BIOGRAPHY

 
 Contact Information:
785-242-6167
1104 South Hickory
Ottawa KS 66067

 Background Information

 LORA K. REITER is a native Kansan who makes her home in Ottawa.  Daughter of essayist-poet Lora D. Reiter, she says she learned very early about the mystery of writing by watching, late at night and with considerable respect, the shadow--cast by a kerosene lamp--of her mother as she wrote.  "I was caught up in writing before I even knew there was content associated with it," Reiter says.  Although she has lived in Mexico and France and traveled in Europe and Asia, Reiter loves the spaces, the landscapes and the animals of her native state, "especially the Flint Hills around Alma and especially horses."

 

 Accomplishments

Reiter graduated from Beloit High School in north central Kansas, the setting of her novel.  Then she earned her B. A. and Ph. D. from KU (M.A. from St. Louis U.).While she has made her living as an English professor (St. Louis University, Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and Ottawa University), Reiter has written all her life, primarily poetry and short stories, dozens of which have been published regionally and nationally and earned her prizes from "little magazines" (academic journals), the Kansas Authors Club, and Kansas Voices.  In 2007, she received several awards from the Solomon Valley Heritage Association, including first prize in poetry and essays. One of her short stories is in the current edition of Kansas City Voices.  Another short story received honorable mention in the 2007 New Letters  magazine Alexander Capon competition.

Reiter's most recent publication is The Sail Buggy, a collection of short stories released early in 2012.  She compiled, edited, and published a collection of Lora D. Reiter's poetry in December, 2011.  She herself has written two collections of poetry:  Snake in the Cradle,  released in July, 2008,  and Teaching Fences, released in 2009 ; a three-act drama:  Bless Our Dear Hearts  which will probably be released in late 2012; a text about writing poetry:  On Horses' Noses; a critical study:  The Poetry of Galway Kinnell; a collection of essays Animals Galore and Love Unconditional, released in February, 2008;  a novel, One Was Annie, released in 2006; and numerous essays or articles for academic journals, special interest groups, and the Bea Martin Peck Animal Shelter in Ottawa.  She has an essay in Woven on the Wind (Houghton-Mifflin, 2001) and a poem in Crazy Woman Creek (Houghton-Mifflin, 2004). Other work in progress includes Letters to Joshua, a collection of correspondence and reflections relative to a young man's service in Iraq; Mother and Me:  Two Voices from the Solomon Valley, a discussion of work by the author and her mother; and From Ash Creek to China and Back, a second collection of essays she hopes to have ready in 2013. 

 Additional Information

 Lora K. Reiter is a former TALK scholar (Talk About Literature in Kansas) for the Kansas Council on the Humanities, having led over forty discussions at public libraries and retirement centers.  She is a frequent speaker for various organizations (KAC keynoter in Emporia, 2003; Ottawa University Kansas City Commencement, May, 2005; TALK program accompanying Smithsonian Food Exhibition, August, 2005; Kansas City Writers Group, 40th Anniversary Celebration, October, 2005; OU College Commencement, May, 2006, presenter to NE and NCKLS assemblies, 2006; keynoter and seminar leader for SEKLS assembly, October, 2006; Kansas Center for the Book Fellow and representative of Adult Fiction at the Book Fair in Manhattan, May, 2006). She has presented eighty or more programs on her writing at libraries, schools, service clubs, and other organizations. As a volunteer, she has spoken for Hospice and the Hospital. She also frequently judges writing and presentation contests including "Call for Voices" from the Solomon Valley Association; "Read Out Poetry"; and the Kansas Authors Club.  She was Artist in Residence for the Beloit, Kansas Elementary School and has spoken with many groups of students in elementary schools, high schools, and colleges.