2024 Off-Site Event Schedule

Join AWP's literary community for the following off-site events, hosted throughout the Kansas City, Missouri area during our conference.

The organizers of these events have agreed to ensure that the off-site venues listed here are accessible according to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

These events are not produced, moderated, or curated by AWP, and AWP is not responsible for their quality or accessibility services. We list these events as a courtesy to the literary field.

If you have any questions or concerns about specific off-site events, please contact the organizers of the event directly.

If you are looking for accessible venues in Kansas City that are LGBTQ+-owned or affirming, please visit the KC Rainbow Tour Companion Travel Guide for ideas. Thanks to Joel Barrett for creating this list!


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Thursday, February 8, 2024

9:30 am to 11:30 am

Big Mood Natural Wines, 2020 Baltimore Ave Suite 102, Kansas City, MO 64108

Morning, F*ckers

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Little Engines presents Mike Nagel, Amy Barnes, donuts, Kyle Seibel, Bethany Ball, Adam Voith, Stephanie Austin, coffee, and Kevin Morby's mom.

Contact: Little Engines
Contact Email: av@adamvoith.com

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Bliss Books & Wine, 3502 Gillham Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111

Yoga & Writing for Creative Empowerment

Cost: Free

In this yoga and writing workshop, we’ll reacquaint ourselves with our essential wholeness: we’ll meditate, move through physical asanas in the kundalini tradition, listen deeply, write from prompts, discover, let go, and revitalize. There will be time for energetic movement (modifiable for all body types) and deep relaxation. This workshop is for writers of every genre and ability—as well as yogis with any level of experience. Step away from the activities of the day, listen deeply, and enter into a new relationship with your body and your voice. Discover what wants to come through you.

Contact: Sean Glatch
Contact Email: sean@writers.com
Organization: Writers.com
Organization URL: website

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Kansas City Public Library: Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

JackLeg Women Writers & Another Chicago Magazine

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us for an exciting in-person event featuring JackLeg women writers and Another Chicago Magazine at the Kansas City Public Library: Central Library! Get ready to be inspired by the talented women writers and immerse yourself in the vibrant literary scene. Hosted by Simone Muench and S.L. Wisenberg. Readers: Dr. Taylor Byas, PhD; Jessica Cuello; Suzanne Frischkorn; Rita Mookerjee; Karen Rigby; Melissa Studdard; Gemini Wahhaj; and Monica Macansantos. Event is free, but please register on Eventbrite. The event will be held in the Helzberg Auditorium on the fifth floor of Central Library.

Contact: JackLeg Press and Another Chicago Magazine
Contact Email: info@jackgpress.org

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


The Best Stories Are Yours

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

For fiction and nonfiction writers, the best stories often come from real-life experiences. This panel seminar and workshop, sponsored by Bordighera Press, explores inspirational techniques writers can use to select and transform their journeys, turning points, and discoveries into story. We’ll include a focus on autofiction (the nexus of autobiography and fiction), with a working definition, characteristics, examples, adaptation methods for events to stories, and revision.

Contact: Nicholas Grosso
Contact Email: nicholas.grosso@qc.cuny.edu
Organization: Bordighera Press
Organization URL: website

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

PT's Coffee Power & Light, 1310 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO, 64105

A Reading by VCFA Alumnx

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Five Vermont College of Fine Arts alumnx share recent works sure to stimulate the mind, heart, and senses. We celebrate literature in this off-site reading at PT's Power & Light coffee shop close to the Kansas City Convention Center, where three poets and two novelists will read for five to seven minutes from recently published work. Time to talk and share books afterwards. Featuring Cathy Barber, Kali Lightfoot, Sarah McCraw Crow, Anne Myles, and Dawn Reno Langley. Free snacks, coffee, and tea for attendees. Several giveaways available during the event!

Health & Safety Information:

Not required, but wearing a mask enacts care for others and yourself.

Contact: Dawn Reno Langley
Contact Email: proflangley@gmail.com

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Illibuck Reading

Cost: Free

Please join us for the third annual Illibuck Reading, featuring writers from the MFA programs at the Ohio State University and the University of Illinois. The Illibuck Reading takes its name from the trophy awarded to the winner of the Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes football rivalry game. While we won’t have any turtle-shaped trophies, we are proud to be able to feature talented writers from both programs.

Contact: Corey Van Landingham
Contact Email: coreyv@illinois.edu

Milwaukee Delicatessen Company, 101 W 9th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Oklahoma Writers: Reading and Social

Cost: Free

Featuring fiction writers, poets, and creative nonfiction from universities across Oklahoma, the reading and social will be upstairs at the Milwaukee Delicatessen Company at 101 9th Street in downtown Kansas City. Readers include Rilla Askew, Lisa Lewis, Constance Squires, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Dinah Cox, Rob Roensch, Brandon Allen, Bailey Brooks, and more. All are welcome, wherever you're from.

