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Member Party and Silent Auction

September 2, 2022

Welcome to the Writers Place Silent Auction. 

To place an advance bid, email writersplaceevents@gmail.com 


Buy Two Hours of a Writer’s Time

Do you want to work with a professional writer one on one and get some advice on 3-5 poems, a short story, a chapter, a nonfiction essay, or a one-act play?  If you want writers to critique your writing, you can send them the work, and they will spend the first hour reading it and the second hour discussing it with you in any way you both find convenient—by email, by phone, by zoom, or in person. If you want to bid on one of these professional writers, who will donate two hours of their time, you can choose from any of the following:

                          (Unless otherwise indicated, minimum bid $20.  It’s worth much more.)

Michael Pritchett.      Fiction --One short story or chapter of a novel

Michael Pritchett is the author of the 2020 novella Tania the Revolutionary, now available on Kindle/Amazon, The Melancholy Fate of Capt. Lewis (Unbridled Books, 2007) and The Venus Tree, winner of an Iowa Short Fiction Award (the John Simmons Short Fiction Award) in 1988 and published by the University of Iowa Press.  He is the winner of the 2000 Dana Award for a novel-in-progress for his novel, The Final Effort of the Archer.  The title story from his collection appeared in the anthology The Iowa Award: The Best Stories from 20 Years, University of Iowa Press, 1990.  He received Special Mention in the 2019 Pushcart anthology for his Pushcart-nominated novel excerpt "A Sort of Woman," New Letters magazine.  His stories have recently appeared in Your Impossible Voice, Slippery Elm, ArLiJo, Solstice and New Letters, and his story "White Wedding" is forthcoming from 1-70 Review.  He teaches in the acclaimed MFA in Creative Writing and Media Arts Program at the UMKC.

Al Ortolani       Poetry – 3-5 poems

Al Ortolani is the manuscript editor for Woodley Press and has directed a memoir writing project for Vietnam veterans across Kansas in association with the Library of Congress and Humanities Kansas. He is a recipient of the 2019 Rattle Chapbook Series Award. His longer collections have been published primarily by Spartan Press and New York Quarterly Books. Most recently, his pandemic collection Swimming Shelter was selected as a Kansas Notable Book. His work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry.

Janet Sunderland – Memoir – 5-10 pages or one chapter or Janet can work with you on how to organize, plan and write a memoir

Janet Sunderland holds a BFA from Kansas State University, and an MA from St. John's College, Santa Fe. She is the author of published essays, poetry, and memoir, including the poetry collection, At the Boundary. Her most recent full-length memoir, From Ocean to Desert, was published in 2021. She is currently working on a memoir of the five years she lived in Mexico, titled A Gringa Loose in Mexico. She's an experienced speaker, a professional actor, and member of SAG/AFTRA. She previously served on the Executive Board of Whispering Prairie Press as Senior Editor.

Frank Higgins  --  Drama – one act of a play or a short one-act play

Frank Higgins is the author of a number of plays, including Black Pearl Sings! and The Sweet By ‘n’ By, the latter produced with Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. His work has been seen in New York and across the country at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, the Barter Theater, Florida Studio Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre of Houston, and other places. His plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing Company, and Pioneer Drama Service. His one act play The True Death of Socrates is included in the Best American Short Play series.  Black Pearl Sings! is anthologized in the Random House/Vintage anthology Plays For Two. Scenes from his play Gunplay were read on Capitol Hill prior to Congress passing the Brady Bill. He has also written plays for young audiences, including Anansi the Spider and The Middle Passage, and The Country of the Blind. His most recent play, Louie, Louie & La Dolce Vita, has been developed during readings and staged readings at Kansas City Repertory and Florida Studio Theatre.  He has also published two books of poetry, and two books of haiku.  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Haiku Society of America.

Deborah Shouse  --  Manuscript Magic

Make your manuscript “publication-ready” with professional editing suggestions from Deborah Shouse.

Deborah will read and critique 10 double-spaced pages of a fiction or non-fiction manuscript. She reviews content, writing style, voice, focus and clarity.

 “Deborah Shouse did wonders.  Not only did she line edit the manuscript superbly, she also helped us pare down its length and showed us how to avoid novice mistakes. Deborah gave us an MFA in creative writing.  And she did it with humor and insight and lots of encouragement.” 

Jeffrey Falt and Oyungerel Tsedevdamb, Shadow of the Red Star --Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor, creativity catalyst, laughter facilitator, and dementia advocate. She has an MBA but uses it only in emergencies. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Natural Awakenings, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Spirituality & Health, The Chicago Tribune and Unity Magazine. Deborah has been featured in many anthologies, including more than five-dozen Chicken Soup books. You can find her debut novel, An Old Woman Walks Into a Bar, at deborahshousewrites.com and Amazon.    

