The Writers Place Reading Series presents Elizabeth Schultz, Susan Reike, and Barbara Bartocci with UMKC student Timothy Leyrson.
Following retirement from Kansas University’s English Department, where she was known as a Melville scholar, Elizabeth Schultz became a dedicated advocate for the arts and the environment. She continues to write about the people and places she loves and has published two scholarly books, five books of poetry (three in 2014: The Sauntering Eye, Mrs. Noah Takes the Helm, The Quickening), a memoir, a collection of short stories, and a collection of essays. Her scholarly and creative work has appeared in numerous journals and reviews.
Susan Rieke is Professor of English at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS where she chairs the department of Language and Literature and serves as the McGilley Chair of Liberal Studies. She has published poems in various small magazines and has two books of poetry: Small Indulgences from BkMk Press and From the Tower from Forest of Peace Press. She has also written academic articles on Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and gives talks on Dickinson through the Kansas Humanities Council.
Timothy Leyrson received his masters in English from Missouri State University before beginning the MFA program at UMKC as a Durwood fellow. He has had poetry published in various journals, essays anthologized, and will be a panelist at the national 2015 AWP conference hosted in Minneapolis. He hopes to find gainful employment writing poems and sentences, and/or teaching others to do so, after his anticipated graduation in December of 2015."
Barbara Bartocci is a writer, speaker and editorial consultant who has authored nine books, including two national award winners. Formerly she was a managing editor at Hallmarks Cards, a copywriter for a major Kansas City ad agency, p.r. director for Rockhurst University, and for a dozen years, ran her own p.r./ad agency. She began magazine and book writing in the ‘eighties, and has contributed frequently to such magazines as Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, McCalls, Readers Digest, Self, Woman’s Day, and Working Woman, among others. Her first published book, My Angry Son, was a finalist for the local Thorpe Menn Award, was excerpted in Readers’s Digest and was optioned for a CBS movie. Barbara has led writing workshops and given motivational talks throughout North America, including three memoir-writing workshops at The Writers Place. Her most recent books are the Grace on the Go series. She is currently at work on a novel.