Contact: Constance Squires
Contact Email: constancesquires@mac.com

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Aquarius Books, 3936 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Convergence: Divination, Poems, and Stories

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Divination is a place of convergence where our stories are both read and written. Join Hoa Nguyen, Kristen Nelson, Megan Kaminski, Teresa Carmody, and Michele Battiste as they explore the boundless intersections of writing and divination. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact: Michele Battiste
Contact Email: mcbattiste@gmail.com
Organization: Aquarius
Organization URL: website

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Pilgrim Chapel, 3807 Gillham Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111

University of Louisiana at Lafayette Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

University of Louisiana at Lafayette reading. Readers will include Maxwell Gontarek, Kimberly Povlosky, Bilal Khan, Rebecca Holcomb, Sam Huang, Elizabeth Green, and Nicole Stockburger.

Contact: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Contact Email: ulcwp@louisiana.edu

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Johnny's Tavern, 1310 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106

WSC Press Happy Hour Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us at Johnny's Tavern for the WSC Press Happy Hour Reading! Featured authors include legendary William Trowbridge, Michael Catherwood, JV Brummels, Dave Mainelli, Bonnie Johnson-Bartee, Stephanie Marcellus, and other kool kids from the Great High Plains.

Contact: WSC Press
Contact Email: wscpress@wsc.edu
Organization URL: website

Parlor KC, 1707 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Off-site Translator Meetup with ALTA and WWB

Cost: Free, food and drinks for purchase

Join the American Literary Translators Association and Words Without Borders for a translator meetup at Parlor KC, 0.7 miles from the Kansas City Convention Center! Food and drinks available for purchase.

Contact: Kelsi Vanada
Contact Email: kelsi@literarytranslators.org
Organization: American Literary Translators Association and Words Without Borders
Organization URL: website

Nimble Brewing, 1735 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Celebrate Nightboat at Nimble Brewing

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join Nightboat on Thursday, February 8 at Nimble Brewing for a reading and celebration. 1735 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64108. 5:00–7:00 p.m. Readings by Janice Sapigao, Johannes Goransson, Jon Pitt, Azad Sharma, Emily Lee Luan, and Kevin Holden.

Contact: Nightboat Books
Contact Email: lina.bergamini@nightboat.org
Organization URL: website

Cheval on Main, 3940 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Braving the Body: Book Launch

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Nicole Callihan, editor of the new anthology Braving the Body, will host this launch reading. Poets reading include Mary Jo Bang, Jan Beatty, Lauren Camp, Meg Kearney, Erika Meitner, and more! Appetizers, plus cash bar.

Contact: NIcole Callihan
Contact Email: nicolecallihan@gmail.com
Organization: Terrapin Books
Organization URL: website

Bad Seed Art Space, 1909 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Social Justice Storytime at Bad Seed Art Space

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Storytelling drawn from our work as changemakers, writers, and poets on how and why we try to make beauty and meaning of it all: Jen Soriano (Nervous: Essays on Heritage and Healing) joins us from Seattle; Andrew Johnson (On Earth As It Is: Essays and Poems) from Kansas City; Jennifer Lunden (American Breakdown: Our Ailing Nation, My Body’s Revolt, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Who Brought Me Back to Life) from Portland, Maine; Sunu Chandy (My Dear Comrades) from Washington, DC; and Sofia Ali-Khan (A Good Country: My Life in Twelve Towns and the Devastating Battle for a White America) from Toronto.

Health & Safety Information:

Masks requested and will be available for free to those who don’t have one.

Contact: Sofia Ali-Khan and Jennifer Lunden
Contact Email: sofianalikhan@gmail.com

Uptown Lounge, 3400 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64111

A Very Gay Literary Happy Hour

Cost: Free

Join poets Chen Chen, Adrian Dallas Frandle, Dior J. Stephens, Alex Carrigan, Tyler Gillespie, and more for a special literary happy hour hosted by Nicole Tallman in celebration of LGBTQ+ poetry. Featured poets will read from their latest books, followed by an open mic and book signing. Cash bar. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Nicole Tallman at nicoleatallman@gmail.com. Note: as of February 2, this event is now at capacity.

Contact: Nicole Tallman
Contact Email: nicoleatallman@gmail.com

KC Art Institute, Vanderslice Hall, The Marburg Room East, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111

Chax Mix: A Poetry Reading

Cost: Free

We’re mixing it up with genres and generations! Join us for short readings by Chax poets & friends Glenn Mott, Elizabeth Robinson, Judith Roitman, Sarah Rosenthal, Jonathan Stalling, and Hao Guang Tse, plus KCAI students reading English jueju poems written in Eleanor Lim-Midyett’s Topics in Translation course. Free; light refreshments served.

Contact: Eleanor Lim-Midyett, PhD
Contact Email: elim-midyett@kcai.edu
Organization: Kansas City Art Institute
Organization URL: website

The Bird Comedy Theater, 103 W. 19th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Off-site Reading with Airlie Press, Ashland Poetry Press, and the Black Fork Review

Cost: Free

Join readers from Airlie Press, Ashland Poetry Press, and the Black Fork Review for a reading of poetry and prose at The Bird Comedy Theater.

Contact: Nicole Zdeb
Contact Email: nicolezdeb@gmail.com
Organization: Airlie Press

The Ship, 1221 Union Ave., Kansas City, MO 64101

NBCC and BIO Reception

Cost: Free

Happy-hour gathering at this well-stocked bar and grill in Kansas City’s historic West Bottoms District. Your hosts include members and officers of the National Book Critics Circle and Biographers International Organization. Everyone is welcome.

