Denise Low was born in 1949 in Emporia, Kansas. She received her BA, MA, and PhD in English from the University of Kansas and her MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University.
Low is the author of several books of poetry, including Mélange Block (Red Mountain Press, 2014), Ghost Stories of the New West (Woodley Memorial Press, 2010), and Thailand Journal: Poems (Woodley Memorial Press, 2003).
Low, who is of mixed German, British, unaffiliated Lenape and Cherokee heritage, frequently examines Native heritage and the intersection of Native and settler heritages in her work.
From 2008 to 2013, Low was a member of the national board of Associated Writers and Writing Programs and served as president from 2011 to 2012. Low has taught at the University of Kansas and University of Richmond, as well as at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she founded the creative writing program. She currently teaches at Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies in Baldwin City, Kansas, and lives in Lawrence, Kansas.