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The Crystal Field Open Mic Reading

  • 21 May 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Held virtually via Zoom

The Writers Place Reading Series presents the annual Crystal Field Scholarship Reading.  Theme for the year is “Guilty Pleasures.”   

The Crystal Field Scholarship Reading is a themed Open Mic event.  This year’s theme is Guilty Pleasures.”  All donations collected help support the Crystal Field Scholarship for a creative writing student at UMKC.  What makes this scholarship different is that all of the donations come from writers supporting potential writers.  Those unable to attend and still want to give a donation to the scholarship fund can make a check out to The Crystal Field Scholarship Fund and send it to Jason Elliott, UMKC Foundation, 202 Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112 You can also mail your check to Greg Field. 

All participants must sign up for the event through Maryfrances Wagner as the number of participants is limited to fit a time frame.  Participants write a poem or short fiction or nonfiction piece that reflects the theme in any way they interpret it.  Poets should be prepared to read one poem on the theme or a fiction or nonfiction piece under five minutes. 

Crystal MacLean Field was an area poet, workshop leader, and teacher.  She published The Good Woman (BkMk chapbook) and My Sister’s Leather Bag (Mid Am Press).  She began a Communiversity writing group that met once a month for twenty years, and she helped establish the Kansas City Writing Series (later the Simpson House Reading Series), one of the first reading series in the greater Kansas City area that began in the 1970’s.  In 1987, she died unexpectedly of a heart attack.   This scholarship honors her community contributions. 

Here is the Zoom info for the May 21 reading:

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.

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