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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Friday, February 9, 2024

6:30 am to 9:15 am

Swope Park Shelter #7, Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO 64138

Poetry in the Woods: Open-Air, No-Mic Poetry Hike & Reading at Wudchuk Run Trail at Swope Park


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Poetry in the Woods will host an open-air, no-mic, four-mile poetry hike of Wudchuk Run and Rancho D Lux Loop Trail (Swope Park) and a reading curated by Travis Mossotti. Fifteen-minute drive from the Kansas City Convention Center. Featured reader slots and rideshare opportunities available (registration required). Arrive at Shelter #7 for poetry hike at 6:30 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. CST. Hike duration: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. CST. Poetry reading at Shelter #7 from 8:30 a.m to 9:15 a.m. CST. Dress for the weather. Bring backpack, poetry, hiking shoes, snack and water. ADA accessibility: Shelter #7 is managed by KC Parks & Rec and is ADA accessible.


Health & Safety Information:

Hikers should review the hike and ensure they are comfortable with the terrain and distance (recommend reviewing specifics at AllTrails). Hikers will be leaving Shelter #7 just before sunrise at 7:00 a.m. sharp, and headlamps may be desirable. All participants (hikers and nonhikers) should check weather conditions and dress appropriately.


Contact: Travis Mossotti
Contact Email: admin@poetryinthewoods.com
Organization: Poetry in the Woods
Organization URL: website

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Helzberg Auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Southeast Review x Florida Review Reading Event


Cost: Free

Join us for a celebration of Florida literary magazines! Southeast Review and Florida Review will be hosting a reading event at the Helzberg Auditorium (located the Kansas City Public Library) on Friday, February 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Contact: Emilio Carrero & Jamie Poissant
Contact Email: aesoutheastreview@gmail.com
Organization: Southeast Review & Florida Review

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

Naugatuck River Review Poets Reading!


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, presents poets featured in our current and past issues.


Health & Safety Information:

Handicap accessible, free and open to the public. Food and drink available for purchase.


Contact: Lee Desrosiers
Contact Email: naugatuckriver@aol.com
Organization: Naugatuck River Review
Organization URL: website

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

PT's Coffee - Crossroads, 310 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Softspeak: A Poetry Reading


Cost: Free

Join us at PT's Coffee - Crossroads for a soft-spoken lunch break with a cup of coffee and poetry! Softspeak will be featuring ASMR-style reading performances by Kay E. Bancroft, KB Brookins, jason b. crawford, Stephanie Hempel, K. Iver, Ae Hee Lee, Ruben Quesada, Preeti Parikh, Jessica Q. Stark, and Kelly Weber.


Health & Safety Information:

This event requires mask-wearing.


Contact: Kelly Weber and Ae Hee Lee
Contact Email: aeheeleekim@gmail.com

3:00 pm

2736 Harrison St, Kansas City, MO 64109

Michiganders' Bestiary: Helen Zell Writers Program Reading


Cost: Free

New writers are creatures of wild possibility, with stories in their teeth and stings in their tales. Join a menagerie of fresh verse and fiction as current students in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program share excerpts from their work. This event will be taking place in a garden outside, so make sure you bring warm clothes!


Contact: Rebecca Hawkes and Jordan Hamel
Contact Email: hameljordan1@gmail.com

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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

2024 Notre Dame MFA in Creative Writing Off-Site Event


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

You're invited to join the faculty and alumni of the University of Notre Dame's MFA in Creative Writing program for an afternoon of readings, reunions, and tasty beverages at Kansas City's own Blip Roasters. Featured readers: Dionne Irving, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Roy Scranton, Johannes Göransson, Francisco Aragón ('02), Jace Brittain ('15), Paul Cunningham ('15), Lily Hoang ('06), Jacob Moniz ('23), Kalie Pead ('23), Susan Blackwell Ramsey ('08), Marcela Sulak ('92), Rachel Zavecz ('15).


Contact: Paul Cunningham
Contact Email: pcunnin1@nd.edu
Organization: University of Notre Dame
Organization URL: website

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105

Cocktail Reading withSWING and Full Bleed


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us at Nighthawk—a four-minute walk from the Kansas City Convention Center—for short readings by contributors to SWING and Full Bleed. Published annually by the Maryland Institute College of Art, “Full Bleed exists to chronicle the diverse ways that visual and literary artists are participating in this tumultuous historical moment.” SWING, out biannually from The Porch, “is a space for difference and dialogue, a magazine with the energy and verve of its home city, Nashville.” Be lost, be found with these powerful voices: Lindsay Bernal, Dan Brady, Tyler Friend, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Vera Vaughan Hough, Jayson Iwen, Amina Kayani, Chris Mazza, Kim Roberts, Patrick Paridee Samuel, and Meghan Meredith Williams.


