Kansas City Literary Events Calendar

Al Young Master Class at UMKC (public invited)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cockefair Chair writer-in-residence for UMKC’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and former poet laureate of California, Al Young will give a master class on poetry in Cockefair Hall, room 105, on the UMKC campus, 52nd and Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. The event is free and open to the public.

Time: 2:00
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: UMKC Department of English, 816-235-1305

Al Young Poetry Reading at UMKC (public event)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cockefair Chair writer-in-residence for UMKC’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and former poet laureate of California, Al Young will give a reading at Katz Gallery, Katz Hall, 5005 Rockhill Road, Kasnas City, Mo., on the UMKC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Gayle Foreman

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Watermark Books & Cafe will host debut author Gayle Foreman for a reading and signing of Leave Me on Tuesday4701 East Douglas, Wichita, Kan. 

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

Conny Palacios

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Poet, novelist, and literary critic Cony Palacios will discuss and read some of her poetry for the Immigrant Heritage Series at the Kansas City Public Library-Central Branch, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-701-3400

Gayle Forman

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Forman will discuss her career and novel Leave Me and answer questions. A booksigning will follow.  This is a free event; however registration is required, via the Mid-Continent Public Library, Woodneath Library Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City, Mo. 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-883-4900

Michelle Boisseau & Hanna Zajączkiewicz

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Poet Michelle Boisseau will read from her latest collection and Polish opera singer Hanna Zajączkiewicz will perform her debut recital in Kansas City at Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo. Reservations can be made here.

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: 816-753-6719

I-70 Review Magazine Release Party

Friday, September 30, 2016

Contributors to the latest issue of the literary magazine 1-70 Review will share 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

Arens, Jackson, Lawson, & Leggard

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rita Arens (shown), Keion Jackson, Pat Lawson, and Teresa Leggard will read from their work in this Rose Garden Reading, offered in partnership with the Kansas City Rose Society, at Loose Park 5200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.

Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: The Writers Place, 816-753-1090

Bill Bauer

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Meet Vietnam War vet and poet Bill Bauer at a wine-and-cheese reception and short reading at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, Mo. Order Bill's book Last Lambs here.  

Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: The Writers Place, 816-753-1090

Barbara Stuber

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Barbara Stuber, author of the novels Crossing the Tracks and Girl in Reverse, will be the keynote speaker at the 38th Annual Thorpe Menn Awards Luncheon at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch. Stuber will discuss being an author and the "Novel Art Tours" she gives as a docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Tickets are $35 per person. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 23rd to Ellen Johnson. Helzberg Auditorium, Kansas City Public Library, Central Branch, 14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, Mo. 

Time: 11:30 AM Social; 12:00 PM Lunch
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Ellen Johnson, 816-931-5288

Kansas City Literary Events

Al Young Master Class at UMKC (public invited)

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Kansas City, Mo.

Cockefair Chair writer-in-residence for UMKC’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and former poet laureate of California, Al Young will give a master class on poetry in Cockefair Hall, room 105, on the UMKC campus, 52nd and Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. The event is free and open to the public.

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