Certificate expires Nov 30, 2022

William Trowbridge – Poetry – 3-5 poems

William Trowbridge’s ninth poetry collection,Call Me Fool, will be published by Red Hen Press in September. He has published over 550 poems in literary periodicals and has given readings, lectures, and workshops at schools, universities, bookstores, and literary conferences throughout the United States. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, Yaddo, and The Anderson Center. He is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was an editor of The Laurel Review/GreenTower Press from 1986 to 2004. He was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2016. He is currently a faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska-Omaha Low-residency MFA in Writing Program. For more information, see his website at williamtrowbridge.net.

Trish Reeves – Poetry – 3-5 poems

Trish Reeves’s first collection, Returning the Question, received the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize.  She has received fellowships for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Kansas Arts Commission.  Her fourth bo of poetry, The Receipt, is due out April 2023, from Cynren Press.  BkMk Press published her collection In the Knees of the Gods, and Scattering Skies Press published God, Maybe (2018).  Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, The Ploughshares Reader, Prairie SchoonerNew Letters, and The Women’s Review of Books.  Reeves leads Changing Lives Through Literature seminars for Johnson County Corrections, and is a Kansas Humanities Scholar in Literature. She holds a Bachelor in Journalism from the University of Missouri and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Jenny Molberg – Poetry—3-5 poems

Jenny Molberg is the author of three poetry collections: Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017), Refusal (LSU Press, 2020), and The Court of No Record (forthcoming from LSU Press, 2023). She edited the Unsung Masters book, Adelaide Crapsey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Longleaf Writers Conference. Her poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, VIDA, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, Oprah Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, and other publications. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and co-edits Pleiades magazine.



Marianne Kunkel – 3-5 poems

Marianne Kunkel is the author of Hillary, Made Up (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press), as well as poems that have appeared in The Missouri ReviewThe Notre Dame ReviewHayden’s Ferry ReviewRattleand elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Johnson County Community College. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While earning her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she was the managing editor of Prairie Schooner and the African Poetry Book Fund. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Kansas City Voices and Kansas City Voices Youth.

A Memory of Phil Miller – Four of Phil’s books: The Ghost of Every Day, Branches Snapping, Why We Love Our Cats and Dogs (with Pat Lawson), and The Casablanca Fan, three framed drawings, one small pen drawing, and one pen drawing paperweight.  Keep them all or gift others who remember Phil as the GKC community builder, former co-editor of Potpourri and Helicon Nine, Writers Place founder and board member, KCK Community College instructor, and founder of the Riverfront Reading Series. 

All given from the private collection of Phil Miller memorabilia.                                             Value: Priceless


1.  Mini Portable Plug-in Electric Heater

This tiny heater plugs into your wall socket to warm a room.

                                                            Value $49.00

2.  BW- Boston Warehouse Stoneware –

Set of five nesting bowls in five different colors: red, green, yellow, blue, and gold.  Microwave and dishwasher safe.  Value $50.00

3. The City Tavern Cookbook – Recipes from the Birthplace of American Cuisine by Walter Staib with Paul Bauer and Foreword by David McCullough.  Includes the beer recipes of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.  Those who never know how to cook game will find some tasty possibilities, and puff pastries from everything from pot pies to elegant tarts will marry well with the grog and beverage recipes.  

4.  Lidia’s Celebrate Like An Italian Cookbook – Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali – 220 Foolproof Recipes that Make Every Meal a Party.  Who doesn’t love watching Lidia make every meal look easy to prepare? Here she shares those Italian recipes we all love from the basic and simple family meals to elegant meals for dinner parties. Many recipes are simple enough that a few minutes creates a tasty salad or roasted dinner. 

5.  Antique Boehm Vintage USA Porcelain Bisque Pitcher – Flower Basket Weave – Enjoy this four-sided white porcelain pitcher with a rectangular handle. Perfect for serving sauces, gravies, maple syrup, or cream for your strawberry shortcake –        Value $55. 

6.  Teleflora France Glass Ice Bucket Wine Cooler with Chrome Handle and Raindrop MCM – Vintage – Value $50   

7.  Mariposa serving dish and magnetic fleur de Lis magnetic charm--   Mariposa hand crafted pieces are made from recycled materials by the finest artisans worldwide. Food safe and will not tarnish.  Fleur de Lis magnetic charm turns a simple dish into something special. The Pearled Serving Bowl is the definition of eco-elegance. Luminous, the bowl is bordered by classically chic pearl pattern and serves as a timeless piece in the signature String of Pearls collection.  Use as a bowl or add the magnetic fleur de Lis for a lovely accent.  Value $50+

8.  White Birch Flat Serving Dish with Spreader – Enjoy this lovely clear serving plate with silver spreader from White Birch Interiors and Home Accents in Alton, Illinois – Fleur de Lis in the background.                         Value $25         

9.    Lampwork Heart Necklace --Assorted glass  and crystal beads in with centerpiece a lampwork foil heart accented with Balinese  sterling silver.  Pale shades of pink, green, and yellow.  Designed by Maryfrances Wagner

10.  Art Deco poster “The Night Scotsman.”  The train known as “The Night Scotsman” ran between London and Edinburgh.  Buy the poster new for $125. 