Contact: Leigh Anne Couch / Paul Jaskunas
Contact Email: swingeditors@porchtn.org
Organization: SWING / Full Bleed
Organization URL: website

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

PT’s Coffee - Power & Light, 1310 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105

Orison Books Author Reading


Cost: free
Event URL: website

Reading by Orison authors Rebecca Aronson, David Ebenbach, Jeremy Griffin, Wendeline Hardenberg, Yehoshua November, and Brooke Sahni. Please join us!


Contact: Rebecca Aronson
Contact Email: orisonbooksonline@gmail.com
Organization: Orison Books and PT’s Coffee
Organization URL: website

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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

Lily Poetry Review Books


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Lily Poetry Review Books celebrates with Amanda Shaw, Jules Jacob, Robert Carr, Robbie Gamble, Eric E. Hyett, Anne Elezabeth Pluto, Kelly DuMar, Phoebe Reeves, Laura Van Prooyen, Jennifer Jean, Jennifer Martelli, Ron Mohring, Hannah Larrabee, Mary Buchinger, Eileen Cleary, and Suzanne Mercury.


Contact: Lily Poetry Review Books
Contact Email: eileen.poet@gmail.com

Brewery Emperial, 1829 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64108

BlazeVOX Books Reading


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

BlazeVOX Book invites you to a reading of its recent authors during happy hour at the singular Brewery Emperial in downtown Kansas City, just minutes walk from the conference. Featured readers include: Timothy Bradford, Grant Matthew Jenkins, Allison Blevins, Vi Khi Nao, Jessica Alexander, Cheryl Pallant, K. D. Harryman, Dana Curtis, Elizabeth Friedman, Emily Toder, Dennis Etzel Jr., Joseph Harrington, E. J. McAdams.


Health & Safety Information:

Masks are welcome.


Contact: Timothy Bradford, Grant Matthew Jenkins, Joseph Ha
Contact Email: grant-jenkins@utulsa.edu
Organization: BlazeVOX Books
Organization URL: website

Velo Garage and Tap House, 1403 Swift St., North Kansas City, MO 64116

Hopkins Review Happy Hour


Cost: Free

Come enjoy happy hour with pizza, beer (and nonalcoholic options), and short readings from the Phoenix Award–winning Hopkins Review! Readers include Austin Allen, Gabriel da Silva-Schicchi, Armen Davoudian, Eileen G’Sell, Katherine Hollander, N. Jane Kalu, Chloe Martinez, Eric McHenry, Donald Quist, Fatemeh Shams, and Claire Wahmanholm. Celebrate literature and connect with Hopkins Review contributors, editors, and readers, as well as faculty, students, alumni, and friends of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.


Contact: Dora Malech
Contact Email: doramalech@jhu.edu
Organization: The Hopkins Review
Organization URL: website

Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery, 1624 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Brews & Bards: A Coffee Shop Reading


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join Birdcoat Quarterly and Ghost Peach Press for an afternoon reading and book signing (and a much-needed dose of caffeine and sugar) at Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery. Lineup forthcoming. Learn more by visiting @birdcoatquarterly or @ghostpeachpress on social media.


Contact: Birdcoat Quarterly and Ghost Peach Press
Contact Email: coatofbirdseditors@gmail.com
Organization URL: website

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

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

Black Warrior Review & Mason Jar Press at Bliss Books & Wine


Cost: Free

Join Black Warrior Review and Mason Jar Press for a night of libations and literature at Bliss Books & Wine, a cozy haven in the heart of Kansas City. Featuring Brooke Shaffner, Pantea Amin Tofanchi, Brooke Champagne, Crystal Odelle, and Gwen Niekamp, don’t miss your chance to hear these vital and vibrant voices in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction read their work. Our event is open to everyone. We invite you to arrive early, participate in lively discussions, make new connections in the world of literature, and enjoy an evening that promises to remind us of the power of experimental storytelling.


Contact: Black Warrior Review & Mason Jar Press
Contact Email: blackwarriorreview@gmail.com

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Strange Days Brewing Co., 316 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Reading Featuring UIC and Northwestern Alumni and Faculty


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us for a reading featuring University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University alumni and faculty. Readers include: Juan Martinez, Mary Biddinger, Simone Muench, Jackie K. White, Christine Sneed, Beth McDermott, Jeremy T. Wilson, Faisal Mohyuddin, and Rebecca Morgan Frank. Free snacks and a limited amount of free drink tickets will be provided. Organized by Beth McDermott and Simone Muench.


Contact: Beth McDermott
Contact Email: emcdermott826@gmail.com

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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

Poets Party with Nightboat at Missie B's


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join Nightboat Books at Missie B's, Friday, February 9, 2024, 805 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 5:00–7:00 p.m. CT. Readings by: Brian Teare, Tiff Dressen, Dior J. Stephens, Gillian Conoley, Andrea Abi-Karam, Laura Henriksen, Nora Treatbaby, Rosie Stockton, Wo Chan.


