Poet, novelist and philosopher, Dennis Weiser is former regular columnist for The Kansas City Business Journal and book reviewer for NPR affiliate KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Missouri. His articles, poems and stories have appeared in Abramelin: The Journal of Poetry and Magick, Chouteau Review, New Letters, p.r.n., Thorny Locust, and several anthologies from Outrider Press. “Excellence”, a parable about race hatred and genocide, was the featured “Original Fiction” in the April 2004 issue of The Illuminata (editor Bret Funk called it “Twilight Zone-esque”). Dennis has read at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Duff’s, Prospero’s Books, The Way Out Club, Venice Café, The Writers Place and Westminster College. An excerpt from Crash Dummies (“Tzytzyan Ysalane”) won first prize for prose fiction at the Printers Row Book Fair in Chicago and was published in Things That Go Bump in the Night (Outrider Press 2004). A former member of Chicago’s TallGrass Writers Guild (1999-2004) and Kansas City’s The Writers Place (2005-2008), his profile is included in the directory of Poets & Writers (pw.org), Who’s Who in America (2007) and Who’s Who in the World (2008). His poem “Hidden Song” appears in The Sixth Surface: Steven Holl Lights the Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City: topo/graphis Press 2007). Dennis holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Westminster College (1978) and an M.A. in philosophy from The University of Kansas (1991). A 1972 Rockefeller Fellowship nominee and 1977 winner of the Samuel Robins Prize in Religion, Dennis directs Scrimshaw Press and sitaDesign. He is the author of eleven works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, the most recent of which is New Institutes of American Religion (Par Ousia 2008) and Poems Lost on the Edge of Sleep (2009). He is currently researching and writing SOUL SNATCHERS OF JAVA, a historical thriller set in 1879 Jakarta in which a pair of shadow puppeteers and a flourishing opium and slave trade become embroiled in the search for a missing British ship against the backdrop of the Wahabbist Acehnese war on Dutch colonialism.