, Chariton Review, North American Review and Doubletake),
and is a frequent speaker on Kansas Culture.
He has edited several books for Woodley Press and the Center for
Kansas Studies (most recently In a Place With No Map, poems
by Steven Hind, and A West Wind Rises: Masscre at Marais des
Cygnes, by Bruce Cutler).
He is also a commentator in the voice of William Jennings
Bryan Oleander of Here, Kansas, for KANU, National Public Radio
from the University of Kansas. His Oleander play, "Abide
With Me," won the first Great Plains Play Competition, and was
produced by the University of Kansas Theatre as the final play
of the 1996-97 Season.
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