Contact: Nightboat Books
Contact Email: lina.bergamini@nightboat.org

Nighthawk, below Hotel Kansas City, 1228 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO

Women Who Leave: Conversation & Cocktails


Cost: $20.00
Event URL: website

Join us Friday, Febuary 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for conversation and cocktails with authors Dionne Ford, Joanna Rakoff, Maggie Smith, and Reema Zaman. Hosted by Kelly McMasters and sponsored by The Rumpus. Join us for a conversation between five incredible writers who write about different types of leaving. These women explode traditional story arcs of a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, they explore alternate ways to move through narrative—in fiction, memoir, essay, and poetry—and reach toward the more complex and powerful movement of moving on. *Tickets are $20.00 each and include one drink ticket!


Contact: Kelly McMasters
Contact Email: kelly.mcmasters@hofstra.edu
Organization: The Rumpus

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

Listen To Your Skin: Queer Love Book Release


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Readings from our newly published anthology, Listen To Your Skin: An Anthology of Queer & Self Love (Listen To Your Skin Press). These pieces express not just the erotic, but the psychological and emotional truths we circle and seek in the sexual and romantic realms. We’ll have readings from various authors included in the collection and some room on the open mic. This is an in-person reading in Kansas City, Missouri at The Pairing: Crossroads Wine & Grocer (1615 Oak St.). Our venue is within walking distance of the convention center.


Health & Safety Information:

Please do not attend if you’ve had symptoms or a positive COVID test.


Contact: Stina French
Contact Email: listentoyourskinopenmic@gmail.com
Organization: Listen To Your Skin Press
Organization URL: website

The Galleria at Society, 2050 Central St., Kansas City, MO 64108

VCCA Fellows and Friends Gathering


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Since 1971, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) has provided uninterrupted time and space for artists to produce their finest works of literature, visual art, and music. VCCA hosts over 400 Fellows each year at artist residency locations in Virginia and France. This informal VCCA Fellows and Friends Gathering is an opportunity for VCCA Fellows and those who are interested in learning more about the VCCA community to connect. Drink tickets and food will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Contact: VCCA
Contact Email: kdoty@vcca.com
Organization URL: website

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

Poets & Writers Get the Word Out Reading


Cost: Free

Poets & Writers presents a reading featuring Caitlin Cowan, Kristen Gentry, Ae Hee Lee, Chin-Sun Lee, Sebastian Merrill, Olatunde Osinaike, and Leslie Sainz, participants in Get the Word Out, a publicity incubator for early career authors.


Contact: Thierry Kehou
Contact Email: tkehou@pw.org
Organization: Poets & Writers
Organization URL: website

Post Coffee Company, 3550 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

Read the Room: A Reading and Reunion by University of Central Florida MFA Students


Cost: Free

Join current UCF MFA students for a reading and opportunity to connect with UCF MFA alums!


Contact: Chrissy Kolaya
Contact Email: chrissy.kolaya@ucf.edu
Organization: University of Central Florida MFA in Creative Writing
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64105

No Readings. Just Chill. A Happy Hour with Atmosphere Press.


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

At this cool bar within walking distance of the conference, Atmosphere Press will be offering one free beer/wine drink ticket to everyone who wants to hang out. Just a low-key get-together to chat about book projects, the writing world, and to relax. Let's meet!


Contact: Cameron Finch
Contact Email: cameron@atmospherepress.com
Organization: Atmosphere Press
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm

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

Action Books / Black Ocean / Wave Books


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Action Books, Black Ocean, and Wave Books to host Todd Fredson, Laura Glenum, Katherine M. Hedeen, Zach Savich, Ben Meyerson, Isaac Pickell, Ana Božičević, Hoa Nguyen, and Geoffrey Nutter at Blip Roasters.


Contact: Action Books, Black Ocean, Wave Books
Contact Email: janaka@blackocean.org

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

PH Coffee, 2200 Lexington Ave., Kansas City, MO 64124

Migration Patterns: A Mind the Bird Media Community Showcase


Cost: Free

Join Mind the Bird Media at PH Coffee in Kansas City on Friday, February 9, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a community showcase featuring readings from recent and forthcoming works. Diane Josefowicz (L’Air du Temps [1985], Regal House, March 2024), Karen Holmberg (The Collagist, Regal House, April 2024), Alissa Hattman (Sift, The 3rd Thing, September 2023), Amanda Hawkins (When I Say the Bones I Mean the Bones, Wandering Aengus, 2025), Summer J. Hart (Boomhouse, The 3rd Thing, September 2023), and Laura Paul (publisher, Sublunary Editions; distributor Asterism Books).


Contact: Heather Brown
Contact Email: heather@mindthebirdmedia.com
Organization: Mind the Bird Media
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Unity Temple on the Plaza, Temple Space, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112

Contemporary Jewish Poets: A Kabbalat Shabbat & Reading Sponsored by Yetzirah


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us for a moment of calm and warmth as we welcome in the Sabbath with a brief service led by poet and rabbi Mark Elber. (People of all traditions welcome!) This Kabbalat Shabbat will be followed by a reading with Hadara Bar-Nadav, Tom Haviv, Jessica Jacobs, Lynn Melnick, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Donna Spruijt-Metz, and Yerra Sugarman. With hosts Dan Alter and Jessica Jacobs.


