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The Writers Place offers a variety of workshops, readings, and special events. Check out our event calendar for more information. 

Reading Series

We host readings throughout the year by local, regional, and visiting writers of poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction.

Riverfront Readings - 2nd Fridays, 8 PM

Since 1986, Riverfront Readings of poetry and literature have taken place the second Friday of each month at 8 PM.  Regular readings feature two readers (poets and fiction writers), who may be established regional writers or more local, emerging ones.  Riverfront also hosts special readings and open mics throughout the year.  Readers are selected by an independent committee.  Those interested in reading should contact Riverfront directly.

The Writers Place Reading Series - 3rd Fridays, 7 PM

The Writers Place Reading series reviews and schedules requests to read, so anyone interested in reading must send in a request form.  Each reading usually features three local, regional, emerging, and/or nationally known writers of mixed genres.  The Readings and Special Events committee schedules readings by the end of each calendar year for the following year with some exceptions and partnerships.  This series also supports five Celebration Events each year including an LGBT Reading, Day of the Dead, an Ethnic Celebration of mixed arts, and a mixed arts collaboration celebrating improvisational dance, music and poetry in partnership with River Cow Orchestra, the Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company, and poets from The Writers Place.  If you would like to request to read, please download our Reading Request Form and submit in electronic version. 


TWP Open Mic Reading  -- 4th Mondays, 7 PM

TWP Open Mic reading series is open to all emerging and established writers.  It's a great place to try something new out, do a first public reading, and get to know other writers in the community.  It's a supportive experience and meets every 4th Monday at the Quaker House at 4405 Gilliam Road.  All writing is welcomed--fiction, poetry, nonfiction, memoir, songs, and passages from plays.  Readers have a total of four to five minutes.   Sharon Eiker has been hosting this series since TWP opened in 1992.  No need to let anyone know you want to read ahead of time for this series - just show up. 

Request a Reading

If you are interested in reading on TWP Reading Series, our Readings and Events Committee receives Reading Request forms that they consider based on the mission of TWP and its goals.  The committee dates and files each of the requests and books readings for the following calendar year in September and October until the year's schedule is full.  If you want to read on that series, download the Reading Request form, and submit it electronically.  Most readings are scheduled far in advance, so if you want the reading to be a book signing, be sure to submit months ahead of the release of your book.  TWP Series books poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and drama.  Readers read with two other people and have about 15-20 minutes of reading time.  We do not book lectures, talks, religious writing (unless it is part of a special spiritual program), or inflammatory or salacious writing. 

If you are interested in reading for the Riverfront Series, you can apply to Phyllis Becker.  They also schedule their readings a year in advance, so be sure to get on their list as early as you can. 



Voices from The Writers Place Audiobook

Voices from the Writers Place audiobook is now available to stream/download! Twenty-five writers reading their work.

Stream online at Voices from the Writers Place | The Writers Place (bandcamp.com)



Upcoming events

    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Loose Park Rose Garden, 5200 Pennsylvania, KCMO

    Enjoy fresh air and the remaining roses in Loose Park before and after a free reading: Garden Center, Rose Room. Masks required. Social distancing maintained, but we our ears will celebrate our togetherness. Three riveting local poets will share the stage: Melissa Fite Johnson, Al Ortolani, and Jermaine Thompson.

    Cosponsored by the Kansas City Rose Society and Writers Place.

    Garden Center: 5200 Pennsylvania


    • 24 Oct 2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom


    To Register for the Zoom reading, go to https://squoom.com/z/rfz211024

    To read one poem by Phil or about him, please RSVP by October 20th at philmillertribute@riverfrontreadings.com. Slots are limited, so it will be a first-come basis. Send a favorite memory or thought about Phil in one sentence or two to carl.bettis@gmail.com

    How to Donate: The scholarship is for students at KCKCC, where Phil taught for many years.

    1. For online donations: Visit https://www.kckcc.edu/foundation/giving/online-giving.html, select one-time or recurring, select or fill in the amount. For Designation: Write in "Philip Miller Scholarship," Click "Give securely" and complete your payment. Mail a donation to KCKCC, 7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66112, Attn: Mary Spangler. Make checks payable to KCKCC Foundation, "Philip Miller Scholarship" in the comments section

    2. Bid on Phil Miller Tribute Baskets filled with Phil's books & original artwork. Baskets will be posted on the Writers Place website by 10/12. Bidding opens 10/22, closes at noon 10/24. Send bids to charityauction.bid/writersplace

    • 29 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Held virtually via Zoom

    Save the date for our annual Day of the Dead celebration, to be held this year via Zoom. Zoom instructions to register will be provided shortly.