Contact: Steve Paul and Jane Ciabattari
Contact Email: stevepaul92@gmail.com
Organization: National Book Critics Circle and Biographers International Organization

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Made in KC Cafe, 1114 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105

Literary Rule Breakers: Kansas City Edition

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

For some writers, rules are rules. For others, rules are meant to be broken! In this off-site reading in the backroom of the downtown Made in KC Cafe, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00ish p.m, three fiction writers, one non-fiction writer, and three poets will read a short piece or excerpt for five to seven minutes that breaks some sort of "rule" of writing, then explain what rule they are breaking. Featuring Gwen Kirby, Jennifer Pullen, Sarah Einstein, Brad Modlin, Joy Baglio, Jennifer Moore, and Annah Browning. Free drink ticket for the first eighteen guests.

Contact: Jennifer Pullen
Contact Email: j-pullen@onu.edu

Oak & Steel, 120 W. 17th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Mardi Gras in Exile: A Louisiana Regional Off-site Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Oak & Steel for a regional off-site showcasing Louisiana’s finest lit mags and organizations! Featuring readers from Rougarou, Fine Print Press, LMNL, Bayou Magazine, Boudin, and the McNeese Review. Words by: Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Karisma Price, Rodrigo Toscano, Rita Mookerjee, Sean Munro, Richard Boada, Gion Davis, Tiff Holland, Glenn Shaheen, Sara Wainscott, Henry Goldkamp, Cid Galicia, Annell López, Caleb Beissert, Adam Karlin, Aza Pace, Lee Upton, Dylan Krieger, Olivia Muenz, Tyler Mitchell, Cameron Lovejoy, Nikki Barnhart, J. Bruce Fuller, and Ryan Oliver Drendel.

Contact: Nikki Ummel
Contact Email: lmnl.lit.nola@gmail.com
Organization: LMNL LIT
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer, 1615 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Words and Wine: WTAW Press and Willow Springs

Cost: Free

Prose and poetry from WTAW Press and Willow Springs Magazine. Featuring Alyse Knorr, Andrew Farkas, Azaria Brown, Joanna Acevedo, John Hodgen, Liz Green, Polly Buckingham, Sara Burge, and Stephanie Austin. MC: Haldane King. A cash bar will be available. We’ll be giving away door prizes.

Health & Safety Information:

Testing and masking is strongly encouraged.

Contact: WTAW Press & Willow Springs
Contact Email: info@wtawpress.org
Organization URL: website

Blip Roasters, 1301 Woodswether Rd., Kansas City, MO 64105

Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration at The Word Works

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

POETRY READING! Join our newest authors and many from past years as we celebrate the fresh new crop of books that grace our fiftieth-anniversary year! Complementary and tasty food + merry drink will fuel you for a big night of poetry. The venue recommends Lyft as the best way to reach this site, just over one mile from the convention center. Poetry, world class coffee, and motorcycles: the perfect blend.

Contact: Nancy White
Contact Email: editor@wordworksbooks.org
Organization: The Word Works
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

HiTides Coffee, 519 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Northwestern University Faculty & Alumni Prose & Poetry Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Please join us for a faculty and graduate prose and poetry reading featuring MFA alumni Ankur Thakkar, Holly Stovall, and Audrey Fierberg, and faculty members Paula Carter and Faisal Mohyuddin. Emceed by program faculty director Christine Sneed. Free event, refreshments served!

Contact: Christine Sneed
Contact Email: christine.sneed@northwestern.edu
Organization: Northwestern University School of Professional Studies Graduate Creative Writing Program
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

21c Museum Hotel Kansas City, 219 W 9th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

ANIE Presents Heartwood Narratives

Cost: Free or donation
Event URL: website

A profound journey into the black femme experience, Heartwood Narratives is an exploration of exile, identity, and finding home. Join us to lay down burdens and collectively embrace our narratives. Heartwood Narratives guarantees a transformative experience while supporting the community—donations for Uzazi Village, a black maternal healthcare nonprofit will be gratefully collected. Be part of this empowering journey, breaking barriers and fostering solidarity. Emcee: Robert Coppage III. Performers: Natasha Ria El Scari, Courtney Faye Taylor, Rae Atakpa, Maya Williams, and Melissa Ferrer Civil.

Contact: Melissa Ferrer Civil
Contact Email: anationinexilesocial@gmail.com
Organization: A Nation In Exile / Uzazi Village
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm

Charlotte Street Foundation, 3333 Wyoming St, Kansas City, MO 64111

GR x CS: Exchanges

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

The Georgia Review (GR) and the Charlotte Street Foundation (CS) invite you to an event celebrating the release of Brenda Ijiima’s debut novel, the work of Chekwube Danladi, as well as Kansas City’s literary and visual art scene. Featuring readings by Ijiima, Danladi, and two CS fellows, attendees are encouraged to bring a copy of their own book for a book swap table, get a sneak peek at a new exhibit in the Foundation’s space about nonbinary beauty pageants, and more.