Contact: Yetzirah: A Hearth for Jewish Poetry
Contact Email: yetzirahpoets@gmail.com
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

KC Hooley House, 170 E. 14th St., Kansas City, MO 64106

A CNF Celebration with Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, River Teeth, & Under the Gum Tree


Cost: Free

Kick off your Friday night by coming out to celebrate the essay with Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, River Teeth, and Under the Gum Tree at an Irish pub less than one mile north of the convention center with food and drink (for purchase) and short readings from featured essayists Brooke Champagne, Kristine Ervin, Molly Housh Gordon, Penny Guisinger, Tierney Oberhammer, Susan Rukeyser, Sue William Silverman, and Andrew Westoll.


Contact: Jill Christman, Joey Franklin, Janna Marlies
Contact Email: jcchristman@bsu.edu
Organization: Fourth Genre, Hippocampus, River Teeth, & Under the Gum Tree
Organization URL: website

30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Voice Over War: Readings by Authors from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and Moldova


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

As the war in Ukraine approaches its two-year mark, join award-winning novelists, poets, and journalists born in the former USSR as they share work influenced by the tumultuous region. Through poignant fiction and nonfiction, experience the nuanced exploration of resilience, identity, and the human spirit amidst turmoil. The line-up features Katya Apekina, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Luisa Muradyan, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, Maria Kuznetsova, Vlada Teper, Sasha Vasilyuk, and Lena Zycinsky.


Contact: Sasha Vasilyuk, Vlada Teper
Contact Email: comono@gmail.com
Organization: International Relations Council (IRC)

Sherry Leedy Contemporary, 2004 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108

Champagne and Readings with A Strange Object and McSweeney's


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us for short readings from Dalia Azim, Alexander Chee, Joanna Howard, Lily Meyer, Sam Sax, and Wei Tchou in a stunning contemporary art gallery in the Crossroads Arts District. Sparkling wine and nonalcoholic alternatives will be served.


Contact: Rita Bullwinkel and Jill Meyers
Contact Email: hello@astrangeobject.com
Organization: A Strange Object and McSweeney's
Organization URL: website

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

LAUNCHAPALOOZA! Poets Read from New & Forthcoming Books


Cost: Free

Please join us at this awesome taproom and coffee shop to hear poets read from new and forthcoming books! Featured readers: Jaswinder Bolina, Tiff Dressen, Rajiv Mohabir, Sarah Rosenthal, Leslie Sainz, Emily Simon, Rebecca Suzuki, Brian Teare, Rodrigo Toscano, Valerie Witte. The first $300 in drinks from the venue are free. The brewery sells food and there will also be some free snacks on hand. Books by the authors available for sale.


Health & Safety Information:

Please feel welcome to wear a mask, and consider staying home if you are sick.


Contact: Valerie Witte & Sarah Rosenthal
Contact Email: val.witte@gmail.com

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

L'Esprit Literary Review Reading


Cost: Free

Join L'Esprit for a reading featuring our past contributors and other guests! Big Mood Natural Wines, 2020 Baltimore Ave Suite 102, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Find us on Twitter @LEspritLit for more information.


Contact: Dan White / Jessica Denzer
Contact Email: lespritliterary@gmail.com
Organization: L'Esprit Literary Review
Organization URL: website

1827 McGee St., Studio H, Kansas City, MO 64108

Clockhouse Writers' Conference / Goddard College MFA-W Alumni Reading and Gathering


Cost: Free

Join Clockhouse Writers' Conference for an off-site reading and gathering for Goddard MFA-W alumni and guests. We'll have light refreshments and readings from alumni. The studio space is a three-minute ride/fifteen-minute walk from the Kansas City Convention Center (entrance is at the back of the building). The reading is hosted by Goddard alums Miriam Tobin (ScribLab) and Jen McConnell (Clockhouse Writers' Conference and Clockhouse journal).


Contact: Jen McConnell and Miriam Tobin
Contact Email: clockhousewriters@gmail.com
Organization: Clockhouse Writers' Conference
Organization URL: website

Post Coffee Company, 3550 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111

Dzanc Books Reading & Reception


Cost: Free

Join nonprofit press Dzanc Books in celebrating our authors with this reading and reception at Post Coffee. The event will feature short readings and a chance to meet and mingle with Dzanc authors and editors; drinks and light snacks available.


