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    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    TWP Reading Series

    September 27th - 7:00pm
    The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    I-70 Review Magazine Release Party

    Join I-70 Review for this party and celebration.  Reception, socializing, and contributor reading.  Contributors will receive their 2019 issue of the magazine, and copies will be for sale.  Open to everyone.  Come and party with us.

    Cover Photograph by Andrea Brookhart

    Admission at the door: $3/members, $5/nonmembers

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Pilgrim Center, 3801 Gillham, KCMO 64111
    • 10
    Register


    Grace in 14 Lines: The Sonnet 
    A Poetry Writing Workshop (3 sessions)

    Instructor: Andrés Rodríguez

    Cost: $180/ members; $225 nonmembers 

    Poets have been writing sonnets since the 13th century AD. In doing so, they have created some of the world’s greatest poetry—“great” being defined in terms of technical virtuosity, moral authority, and epistemological profundity. However, there has been a tendency to think of the sonnet as separate from everyday reality, a product of elitist culture. Poetic practice has proven this view false.

    In this workshop, we will read a selection of sonnets by poets across time and culture. Our poets cover many topics with the sonnet, from love to war to nature to God. In short, sonnets can be written on any subject.  Whenever a poet has had strong feelings, there was often a sonnet flowing out of such passion. The sonnet has endured and flourished for many reasons, including its ability to explore complex, multifaceted subjects. Our readings will explore some of these reasons in works written in or translated into English.

    After our readings, we will do some writing exercises involving form and content. We will focus on both craft and process, looking for ways to enhance the intersection of language and culture, emotion and intellect, story and image. Writing our way into the sonnet is both an adventure and a realization of poetry’s timeless nature.

    This three-weekend workshop will be limited to 10 participants so that everyone has the opportunity to revise a poem. Each workshop will run 3 hours and consist of readings, discussion, in-class writing, and feedback. The final meeting will consist of a brief wrap-up and a poetry reading by the members of the workshop.


    Andrés Rodríguez is the author of Night Song: Poems (Tia Chucha Press), Book of the Heart: The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats (Lindisfarne Press), and Portal of Dreams: Poems (Woodley Press). His poems have appeared in Bilingual Review, The Cortland Review, Drunken Boat, Harvard Review, Hubbub, New York Quarterly, Palabra, Valparaiso Review, and other journals. His work is included in the anthologies Currents from the Dancing River (Harcourt Brace), Dream of a Word (Tia Chucha Press), New Chicano/Chicana Writing (University of Arizona Press), Wild Song (University of Georgia Press), and Bards against Hunger (Local Gems Press). In 2007 Rodríguez won the Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award in Poetry sponsored by Poets & Writers. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has an MA in Creative Writing (Stanford) and a PhD in Literature (UC Santa Cruz). He lives in Kansas City.


    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road, Kansas City MO


    Open Mic Night

    7:00pm

    Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road

    Come share your writing at a free open mic hosted by Sharon Eiker!


    • 8 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania, KCMO

    Westport Coffeehouse Theater
    Tuesday, October 8, 2019

    7:00pm - Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania

    Join us for this wonderful collaboration of music and poetry.

    Enter from the coffeehouse and go downstairs or enter from the Green Room. 
    Plenty of parking beside the building
    .


    This event is a collaboration with River Cow Orchestra and The Writers Place.  Poets will read, and the improvisational band will interpret the music. 




    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Nonprofit Village, 31 W. 31st ST, KCMO 64108

    Riverfront Readings Presents

    Haunted Words Open Mic benefit for the Philip Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund


    Themes: Ghosts or the poetry of Phil Miller. Two poems per reading

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019
    3:00-5:00pm
    The Writers Place
    31 W.31st Street, KCMO 64108


    For questions or to sign up ahead of time, email randy@riverfrontreadings.com




    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    TWP Reading Series

    7:00pm - The Writers Place

    Featuring Andrea Hollander, Leanna Petronella, and Heidi Czerwiec

     

    Andrea Hollander’s 5th full-length poetry collection, Blue Mistaken for Sky, was a finalist for the 2018 Best Book Awards in Poetry. Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012, her 4th collection, was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her first, House Without a Dreamer, won the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Hollander’s many other honors include two Pushcart Prizes (poetry and literary nonfiction), two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Runes Poetry Prize, the Vern Rutsala Award, an Oregon Literary Fellowship, and two individual artist fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council. For 22 years Hollander served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she taught at both The Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series for 6 years before founding the Ambassador Writing Seminars, a series of intensives in poetry and the personal essay that she teaches in her home.

     

    Leanna Petronella’s poetry appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Third Coast, Birmingham Poetry Review, CutBank, Quarterly West, ElevenEleven, and other publications. Her fiction appears in Drunken Boat, and her nonfiction appears in Brevity. She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, where she was Poetry Editor for the Missouri Review, and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. She lives in Austin.

