Monday, January 12, 2009

Local KC Area Poetry Events

The Main Street Rag Poetry Showcase, Sun. 1/18, 7p, The Writers Place -  3607 Pennsylvania Kansas City, MO        View Map

Join Main Street Rag co-founder, Shawn Pavey, as he welcomes Iris Appelquist and Jason Ryberg as featured poets for this month's event! Iris and Jason will read from their upcoming book, Blunt Trauma. 

This month will be BYO beverages and snacks. The tailspinning economy is hitting us in the pants, especially in the parts of the pants that hold the cash. As a result, there is no budget for refreshments anymore. C'est la vie. Bring what you need, bring extra to share, and we'll take a "stone soup" approach to the good times.
As always, an open mic follows our featured poets. No sign up sheet, but please limit poems to 1 at a time and less than 5 minutes.
I look forward to seeing you all there! Please feel free to repost this. Any questions, call Shawn at   816-868-2707       

Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm   

Poetry Reading Series@ The Johnson County Library
Patricia Miller and Robert Stewart
January 20, 7PM  - 9875 West 87th Street | Overland Park, KS 66212

Patricia Cleary Miller is the author of the non-fiction book, Westport: Missouri's Port of Many Returns, and the poetry books Starting a Swan Dive and Dresden.  She holds the Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas and taught there and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City before coming to Rockhurst University, where she has now taught writing and literature for twenty-five years.  A past chair of the Department of English, she is currently chair of the Humanities Division.  A former Bunting Fellow in poetry at Harvard/Radcliffe, she was granted the Harvard Alumni Association Award and the Hiram Hunn Award.  In 1987, with the help of her students, she founded the Rockhurst Review, which she continues to edit.

Robert Stewart's books include Outside Language: Essays (Helicon Nine Editions, a finalist in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards for 2004, and winner of the 2004 Thorpe Menn Award), Plumbers (poems), and others.  He has the particular joy of being married to a better poet than he is, Lisa Stewart.  However, some of his poems have weaseled their way into Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Stand, The Literary Review and other magazines.  Anthology editorships include Spud Songs: An Anthology of Potato Poems (with Gloria Vando, a benefit for hunger relief), Voices From the Interior, and Decade: Modern American Poets, co-edited with Trish Reeves).  In 2008, the magazine he edits, New Letters, won a National Magazine Award for the Essay.

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