    Xánath Caraza is a traveler, educator, poet, short story writer, and translator.  She writes for La Bloga, and Revista Literaria Monolito. In 2020 Balamkú received second place for the Juan Felipe Herrera Best Book of Poetry Award. In 2019 for the International Latino Book Awards she received Second Place for Hudson for “Best Book of Poetry in Spanish” and Second Place for Metztli for Best Short Story Collection. In 2018 for the International Latino Book Awards she received First Place for Lágrima roja for “Best Book of Poetry in Spanish by One Author” and First Place for Sin preámbulos / Without Preamble for “Best Book of Bilingual Poetry”.  Her book of poetry Syllables of Wind / Sílabas de viento received the 2015 International Book Award for Poetry. She was Writer-in-Residence at Westchester Community College, NY, 2016-2019.  Caraza was the recipient of the 2014 Beca Nebrija para Creadores, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain.  She was named number one of the 2013 Top Ten Latino Authors by LatinoStories.comHer books of verse Where the Light is Violet, Black InkOcelocíhuatl, Conjuro and her book of short fiction What the Tide Brings have won national and international recognition.  Her other books of poetry are Perchada estás/Perching, Ejercicio en la oscuridad / An Exercise in the Darkness, Corta la piel / It Pierces the Skin, Balamkú, Fără preambul, Μαύρη μελάνη, Le sillabe del vento, Noche de colibríes, and Corazón pintado. Caraza has been translated into English, Italian, Romanian, and Greek; and partially translated into Nahuatl, Portuguese, Hindi, and Turkish. 

    Manuel Ramos (www.manuelramos.com) has published eleven crime fiction novels and one short-story collection.  His books have been awarded the Colorado Book Award (twice) and the Chicano/Latino Literary Award and shortlisted for the Edgar® and Shamus awards.  He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to the award-winning Internet magazine La Bloga (www.labloga.blogspot.com), which is devoted to Latinx literature, culture, news and opinion. He lives in Denver’s Northside.  His latest novel is Angels in the Wind.

    Flor Lizbeth Cruz Longoria holds a BM and BME from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, an MA in Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. She was selected as an Emerging Artist for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival (2013), won the TAMUK Concerto Competition (2015), was selected as first flute for the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir (2016), and was an intern for NFA (2017, 2018). Flor’s convention presentations include TMEA, MMEA, NFA, CMS, Electronic Music Midwest, and the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. She received performance and teaching fellowships from the New York Summer Music Festival (2013, 2014) and Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp (2015). Ms. Cruz recently served as Adjunct Professor of Flute at TAMUK and as a New Music USA’s Program Council member

    Calpulli Iskali: family, rebirth. A family that continues to grow as we search for knowledge of our ancestors to find the identity that was been denied to us through traditional Mexica dance and prayer.


    • 5 Nov 2021

    Stay tuned for more details about this event!




    • 19 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Held virtually via Zoom

    TWP Reading Series featuring Alarie Tennille, Tina Hacker, Teresa Leggard. 

    Alarie Tennille was a pioneer coed at the University of Virginia, where she earned her degree in English, Phi Beta Kappa key, and black belt in Feminism. In 1982 she left everyone she knew in Virginia and followed her husband to Kansas City. She also left behind technical editing to embrace a creative writing career.  Alarie serves on the the Emeritus Board and Programming Committee of The Writers Place, as well as emcee and coordinator 

    of the Rose Garden Readings at Loose Park. Since retiring in 2012, Alarie has published three books of poems. Tonight she’ll be reading from her new collection, Three A.M. at the Museum. Her poems have won a long ride on the Kansas City Trolley, First Runner Up in the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary excellence, and the first editor’s choice Fantastic Ekphrastic Award from The Ekphrastic Review.


    Teresa M. Leggard (she/her) is a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised, Midwest transplant. She’s a poet, teacher, editor, theater director, and creative collaborator, who currently teaches English composition at Metropolitan Community College. Teresa earned her BA in English from Spelman College and her MFA in creative writing and media arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Recent publications include “The Private Life of Flowers” (Auburn Avenue, 2020), “Life Sentences” and “I never really knew someone could hate you so much just by looking at you” (Aunt Chloe, 2020). This fall she made her directorial debut at The Unicorn Theatre with PIPELINE by Dominique Morisseau. Teresa sees all of her work—across genres and disciplines—as an opportunity to help people say what they mean. 


    Tina Hacker asked a  golem to compile her biography when her poetry collection, GOLEMS, was released this year. Tina’s poems about these magical creatures from Jewish folklore were serialized in the online journal Quantum Fairy Tales where they acquired a following of attentive fans. 