Contact: Michelle Dotter
Contact Email: michelle@dzancbooks.org
Organization: Dzanc Books
Organization URL: website

2012 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108

CavanKerry Press & Friends at Habitat Contemporary


Cost: Free

Join CavanKerry Press, Acre Books, Perugia Press, and FlowerSong Press for a reading extravaganza! This reading is about community and celebration between independent presses and the wider arts community in Kansas City. Books from our sixteen featured authors will be for sale, and light refreshments will be served. We also encourage our audience to take a walk and admire the Habitat Contemporary space and gallery as a HUB for local artists in the KC area. Note that Habitat Contemporary is located in the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.


Contact: Dimitri Reyes
Contact Email: dimitri@cavankerrypress.org
Organization: Habitat Contemporary
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

1707 Locust St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Red Hen Press Celebrates Thirty Years: An Omnibus Party with The Good Life Review


Cost: Free

Join Red Hen Press as we celebrate thirty years of Los Angeles publishing! Featuring readers from Red Hen's fall 2023 and spring 2024 seasons, plus readers from The Good Life Review. Join us for an evening of literature and libations!


Contact: Red Hen Press and The Good Life Review
Contact Email: media@redhen.org
Organization: Red Hen Press
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Writers Place, 31 W 31st St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Show Me State: Missouri Journals Off-site Reading


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

​​The Writers Place will host an off-site happy hour and reading, co-sponsored with I-70 Review, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, New Letters, Laurel Review, Boulevard, and Bear Review. The happy hour, featuring music by River Cow Orchestra, will begin at 6:00 p.m, followed by readings at 7:00 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be available. Readers include: Felicia Zamora, Lisa Fay Coutley, Niki Herd, Janée J. Baugher, Claressinka Anderson, and Joseph Avski. This event is free and open to the public, though cash donations to The Writers Place are encouraged.


Health & Safety Information:

Masks are optional but encouraged.


Contact: Jenny Molberg and Maryfrances Wagner
Contact Email: maryfrances.wagner@gmail.com
Organization: The Writers Place
Organization URL: website

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

Action Books / Black Ocean / Wave Books at Blip Roasters


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Action Books, Black Ocean, and Wave Books invite you to an evening of readings from Todd Fredson, Lara Glenum, Katherine M. Hedeen, Zach Savich, Ben Meyerson, Isaac Pickell, Ana Božičević, Hoa Nguyen, and Geoffrey Nutter. Food (with vegan options), coffee, beer, and cocktails will be available.


Contact: Johannes Göransson
Contact Email: pcunnin1@nd.edu
Organization: Action Books / Black Ocean / Wave Books

Parlor KCMO, 1707 Locust St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Battle of the Genres, Hosted by StoryStudio Chicago


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Part cocktail party, part game show–style fun, this event will be a chance for you to mingle with fellow writers and experience the Battle of the Genres. Several authors will compete for the title of the Ultimate Genre Champion while you cheer them on with drinks, cheers, and good-natured heckling: Sequoia Nagamatsu, Melissa Febos, Ruth Joffee, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, and host Rebecca Makkai.


Contact: StoryStudio Chicago
Contact Email: sara@storystudiochicago.org

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Turnsol Books, 1664 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

Turnsol Editions Books Release and Open Mic


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Turnsol Editions will be releasing much of our long-out-of-print back catalog as well as several new books, and want to celebrate with a reading! There will be featured readers, a music performance, and an open mic. All are welcome. Turnsol Editions is a publisher of poetics, be they poems, prose, visual art, or music. We have been making books since 2018. We are proud to be the in-house publisher for Turnsol Books, a worker-owned bookstore in downtown Kansas City which opened in October of 2023.


Contact: Turnsol Editions
Contact Email: turnsoleditions@gmail.com
Organization: Turnsol Books

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

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

Sonnets and Cider


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us for an intimate reading with a few of the contributors to our recent Belle Point Press anthology, Mid/South Sonnets. As Charlotte Street is a smaller venue, free registration is required to attend and will be capped at twenty-five. In addition to introductions and conversation with editors C.T. Salazar and Casie Dodd, we'll be joined by the following poets: George David Clark, Ashley M. Jones, Steven Leyva, Aurielle Marie, mónica teresa ortiz, Hiba Tahir, Jim Whiteside, and Matthew Wimberley. Light refreshments will be provided.


Health & Safety Information:

Registration is required to stay within room capacity.


Contact: Belle Point Press
Contact Email: editor@bellepointpress.com

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Sinkers Lounge, 53 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105

The Under Review New Issue Launch Party


Cost: Free

Join us at Sinkers Lounge (2.5 blocks from the Convention Center) for a celebration and reading of the last two issues of the Under Review and its contributors! Lounge opens at 6:30 p.m. CT, Reading from 7–7:45ish. We'll have access to free golf at Sinkers' incredible indoor Putt Putt experience and "Table Top Golf" until 8:30. Contributors of Issues 8 and 9 are invited to read and all are welcome to attend. Food and beverages available to purchase.


