A Kansas City Reading Series


Saturday, November 14th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Cody-Rose CLEVIDENCE's first book, BEAST FEAST was published by Ahsahta in 2014. They live in the Arkansas Ozarks w their dog, Pearl.

C. Violet EATON is a poet living in West Fork, Arkansas. He is the author of Some Habits (Omnidawn 2015), and the former editor of Bestoned, a journal of verse. After a longish stint in the used-and-rare-book world, he is currently working toward a PhD in vernacular American literature and folklore.

Tod MARSHALL's first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices (2005). These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Donald Revell, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Dave Smith, and others. His second collection of poetry, The Tangled Line, was published by Canarium Books (2009). His most recent collection, Bugle, was published by Canarium in 2014 and won the 2015 Washington State Book Award. He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches at Gonzaga University.

Sara NICHOLSON is the author of The Living Method (The Song Cave, 2014). She lives in Arkansas.


Saturday, October 10th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Robert Gano is a Kansas City poet who engages the ridiculous and the absurd, the strange of the mundane. He was published in Sprung Formal Ex. Current. Onward and has been the featured reader at Blue Monday at Uptown Arts Bar.

Michael Sikkema has worked in factories, YMCA camps, and landscaping. He is the author of three books of poetry, most recently May Apple Deep from Trembling Pillow Press. He is also the author of several chapbooks and collaborative chapbooks, most recently Time Missing, an exploration of alien abduction and pioneer captivity narratives, available from Grey Book Press. He enjoys correspondence at michael.sikkema@gmail.com.

Jen Tynes is the founding editor of Horse Less Press. She is the author of three full-length books of poetry--Trick Rider (Trembling Pillow Press), Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books), and The End Of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press), and the author or co-author of eight chapbooks. Her fourth book of poetry, Hunter Monies, is forthcoming from Black Radish Books in early 2016. She teaches writing and lives in Grand Rapids.


Saturday, September 12th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Rhiannon Dickerson is a Kansas City poet, and lecturer at UMKC. Her work has been published most recently in LIT, Quarterly West, horse less press, and Pleiades. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2008. She raises three children with her husband in the country.

Amish Trivedi is the author of Sound/Chest (Coven Press), has poems in New American Writing, Kenyon Online, The Laurel Review and a bunch of other places. His reviews of books have been in Jacket2, Sink, and Pleiades while his music reviews have been in The Rumpus and ColdFront. He is the managing editor of N/A, is starting a Ph.D. and occasionally comes up for air at amishtrivedi.com.


Saturday, May 9th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Joshua Edwards directs Canarium Books. He's the author of three collections of poetry (Architecture for Travelers, Imperial Nostalgias, and Campeche) and a photobook (Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa), and he translated María Baranda's book-length poem, Ficticia.

Ted Mathys's third book of poems, Null Set, is out this spring from Coffee House Press. He is also the author of The Spoils (2009), and Forge (2005). The recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Poetry Society of America, he lives in Saint Louis, teaches at Saint Louis University, and co-curates the Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts Poetry Series.www.tedmathys.com

Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and June (a chapbook from Corollary Press). When not traveling, she lives in Marfa, Texas, where she co-edits Canarium Books. 


Saturday, April 25th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Lauren Haldeman works as the web developer, web designer, and editor for the Writing University website at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Review, as well as several other websites. She received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014) is her first full-length collection of poetry. Lauren is a mom and makes paintings.

Daniel Khalastchi is the author of two books of poetry, Manoleria (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Tradition (McSweeney’s, 2015). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, his poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including Colorado Review, Fence, Iowa Review, jubilat, Ninth Letter, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and Best American Experimental Writing 2014. He lives in Iowa City and is the co-founder and managing editor of Rescue Press.

Blueberry Morningsnow was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1977. She grew up in Chatham, Illinois, and then lived in Iowa City, St. Louis, and Chicago. She was in the bands The Star Death and Hroom Hroom in St. Louis. She has one son, Finnegan. Recent poems have been published in jubilat, Thermos, and Loaded Bicycle. She is the author of Whale In The Woods (Rescue Press, 2011).

Marc Rahe received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Gutcult, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, jubilat, notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Petri Press, Sixth Finch, and other literary journals. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human service agency. His first collection of poems, The Smaller Half, was published by Rescue Press in 2010. His second collection, On Hours, is forthcoming from Rescue Press in May of 2015.


Saturday, March 7th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

 Jessica COMOLA co-hosts the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, Mississippi. Her chapbook, What Kind of Howly Divine, came out from Horseless Press in 2014. Other recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in jubilat, Caketrain, The Destroyer, Smoking Glue Gun, Dreginald and Tenderloin.

Tim EARLEY is the author of the poetry collections, Boondoggle, The Spooking of Mavens, and Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (Horse Less Press, 2014), as well as the chapbooks Catfish Poems (Delete Press, 2013) and The Center Is Barbaric The Periphery Is Without Lights (DoubleCross Press, forthcoming). His poems have appeared in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, jubilat, Conduit, Dreginald, Typo, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches an astonishing variety of English courses at the University of Mississippi. 

