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  • 28 Nov 2021 7:35 PM | Anonymous
    Liquid Imagination – where reality and fantasy blur A collaboration of creative minds. Poets from the Writers place and River Cow Cosmic Orchestra create magic together. Witness this annual event and be prepared for surprises. https://thewritersplace.wildapricot.org/ COSMIC JAZZ by river cow orchestra spontaneous music composers

  • 9 Nov 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place regrets to announce the loss of Bruce Hopkins, a long-time member of the Writers Place Board of Directors who attended all of our events and offered legal advice in nonprofit law.  He brought wit and wisdom wherever he went.  He died Oct 31, 2021, from a failing heart.  He wrote over 45 books including scholarly books on nonprofit law, practical guides about nonprofits for laypeople, memoirs, and poetry over his lifetime.  We shall miss him greatly. 

    You can view his full obit: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/washingtonpost/name/bruce-hopkins-obituary?id=31354729

  • 7 Nov 2021 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    Marianne Kunkel, our November featured member, 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 ReviewRattle, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Johnson County Community College, where she teaches children's literature and composition. 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 editor-in-chief of Kansas City Voices and Kansas City Voices Youth and chair of The Writers Place‘s Youth Committee. She recently co-edited a poetry anthology, Curating Home (Woodneath Press), with Jose Faus and Glenn North that won the Missouri Library's Association's 2021 Literary Award. In her free time, she loves thrift-store shopping, attending political protests, and cooking vegetarian meals.


  • 31 Oct 2021 10:54 PM | Anonymous

    The Writers Place hosted its annual Day of the Dead program virtually on October 29th via Zoom. A slideshow of images from the evening and link to access the program recording can be found by clicking the link below.

    2021 Day of the Dead Celebration

  • 25 Oct 2021 8:29 AM | Anonymous

  • 7 Oct 2021 8:47 PM | Anonymous

    Our October featured member, Judith Towse Roberts, is an area writer, teacher of creative writing, and poet. Judith graduated from The University of Missouri at Kansas City with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and went on to receive her M.A. in English/Education, as well as a second Masters in Counseling/Psychology. The Mid-America Press has published her  book of poetry entitled, Chrysanthemums I Once Thought Sweet, which was a finalist in the Thorpe Menn competition, published student books of creative writing which have won awards for excellence both statewide and nationally, and her works have appeared in many literary magazines as well as Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul.  Judith retired from Avila University where she taught composition and finished a career of 40 years of teaching in both public and private schools.  She has conducted workshops throughout the State and is currently conducting creative writing workshops in the inner city for at-risk students with The Writers Place as coordinator of a program called “In Our Own Words”.

  • 6 Oct 2021 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    Writers Place Members,

    The Writers Place plans to publish a Member Yearbook in 2022.  We are excited to offer you the opportunity to publish one piece in our 2021-2022 Writers Place Yearbook. Send one poem, one short story, one excerpt from a longer work of fiction or play, or one piece of creative nonfiction. Prose submissions should not exceed 1500 words. Please include a 50 to 100-word bio.

    To be eligible, your membership in the Writers Place must be current. If you have let your membership lapse, then simply renew it in order to be eligible, or you can become a member by joining online at our website (writersplace.org) or sending in a check for membership.  A membership lasts for one year, so it may be time to renew.

    All submissions are due by December 31, 2021. Submissions may be previously published provided you have the rights returned to you.  Please submit a Word document on one poem or one prose piece as an email attachment to bgulley@jccc.edu. We will publish the yearbook on the Writers Place website and publicize through our email and social media network. We look forward to highlighting your words.


                                                                            The Writers Place Board of Directors

  • 15 Sep 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    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)

  • 14 Sep 2021 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    Our September featured member is Polly Alice McCann. Polly Alice McCann's lyrical poetry paints a picture of the narratives of the internal heartland. Poet, curator, artist, editor, speaker. She is a writing professor, founder, and managing editor of Flying Ketchup Press. With a B.A. in Studio Art and her MFAC in Writing from Hamline University, Polly shows her art internationally-- recently in the Netherlands and Santa Monica, CA. She has been published in US newspapers and magazines, most recently Rattle Magazine. She credits much of her creative work due to her research on dreams which won her the 2014 Ernest Hartmann award from Berkeley, CA. She says her favorite thing is to tell stories-- other people's, her own-- maybe yours. Find out more at pollymccann.com. You can find her first three books of narrative free verse, KinlightTea with Alice, and Puss ‘n Boötes: Dark Poems. Find her at www.pollymccann.com.

    In 2020 she founded Ketchupedia to connect writers, artists, and creatives in the Kansas City area and region through dialogue surrounding resources & collaboration. Ketchupedia helps poets “catch up” with their art, other creatives, and their audience through podcast, radio, and an annual poet in residence to create a single author collection by a regional poet who connects community advocacy and the arts, as well as poetry editor mentorships to exponentially increase the sharing of poetry.

  • 1 Aug 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    For the month of August, we feature David Arnold Hughes. David Arnold Hughes Is a retired Firefighter and poet. He currently lives in North Kansas City MO. David has been a member of TWP since about 2003. He has participated in many readings at TWP, served on the outreach committee, and as a repairer of locks, lights, and other small maintenance issues and was once named, Member Of The Year.

    He co-hosted Blue Monday Open Mic.at Uptown Arts Bar, for a couple of years, and guest hosted readings at Corbin Theater in Liberty MO a number of times. He has frequently read at bars, coffee houses, libraries, book stores, and theaters throughout  the Kansas City area. He has been published in a number of poetry journals around the Midwest, as well as the west coast and UK.

    He has published 3 chapbooks, 2 are still in print. They are, in chronological order: Firefighters And Stained Glass Women, blue chair press 2005, The Sound Time Makes, iUniverse 2008, Born A Stranger, Spartan Press 2017.

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