Kansas City Literary Events Calendar

Melanie Benjamin

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Melanie Benjamin will discuss her new novel The Swans of Fifth Avenue. This event, co-sponsored by Rainy Day Books & Nell Hill's, will be held at The Village at Briarcliff, 4101 N. Mulberry Drive, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Rainy Day Books, 913-384-3126

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Poetry Open Mic

Friday, February 12, 2016

Readers are encouraged to share one or two poems from the work of Phil Miller or poems on the themes of love, hate, or relationships. This event, which also features a silent auction and musical accompaniment from Gib Shell, will be held at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Mo. All proceeds benefit the Philip Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund. Email rross@riverfrontreadings.com to sign up as a reader.

Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: rross@riverfrontreadings.com

Arts in Prison

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

This program called "Arts in Prison" hosted by poet Arlin Buyert (shown) will feature poetry readings by former inmates incarcerated at Lansing Prison. This event, co-sponsored by The Writers Place and Johnson County Central Library as part of the Thomas Zvi Wilson reading series will be held at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kan. A reception will follow the reading.

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Overland Park, Kan.
Contact: 913-826-4600

Jen Harris, Stacey Portillo, Wayne Courtois, & Simone Savannah

Friday, February 19, 2016

Poets Jen Harris (shown) and Stacey Portillo, along with novelist, memoirist, and poet Wayne Courtois, and University of Kansas Creative Writing PhD student Simone Savannah, will read from their work as part of a reading series at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Kamilah Aisha Moon

Friday, February 19, 2016

Poet Kamilah Aisha Moon will read from her work as part of the Mbembe Milton Smith Poetry Series at The Black Archives of Mid-America, 1722 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, Mo. RSVP to this event here.

Time: 6:00 PM reception; 6:30 PM program
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-221-1600

Jessica Comola, Tim Earley, & Robert Knapp

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Poets Jessica Comola, Tim Earley, and Robert Knapp will read from their work as part of The Taproom Poetry Series at The Eighth Street Taproom, 19 E. Eighth Street, Lawrence, Kan.

Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Lawrence, Kan.
Contact: Megan Kaminski, kaminski@ku.edu

Michele Battiste

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Poet Michele Battiste, author of the collections Ink for an Odd Cartography, and others, will discuss her work in the Writing Now, Reading Now Series at Wichita State University. This event will be held in the Ulrich Museum, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita, Kan.

Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Contact: 316-978-3130

Diane Williams

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Diane Williams, fiction writer and founder of the literary annual NOON, will discuss her work and read from her 2016 collection FINE, FINE, FINE, FINE, FINE at the Diastole Scholar's Center, 2501 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Mo. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City chapter of Phi Sigma Tau.

Time: 5:00 PM reception, 6:00 PM program
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Sydney Harvey, sh9q8@umkc.edu

Tim Lantz, Gary Lechliter, & Rob Knapp

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Essayist Tim Lantz (shown), poet Gary Lechliter, and fellow writer Rob Knapp will read from their work as part of the Big Tent Reading Series at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. 7th Street, Lawrence, Kan.

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

Bianca Stone & Adrian C. Louis

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Poets Bianca Stone (shown) and Adrian C. Louis will read from their work as part of the Pleiades/The Honors College Visiting Writers Series, at the University of Central Missouri, Gallery of Art and Design, 217 Clark Street, Warrensburg, Mo.

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Warrensburg, Mo.
Contact: 660-543-8106

Kansas City Literary Events

Melanie Benjamin

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Kansas City, Mo.


New Letters selected for The Best American Poetry

We are happy to announce that a poem from New Letters, “Lament,” by Debra Marquart, has been selected for The Best American Poetry 2016 by editor Edward Hirsch. 


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.