     

    Essayist and poet Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the recently-released lyric essay collection Fluid States, selected by Dinty W. Moore as winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and the poetry collection Conjoining, and is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She writes and teaches in Minneapolis, where she is an Editor for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and for Poetry City. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com


    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108
    • 15
    Register


    The Poem as Journey
    A One Day Seminar Presented by Andrea Hollander

    Saturday, October 19, 2019
    (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. including a 1-hour lunch break)
    The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108


    A good poem takes the reader on a journey whose destination is unpredictable yet satisfyingly inevitable. Such a journey may feel physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, or some combination of these. Ineffective poems fail to take the reader anywhere—they begin and end in the same place. Or they exist entirely in the mind of the poet or speaker. Nor is the best path the straightest (think interstate highway versus scenic drive).

    During this one-day seminar, open to poets at all levels of experience, we will examine a series of masterful poems in order to uncover techniques participants can employ in their own work, and we'll examine participants' in-progress work with an eye toward enriching the journey.  


    Andrea Hollander’s 5th full-length poetry collection, Blue Mistaken for Sky, was a finalist for the 2018 Best Book Awards in Poetry. Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012, her 4th collection, was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her first, House Without a Dreamer, won the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Hollander’s many other honors include two Pushcart Prizes (poetry and literary nonfiction), two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Runes Poetry Prize, the Vern Rutsala Award, an Oregon Literary Fellowship, and two individual artist fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council. For 22 years Hollander served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she taught at both The Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series for 6 years before founding the Ambassador Writing Seminars, a series of intensives in poetry and the personal essay that she teaches in her home. Hollander’s website is andreahollander.net.


    Cost: $100. Limited to 15 participants. 




    • 21 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Plaza Library, 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112

    Poetry Reading Circle Hosted by Catherine Anderson


    We meet at the Plaza Library (small conference room near the reserve books) on the third Monday of the month. The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. Catherine Anderson introduces a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. The group takes turns reading the poems and then shares ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere.  Poets chosen are archived in the Poetry Foundation Web site so that any one can have access to their work. Please, feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share in addition to the poems on the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Catherine Anderson’s third poetry collection, Women with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. She is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern ReviewPrairie Schoonerthe Midwest QuarterlyImagination & PlaceThe Boston Sunday Globe MagazineThe New Virginia Review, and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over eleven years.


    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108


    Featured reader for 2019: Lara Medina

    Calpulli Iskali: Andrés Ramirez & Arelis Flores

    Ecuadanza: Isabel Izydork

    Altars by Xánath Caraza & World’s Window

     

     

    Lara Medina

    Lara Medina, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge where she teaches courses in Chicanx history and Chicanx spirituality and religious diversity.  She earned her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in American History and a MA in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her first book, Las Hermanas: Chicana/Latina Religious Political Activism in the U.S. Catholic Church (Temple University, 2004) won a Choice Book Award. Her recent co-edited book is titled Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx/Latinx Spiritual Reflections and Healing Practices (Arizona University Press, 2019). She also has several published writings on Días de los muertos in Chicanx communities and Chicana feminist spirituality. She is first generation college educated and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and now resides in Los Angeles.

     

    Calpulli Iskali:

    A family that continues to grow as we search for knowledge of our ancestors to find our identity through traditional Mexica dance and prayer.

     

    Sugar Skulls by Delia Del Carmen Pérez

     

     

    Ecuadanza: Isabel Izydork and dancers:

    Started by Isabel Izydork in Kansas City is a dance troupe that shares culture, music and traditional dances from Ecuador.

     


    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Pilgrim Center, 3801 Gillham Road, KCMO 64111
    Register


    Memoir and Memory: Writing Your Story

    Instructor: Dr. Patrick Dobson

    Frequency: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

    Where: Pilgrim Center, 3801 Gillham Road, KCMO 64111

    Cost: $240 / members; $300 / nonmembers for all four sessions

    Award-winning memoir author Dr. Patrick Dobson presents his 4-week memoir workshop. Saturdays, October 26 to November 16, from 10:00 - 1 pm.

    This four-week workshop will assist memoir writers in exploring their own stories and help them increase the effectiveness and reach of their writing. Participants will read and critique each other’s work. The goal of the workshop is to complete a short memoir (10-15 pages) or book chapter.

    The workshop will take place at the Pilgrim Chapel, a creative space to define your experiences and write your memoir from the core of personal understanding. It is a time to connect to the heart of your story. It will be a time to discover and enhance your unique writing voice, explore theme and subject and its associated meaning as you learn how to focus your memoir. You will also discover how to engage with truth in the writing of creative non-fiction.

    The workshop focuses on individual, thoughtful writing, setting of scene, and arc of story. We will discuss the basics of aspects of memoir and travel memoir, as well as editing and the processes and difficulties of publishing.

    Patrick Dobson is author of two award-winning memoirs with the University of Nebraska Press—Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (2015), recipient of the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award and the High Plains Book Award. Spartan Press published his two poetry collections in 2017 and 2018. Skyhorse Publishing will publish his new memoir Ferment: Wine and Madness in May 2020. He has been an investigative journalist. He writes essays, poetry, and creative nonfiction. He has been widely published in literary journals. His academic writing in American History has appeared in a number of scholarly journals.