Contact: Terry Horstman
Contact Email: terry@underreviewlit.com
Organization: The Under Review
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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

Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly are excited to welcome you to meet our authors at an intimate reading on February 9 at Seven Swans Créperie, 1746 Washington St, Kansas City, MO, a four-minute walk from the Kansas City Convention Center. We have the entire café reserved for selected readings from our authors, sweet and savory crépes and appetizers, and a cash bar!


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

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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

Colorado Review / Parlor Press / Futurepoem


Cost: Free

Join Colorado Review, Parlor Press, and Futurepoem as they showcase recent writers, including Kazim Ali, Monica Macansantos, John Gallaher, Gale Marie Thompson, Sasha Steensen, Kylan Rice, Aby Kaupang, Matthew Cooperman, Daniel Bourne, Molly Spencer, Manuel Paul López, Stephon Lawrence, Tolghman Goldsborough, Wendy Lotterman, and Violet Sporlock. Featuring a cash bar, excellent local beer, and light snacks, come join us for an exciting night of writing and libations.


Contact: Matthew Cooperman
Contact Email: Matthew.Cooperman@colostate.edu

7:00 pm

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

Alice James Books x Persea Books at Casual Animal Brewing Co.


Cost: Free

Please join Alice James Books and Persea Books for an off-site poetry reading at Casual Animal Brewing Company! Sip on your favorite brew or grab a snack and soak in the beauty of the spoken word. Readers include Sarah Ghazal Ali, Ina Cariño, Jeffrey Thomson, Willie Lee Kinard III, Jubi Arriola-Headley, Stacie Cassarino, Cynthia Marie Hoffman, and Raisa Tolchinsky. We hope to see you there!


Contact: Lacey Dunham
Contact Email: events@alicejamesbooks.org

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

1280 Liberty St, Kansas City, MO 64102

Four Small Presses: Carrion Bloom Books, Veliz Books, Eulalia Books, and co•im•press


Cost: Free

Join Carrion Bloom Books, Eulalia Books, Veliz Books, and co•im•press for an evening of readings from small press authors, including Tina Cane, Mark Pleiss, Lauren Shapiro, Anthony Sutton, Lupita-Eyde Tucker, Laura Cesarco Eglin, Ryan Clark, Holms Troelstrup, and many more.


Contact: Michelle Gil-Montero,Steve Halle,Lau Cesarco Eglin
Contact Email: cshalle@ilstu.edu

Flagship Books, 510 N. 6th St. (in Strawberry Hill) Kansas City, KS 66101

Canadian Indies in KC: An Evening with Anvil Press, Book*hug Press, and Wolsak & Wynn


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join Canadian indie publishers Anvil Press, Book*hug Press, and Wolsak & Wynn for an evening of readings showcasing five writers. Readers include Stuart Ross, Vi Khi Nao, Jay Millar, River Halen, and Geoff Bouvier. All are welcome. Books will be for sale. Light refreshments will be served.


Contact: Anvil Press, Book*hug Press, Wolsak & Wynn
Contact Email: hazel@bookhugpress.ca

Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105

Growing From Our Roots: An Asian Debut Author Showcase


Cost: Free

Join us at Nighthawk (below Hotel Kansas City) for a celebratory night of poetry and prose spotlighting Asian authors with recent debuts! Featured authors will read from their debut poetry collections, essay collections, and novels. This reading will be emceed by poets Susan Nguyen and Joshua Nguyen and is sponsored by Kundiman South. Featured readers include Rita Mookerjee, Cindy Juyoung Ok, Christian Aldana, Sarah Ghazal Ali, Saba Keramati, Nuha Fariha, Jen Soriano, Kimberly Garza, Patricia Park, and Ae Hee Lee.


Health & Safety Information:

Event venue is accessible according to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Contact: Susan Nguyen and Joshua Nguyen
Contact Email: susan.girlpoet@gmail.com
Organization: Kundiman South

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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

Pizza and Prose


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

A reading by Flexible Press authors, featuring: Joanna Acevedo (Unsaid Things), Jessica Barksdale Inclan (What the Moon Did), Edward Belfar (A Very Innocent Man), Frank Haberle (Downlanders), Diane Josefowicz (Ready, Set, Oh), and Karen Lee Boren (Secret Waltz).


Contact: Flexible Press
Contact Email: editor@flexiblepub.com
Organization: Flexible Press
Organization URL: website

Mission Arts Center, 6124 Johnson Dr., Mission, KS 66202

Ukrainian Poetry Reading


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Support Ukrainian culture! Please join us for a reading of Ukrainian and Ukrainian American poetry, in the original and in English translations, held at Mission Arts Center, a Ukrainian-run art gallery a short driving distance from the conference. The reading features, among others, poets and translators from the Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry series from Lost Horse Press, including Olena Jennings, Oksana Lutsyshyna, Grace Mahoney, and Vitaly Chernetsky. Refreshments will be served.


Health & Safety Information:

Please feel welcome to wear a mask, and please consider staying home if you are sick.


