A Kansas City Reading Series


Saturday, December 7th, 6:30pm at Walnut Laundromat
(4241 Walnut St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Patricia LOCKWOOD’s poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, Tin House, and Poetry. She is the author of Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (Octopus Books, 2012).

Bridget LOWE is the author of At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013) and lives in Kansas City, where she was born.

Clancy MARTIN is the author of the novels How to Sell and Travels in Central America, as well as the forthcoming nonfiction book Love, Lies and Marriage (FSG, 2014) and numerous books in philosophy. His writing has appeared in Harper's (where he is a contributing editor), The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, GQ, Esquire, McSweeney's, BookForum, The Wall Street Journal, and many other places. He frequently speaks on NPR and the Huffington Post. A Guggenheim Fellow (2011-2012), his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He has three daughters, Margaret, Portia and Zelly. He is a professor of philosophy at UMKC, and lives in Kansas City with his wife the writer Amie Barrodale.


7pm, Saturday, November 16th at Irving Amphitheater 
(4402 Oak St., KCMO 64111) FREE!

TJ JARRETT is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Linebreak, Rattle, Southern Poetry Anthology, Third Coast, West Branch and others. Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave was published with New Issues Press in the fall of 2013. Her second collection Zion (winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013) will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2014.

Scott GARSON is the author of IS THAT YOU, JOHN WAYNE?--a collection of stories--and AMERICAN GYMNOPEDIES, a book of microfictions. His fiction has won awards from Playboy, The Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation and Dzanc Books, and he has work in or coming from Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Hobart, Conjunctions, New York Tyrant and others. He edits the Pushcart-Prize-winning journal of very short fiction, Wigleaf.

Gina MYERS is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013) and A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), as well as numerous chapbooks. Originally from Saginaw, MI, she now lives in Atlanta, GA where she helps run the "What's New in Poetry?" series at Emory University.


Saturday, October 5th, 7pm at Rag & Bone.
(1412 W. 12th St. KCMO 64101) FREE!

Anthony HURLBURT is a drag queen, interdisciplinary/performance artist, and writer currently living in Kansas City.  His work is a cross breed between a romance novel—with a main character that has multiple personalities and 80's sci-fi/horror.  Gender identity, family constructs, and a skewed autobiographical narrative also play a big role in his work.  His other interests include men, crocheting, cooking, eating, the art of drag, and movies.  He is currently working on an extensive narrative between himself, and two personas that he has created; his ex-wife Dahlia Antoinette and their daughter ANTHALIA.

Megan KAMINSKI is the author of Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012) and six chapbooks of poetry, most recently This Place (Dusie, 2013) and Gemology (Little Red Leaves Textile Series, 2012). She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where she teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Kansas and curates the Taproom Poetry Series. For more information, visit her at http://www.megankaminski.com/

Lesley WHEELER is a writer and teacher living in KCMO. Originally from Massachusetts, she is an editor of Strange Cage and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. 


Saturday, September 21st, 7pm at Walnut Laundromat
(4241 Walnut St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Mia ALVARADO is the author of Hey Folly (Dos Madres Press). She has work forthcoming in the Boston Review, and other recent stuff in The Point, Thermos and Jacket 2. She's working on a collection of lyric essays called Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight Good Morning and a post-apocalyptic novel set in Colorado, where she lives. She's a gardener, teacher, and ma, in the opposite order.

Nico ALVARADO was born in Basque country in 1971 and educated in Scotland, Switzerland, and Ohio. After achieving some renown as a telemark skier in the late 1980s, he spent many years writing Argentine soap operas. The author of many unpublished works of poetry and detective fiction, he lives in Montana and raises bighorn sheep.

Amelia MCKNIGHT has lived in and around Kansas City her entire life. She is currently a senior in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. She collects books about animals and likes to go to the zoo.

(this reading is in partnership with Byproduct: The Laundromat)


7pm, Saturday, April 13th at Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St., KCMO 64111) FREE!

Kate GREENSTREET is currently on the road with her new book Young Tambling. Her previous books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, all from Ahsahta Press. Her poetry can be found in Colorado Review, Boston Review, Guernica, Fence, Chicago Review, and other journals. For more information, visit her website.