Contact: Gerald Maa (GR) and Amy Kligman (CS)
Contact Email: sshermyen@uga.edu
Organization: The Georgia Review and the Charlotte Street Foundation
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Women Aren’t Funny: A Discussion With Funny Women Who Disagree

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

In this panel discussion, women humor writers who have published humorous books and written for publications like the New Yorker and McSweeney’s will discuss their work and the persistent stereotype that women aren't funny. Moderated by Julie Vick, the panel will feature Mia Mercado, Emily Farris, and Kristen Mulrooney. Join us for a discussion with women who are serious about being funny. For more details and to RSVP to the event, please visit this link: https://kclibrary.org/events/women-aren%E2%80%99t-funny-discussion-funny-women-who-disagree

Contact: Julie Vick
Contact Email: julievick@gmail.com

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Natasha Ria Art Gallery, Center for Spiritual Living, 1014 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111

Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon Off-site Poetry Reading at Natasha Ria Art Gallery!

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS) is excited to host this off-site poetry event in Kansas City, Missouri! Curator JP Howard is thrilled to bring her New York–based literary salon to KCMO and showcase dynamic poets from across the country. Fabulous featured poets include Cynthia Manick, Kai Coggin, Anastacia-Reneé, Natasha Ria El-Scari, Dr. Natalie J. Graham, Reagan Jackson, and Faith Scott! The event is in the Natasha Ria Art Gallery, which is located inside the Center for Spiritual Living at 1014 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111. (Parking in lot available.) Venue phone: 816-830-9093.

Health & Safety Information:

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event. Please be mindful of others and do not attend if you are feeling under the weather. Thank you!

Contact: JP Howard
Contact Email: womenwritersbloom@gmail.com
Organization: Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS)
Organization URL: website

No Other Pub, 1370 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106

Columbia University Creative Writing MFA Reception

Cost: Free

Columbia University School of the Arts welcomes all alumni, students, and staff to Kansas City with a reception at No Other Pub. To RSVP, contact artsalum@columbia.edu.

Contact: Columbia University School of the Arts
Contact Email: artsalum@columbia.edu

Kirk Family YMCA, 222 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Terrain.org 25th Anniversary Reading Kansas City

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join Terrain.org at the historic Kirk Family YMCA in downtown Kansas City for Terrain.org’s final 25th Anniversary Reading, featuring Taylor Brorby, Kurt Caswell, Elizabeth Dodd, Sean Enfield, Suzanne Frischkorn, CMarie Fuhrman, Renata Golden, and John T. Price. Nibbles and sparkling waters will be served.

Contact: Simmons Buntin
Contact Email: info@terrain.org

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Brick River Cider Company, 1701 McGee Street, #200, Kansas City, MO 64108

“Write like a Mother” Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Scribente Maternum is a powerful community of writers who identify as mothers. We each have our own stories and struggles, but we are all writers and we are all mothers. Our retreats and other events celebrate children and grandchildren as inspiration, while also providing the distance so necessary to be creative. This public reading celebrates the works of writer-moms who have joined us at our retreats and other events. We are also pleased to hold space for any writer who is new to this community. All moms who write and those who support them are invited to share in this experience. Advanced registration is requested.

Contact: Scribente Maternum
Contact Email: hello@scribentematernum.com
Organization: Scribente Maternum: Writing Community for Moms
Organization URL: website

Bliss Books & Wine, 3502 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO 64111

As If Conjured: A Poetry Reading Celebrating The Familiar & Her Extraordinary Friends

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Celebrate the launch of Sarah Kain Gutowski's new fabulist, absurdist narrative-in-poems, The Familiar at Bliss Books & Wine with extraordinary poets and friends Jessica Cuello (Yours, Creature), Cynthia Marie Hoffman (Exploding Head), Vincent James (Acacia), Hyejung Kook (Poetry as Spellcasting), Eugenia Leigh (Bianca), Ananda Lima (Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil), and Marcus Myers (Cloud Sanctum). Light refreshments will be served, with drink tickets offered to the first twenty at the door and book raffle tickets for everyone.

Contact: Sarah Kain Gutowski
Contact Email: sarah.kain.gutowski@gmail.com

Seven Swans Crêperie, 1746 Washington St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Tupelo Press Alumni Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Tupelo Press eleventh annual reading celebrating thirty diverse poet alumni from our 30/30 Project and conferences! Poets reading include Tricia Davis-Muffet, Anisa Rahim, Kristy Daugherty, Sullivan Summer, Mary Pacifico Curtis, and twenty-five more! Appetizers and refreshments!

Contact: Tupelo Press
Contact Email: kmiles@tupelopress.org
Organization: Tupelo Press
Organization URL: website

ParlorKC, The Patio, 1707 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Missouri State University Alumni Reading and Mixer

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Missouri State University will be celebrating the conference with an alumni reading and mixer! The reading lineup includes MSU alum Sara Burge, Joel Coltharp, Kerry James Evans, Ryan Thomas LaBee, Amanda Hadlock, Jennifer Murvin, Alexandra Teague, and Brenna Womer. The event will take place at ParlorKC, on the Patio, and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public, though the Parlor offers a full menu and bar. The event will lead directly into the Moon City Press reading event, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in the same space. The evening is sponsored by the Department of English at MSU.