Contact: Vitaly Chernetsky
Contact Email: vchernetsky@gmail.com
Organization: Lost Horse Press
Organization URL: website

International Tap House, 403 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

MacDowell Fellows and Friends Gathering


Cost: Free

We are excited to welcome MacDowell Fellows and friends for a gathering at International Tap House’s Crossroads location! All friends of MacDowell are welcome for this celebration of literature and MacDowell’s literary Fellows. A free drink will be available for guests on a first come first serve basis and light snacks will be provided.


Contact: Anja Kuipers and Brett Evan Solomon
Contact Email: events@macdowell.org
Organization: MacDowell
Organization URL: website

Smalter Gallery, 1802 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

SomaFlights


Cost: Free

Dock with us to explore the tectonics of somatic imaginations. Fly with synesthetic energies, grounded in delicious sensory embodiment. Enjoy as the genres mix and flail in hyperdrive. Readers from the Michigan Quarterly Review’s SomaFlights issue. Readers: Megan Kaminski, Ronaldo Wilson, Ginger Ko, Ashwini Bhasi, Teresa Carmody, Angela Peñaredondo, Bishakh Som, Olivia Muenz, Emily Brandt, Jameelah Lang, Vidhu Aggarwal, and Petra Kuppers. Location: Smalter Gallery, 1802 W 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111.


Health & Safety Information:

Masks welcome.


Contact: Petra Kuppers
Contact Email: petra@umich.edu

The Bauer, 115 W. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

MER, NELLE, SWWIM, & Whale Road Review Present a Joint Reading: “Off Site. On Purpose.”


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

SWWIM, MER, NELLE, and Whale Road Review present “Off Site. On Purpose.,” a reading featuring many of today’s most celebrated women writers and poets, including Francesca Bell, DeMisty D. Bellinger, Nicole Hefner Callihan, Lauren Camp, Brenda Cárdenas, Kai Coggin, Suzanne Frischkorn, Abby E. Murray, and more stellar voices! Join us for a night of fresh, exciting poetry and prose in a beautiful space, The Bauer in Kansas City, on Friday, February 9, 2023, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Admission is free. A cash bar is available.


Health & Safety Information:

This is a mask-optional event.


Contact: MER, NELLE, SWWIM, & Whale Road Review
Contact Email: themomegg@gmail.com
Organization: MER, NELLE, SWWIM, & Whale Road Review

7:30 pm

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

Chicago Poets in KC!


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Join us for a showcase of Chicago poets in Kansas City featuring Diego Báez, Tara Betts, Taylor Byas, Ananda Lima, José Olivarez, Ruben Quesada, Kenyatta Rogers, and Angelique Zobitz. Event held at BLK + BRWN. (104 1/2 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111)

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Contact: Diego Báez
Contact Email: ananda.lima@gmail.com

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

PH Coffee, 2200 Lexington Ave., Kansas City, MO 64124

Poems You Need Reading


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Please join us for the very first Poems You Need off-site reading! Melissa Studdard and Kelli Russell Agodon will host recently featured and soon-to-be featured poets, Oliver de la Paz, January Gill O'Neil, Jennifer Jean, Patricia Spears Jones, and Pam Uschuk, who will read from their own work, as well as sharing a poem they need by another poet. It's going to be a beautiful celebration of poetry and we hope you're able to join us! Light refreshments and cash bar.


Contact: Melissa Studdard & Kelli Russell Agodon
Contact Email: poemsyouneed@gmail.com
Organization: Poems You Need
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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

Fence, Solid Objects, Tender Buttons, Chicago Review


Cost: Free

A reading and performance featuring poets and artists from Fence, Solid Objects, Tender Buttons, and Chicago Review. Fence will feature work from Lee Ann Brown, Gillian Conoley, and David Villaverde. Solid Objects: Elizabeth Robinson and Samuel Amadon. Chicago Review: Timmy Straw and Carlos Lara. Tender Buttons Press will feature excerpts of Tony Torn’s video version of FAMOUS PEOPLE by Bernadette Mayer (2022), Neo-Benshi by Roxi Power, and poetry by Anneysa Gaille.


Contact: Fence, Solid Objects, Tender Buttons, Chicago Revi
Contact Email: alexai@uchicago.edu
Organization: Fence

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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

Literary Cafe: The New School Presents Mira Jacob, J. Mae Barizo, Camonghne Felix, and Jason B. Crawford


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Come party with us! The New School Creative Writing MFA is excited to meet all literary lovers, alumni, prospective and current students to a social mixer at Made in KC Cafe Downtown, a four minute walk from the Kansas City Convention Center. Featuring readings by Mira Jacob, J. Mae Barizo, Camonghne Felix, and Jason B. Crawford. Appetizers, refreshments, and a cash bar.


Contact: The New School
Contact Email: millk191@newschool.edu
Organization URL: website

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

PoemoftheWeek PRESENTS! A Most EXTRAORDINARY Lineup of Poets!


