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Juan Felipe Herrera

In front of an audience at the Kansas City Public Library for the Writers Place 2016 Inaugural William H. Hickok Reading Series, Juan Felipe Herrera, our first Hispanic U.S. Poet Laureate (2015-17), reveals how he, as the child of migrant farm workers, found his voice as a poet. Herrera reads from his books, including the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award-winning...

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    Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born in New Mexico, but later moved to El Paso, Texas, where he was a priest for a few years before leaving the order. He went on to earn a Masters degree in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso....

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    Midwest Poets Series: Missouri Poets

    For the past 34 years, Rockhurst University has brought poets from around the country to do readings for the Kansas City public as part of the Midwest Poets Series. During this time, the series has hosted many different poets, including a few who ...

Kansas City Literary Events

Al Young Poetry Reading at UMKC (public event)

Monday, September 26, 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 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.


A Stand for Conger Beasley Jr.

The death of one of the most significant literary figures of the Kansas City region, Conger Beasley Jr., on Aug. 9, 2016, author of over 19 books of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, articles and art, has gone . . .


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.