A Kansas City Reading Series


Saturday, April 22nd, 7pm, KCAI Crossroads Gallery: 
Center for Contemporary Practice (1819 Grand Blvd. KCMO) 

Iris APPELQUIST is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. Her endeavor to carve out a niche for herself has been rewarded with publication of two full-length volumes of poetry, Blunt Trauma (Co-authored by Jason Ryberg, 2009, Spartan Press, KCMO), BRIAR (2012, Spartan Press, KCMO), and WHERE WE WERE WE WERE THERE (Spartan Press, 2015)  -- not to mention appearing to read and discuss poetry on her local NPR affiliate, in the local Kansas City Star, and several independent online and print magazines and journals. NICE FEELINGS, is a small collection that details the mystifying process of personal growth through the confessional style and surrealist conjecture.

Steph FRENCH resides in Kansas City. She’s a graduate of Drake University and holds a BA in English and psychology. Her first book, DELUGE was recently published by Spartan Press as part of Prospero’s Pop Poetry series.

Crista SIGLIN grew up in Iowa, and moved to KCMO in 2011. She graduated with a BFA in Painting and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015. She has shown her visual work in various Kansas City galleries and at the LUMA Westbau Museum in Z├╝rich, Switzerland. Crista’s poetry has been published in Sprung  Formal; KCAI’s Compendium; Not Sorry Zine; Retrograde Craft; Desolate Country: We the Poets, United, Against Trump; Finding Zen in Cow Town; and Prospero's 20th Anniversary Anthology. Siglin released her first book of poetry, Fleeting, Sacred with Spartan Press in 2015. Her practice—paralleled in both visual and written works—is an exploration of the body and the mind’s relationship to environment, trauma, time, and phantasmagoria.

Lesley WHEELER is a writer and artist in Lawrence, Kansas. Her photo-essay "A Little Hell of Its Own" won the 2013 Bone Bouquet Experimental Prose Contest, and other work has appeared in Omniverse, Forklift, Ohio, and ILK. She studied at the Pratt Institute, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and currently at KU. You can find her at home with her dogs.


Saturday, March 18th, 7pm, KCAI Crossroads Gallery: 
Center for Contemporary Practice (1819 Grand Blvd. KCMO) 

Cyrus CONSOLE-SOICAN is from Topeka, Kansas. He is the author of the acclaimed books of poetry, Brief Under Water and The Odicy, and, most recently, the memoir Romanian Notebook. He teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Robert FERNANDEZ is the author of the poetry collections We Are Pharaoh (Canarium, 2011), Pink Reef (Canarium, 2013), and Scarecrow (Wesleyan, 2016). He holds an MFA in poetry from Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Conjunctions, A Public Space, and elsewhere. He was selected by Robyn Schiff as a New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America, and received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is co-translator of Azure: Poems and Selections from the “Livre” (Wesleyan, 2015).

Mary HICKMAN was born in Nampa, Idaho, in 1979, and grew up in China and Taiwan. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Hickman is the author of Rayfish (Omnidawn Publishing, 2017), which won the James Laughlin award from the Academy of American Poets, and This Is the Homeland (Ahsahta Press, 2015). A visiting professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, she also teaches in the University of Iowa International Writing Program’s Between the Lines exchange program.

Simone SAVANNAH is from Columbus, Ohio and studies Creative Writing at The University of Kansas. Her poems are forthcoming and have appeared in Big Lucks, Powder Keg, Apogee, GlitterMOB, The Fem, The Pierian, Blackberry: A Magazine & Voicemail Poems. When she’s not writing, she’s fucking and lifting. You can find her on Instagram at PerfectVerse22


Saturday, February 18th, 7pm, KCAI Crossroads Gallery: 
Center for Contemporary Practice (1819 Grand Blvd. KCMO) 

Paul Hanson CLARK is a poet who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. His work has recently been featured in local music zine as well as the self-published chapbooks i want more life, fucker and fireball in the please mine. He has a Soundcloud page that he likes to think of as an audiozine called MERRILYMERRILY MERRILY MERRILY where he posts audio recordings of all sorts made by himself, friends, and strangers. Paul also makes drawings and has collaborated with numerous people on a variety of creative and social projects.

Robert Long FOREMAN has won a Pushcart Prize and the hearts of his wife and children. His first book, Among Other Things, is available. He lives in Kansas City.

Kyle MCCORD is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House 2016). His work has been featured in AGNI, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He serves as executive editor Gold Wake Press and lives in Des Moines, Iowa where he teaches at Drake University.