John Gallaher and Maryfrances Wagner- Writer’s Place- Kansas City, Missouri

ORGANIZERS: Maryfrances Wagner Programming Chair for The Writers Place and John Gallaher

LOCATION: 3607 PENNSYLVANIA, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111, (816) 753-1090


This is an international event, and over 100,000 poets will be reading all over the world on the same day, many at the same time.

The Writers Place is one of the designated sites for this event.  Please come and bring your poems, and help us keep the reading going.  We invite readers from all over the region or country to come and join us in this reading.

4:00 to 6:00 Open Mic.     Hosted by John Gallaher and Maryfrances Wagner   (At 6:00, we’ll take a dinner break, and at 7:00 we’ll begin with a reading by poets Donald Levering and Joe Benevento, both celebrating new book releases. )

 7:00 – Poets Donald Levering and Joe Benevento

Donald Levering has published seven full-length volumes and six chapbooks of poetry. His most recent book, Coltrane’s God, published in 2015 by Red Mountain Press, was Runner-Up for the New England Book Festival Contest in poetry. His previous book, The Water Leveling with Us, placed 2nd in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women Competition.  A former NEA Fellow, his recent honors include Runner-Up for the Ruth Stone Prize,  New Letters and Dana awards Finalist, and a $1,000 1st Place in the Literal Latté competition. His poems have appeared in such journals as Barrow, Bloomsbury Review, Columbia, Commonweal, Hiram Poetry Review, Hunger Mountain, Georgetown Review, Ginosko, Notre Dame Review, Poet & Critic, Poet Lore, Quiddity, Southern Poetry Review, andStand. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, the artist Jane Shoenfeld.


John Levering

Joe Benevento is Professor of English at Truman State U, where he teaches creative writing , American literature,  (including Latino/Latina and Latin American lit. in translation) and Young Adult Literature and Mystery. He is the longtime, co-editor of the Green Hills Literary Lantern..  Benevento’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in about 300 places, including: Poets & Writers, The Chattahoochee Review, Pearl,  Wisconsin Review, Inkwell, South Dakota Review, RE: Arts & Letter, Prairie Schooner and Bilingual Review.  His work has three times been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.  In 1991 he was featured in a special issue of The MacGuffin, “New Decade, New Writers.  Benevento’s books include four novels, three-full length poetry volumes, three poetry chapbooks, a book of short stories and an edited book of the poetry of Jim Thomas.  They are, Holding On, Warthog Press, 1996; Willing To Believe, Timberline Press, 2003; Plumbing In Harlem, Independence Books, 2003; The Odd Squad, Behler Publications, 2005 (a finalist for the 2006 John Gardner Fiction Book Award); My Puerto Rican Past, Ginninderra Press, 2006; Some of My Best Friends and Other Fictions, Lewis-Clark Press, 2008; Brief Tracks: Poems by Jim Thomas, Truman State University Press, 2009; Tough Guys Don’t Write, Finishing Line Press, 2011; The Monsignor’s WifeMoonshine Cove Press, 2013; Saving St. Teresa, Black Opal Books, 2015; Expecting Songbirds, Purple Flag Imprint of the Visual Artists Collective, 2015 and After, Mouthfeel Press, 2017.
 Joe Benevento
Come and support this wonderful event and check out their website for more details.  Help us keep the vigil.
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