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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. 



Upcoming events

    • 15 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Prospero's Books, 1800 W 39th ST KCMO






    • 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!


    • 17 Jan 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • The Nonprofit Village, 31 W. 31st ST, KCMO


    TWP Reading Series featuring

    Jeffrey Thomson, Patricia Cleary Miller, and Mark Scheel

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


    Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and the author of multiple books including: Half/Life: New and Selected Poems from Alice James Books in 2019, the memoir fragile, The Belfast Notebooks, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and the edited collection From the Fishouse. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University.  He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.


     

    Patricia Cleary Miller's new collection of poetry, Can You Smell the Rain?, from UMKC's BkMk Press, presents confused and deluded characters who take themselves seriously as they yearn for love. Please do not mock them: they may be you. Patricia taught writing and literature at KU and UMKC before teaching for three decades at Rockhurst University, where she founded and edited the Rockhurst Review. Starting a Swan Dive, her first collection of poetry, published by UMKC's BkMk Press, won Rockhurst's Daniel S. Brenner Scholarly Achievement Award.


    Mark Scheel has pursued a host of occupations from Red Cross assistant field director and English instructor to library information specialist and editor.  His writing has appeared in numerous periodicals and his book A Backward View: Stories and Poems was the 1998 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award recipient.  His blog appeared on the Scriggler website, and in 2015 sixty of his postings were collected in the book The Pebble: Life, Love, Politics and Geezer Wisdom.  The recently released And Eve Said Yes: Seven Stories and a Novella is his 5th book.




    • 14 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Nonprofit Village, 31 West 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    February 14th Riverfront Reading


    Featuring: Jermaine Thompson and Jeremy Gulley

     

    Jermaine Thompson was born and raised in Louisville (Lewisville), MS. He’s been writing poetry since he was 13 years old, inspired by having to memorize Langston Hughes “Dreams” for a Black History Program at his church. Jermaine has publications in The Pinch, Memorious, Whale Road Review & Southern Indian Review among others. Jermaine has an MFA in Poetry from UMKC and currently teaches Intro to Creative Writing there. He also teaches freshman and junior English at Pembroke Hill Upper School.


    Jeremy Gulley is a writer and artist based in Kansas City.


     






    • 21 Feb 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, KCMO 64108

    TWP Reading Series Featuring Penelope Cray, Angela Voras-Hills, Tina Hacker


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




    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Nonprofit Village, 31 West 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    March 13th Riverfront Reading


    Featuring: Silvia Kofler and Bob Walkenhorst

     

    • 20 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • The Writers Place, 31 W. 31st ST, KCMO 64108

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

    Featuring: Alarie Tennille, Shawn Pavey, Mike James



    • 10 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Nonprofit Village, 31 West 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    April 10th Riverfront Reading


    Featuring: Andres Rodriguez and Rhiannon Ross

     

    Rhiannon Ross is an award-winning journalist who also writes poetry. Her poetry has appeared in Thorny Locust, I-70 Review, Heartland! Poetry of Love, Resistance, & Solidarity, and in the Kansas Notable Book, To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices (Mammoth Publications). She teaches youth poetry workshops for In Our Own Words and serves as a regional coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, both funded by the Missouri Arts Council. She received a 2012 Rocket Grant for community project Vox Narro

     

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    Andrés Rodríguez is the author of Night Song (Tia Chucha Press), Book of the Heart (Lindisfarne Press), and Portal of Dreams (Woodley Press). His poems and essays have appeared in Bilingual Review, Flint Hills Review, Harvard Review, Hispanic Culture Review, I-70 Review, and other journals. In 2007 he won Poets & Writers’ Maureen Egan Writers Exchange Award for poetry. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California-Santa Cruz. He lives and works in Kanas City.

     


    • 8 May 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Nonprofit Village, 31 West 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    May 8th Riverfront Reading


    Featuring: Karen Craigo and Huascar Medina

     


    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Nonprofit Village, 31 West 31st ST, Kansas City MO 64108

    June 12th Riverfront Reading


    Featuring: Ida Fogle and Brandon Whitehead


Past events

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 Recovery Reading
21 Sep 2019 South Branch Library 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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