Ken Hada is a poet and professor who lives in the Cross Timbers region of Oklahoma. Ken finds the natural order a powerful presence for writing. His work recently won the SCMLA Prize for poetry.
His poems have been featured on the NPR program, The Writer’s Almanac, and his book, Spare Parts, received the Western Heritage Award. His work has also been recognized as finalist for the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and Oklahoma Book awards. His published poetry collections include Bring an Extry Mule and Persimmon Sunday (Purple Flag Press, 2017, 2015), as well as Spare Parts, Margaritas & Redfish, The Way of the Wind and The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill – a collaboration with his brother Duane’s plein air watercolors, tracing the White River from its source in northwest Arkansas 700 miles downstream to the Mississippi River. Ken also has an ebook, Contour Feathers, and Way of the Wind is available in ebook as well. Ken is a professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. An active reader of his work at venues around the country, Ken also helps to edit the journal All Roads Will Lead You Home.