    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road, Kansas City MO


    Open Mic Night

    7:00pm

    Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road

    Come share your writing at a free open mic hosted by Sharon Eiker!


    • 15 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    TWP Reading Series Featuring Alice Friman, William Trowbridge, and Maryfrances Wagner

    ADMISSION AT THE DOOR: $3 MEMBERS. $5 NONMEMBERS


    Alice Friman’s seventh collection, Blood Weather, is forthcoming from LSU. Her last two books are The View from Saturn and Vinculum, for which she won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. Other books include Inverted Fire and The Book of the Rotten Daughter, both from BkMk, and Zoo, Arkansas, which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from New England Poetry Club and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University. She is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, is included in Best American Poetry, and is the winner of the 2016 Paumanok Award. Professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis, she lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she was Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College.


    William Trowbridge was born in Chicago and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned a BA and an MA in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a PhD from Vanderbilt. He is the author of the full-length poetry collections Enter Dark Stranger (1989), O Paradise (1995), Flickers (2000), The Complete Book of Kong (2003), Ship of Fool (2011), and Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems (2014). His chapbooks include The Book of Kong (1986), The Four Seasons (2001), and The Packing House Cantata (2006). From 1986–2004, Trowbridge served as editor for the Laurel Review and GreenTower Press.  He has received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a Pushcart Prize and has held fellowships at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and the Anderson Center. In 2012, Trowbridge was appointed poet laureate of Missouri. He is a distinguished professor emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University and currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with his wife.


     


    Maryfrances Wagner’s books include Salvatore’s Daughter, Light Subtracts Itself, Red Silk (Thorpe Menn Book Award for Literary Excellence), Dioramas, Pouf, The Silence of Red Glass ,and The Immigrants’ New Camera.  Poems have appeared in New Letters, Midwest Quarterly, Laurel Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Unsettling America:  An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (Penguin Books), Literature Across Cultures (Pearson/Longman), Bearing Witness, The Dream Book, An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women (American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation), et. al.  She co-edited with her husband Greg Field  New Letters Review of Books and co-edited a number of anthologies including The Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers with David and Judy Ray.  She has served as president of The Writers Place in Kansas City and currently co-edits I-70 Review.  She has two rescued dogs named Sylvia Plath and Annie Sexton for their troubled pasts. 


    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Nonprofit Village, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108
    Register

    The Rough Draft or Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?  Or Both?

    In this poetry workshop we will concentrate on ways to assure a good rough draft: writing that comes from “seeing,” that is, direct observation from experience or memory; writing that’s generated by the opposite, that is, pure language that in its expression creates itsown experience; and finally, writing that is a blend of the two.  Come prepared to play with language and generate at least three pieces to work on and perfect at your leisure.


    Alice Friman’s seventh collection, Blood Weather, is forthcoming from LSU. Her last two books are The View from Saturn and Vinculum, for which she won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. Other books include Inverted Fire and The Book of the Rotten Daughter, both from BkMk, and Zoo, Arkansas, which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from New England Poetry Club and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University. She is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, is included in Best American Poetry, and is the winner of the 2016 Paumanok Award. Professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis, she lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she was Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College.


    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Plaza Library, 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112

    Poetry Reading Circle Hosted by Catherine Anderson


    We meet at the Plaza Library (small conference room near the reserve books) on the third Monday of the month. The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. Catherine Anderson introduces a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. The group takes turns reading the poems and then shares ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere.  Poets chosen are archived in the Poetry Foundation Web site so that any one can have access to their work. Please, feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share in addition to the poems on the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Catherine Anderson’s third poetry collection, Women with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. She is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern ReviewPrairie Schoonerthe Midwest QuarterlyImagination & PlaceThe Boston Sunday Globe MagazineThe New Virginia Review, and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over eleven years.


    • 25 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road, Kansas City MO


    Open Mic Night

    7:00pm

    Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road

    Come share your writing at a free open mic hosted by Sharon Eiker!


    • 16 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Plaza Library, 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112

    Poetry Reading Circle Hosted by Catherine Anderson


    We meet at the Plaza Library (small conference room near the reserve books) on the third Monday of the month. The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. Catherine Anderson introduces a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. The group takes turns reading the poems and then shares ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere.  Poets chosen are archived in the Poetry Foundation Web site so that any one can have access to their work. Please, feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share in addition to the poems on the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Catherine Anderson’s third poetry collection, Women with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. She is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern ReviewPrairie Schoonerthe Midwest QuarterlyImagination & PlaceThe Boston Sunday Globe MagazineThe New Virginia Review, and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over eleven years.


    • 30 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road, Kansas City MO


    Open Mic Night

    7:00pm

    Quaker House, 4405 Gillham Road

    Come share your writing at a free open mic hosted by Sharon Eiker!


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