KCKCC instructors Tasha Haas and Tom Weis will read their work at South Branch Library reading Saturday, October 22nd. An open mic will follow. Plan to read one average-length poem or two short or a very short prose piece.
The library is located at 3104 Strong Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. Hope to see (and hear) you there. Refreshments served.
Tom Weis currently works at Kansas City Kansas Community College where he is a professor of English and teaches Comp I and II, and American Literature in the Honors Program. He has a BA from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Arts in English from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Tom has done several public readings over the past twenty years and his poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous publications. Some recent works have appeared in KCKCC’s E-Journal (http://kckcc.edu/kckcc-e- journal)
More recently Tom divides his spare time between fixing up an old farm house north of Topeka, tending his garden and hay fields, and enjoying his daughter as she transitions to independence at UMKC.
Tasha Haas’s first book, Certain Dawn, Inevitable Dawn, a collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence in 2011. Her stories have been published in Conjunctions, Coal City Review, South Dakota Review, Stickman Review, Flint Hills Review, and elsewhere. Her story “Spring, Sunday Morning” was awarded the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in 2004.
Tasha Haas earned her M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Bowling Green State University in 1998 and has been awarded residences at writers’ colonies in California, Costa Rica, and Arkansas. She taught fiction writing at the University of Kansas for eight years and currently teaches creative writing and composition at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She is also a musician and artist, and lives in the woods with three husky dogs, a baby, and a black and white cat, where she (mostly) writes, gardens, and reads.