A Kansas City Reading Series


Wednesday, November 7th, 7pm
at Cara & Cabezas Contemporary (1714 Holmes St., KCMO 64108)

FREE! But please support the writers by buying their books!

Bayard GODSAVE is the author of Lesser Apocalypses, a short story collection published by Queen’s Ferry Press in 2012. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English & Foreign Languages at Cameron University, where he teaches literature and creative writing. His fiction has appeared in, among other places, the Cream City Review, Cimarron Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Confrontation, the Evansville Review, South Dakota Review and Pleiades, and is forthcoming in the Gettysburg Review. He lives and works in Oklahoma.

George MCCORMICK was born and raised in the Inland Empire region of southern California.  He received his MFA from Cornell University and is a recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Grant for Fiction as well as a 2013 PEN/O.Henry Prize.  His stories have appeared in Epoch, CutBank, Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Santa Monica Review, and his story collection, Salton Sea, was recently published by Noemi Press.  He currently works in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University.  He lives in Lawton, Oklahoma and Cooke City, Montana.

Annie RAAB is a writer and sculptor living in Kansas City, MO. She has had work published in a few small online magazines, such as Gobbet Mag and Alice Blue. She divides her time between writing, cooking, art-making, and reading anything that comes too close. She has terrible vision.


Sunday, October 21st, 4pm

at Cara & Cabezas Contemporary (1714 Holmes St., KCMO, 64108)
Free! But please support the writers by buying their books!

Jim MCCRARY has published a dozen poetry books including West of Mass (Tansy Press, 1992), All That: The Collected Chapbooks (Manypenny Press, 2006) and a series of DIY titles including: Dive She Said, Hotter Than and Now, (Hog Oil Press), My Book, Oh Miss Mary, Mayaland, Es Verdad, ReVeiled (Really Old Gringo Press) and Po Doom and Not Not from Hank's Original Loose Gravel Press which he co-publishes with Steven Tills. His work has appeared in scores of magazines ranging from Evergreen Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Continental Review, Galatia, Texture, Avec and House Organ. He has a BA and MA from Cal State Sonoma where he studied with David Bromige. He was awarded a Phoenix award from the city of Lawrence, KS for his 'contributions thru literature to the community'. He co-curated the wildly popular Poetry Slam at the Flamingo, a topless dance bar just over the city limits in North Lawrence. Today he helps Megan Kaminski and Sorcha Highland run a poetry series in the basement of a downtown Lawrence dive bar...The Taproom (www.taproompoetry.blogspot.com).

David OHLE’s novel, Motorman, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1972 and re-released by 3rd Bed Press in 2004 with an Introduction by Ben Marcus. Its sequel, The Age of Sinatra, was published by Soft Skull in 2004, followed in 2008 by The Pisstown Chaos. In 2009, two novellas, Boons and The Camp were published by Calamari Press under one cover. He has edited two non-fiction books, Cows are Freaky When They Look at You: An Oral History of the Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers (Watermark Press, 1991) and Cursed From Birth: the Short, Unhappy Life of William S. Burroughs, Jr. (Soft Skull, 2006). His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, the Paris Review, TriQuarterly, the Missouri Review, the Pushcart Prize and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Missouri in Columbia and currently both fiction and screenwriting at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Katie TWISS is the author of several books of fiction written strictly for her mother, all at the age of six, all having to do with cats. She is from Kansas City, Missouri by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma by way of Fremont, California. She is a senior in printmaking and creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute. She spends a great deal of time driving long, unnecessary distances for fun and drinking copious amounts of tea.


Wednesday, October 17th, 7pm

at Cara & Cabezas Contemporary (1714 Holmes St., KCMO, 64108)
Free! But please support the writers by buying their books!

Hadara BAR-NADAV is the author of A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and Lullaby (with Exit Sign), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize (forthcoming from Saturnalia Books, 2013). Her chapbook, Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press, 2010), was awarded the 2009 Midwest Poets Series Award. She is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Elizabeth CLARK WESSEL is a founding editor of Argos Books & recently became co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. Her poems and translations have appeared in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Guernica, Sixth Finch, Lana Turner Journal, Jacket2, The Laurel Review, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the Bennett Poetry Prize at Columbia University, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. She was born and raised in western Nebraska, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as a translator.

John GALLAHER is the author of the books of poetry, Gentlemen in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls, The Little Book of Guesses, and Map of the Folded World, as well as the free online chapbook, Guidebook from Blue Hour Press, and, with the poet G.C. Waldrep Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, BOA, 2011. His next book will be the book-length essay-poem In a Landscape, coming out in 2015 from BOA. Other than that, he's co-editor of The Laurel Review and GreenTower Press.