Contact: Michael G Czyzniejewski
Contact Email: mczyzniejewski@missouristate.edu
Organization: Moon City Press/Moon City Review
Organization URL: website

Kansas City Public Library: Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112

B-More in KC: A University of Baltimore / Johns Hopkins University Reading

Cost: Free

Join us for a joint reading with faculty and alumni from two amazing graduate MFA programs in Baltimore: the University of Baltimore’s MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts and The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Come learn why Baltimore is a great city for creative writers by hearing some of the best poets, memoirists, and novelists read their work. Featured readers: Marion Winik, Danielle Evans, Steven Leyva, Lauren Russell, Tonee Moll, Susan Choi, Tracy Dimond, Armen Davoudian, Michael B. Tager, and Courtney Sender.

Contact: Steven Leyva and Dora Malech
Contact Email: sleyva@ubalt.edu

YMCA, 222 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Open Mic with Johnson County Library

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Johnson County Library is excited to be hosting an open mic event in Kansas City. Open to all, we want to hear your work and share a little bit of ours. Bring poems, short stories, essays, and excerpts to share on the stage, or come just to listen. Sign up at the event; three-minute limit. We’ll gather to snack and network at 6:00 p.m. Open mic will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food provided by Olive + Co.

Contact: Helen Hokanson
Contact Email: hokansonh@jocolibrary.org

Cinder Block Brewery, 110 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, MO 64116

Braddock Avenue Books, Laurel Review, Puerto del Sol, SEMO Press Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Readers include: Albert Abonado, Khem Aryal, Ron A. Austin, Jess Bowers, James Brubaker, Joshua Cross, Robert Long Foreman, Lily Hoàng, Elizabeth Mikesch, Vi Khi Nao, Aimee Parkison, Luke Rolfes.

Contact: Luke Rolfes
Contact Email: luke.rolfes@gmail.com
Organization: Braddock Avenue Books, Laurel Review, Puerto del Sol, SEMO PRESS
Organization URL: website

Torn Label Brewing Co., 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Lightning Fast Indie Press Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Featuring new works by authors from Autumn House Press, Barrow Street Press, Four Way Books, and Pitt Press!

Contact: Autumn House Press
Contact Email: cstroud@autumnhouse.org

Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St, Kansas City, MO 64110

Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens and the Hands that Tend Them

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Alongside Ruben Quesada, Anna V.Q. Ross, Patty Crane, Ashley Jones, Hannah Fries, Sophie Cabot Black, Susan Nguyen, Ann Fisher-Wirth, and Jason Myers, Tess Taylor invites readers, gardeners, caretakers, and stewards of the earth to a magical night in the Linda Hall Library to celebrate this beautiful collaboration with some of the most imaginative contemporary poets of our time.

Contact: Matt Reeves, Tess Taylor
Contact Email: Events@LindaHall.org
Organization: Linda Hall Library
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

3705-3707 SW Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64111

Writers on Cats: Reading at Whiskers Cat Café & Coffeehouse

Cost: $5.00
Event URL: website

Join The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College for a spirited reading at Kansas City’s beloved cat café! We’re delighted to welcome writers Serkan Görkemli, Ava Robinson, and more for this feline-themed reading. Enjoy coffee and snacks, meet fellow writers, and hop over to the cat café side to meet some literary kitties if you so please. Get ready for the purrfect literary evening!

Contact: The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College
Contact Email: writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu
Organization: Whiskers Cat Café & Coffeehouse
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108

Black Lawrence Immigrant Writing Series - Reading & Information Session

Cost: Free

Black Lawrence Immigrant Writing Series authors and editors will read from their work and offer information to writers interested in submitting their work to the program. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact: Black Lawrence Press
Contact Email: editors@blacklawrencepress.com
Organization URL: website

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Wave Books and Phoenix Poets

Cost: Free

Wave Books and the Phoenix Poets to host a reading at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art for: Aaron Coleman, Tracy Fuad, Annelyse Gelman, Douglas Kearney, Katie Peterson, Srikanth Reddy, Timothy Donnelly, Prageeta Sharma, Edwin Torres, Matt Rohrer, Tyehimba Jess, and Rachel DeWoskin.

Contact: Wave Books and Phoenix Poets
Contact Email: publicity@wavepoetry.com

The Brick, 1727 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Split/Lip Press Tenth Anniversary Off-site Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us as we celebrate ten years of boundary-breaking books at The Brick! Featuring readings from Anurag Andra, Heather Bartel, Brett Biebel, Colleen Burner, Devon Capizzi, Jillian Danback-McGhan, Athena Dixon, Samantha Edmonds, Sean Enfield, Kelly Ann Jacobson, Mila Jaroniec, Tucker Leighty-Phillips, Jeannine Ouellette, Mary Lynn Reed, Jared Yates Sexton, SJ Sindu, and Jennifer Wortman.

Contact: Split/Lip Press
Contact Email: splitlippress.marketing@gmail.com
Organization URL: website

Mildred’s, 1901 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, MO 64108

WashU Center for the Literary Arts Reading

Cost: Free

Join us for a celebration of literary arts at WashU! This event will feature work by writers and translators in WashU’s MFA Program and Comparative Literature International Writers Track PhD Program. Readers include Temperance Aghamohammadi, Ameen Animashaun, Monmita Chakrabarti, David Ehmcke, David Emeka, Katy Hargett-Hsu, Jey Sushil Jha, Laura Jimenez Morales, Hannah Kofman, Derick Mattern, Ariel Miller, Natasha Muhametzyanova, Amy Peltz, Fernando Sanjenis Gutierrez, Sylvia Sukop, Donna Vatnick, Maria Vertkin, and Aiden Heung.

