A Kansas City Reading Series


Saturday, November 12th, 7pm, KCAI Crossroads Gallery: 
Center for Contemporary Practice (1819 Grand Blvd. KCMO) 

Scott BEAR DON'T WALK is a member of the Apsáalooke and Bitterroot Salish tribes. He has an MFA in creative writing from New York University. He lives and writes in Lawrence Kansas.

Lewis FREEDMAN is most recently the author of Residual Synonyms for the Name of God (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016). He is also the author of Hold the Blue Orb, Baby and Solitude: The Complete Games, both experiments on the form of the book, as well as several chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many periodicals including Jubilat, Epiphany, Catch-Up, Try, P-Queue, and 6x6. He recently moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to teach at Oklahoma State University


Saturday, September 24th, 7pm, KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice (1819 Grand Blvd. KCMO) FREE!

Joe AGUILAR is the author of Half Out Where (Caketrain). 
His recent work is in Sprung Formal, The Threepenny Review, and Tin House

Troy James WEAVER is the author of Witchita Stories, Visions, and Marigold. His work has appeared in Hobart, The Nervous Breakdown, Vol.1 Brooklyn, Atticus Review, Everyday Genius, Entropy, Funhouse Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, and many other places. In June, his newest work, Marigold, was featured on Dennis Cooper's list of favorites for 2016 so far. He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife and two dogs.

Candice WUEHLE is the author of curse words: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Books Press, 2015). Some of her poems can found in The Volta, The Colorado Review, and Tarpaulin Sky. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her partner Andrew and their rabbit, William. 


Saturday, APRIL 30th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Serena CHOPRA is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less, forthcoming in summer 2016), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2011) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, performing research and service in Bangalore, India at a queer women's support organization. She is also a professional dancer serving as a five year company member of Evolving Doors Dance, as well as a visual artist, having been a 2011-2013 resident artist at the RedLine Gallery. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School. She lives and works in Denver.

Sueyeun Juliette LEE grew up three miles from the CIA. A former Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, her books includeThat Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut), Underground National (Factory School), and Solar Maximum (Futurepoem) as well as numerous chapbooks. She founded Corollary Press, a chapbook series dedicated to innovative multi­ethnic writing, and writes reviews for The Constant Critic, a project of Fence Books. Her critical essays explore Asian American contemporary poetics as well as the imaginations of spaces and time. She has held arts residencies in poetry, dance, and video art in Hafnarborg (Iceland), Kunstnarhuset Messen (Norway), and UCross Foundation (Wyoming). She currently works at a women's shelter in Denver. You can find her at silentbroadcast.com

Joshua WARE is a poet and collage artist who was born in Cleveland, OH. He is the author of the recently published Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen, as well as Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley. He currently lives in Denver, CO.


Saturday, March 5th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

 Phil ESTES is the author of High Life (Horse Less Press 2016) and the chapbooks Slowjams (Living Arts 2016), Children of Reagan (Rabbit Catastrophe 2012), and Gem City/Fountain City (Rabbit Catastrophe 2009). His work has appeared in Action Yes!, Diagram, Lungfull, West Wind Review, and others. He lives in Shreveport, LA.
 Jim MCCRARY's latest book is This Here. It is as close to memoir as he will do. Could be true or correct. Or not. 

Zophia MCDOUGAL is a human. Born, ironically, in Deadwood, South Dakota, and raised in Columbia, Missouri. Zophia is an ex-athlete gone artist and a writer who does not mind sir, ma'am, he, she, or they because she'd rather let people decide that for themselves. Zophia is Zophia according to Zophia. Zophia is inspired to write the paces of the world. Sentence structure is the water to Zophia's toy gun, which is actually a whistle blown for everyone to hear in order to be reminded that they all are existing!


Saturday, January 30th, 7pm, Irving Amphitheater (4402 Oak St. KCMO 64111) FREE!

Scott ABELS is the author of New City (BlazeVOX, 2015) and Rambo Goes to Idaho (BlazeVOX, 2011) as well as the chapbooks A STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH (Beard of Bees Press, 2015) and Nebraska Fantastic (Beard of Bees Press, 2012). He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boise State University. After many years living and teaching in Mexico and Hawai'i, he now lives on the family homestead near Stanton, Nebraska, where he edits the online poetry journal Country Music. He is also a new member of the English faculty at Northeast Community College. http://scottabels.blogspot.com/

Dennis ETZEL JR. lives with Carrie and the boys in Topeka, Kansas where he teaches English at Washburn University. He has an MFA from The University of Kansas, and an MA and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Kansas State University. He has two chapbooks, The Sum of Two Mothers (ELJ Publications 2013) and My Graphic Novel (Kattywompus Press 2015). His full-length poetic memoir My Secret Wars of 1984 (BlazeVOX 2015) was a Kansas City Star Best Poetry Book of 2015. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, BlazeVOX, Fact-Simile, 1913: a journal of poetic forms, 3:AM, Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, and others. He is a TALK Scholar for the Kansas Humanities Council and leads poetry workshops in various Kansas spaces. Please feel free to connect with him at www.dennisetzeljr.com.

Laura Madeline WISEMAN is the author of over twenty books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press). Her recent books are Drink (BlazeVOX Books), Wake (Aldrich Press), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink), and the collaborative book The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters (Les Femmes Folles) with artist Lauren Rinaldi. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review, The Iowa Review, Calyx, Ploughshares, and Feminist Studies. Currently, she teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. www.lauramadelinewiseman.com