Zack Haber, Casey Hannan & kathryn l. pringle

Saturday, March 30th, 7pm at Spray Booth Gallery (18th & Wyandotte St., KCMO 64108) FREE!

Zack HABER is a poet who lives in west Oakland. His work has been published in Red Lightbulbs, The West Wind Review, and lots of little magazines. He curates The Other Fabulous Reading Series in Berkeley.

Casey HANNAN lives and writes in Kansas City. His work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Annalemma, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. His story, "Other Sons," was selected by Wigleaf as one of the top 50 online short fictions published in 2011. His first book of stories, Mother Ghost, is now available from Tiny Hardcore Press.

kathryn l. pringle is the author of fault tree (Omindawn’s 1st/2nd book prize winner selected by CD Wright and current Lambda finalist for Lesbian Poetry), RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Heretical Texts/Factory School), The Stills (Duration Press), and Temper and Felicity are lovers.(TAXT). Her work can also be found in the anthologies Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War (WODV Press), I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues), and The Sonnets: Rewriting Shakespeare (Nightboat Books). In 2013, she was a very grateful recipient of a gift from the Fund for Poetry.


Saturday, February 23rd, 7pm at The Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO 64111) FREE!

Daniel BORZUTZKY is the author of The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat, 2011); The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007) and Arbitrary Tales (Ravenna Press, 2005). His translations include Raúl Zurita's Song for his Disappeared Love (Action Books, 2010) and Jaime Luis Huenún's Port Trakl (Action Books, 2008), among others. His work has been anthologized in, among others, A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years (Fence Books); Seriously Funny (University of Georgia Press, 2010); and Malditos Latinos Malditos Sudacas: Poesia Iberoamericana Made in USA (El billar de Lucrecia, 2010). Journal publications include BOMB, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Conjunctions, Chicago Review, TriQuarterly, and many others. Chapbooks include Failure in the Imagination (Bronze Skull, 2007) and One Size Fits All (Scantily Class Press, 2009). His poems have been translated into Spanish, Bulgarian, French, and Turkish. He lives in Chicago.

Ted KRITIKOS grew up on a farm in Kansas. His stories have appeared in NOON.

Suzanne SCANLON is the author of Promising Young Women (Dorothy 2012), a collection of fragmented narratives revolving around the lives of young women in an experimental mental health clinic. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The American Scholar, DIAGRAM, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other places. Her writing on theater, teaching, mothering, and travel has appeared in Poets & Writers, The American Scholar, Time Out Chicago and other places.


Saturday, February 9th, 7pm at Walnut Place Laundromat         (4241 Walnut St., KCMO, 64111) FREE!

C. S. CARRIER is the author of Mantle (H_NGM_N BKS 2013) and After Dayton (Four Books 2008). His chapbooks include Postcard Feat (Hinchas de Poesia 2010), Lyric (horse less press 2008), and The 16s (Katalanché Press 2007). His poems have been published in many journals, including 6x6, Fact-Simile, Horse Less Review, Indefinite Space, Little Red Leaves, and Word For/Word. He has an MFA from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently, he lives in Clarksville, AR and Lafayette, LA, where he’s pursuing in a PhD in English at the University of Louisiana.

jessi wilson lived eighteen years around tulsa, oklahoma, where she used to put words and pictures in the newspaper, and then came to the kansas city art institute for graphic design & creative writing & maybe a life. now she's 7/8 done with her undergrad, and she's pretty sure everything will turn out okay enough. at least, she hopes so.


Thursday, January 24th, 7pm at Cara & Cabezas Contemporary (1714 Holmes St., KCMO 64108) FREE!

Adam BERIS is an artist and writer who was born in Milwaukee, WI. He transplanted to Kansas City, MO where he graduated from the Painting and Creative Writing departments of the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009. He currently lives and works from his home studio in the Crossroads District. Adam recently taught at the Art Institute through the PCAL program and as an Adjunct Professor in the Painting Department. 

Cara LEFEBVRE translates for the society of Albanian American writers, is a meal coordinator and caregiver at a shelter for abused & neglected kids, and just recently started a catering business. She is also a member of the englewood business association and is set to open her own gallery in February, so please submit work.