    A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Tina was a finalist in New Letters and George F. Wedge competitions, named Editor’s Choice in two literary journals and was awarded the Matrix Honor prize. The golem adds that her other poetry collections are Listening to Night Whistles and Cutting It.

    In 2016 Tina was named a Muse of The Writers Place and since 1976, has been poetry editor for Veterans’ Voices, a national magazine of writing by military veterans. The golem agreed to be at her side tonight as she reads from GOLEMS.


    • 2 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania, Kansas City MO


    Westport Coffeehouse Theater
    Thursday, December 2, 2021
    7:00pm
    Westport Coffeehouse, 4010 Pennsylvania


    Join us for this wonderful collaboration of music and poetry.

    River Cow Orchestra and poets Alexej Savreux, Malcolm Cook, Greg Cenac, Kevin Rabas, Bill Bauer, Silvia Kofler, Hyejung Kook.


    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. 




    • 17 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM
    • Virtual via Zoom

    Voices from the Writers Place
    December 17, 2021
    7:00pm
    Virtual via Zoom


    Please join us Dec 17 at 7:00 CST for a Writers Place Reading Series Zoom event celebrating The Writers Place’s first audiobook!

    The event will feature audiobook contributors reading their work live, followed by an open mic. Contributors to the album should not feel limited to only their track on the album. The event will be recorded and performances could be used in a possible live album.

    To sign up to read, please send an email to writersplacesubmissions@gmail.com, containing your name, a brief bio (50 words or fewer), and the type of work you would like to perform (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.). Please plan on limiting your performance to no more than one poem or three minutes of prose.  Depending on the response, we may be able to have a second round of performances.

    Please send your request to read by Dec 1.

    We can’t wait to see and hear you all!