Lesley Ann WHEELER's chapbook, Dream Treatment, is available from Dancing Girl Press, and her photo-essay "A Little Hell of Its Own" won the 2013 Bone Bouquet Experimental Prose contest.


Saturday, March 8th, 7pm, The Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania Ave. KCMO 64111) $5 suggested donation.

There is a $5 suggested donation for the event. All proceeds will go to combat the costs of Anne's treatment. The reading will be followed by live jazz performed by the Karl McComas-Reichl Trio.

Anne BOYER is a poet and an assistant professor of the liberal arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.She is the author of Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse, Selected Dreams with a note on phrenology, The Romance of Happy Workers, Art is War, My Common Heart, and The 2000s. Her writing has also been translated in Turkish, Greek, Dutch, and Icelandic: a chapbook called A Form of Sabotage was published in Turkey in the spring of 2013.


Saturday, January 31st, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Brian FOLEY is the author of The Constitution (Black Ocean, 2014). He’s authored several chapbooks including Going Attractions (Greying Ghost, 2012) & TOTEM (Fact-Simile Editions, 2014). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Verse Daily,The Volta, Denver Quarterly, The Fanzine, Everyday Genius and elsewhere. He is the editor of Brave Men Press and currently attends the University of Denver Creative Writing PhD Program.

Nick GULIG is a poet from Wisconsin, educated at the University of Montana and the University of iowa Writers' Workshop. Currently he lives in Colorado where he is a phd candidate at the University of Denver. A 2011 Fulbright Fellow to Thailand, his first full length book, North of Order, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in the spring.

Gene KWAK has published short fiction and essays with The Rumpus, Hobart, Juked, and many others. He has a chapbook, Orphans Burning Orphans, coming out in 2015 with Greying Ghost Press and he is a fiction editor for NOÖ Journal. He is from Omaha, Nebraska.


Saturday, November 15th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Bruce COVEY's sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, was published in 2014 by Noemi Press. He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he publishes and edits Coconut magazine and Coconut Books and till recently curated the What's New in Poetry reading series. He has taught at Emory University, Yale University, and the Atlanta College of Art and is currently Small Press Editor for Boog City.

Tyler GOBBLE is the editor-in-chief of NOÖ Journal, chapbook editor for Magic Helicopter Press, and host of Everything Is Bigger, a reading series in Austin, TX. He has plopped out some chapbooks, most recently Collected Feelings, with Layne Ransom (Forklift INK), and his first full length poetry collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, is out now from Coconut Books. He’s currently a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. He likes disc golf, tank tops, and bacon. More at www.tylergobble.com.

Megan KAMINSKI is the author of Desiring Map (Coconut, 2012) and seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently Wintering Prairie (dusie kollektiv and above/ground, 2014). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Third Coast, and other journals. Her forthcoming book Deep City (Coconut, 2015) explores the body and the city as architectures in crisis. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where she teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Kansas and curates the Taproom Poetry Series. http://www.megankaminski.com/

Troy James WEAVER’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Everyday Genius, Atticus Review, Heavy Feather Review, Short, Fast and Deadly, and elsewhere. His first book, Witchita Stories, will be published by Future Tense Books in Feb. 2015. His second book, Visions, a novel, will be published in March of 2015 by Broken River Books.

Mike YOUNG is the author of three books: Sprezzatura (2014, poems), Look! Look! Feathers (2010, stories), and We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (2010, poems). He publishes the free online/print literary magazine NOÖ Journal, runs Magic Helicopter Press, and lives online at http://mikeayoung.tumblr.com/


Saturday, October 25th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Marcus MYERS lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he teaches social studies to gifted & talented middle school students. A recent graduate of UMKC’s MFA program in creative writing, he is currently hard at work co-editing Bear Review, the new online journal of poetry and micro-prose, with poet Brian Clifton. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Hunger Mountain, Mid-American Review, The National Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry. His book reviews have appeared in H_NGM_N, New Pages, Pleiades, and The Rumpus.

Leah SEWELL is assistant editor at Coconut Poetry, an MFA graduate of the University of Nebraska, and a book designer, poet, and mother. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in [PANK], Midwestern Gothic, Weave Magazine and burntdistrict. Her chapbook, Birth in Storm, was the winner of the 2012 Emerge Publications Chapbook Competition. She lives in Topeka, Kansas where she owns the quarterly lifestyle magazine, XYZ, and plays roller derby under the pseudonym "Sylvia Wrath."

Rich SMITH is the author of All Talk (Poor Claudia 2014) and Great Poem of Desire and Other Poems (Poor Claudia 2013). Recently, his poems have appeared in Tin House, Barrow Street, City Arts, Hobart, Verse Daily, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. He was born and raised in Belton, Missouri, where he worked as a janitor, a crew member at Arby’s, and as a line cook in various kitchens. He received an M.A. in Poetry from Ohio University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Washington. Currently, he’s working on a screwball comedy screenplay called Best Club, a book-length essay about sex, cowardice, and family called King of the Babies, and a new book of poems.