Health & Safety Information:

Please do not attend this event if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have tested positive in the past five days. Masking is optional.

Contact: Ashley Colley
Contact Email: acolley@wustl.edu
Organization: Washington University in St. Louis Center for the Literary Arts
Organization URL: website

Torn Label Brewing Co., 1708 Campbell St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Lightning-Fast Readings: Four Way Books & Friends

Cost: Free

Readings from Four Way Books authors: A. H. Jerriod Avant, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Margaret Draft, Michael Dumanis, John Gallaher, James Allen Hall, Carlie Hoffman, Linda Susan Jackson, Jessica Jacobs, Rodney Terich Leonard, Cintia Santana, Mary Slechta, Sasha West, and Spencer Williams, along with authors from Autumn House Press, Barrow Street Press, and the University of Pittsburgh Press. Torn Label Brewing Co. has a cash bar and food. Can’t wait to see you there!

Health & Safety Information:

We welcome mask wearing!

Contact: Four Way Books
Contact Email: publicity@fourwaybooks.com

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Big Rip Brewing Company, 216 E. 9th Ave., North Kansas City, MO 64116

New Ohio Review / Quarter After Eight Off-site Reading

Cost: Free

Join New Ohio Review and Quarter After Eight for a joint reading celebrating QAE’s thirtieth-anniversary issue and NOR’s issue 33 at queer-owned Big Rip Brewing Company’s Cabin in the Woods event space. From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the reading will feature NOR contributors Danielle Batalion Ola, Abby Murray, Emily Tuszynska, and others. From 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., QAE will celebrate their thirtieth-anniversary issue release with 2024 Robert J. DeMott Flash Prose Contest winner Nicole Adabunu, Night Beast author Ruth Joffre, and more. Microbrews on tap with nonalcoholic options; artisanal hot dogs for sale on-site with vegan and gluten-free options.

Contact: New Ohio Review / Quarter After Eight
Contact Email: noreditors@ohio.edu

6:15 pm to 8:00 pm

Rochester Brewing and Roasting Company, 2129 Washington St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Readings from Around Here

Cost: Free

The New Territory Magazine, Emerald City Lit Mag, Red Earth MFA, and Belle Point Press are teaming up to celebrate our regional community with readings from several authors around the area at Rochester Brewing and Roasting Company. Come early to grab a beverage (both nonalcoholic and alcoholic options available), and stick around to hear a variety of poetry and prose.

Health & Safety Information:

Masks provided as needed.

Contact: Casie Dodd
Contact Email: editor@bellepointpress.com
Organization: Belle Point Press
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm

Zoo Bar, 1220 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Zoolarkey: A Reading

Cost: Free

A mayhem of writers from indie press Malarkey Books descends on the best dive bar in town for a potentially notorious reading and party featuring great indie lit and publishing’s black sheep. Grab a beer and get lit! (Zoo Bar is cash only, so come prepared.)

Contact: LJ Pemberton
Contact Email: ljabouttown@icloud.com
Organization: Malarkey Books
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Casual Animal Brewing, 1725 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Punch Bucket Lit Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Punch Bucket Lit is very excited to present a reading of four stellar writers and poets at Casual Animal Brewing. Please join us to hear readings from Melissa Crowe, Tessa Fontaine, Diamond Forde, and Toni Jensen.

Contact: Rachel M. Hanson
Contact Email: rhanson@punchbucketlit.org
Organization: Punch Bucket Lit: Reading Series and Literary Nonprofit
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The Writers Place, 31 W 31st St between Main and Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108

Placing Words: The Writers Place Presents Five Poets

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

The Writers Place features readings by poets Phyllis Becker, Joe Benevento, Donald Levering, Al Ortolani, and Sarah Rosenthal. Hosted by Phyllis Becker, James Benger, and Rick Christiansen. Includes light reception.

Contact: Maryfrances Wagner
Contact Email: writersplaceevents@gmail.com
Organization: The Writers Place
Organization URL: website

1520 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Midwest Poets Series 40th Anniversary Reading

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

In honor of the fortieth year of the founding of the Midwest Poets Series, join us for a celebratory reading event featuring six acclaimed guest poets. George Abraham, Leila Chatti, Marlin M. Jenkins, Karyna McGlynn, Erika Meitner, and Khadijah Queen will read a selection of works. Beverages available for purchase—snacks provided. All are welcome at this free event, but an ID is required to enter. Anyone under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended: https://engage.rockhurst.edu/register/midwestpoets40

Contact: Jameelah Lang
Contact Email: jameelah.lang@rockhurst.edu
Organization: Rockhurst University

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

BLK + BRWN. 104 1/2 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

A Feminist Reading with Host Publications

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Host Publications proudly presents “A Feminist Reading" featuring nine women and non-binary authors. A special opportunity to celebrate our 2023/2024 chapbooks, threesome in the last Toyota Celica (powell) and Survived By (Niu) at the independently owned Kansas City Bookstore, BLK+BRWN. Featured readers include: Stephanie Niu, m. mick powell, mónica teresa ortiz, Cloud D. Cardona, Bianca Alyssa Pérez, lily someson, Ae Hee Lee, Jae Nichelle, and Ashley-Devon Williamston. Hosted by editors Claire Bowman and Annar Veröld, audience members will have the chance to win chapbooks and gift cards!

