Kenneth Randle Landers, English Professor/Author/Public Speaker
Hello, my name is Kenneth Randle Landers, and I am an author. My short story "Room for Good Food" was featured in the Expat Press, and here is a link to that if you would like to read it. https://expatpress.com/room-for-good-food-kenneth-randle-landers/ I am also the author of the poetry books The Arizona Son (by Randy Landers which is me) and Black Honey (by Kenneth Randle Landers, and which was published by Clear Fork Publishing). On Barnes and Noble, you can preview some of The Arizona Son (the description, introduction, and four poems), and you can purchase it there or on Amazon. Also, you can purchase my second poetry book Black Honey on the Clear Fork Publishing website, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Here is the first poem from my new poetry book Black Honey which is available now.
Hemingway said Paris is a movable feast but for me it is Texas
Instead of French cuisine I savor mesquite words in open prairies of my memory
I am not a fisherman but fish for fried catfish in restaurants in hopes to return to muddy rivers where my guides taught me how to find insight that swam beneath the surface
I wish I had known then that my education was a buffet not to satisfy but to make me pine as I age for what I was offered and ate but not near enough of.
Then I did not care much for fried okra and grits and fried catfish was okay but today nothing tastes better.
by Kenneth Randle Landers
I was born in Phoenix, AZ and grew up in Springerville, AZ. From Abilene Christian University, I received a BA in English and an MA in English (Literature), have taught college courses for many years, have taught sixteen different types of college courses, and have strong teaching references. I teach at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ which I enjoy. Besides my other publications that I mentioned, I have published poems in two literary journals, a thesis titled Becoming in Mid-Twentieth Century American Literature, and my essay "Return to Innocence in Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych" by Randy Landers which was published by the University of Kansas on The Tolstoy Commons website ( here is a link to it: http://tolstoy.ku.edu/personal-reflection/return-to-innocence-in-leo-tolstoys-the-death-of-ivan-ilych-by-randy-landers/). I am humbly honored by all my publications.
I have given many book events for my books at different places (such as libraries, independent bookstores, and Barnes and Noble stores, and I was chosen to be the featured keynote poet at a book event (Bookmans Poet Society Social) at Bookmans Midtown in Tucson, AZ . Here is a link to an article about it and me. https://bookmans.com/events/bookmans-poets-society-social/ And, I have a strong letter of recommendation from the Barnes and Noble Community Business Development Manager Sarah Mize in Hurst, Tx at the time I did a book event there. A lot of people have said great things about my books and events. Places continuously contact me to invite me to give a book event. I enjoy sharing my work with others and meeting new people at my events, and I am humbly honored and thankful. And, my book The Arizona Son was taught by Dr. Steven Moore to his students in his American Literature courses at Abilene Christian University. Dr. Steven Moore said great things about my book and the experience of teaching it to his students. He said he and his classes loved it. If you have any questions about my books, would like to check if I will be giving a book event near you, would like to inquire about scheduling me to give a book event, or ask me to put on a poetry or fiction workshop, please feel free to fill out the information below and submit it to me. Kind Regards, Kenneth Randle Landers