Past events

15 Oct 2021 TWP Reading Series featuring William Trowbridge, Jim Peterson, Shannon Ballam
9 Oct 2021 LGBTQ Reading
4 Oct 2021 Vino and Verse hosted by Sylvia Kofler (Riverfront Readings Series)
1 Oct 2021 1-70 Review Magazine Release Reading - A Zoom Event
25 Sep 2021 100 Thousand Poets for Change Open Mic
24 Sep 2021 1-70 Review Magazine Release Reading
17 Sep 2021 The Writers Place Reading featuring Kamilah Aisha Moon, Ron Koertge, Charles Harper Webb
10 Sep 2021 Riverfront Reading Series
20 Aug 2021 The Writers Place Reading Series featuring Robert L. Dean, Jr., Melissa Fite Johnson, and Jemshed Khan
18 Aug 2021 A Tribute to Conger Beasley, Jr.
13 Aug 2021 Vino and Verses in partnership with Riverfront Readings Series
16 Jul 2021 TWP Reading Series: The Shining Years, Poems about Aging
21 Jun 2021 Poetry Reading Circle
18 Jun 2021 The Writers Place presents Cate Browder, George Bilgere, and Saddiq Dzukogi
12 Jun 2021 Rose Garden Reading
11 Jun 2021 Riverfront Reading Series featuring Divya Ramesh, Chloe Wagner, and Michelle Pond
21 May 2021 The Crystal Field Open Mic Reading
17 May 2021 Poetry Reading Circle
14 May 2021 Riverfront Reading Series featuring Linda Rodriguez and Mary Troy
16 Apr 2021 The Writers Place presents Katie Manning, Wayne Miller, and Kevin Prufer
9 Apr 2021 Riverfront Reading Series: Featuring Lisa Bradford, Steve Bradbury, Xánath Caraza
19 Mar 2021 The Writers Place presents Walter Bargen, RM Kinder, and Catherine Pierce
12 Mar 2021 Riverfront Reading Series featuring Janet Banks, Gena Bardwell, and Stanley Banks
6 Mar 2021 Kansas City Poets: A Virtual AWP Offsite Event
4 Mar 2021 Missouri Lit Mags: A Virtual AWP Offsite Reading
19 Feb 2021 The Writers Place Presents The Nu Profit$ of P/O/E/T/I/C Di$shord
15 Feb 2021 Poetry Reading Circle
12 Feb 2021 Riverfront Reading Series featuring Gloria Vando and Anika Paris
15 Jan 2021 TWP Readers Series Featuring Pat Daneman, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, and Huascar Medina
11 Jan 2021 Poetry Reading Circle
14 Dec 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
13 Dec 2020 Riverfront Holiday Open Mic
4 Dec 2020 Riverfront Reading Series: Featuring Susan Whitmore and Denise Low
23 Nov 2020 Open Mic Night
20 Nov 2020 TWP Reading Series: Pat Lawson, Ruth Williams, Judith Fertig
16 Nov 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
13 Nov 2020 Riverfront Readings
6 Nov 2020 Day of the Dead Celebration
26 Oct 2020 Open Mic Night
25 Oct 2020 Phil Miller Scholarship Reading
19 Oct 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
16 Oct 2020 TWP Reading Series: Jocelyn Cullity, Robert Stewart, Lisa Stewart
11 Oct 2020 TWP Reading Series Annual LGBTQ Reading
9 Oct 2020 Riverfront Reading Series Featuring Maryfrances Wagner and Greg Field
2 Oct 2020 Writers Place Reader Series -Featuring Kathryn Nuernberger, John Gallaher, Rodney Gomez, Walter Bargen
28 Sep 2020 Open Mic Night
25 Sep 2020 1-70 2020 Release Party (via Zoom)
21 Sep 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
20 Sep 2020 TWP Recovery Reading
18 Sep 2020 TWP Reading Series Featuring Virginia Bracket, Traci Brimhall, John Peterson
11 Sep 2020 Riverfront Zoom Readings
4 Sep 2020 Worlds Beyond: Speculative Fiction Virtual Reading
24 Aug 2020 Open Mic Night
21 Aug 2020 TWP Reading Series: Zoom Event
17 Aug 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
14 Aug 2020 Riverfront Readings
13 Aug 2020 CANCELLED: Poetry + Jazz Improv with River Cow Orchestra
27 Jul 2020 Open Mic Night
23 Jul 2020 TWP Reading Series: Virtual Event
20 Jul 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
15 Jul 2020 TRIBE Your VIBE
22 Jun 2020 Open Mic Night
19 Jun 2020 The Writers Place Zoom Reading
17 Jun 2020 Riverfront Minis Virtual Reading Featuring Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas
6 Mar 2020 Worlds Beyond: Speculative Fiction Reading
29 Feb 2020 Digging with the Golden Shovel: A Poetry Workshop
24 Feb 2020 Open Mic Night
21 Feb 2020 TWP Reading Series
17 Feb 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
14 Feb 2020 Riverfront Readings
27 Jan 2020 Open Mic Night
20 Jan 2020 Poetry Reading Circle
18 Jan 2020 Little and Fierce: The Micro-Memoir
17 Jan 2020 TWP Reading Series
30 Dec 2019 Open Mic Night
16 Dec 2019 Poetry Reading Circle
15 Dec 2019 Riverfront Holiday Open Mic
25 Nov 2019 Open Mic Night
18 Nov 2019 Poetry Reading Circle
16 Nov 2019 The Rough Draft or Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg? Or Both?
15 Nov 2019 TWP Reading Series
9 Nov 2019 Meet and Mingle and Help The Writers Place
8 Nov 2019 Riverfront Readings
28 Oct 2019 Open Mic Night
26 Oct 2019 (CANCELLED) Memoir and Memory: Writing Your Story
25 Oct 2019 Day of the Dead 2019
22 Oct 2019 (CANCELLED) Tighten Your Prose: The Economy of Words
21 Oct 2019 Poetry Reading Circle
19 Oct 2019 The Poem as Journey
18 Oct 2019 TWP Reading Series
13 Oct 2019 Haunted Words Open Mic benefit for the Philip Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund
10 Oct 2019 Westport Coffeehouse Theater
5 Oct 2019 Grace in 14 Lines: The Sonnet
4 Oct 2019 Meet and Mingle and Help The Writers Place
30 Sep 2019 Open Mic Night
27 Sep 2019 TWP Reading Series
21 Sep 2019 South Branch Library Reading
21 Sep 2019 Recovery Reading
21 Sep 2019 Ready, Set, Submit!
20 Sep 2019 TWP Reading Series
18 Sep 2019 Happy Hour at O'Dowd's
16 Sep 2019 Poetry Reading Circle
15 Sep 2019 Recovery Reading
13 Sep 2019 Riverfront Readings
26 Aug 2019 Open Mic Night
19 Aug 2019 Poetry Reading Circle
16 Aug 2019 TWP Reading Series
14 Aug 2019 Dining for Dollars at Blue Moose Bar & Grill
8 Aug 2019 Westport Coffeehouse Theater
29 Jul 2019 Open Mic Night
15 Jul 2019 Creative Writing Summer Camp
7 Jul 2019 Nonprofit Village Art Exhibit Hosted by The Writers Place
24 Jun 2019 Open Mic Night
21 Jun 2019 TWP Reading Series
17 Jun 2019 Poetry Reading Circle
14 Jun 2019 Riverfront Readings
1 Jun 2019 TWP Presents Writing Joy
20 May 2019 Poetry Reading Circle

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