Kansas City Literary Events Calendar

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib will read from his work as part of the Mbembe Milton Smith Poetry Series at the Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: emiel@blackarchives.org

Downey, Derr-Smith & Powers

Friday, January 20, 2017

Essayist Dawn Downey (shown), poet Heather Derr-Smith and poet Jeanette Powers will read from their work at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-753-1090

Sheila Kohler

Friday, January 20, 2017

Novelist Sheila Kohler will give a talk and sign her new book Once We Were Sisters at Watermark Books & Café, 4701 E Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas.  (See also Kohler's brilliant essay in New Letters magazine, spring 2014, "Through a Glass Darkly.")

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Contact: 316-682-1181

Sister Souljah

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Best-selling author, activist, recording artist and film producer Sister Souljah will speak as part of the Martin Luther King Lecture Series hosted by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes St., Kansas City, Missouri. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required, and can be found here.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-235-6728

Weinstein, Nguyen & Teter

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fiction writers Alexander Weinstein, Phong Nguyen (shown), and Trent Teter will read from their work as part of the University of Central Missouri Reading Series at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Mo. 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-753-1090

Elizabeth McKenzie

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fiction writer Elizabeth McKenzie will give a talk and sign her new book The Portable Veblen at Watermark Books & Café, 4701 E Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Contact: 316-682-1181

Alexander Weinstein

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fiction writer Alexander Weinstein, author the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador, 2016), will read from his work at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Contact: 573-882-6421

Gibson, Stuber, & Taussig

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Poet Jeff Gibson, fiction writer Amy Stuber, and essayist Rebekah Taussig (shown), a former New Letters magazine intern, will read from their work as part of the Big Tent Reading Series at The Raven Book Store, 6 East 7th Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Contact: 785-749-3300

Matt Gallagher and Whitney Terrell

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Writers at Work Series features Matt Gallagher (shown) and novelist Whitney Terrell in a discussion and reading of Gallagher’s novel Youngblood, and memoir Kaboom, focusing on the Iraq War, at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. 

Time: 6:30 p.m. program
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: kclibrary.org * 816.701.3407 rsvp requested

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Phil Miller Scholarship Reading

Friday, February 10, 2017

All proceeds benefit the Philip Miller (pictured) Memorial Scholarship Fund. Open mic guidelines: one or two poems per reader. Themes must be the poetry of the late Phil Miller or love, hate, and relationships. Email rross@riverfrontreadings.com to sign up. The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Missouri. 

Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-753-1090

Kansas City Literary Events

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Kansas City, Mo.

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Writers for Readers

Literacy KC & UMKC's Creative Writing Program team up to raise money for a local literacy program. Contributors can enjoy dinner while listening to a conversation between UMKC novelist Whitney Terrell & Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith. (Click names to hear earlier radio shows with each writer; more on the event here.)

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Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

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