Health & Safety Information:

Masks encouraged.

Contact: Claire Bowman and Annar Veröld
Contact Email: editors@hostpublications.com
Organization: Host Publications
Organization URL: website

Nimble Brewing, 1735 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64108

A Cupboard of Rose Metal Blackbirds: Readings from Cupboard, Rose Metal, and Blackbird

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

A reading and celebration featuring Amy Hassinger, Kim Addonizio, Corey Van Landingham, Chelsea Woodard (for Blackbird); Aaron Angello, Kelcey Ervick, and Jasmine Sawers (for Rose Metal Press); Susan Holcomb, Mark Jednaszewski, Lia Woodall, Kara Dorris, Gwen Paradice (for Cupboard Press). MCed by S. J. Sindu and Geoff Bouvier.

Contact: Geoff Bouvier and SJ Sindu
Contact Email: geoffbouvier@gmail.com

Barrel of the Bottoms, 1427 W. 9th St., Kansas City, MO 64101

Acre Books and Dynamo Verlag at Barrel of the Bottoms

Cost: Free

Join us for a joint reading from independent publishers Dynamo Verlag and Acre Books celebrating four debut releases: Jose Hernandez Diaz’s poetry collection Bad Mexican, Bad American (Acre Books), Lindsey Harding’s novel Pilgrims 2.0 (Acre Books), Alleliah Nuguid’s poetry collection A Human Moon (Dynamo Verlag), and Andrew Squitiro’s essay collection Local Weather (Dynamo Verlag). Featuring poetry by Samyak Shertok, music by Ryan Riggs, and work by KC artists Emily Areti and Nick Gripp.

Contact: Caleb True
Contact Email: dynamoverlag@gmail.com

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Farewell Coffee & Booze, 6515 Stadium Drive, Kansas City, MO 64129

Cowboy Jamboree Press x Tailwinds Press: Grit and Squalor in KC

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Come to your favorite KC punk club/bar/coffee shop nestled among abandoned buildings for this joint reading by authors from Tailwinds and Cowboy Jamboree. Readers include Colin Brightwell, John Waddy Bullion, Daren Dean, Scott Dimovitz, Benjamin Drevlow, Michael Keen, Matthew Thomas Meade, and Josh Wardrip. Come for the readings, stay for karaoke.

Contact: Josh Wardrip
Contact Email: joshwardrip@gmail.com

Spokes Cafe, 1200 Washington St. Ste. B, Kansas City, MO 64105

YesYes Books Together Again!

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Please join us for a Reading and Celebration!!! Just two blocks from the Convention Center! Complimentary lattes, cold brew, milkshakes, and smoothies through the evening. Cash bar and food menu is also available. $5 drink/food coupon for first twenty-five through the door. So arrive early! And look at this line up!!! Jamaica Baldwin, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Lauren Brazeal Garza, Nancy Miller Gomez, luna rey hall, Lisa Low, Jill Mceldowney, Tanya Olson, Katie Prince, Jessica Lynn Suchon, and Kelly Grace Thomas. Can't wait to see you!

Contact: YesYes Books
Contact Email: kmasullivan@yesyesbooks.com
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Bird Comedy Theater, 103 W 19th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Lit Up at The Bird

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Pleiades, The Adroit Journal, the American Poetry Review, and The Kenyon Review will host a social hour and reading at The Bird Comedy Theater. Drinks will be available for purchase. The social hour begins at 7:00 p.m. and the readings begin at 8:00 p.m. Readers include Melissa Beneche, Tyree Daye, Kinsale Drake, Melissa Faliveno, Jane Huffman, Faisal Mohyuddin, Carter Sickels, Danez Smith, and Courtney Faye Taylor. The event is open to the public.

Health & Safety Information:

Masks are optional but encouraged.

Contact: Jenny Molberg
Contact Email: molberg@ucmo.edu
Organization: Pleiades, The Adroit Journal, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Homesteader, 100 E. 7 St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Voices from We Call to the Eye & the Night: Love Poems by Writers of Arab Heritage

Cost: Free

Join us for an evening of conversation and readings from the new anthology of love poems by writers of Arab heritage, We Call to the Eye & the Night, curated and introduced by acclaimed authors Hala Alyan and Zeina Hashem Beck. The event, hosted by Zeina Hashem Beck, will feature readings by janan alexandra, Majda Gama, Zeyn Joukhadar, Tariq Luthun, Siwar Masannat, Philip Metres, and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. There will be small plates available for order and a cash bar.

