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    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 19 Jul 2019

    Creative Writing Camp 2019


    Northeast Library
    6000 Wilson Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64123
    July 15th @ 1PM-3PM

    Bluford Library
    3050 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64128
    July 16th, 18th, and 19th @ 1pm-3pm




    Taught by published writers
    Drinks, Snacks, Prizes!
    Free admission
    Everyone is welcome!


    • 29 Jul 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 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania, Kansas City MO


    Westport Coffeehouse Theater
    Thursday, August 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. 




    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Blue Moose Bar & Grill, 4160 W. 71st ST, Prairie Village KS 66208


    EAT, DRINK, & RAISE MONEY
    FOR THE WRITERS PLACE!


    WHEN? 

    5 pm – 10 pm on Wednesday, August 14


    WHERE? 

    The Blue Moose
    4160 W. 71st Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208


    BE SURE TO TELL YOUR WAIT STAFF THAT YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN OUR FUNDRAISER. WHEN YOU PAY, 15% OF YOUR CHECK WILL BE DONATED TO THE WRITERS PLACE.

    A bottle of wine & appetizers after work?  15% to TWP!
     
    Dessert & drinks at the close of a date? 15% to TWP!
     
    Dinner with family and close friends?  Again, 15% to us!

     


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


    Admission at the door: $3/members, $5/non-members

    Join us for the August installment of The Writers Place Reading Series, featuring Patrick Dobson, J. Khan, and Janet Reed.

     

    Patrick Dobson is a Kansas City writer, poet, and scholar. His prose works with the University of Nebraska Press have won several awards. He’s published widely in literary magazines and journals. He has taught American History, Western Civilization, and Modern Latin American History at Johnson County Community College since 2009. He conducts memoir-writing workshops twice a year for the Writers Place.

     

    J. Khan lives and works in the Kansas City area.  He has published over 30 poems and is working on a chapbook.  J. Khan was born overseas of immigrant parents.  He has experienced US society as both an immigrant and a citizen.  In addition to poetry, he has written many scientific and technical articles, book chapters and co-authored a textbook. His poems have appeared in shufPoetry, I-70 Review, Fifth Estate, Rigorous and many other poetry magazines as well as several anthologies.

     

    Janet Reed began writing knock-off Nancy Drew mystery stories on wide-lined notebook paper at age 11. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sow’s Ear Review, The Nassau Review, Chiron Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Laurel Review, I-70 Review, and others. She teaches writing and literature for Crowder College in Nevada, Missouri.


    • 19 Aug 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.


    • 26 Aug 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 Sep 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    Recovery Reading

    Sunday, September 15 at 2:00pm - The Writers Place

    Co-hosted by Judith Roberts and Janice Yokum

    A partnership with First Call

    Join this Open Mic reading that will include Susan Whitmore, Charles Ferruzza, Judith Roberts, Janice Yokum, and anyone wanting to sign up and share. 


    • 16 Sep 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.


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

    TWP Reading Series featuring Jennifer Wisner Kelly, Bridget Lowe, and Erin Adair-Hodges.

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

      

    Jennifer Wisner Kelly’s stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Massachusetts Review, Salamander, Greensboro Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Poets & Writers Magazine and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Warren Wilson College, a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Chicago. Ms. Kelly was the book review editor for fiction and nonfiction titles at the Colorado Review from 2013-2018 and frequently reviews for them. She has received artist residencies from the Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and was named a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference in 2016. Stone Skimmers received the 2018 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, selected by Stewart O'Nan. It is her first book.

     

    Bridget Lowe is the author of 2 full-length poetry collections: My Second Work (forthcoming 2020) and At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, and Parnassus, among other journals. She has been the recipient of the Emily Dickinson prize from the Poetry Society of America, a “Discovery”/Boston Review prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ fellowship, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation fellowship to the MacDowell Colony. She is a native Kansas Citian.

     

    Erin Adair-Hodges was born and raised in the Rio Grande valley of New Mexico. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona but quit writing poetry immediately afterward to pursue a career in minimum-wage cupcake making and multi-city adjuncting. After the birth of her son in 2011, she returned to writing poetry. That year, her first accepted poem won the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review. Since then, her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Pleiades, The Sewanee Review and more. Her work has also won the Allen Tate award for best poem from The Sewanee Review, and she's been a Rona Jaffe-Bread Loaf scholar and Claudia Emerson-Sewanee scholar. Her first book, Let's All Die Happy, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Erin is currently a visiting professor at the University of Central Missouri where she is the poetry editor for Pleiades.  


    • 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

    • 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. 




    • 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


    • 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.

     


    • 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. 


    • 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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