11.  Edward Hopper Trio Poster.  Three paintings by Edward Hopper:  New York Restaurant, Tables for Ladies, and Chop Suey.  A great addition to any wall. 

12.  Kauffman Performing Arts Center Photograph –

This signed photograph by Dale Jamison is a stunning representation of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.  Excellent line design.  It would fit in your home or your office or make a special gift for someone special.                   Value $185.00

13.  Tiger’s Eye Necklace.  Enjoy this 22” Tiger’s Eye necklace with arrowhead accent piece, beads and chips.  Goldtone leaf clasp.  Designed by Maryfrances Wagner. Tiger’s Eye is a member of the Chalcedony mineral family.  It has a silky luster and an opaque transparency. Tiger’s Eyes is commonly a metamorphic rock that comes in shades of reddish brown with iron stripes. Tiger’s Eye represents self-confidence and inner strength and was traditionally considered a protective amulet against the forces of evil. In the 16th Century, it was so rare and precious that it was once worth more than gold.  The Egyptians thought Tiger’s Eye expressed divine vision and would use it as a stone to represent eyes when creating great deities.  Luminous like the eye of a tiger. 

14.  Guatemalan bag with embroidery and worry dolls.  This 8” x 6” bag would make a cute treasure bag or a small purse.  Four worry dolls to keep the wearer safe.  It also can be worn around the neck as wearable accent art.  Adjustable strap.  Made by Guatemalan women from Mayan ancestry.  Each is a unique piece of art.  The dolls carry your worries away.  Wear it for a great conversation piece. 

15.  Spa Living Botanicals.  What a perfect gift or enjoy this set yourself.  Coconut Shea Body Scrub, Coconut Shea Body wash, Coconut Shea Body Lotion, and spa headband.  A perfect bath collection.                                 Value $30

16.  Elizabeth Munro’s Montage serving dish.  Enjoy a hand-painted serving tray with three separate serving divisions.  Holiday tray with ornament, tree, and sock.  Red and Green.  Perfect for a gift or a serving tray for your next holiday dinner.  

                                                                                                Value $56.95

17.  Michel Design Works Holiday Decoupage Wooden Tray.  Carry your favorite foods to the table on this lovely holiday tray of seasonal flowers, holly, and pinecones. 

                                                                                                Value $62.59

18.  Saki Set – Vintage Saki set with Saki Bottle Carafe  and six cups – Blue and white ceramic set in wooden case.  Made in Japan                   

                                                                                                Value $30.00

19. Set of Three Keepsake Ornaments. Sky’s the Limit Ornament Series. Signed by Sculptor: Lynn Norton. All are famous racing airplanes. MIB: 1. Wedell-Williams Model 44,

2. Gee Bee Super Sportster Model Z, 3. Travel Air Model R “Mystery Ship

                                                                                                Value $50 for the set

20. Lady of the Manor™ Barbie™ Fashion Model

Porcelain and Fabric . 2011 Keepsake Ornament. Hallmark Collectors Club Exclusive

                                                            Value $35

21. Capucine™ Barbie™ Fashion Model

Porcelain and Fabric. 2009 Keepsake Ornament. Hallmark Collectors Club Exclusive

                                                            Value $35


22. APPLE TV 4K.

Streaming Device with extra remote. 4K HDR – 32 GB. Airplay, Siri, Apps

Originally $179 plus $40 for extra remote

                                                            Value $125

23. Fish Plates

Four glass plates in the shape of a fish.  Lovely for lunch or appetizers or snacks with friends.  by Cristal D’Arques-Durand – Mid Century –

                                                                        Value $60+

24. Black and White Iris Serving Plate

A serving dish perfect for company.  White plate with black and white iris.  From Creative Co-op – Microwave and dishwasher safe.

                                                                        Value $20

25. Silver Aluminum Serving Tray

Perfect for serving bread or appetizers at your next party

                                                                        Value $50

26. Mud Pie Ho Ho Ho Santa Cracker Dish

Enjoy this holiday cracker dish with Santa on top—white with red

                                                                        Value $30

27. Fitz and Floyd Verdigris Leaf Metal Snack Plate. (2 available)

Enjoy this leaf-shaped snack shallow bowl or cupped tray

                                                                        Value $25

28. Peltrina Aluminum Serving Tray Triple Scallops

Lovely tray for nuts, mints, small candies

                                                                        Value $35

29. KC BBQ Grilling Tongs Price Chopper/Royals

Perfect for your next day on the grill

                                                                        Value $30

30. Pier 1 Imports Vintage Linens Reed Diffuser

The timeless clean scent of heirloom linens is capyured in this blend of orange bloissom, sweet mimosa, and white hyacinth intermingled with rose petals, night-looming jasmine, and white peach.                                                               Value $45

31. Sullivan Striped Small Pottery Pot in Beige and White

Great for decorative purposes, small vase, or a pencil holder

                                                                        Value $15

32.  Amber Earrings

Enjoy three kinds of Russian amber in this

three-strand dangle pair of earrings. 