Contact: Hayli May Cox
Contact Email: hcox@perseabooks.com
Organization: Persea Books
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

1701 McGee Suite #800 (in the alley), Kansas City, MO 64108

Spark and Sparkle: Unexpected Love Poems

Cost: Free

During Prohibition, Kansas City became a haven for dreamers seeking freedom (and illicit drinks)—a legacy we will channel in this “speak-easy”-inspired poetry reading. Twenty-one poets will explore the echoes of 12th Street’s jazz history and its legacy of self-expression. They will read you poems that show how love shines brightest in times of adversity and strife. Poets will share a piece of their choosing and another event-specific piece that delves into the interplay of violence, luxury, pain, and love.

Contact: Nicelle Davis
Contact Email: nicellecdavis@gmail.com
Organization URL: website

Café Corazón, 110 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Green Writers Press, Mouthfeel Press, & Noemi Press at Café Corazón

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Green Writers Press, Mouthfeel Press, and Noemi Press are excited to welcome you to our off-site event on February 8, 2024 at Café Corazón, 110 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO, a nine-minute walk from the Kansas City Convention Center (or a quick Uber ride). We will have the entire café reserved for food and drink, relaxing after the day’s events, and selected readings from a few of our authors. The incredible variety of culture, food, language, and music—fostered and appreciated by Latinx cultures—provides beauty and inspiration to us all, and this is what Café Corazón reflects. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Green Writers Press, Mouthfeel Press & Noemi Press
Contact Email: dede@greenwriterspress.com

Citrus Table, 2020 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108

Advocacy Night for Theatre Writers

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

The Dramatists Guild is thrilled to announce the launch of a new series of Advocacy Nights around the United States. Beginning January 15, these free events will help theatre writers build community while learning about available resources and their rights in process and production. Do you know your rights and what resources are available to you as a playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist? Join us and be inspired! This in-person event will be your chance to come together with your fellow writers, both to build community and to discover the rights and resources that are available to you as a playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist. We recognize that you work hard to craft your plays, musicals, songs, and operas. We want to make sure that you have the tools to negotiate for equitable compensation and support in exchange for your labor. Let us help you advocate for yourself at our Advocacy Night and beyond. Questions? Please reach out to us via email at questions@dramatistsguild.com

Contact: Emmanuel Wilson
Contact Email: ewilson@dramatistsguild.com
Organization: The Dramatists Guild of America
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Missie B's, 805 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Queer Trans Joy in KC

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join Feminist Press, Nightboat Books, The Rumpus, Hub City Press, and LittlePuss Press for a night of queer and trans joy in Kansas City! Enjoy readings, drink specials, dancing, and win raffle prizes including brag-worthy ARCs, merch, magazine subscriptions, and more. Our amazing lineup of readings includes Wo Chan, Marisa Crawford, CJ Hauser, Annell López, Carter Sickels, and Kai Cheng Thom.

Contact: Feminist Press
Contact Email: nadine@feministpress.org

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

ParlorKC, The Patio, 1707 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Moon City Press Reading in Kansas City

Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Moon City Press will be hosting a reading at the ParlorKC on the Patio on Thursday, February 8, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. CT. It will feature Moon City authors Andrew Bertaina, Clayton Adam Clark, Sarah Freligh, Trudy Lewis, Kim Magowan, Amanda Marbais, Julia Anna Morrison, Phong Nguyen, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Michelle Ross, and Bret Shepard. The event is free and open to the public. A cash bar and full menu will be available.

Contact: Michael Czyzniejewski
Contact Email: mczyzniejewski@missouristate.edu
Organization: Moon City Press
Organization URL: website

8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

21c Museum Hotel (Main Gallery), 219 W. 9th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

Birds LLC, CSU Poetry Center, Rescue Press & Windfall Room

Cost: Free

Join us for a reading and celebration of new work by Birds LLC, CSU Poetry Center, Rescue Press, & Windfall Room authors Stella Corso, Ryan Eckes, Rennie Ament, Lauren Haldeman, Lauren Hunter, Xavier Cavazos, Sarah Minor, Fred L. Joiner, Melissa Dickey, Zach Savich, Nicholas Gulig, and Niina Pollari!

Contact: Caryl Pagel
Contact Email: c.pagel@csuohio.edu
Organization: Birds LLC, CSU Poetry Center, Rescue Press, & Windfall Room

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

1228 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105

Yale Younger Poets Reading

Cost: Free

All are welcome to come for a poem and stay for a drink! Celebrate the Yale Series of Younger Poets in a group reading of its winners, including: Peter Streckfus, Eduardo C. Corral, Airea D. Matthews, Yanyi, Robert Wood Lynn, Mary-Alice Daniel, and Cindy Juyoung Ok. Their books and more are available for sale from Yale University Press at this location only 0.2 miles from the conference!

Contact: Robert Wood Lynn
Contact Email: robertwlynn@gmail.com
Organization: Yale University Press
Organization URL: website

9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Redux Society, 215 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Authors Guild Launchpad / Mason Jar Press Reading

Cost: Free

Join alums of the Authors Guild’s new Launchpad publicity incubator program and associates of Mason Jar Press for a cross-genre reading. Readers include Jubi Arriola-Headley, Dale Cottingham, Charles Jensen, Lynn Schmiedler, Terese Svoboda, Deborah Taffa, and Michael B. Taber.

Contact: Charles Jensen
Contact Email: charles.jensen@gmail.com

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February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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