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

At "PoemoftheWeek.com PRESENTS! A Most EXTRAORDINARY Lineup of Poets," twenty extraordinary poets will read a single poem for their adoring audience of...YOU. Hosted by PoemoftheWeek.com Founder Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and Gerard Robledo. Featured poets: Lauren Camp, Cyrus Cassells, Kai Coggin, Aaron Coleman, Benjamin Garcia, Hollay Ghadery, Ben Groner III, J Bruce Fuller, Faylita Hicks, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Didi Jackson, Major Jackson, Luke Johnson, Donovan McAbee, Faisal Mohyuddin, Reyes Ramirez, Josh Robbins, Matthew Tavares, and Jen Yanez.


Contact: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and Gerard Robledo
Contact Email: andrew@poemoftheweek.com
Organization: PoemoftheWeek.com
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Helzberg Auditorium, Kansas City Public Library, 5th floor, 14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Triptych: A Reading, Screening, & Dance Party Featuring TriQuarterly, The Iowa Review, & You!


Cost: Free
Event URL: website

Come party with us for our third year in a row! Join one or both parts of the night's events, sure to be a unique highlight of your conference weekend. Part I: an amazing, hour-long lineup of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with screenings of short video essays and cinepoems between each reader. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.—grab a snack and drinks at the bar, then join our reading/screening in the Helzberg Auditorium. Part II: reception and dance party to follow (~9:15 p.m.), featuring playlists curated by our editors and readers! Free registration via RSVPify encouraged—doors close when we reach capacity!


Health & Safety Information:

COVID-19 testing highly encouraged! Please email the event coordinator with any health, safety, or accessibility concerns.


Contact: TriQuarterly & The Iowa Review
Contact Email: kira.tucker@northwestern.edu
Organization: Northwestern University & The University of Iowa
Organization URL: website

8:30 pm

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

Queer Lightning!


Cost: Free

Queer Lightning Readings! Featuring Wo Chan, Sarah Thankam Mathews, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Melissa Febos, Donika Kelly, Annie Liontas, Temim Fruchter, Greg Mania, and Denne Michelle Norris. Readings, queer mingling, themed cocktails, and books for sale! Dress is gay and festive! DJ, drag, dancing, and mischief to follow! Masking highly encouraged for the safety of our communities, and free rapid tests available at the door until supplies run out.


Health & Safety Information:

Masking highly encouraged for the safety of our communities, and free rapid tests available at the door until supplies run out


Contact: Temim Fruchter, CJ Hauser, Annie Liontas
Contact Email: temim.fruchter@gmail.com

8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

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

Kundiman’s Twentieth Birthday: A Red and White Party


Cost: Free, with suggested donation of $10.00
Event URL: website

"What you said was red is a favorite of yours. / What I said is white was a favorite of mine. / When the two of us saw each other last night, / I dressed in red and you wore white." —"Kundiman" by Emmanuel Lacaba, translated by Paolo Javier. Kundiman is throwing a red-and-white-themed twentieth birthday party! Join us as we gather to celebrate the last twenty years and toast to the future of Kundiman and our community. All friends of Kundiman are welcome. The first fifty attendees will receive a free drink covered by Kundiman. Optional dress code: festive attire. Wear red, white, or both!


Health & Safety Information:

Masks required unless eating/drinking.


Contact: Kundiman
Contact Email: info@kundiman.org
Organization: Kundiman
Organization URL: website

9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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

Literary Dance Party


Cost: Suggested Donation ($5)
Event URL: website

Join Barrelhouse, Mason Jar Press, Split/Lip Press, and Taco Bell Quarterly for the literary dances beautiful enough to end the world. Featuring literally hundreds of your favorite writers, editors, and publishers, as well as the exact right amount of readings (in this case: zero). All funds will be donated to Transformations of Kansas City. Suggested donation: $5. Music curated by DJ Gary 108.


Contact: Michael B. Tager
Contact Email: masonjarpress@gmail.com
Organization: Barrelhouse, Mason Jar Press, Split/Lip Press, Taco Bell Quarterly
Organization URL: website

11:00 pm to 11:45 pm

Nighthawk, 1228 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105

Broken Antler Magazine Reading & Open Mic


Cost: Free

The editors of Broken Antler, a horror-themed literature and art magazine, invite you to a laid-back, late-night reading featuring select contributors. Bold souls can sign up for a spot in our open mic portion of the evening. The vibe? Final Girl in a Dirty Nightgown / My Other Car Is a Possessed Priest / Every Animal Is a Psychopomp. Email brokenantlermagazine@gmail.com to sign up! Nighthawk is a cozy and cool basement bar below Hotel Kansas City featuring craft cocktails, beer, wine, and a late-night munchies menu. *NOTE: event runs from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.


Contact: Court Ludwick, Riah Hopkins, and Amelia Skinner Sa
Contact Email: brokenantlermagazine@gmail.com
Organization: Broken Antler Magazine
Organization URL: website

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