Kansas City Literary Events Calendar

Poetry and Jazz

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Poets Stan Banks, Kevin Rabas, Dan Jaffe, Phyllis Becker, and more will read from their works with musical performances by Angela Hagenbach, Zach Beeson, Nedra Dixon and others at The Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. An open mic, hosted by Glenn North, follows event. Sponsors: Writers Place and Broadway Jazz Club.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-298-6316

Taylor Mali

Monday, April 20, 2015

Published author, four-time National Poetry Slam champion, and education advocate Taylor Mali will read from his work for the Missouri Western State University event "The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Taylor Mali." The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Kemper Recital Hall (Spratt Hall 101), Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo. A book signing and catered reception will follow the event.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: St. Joseph, Mo.
Contact: Marianne Kunkel, 816-271-4575

Alarie Tennille & Eve Brackenbury

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Poets Alarie Tennille (shown) and Eve Brackenbury will read from their work as part of the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series at the Oak Park Neighborhood Library, 9500 Bluejacket, Overland Park, Kan.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Overland Park, Kan.
Contact: 913-826-4414

Trudy Lewis

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trudy Lewis, author of the novels The Empire Rolls and Private Correspondences, will share her work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Katz Hall, Room 101.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: UMKC Department of English, 816-235-1305

LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kansas City-born LaShonda Katrice Barnett will discuss her debut novel, Jam on the Vine, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Mo. RSVP here.

Time: 6:00 PM Reception; 6:30 PM Interview and Reading
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-701-3481

David Sedaris

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Humor writer David Sedaris will share readings from his book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, in Helzberg Hall of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Rainy Day Books, 913-384-3126

Walter Bargen, Danny Caine, & Charles Ferruzza

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Former Poet Laureate of Missouri Walter Bargen (shown), along with fellow poet Danny Caine, and writer and editor Charles Ferruzza, will share 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

Joan Silber

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Novelist and short story writer Joan Silber will read from her work in room S304 of the Memorial Student Union on the University of Missouri Campus, 518 Hitt St, Columbia, Mo.

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

Neon Gallery Reading

Friday, April 24, 2015

Writers, including Tina Hacker, Trudie Homan, Lea Eliot, David Hughes, and Maria Vasquez Boyd, will share their work for this special evening of literature, art, and music, at the Downtown Neon Gallery, 1921 Truman Road, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Robert Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk sits down with native Kansan and former colleague Robert Day (shown) to discuss the elements and impact of creative chemistry and Shenk’s new, science-backed book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs at the Kansas City Public Library, Central branch, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Mo. RSVP here. 

Time: 6:00 PM Reception; 6:30 PM Interview and Reading
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-701-3400

Kansas City Literary Events

Poetry and Jazz

Saturday, April 18, 2015
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