Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series: William Trowbridge and Maryfrances Wagner

  • Johnson County Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87th Street Overland Park, KS, 66212

William Trowbridge’s latest collection is Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press, 2014).  His other collections are Ship of Fool, The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger. His new chapbook, Oldguy: Superhero, is forthcoming from Red Hen in April. He teaches in the University of Nebraska Low-residency MFA in Writing Program and is currently Poet Laureate of Missouri.

Maryfrances Wagner’s books include Salvatore’s Daughter, Light Subtracts Itself, Dioramas, Pouf, and Red Silk, winner of the Thorpe Menn Book Award.  Her poems have appeared widely including in New Letters, Midwest Quarterly, Laurel Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Birmingham Poetry Review, Louisville Review, Poetry East, Unsettling America:  An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (Penguin Books), Literature Across Cultures (Pearson/Longman), and The Dream Book, An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women (winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation). She co-edits the I-70 Review, co-edited the Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers, has served as President of The Writers Place, and currently serves as secretary on the KC Creates Board of Directors.  She has taught academic and creative writing and creative writing workshops at all levels for over thirty years. 

Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001. The Writers Place cosponsors this series with the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for The Writers Place and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’ health failed, his wife Jeanie Wilson, an emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, curates this popular reading series in his memory. The readings take place at the newly remodeled Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The readings are free and include light refreshments. Donations to The Writers Place are welcome. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.