                                                            Value $70

33.  Sarah Peyton Glass Coasters

Slip in your own photos to make these coasters truly personal and special.  Set of four glass coasters. 

                                                            Value $25 - $40 (depending on where you buy them)

34. Kansas City coffee table books

Includes Kansas City: A Photographic Portrait with photography by Roger Ridpath and ’69 Chiefs: A Team, A Season, and the Birth of Modern Kansas City by Michael McCambridge
Value: $65

35. 2023 Summerfest Concert Series tickets

Two tickets to any 2023 Summerfest Concert series concert. Summerfest Concerts will celebrate its 31st season next summer, continuing its tradition of presenting exceptional chamber music performances.

Value: $48

36. Halloween candy bowl and treats

You’ll be ready for Halloween trick-or-treaters and perhaps the Great Pumpkin himself with this Charlie Brown candy bowl full of Halloween candy.

Value: $45

37. Ceramic Café painting party

A mug painting party for four. Gather a group of four to each paint a mug at Ceramic Café, located at 9510 Nall.

Value: $65

38. Breakfast for two at Big Biscuit

Whether you’re craving biscuits and gravy, plate-sized pancakes, or a hearty omelet, Big Biscuit can satisfy any breakfast craving.

Value: $30

39. Galison puzzle set

Any puzzle afficianado will tell you that Galison jigsaw puzzles are among the best. Bid on this set of three Galison puzzles.

Value $51

40. Tom’s Town Double Oaked Bourbon

Enjoy Kansas City’s own Tom’s Town Double Oaked Bourbon

Value: $40

41. PRP Wine International wine sampling for 12 (minimum bid: $50)

PRP Wine International has been providing In Home Wine Samplings to clients since 1989. Our mission is to deliver a personal In Home Wine Sampling Experience of fun, laughter, and culture to every home. Includes: -Premium Wine Sampling for up to 12 people -8 bottles of wine -90-minute session with personal Wine Consultant

42. T-Shotz foursome for four ($70 minimum bid)

Valid throughout the year, Monday through Thursday from open to close

Enjoy two hours of bay time with your friends at T-Shotz! Make memories at our worthwhile family entertainment venue in Kansas City, MO.


Computer Service Repair – 2 Hours of Service for your Computer with Greg Field

Greg Field will get rid of your Trojans, your viruses, your worms.  He can fix your problem, update your memory, network your office or the computers in your home, or provide whatever computer service you may need.  Does not include the cost of parts if necessary.  – Value $100

Minimum Bid $35

River Cow Orchestra at Your Next Party -- River Cow Orchestra – At Your Next Party

Are you throwing a party or looking for a reason to have one?  Maybe you’d like your own personal live jazz band. River Cow Orchestra is an improvisational jazz band (so you can’t make requests on songs), but they can be your background or your focus for listening or dancing.  You may have heard them around town. They’ve played at most of the Crossroads Bars to include The Drum Room, Ragland Road, Char Bar, the Record Bar, Garment District Grooves, The Writers Place, William Jewell, the Lawrence Arts Center, Fringe Festival, Jardine’s and many galleries.  Make your party the hit of the season with your own live band.  Mimimum bid $50.00

Khan Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery –  $350

Feeling like you need a little lift?  Here’s a $350 gift certificate towards Botox or  similar filler treatment.  Minimum Bid $50.00


Dining with Choice

$50 Gift Certificate. (two of these)

Enjoy dining at one of your favorite restaurants: Summit Grill, Pearl Tavern, Third Street Social, or Boru

Jasper’s -- $100 Gift Certificate

Want to celebrate that birthday party or Valentine’s Day or anniversary?  Maybe just take someone special to dinner?  Jasper’s is the place to go for great Italian dining.  Located in Watts Mill Plaza at 1201 W. 103.”  Hungry for lasagna, Alfredo, or linguine & clams?  The dining always offers a wide range of options including fresh mozzarella made at your table. 

Burger State -- $25 gift certificate

Enjoy what some call the best burger in Kansas City. 

Dinner at Joe’s Kansas City

Join a friend for a Z-Man at Kansas City’s famous Joe’s Kansas City BBQ.  
$50 gift certificate

To place an advance bid, email writersplaceevents@gmail.com 

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