Plan on joining us for another hot, cold night at the Neon! Rick Malsick hosts (and plays), along with musical guests River Cow Orchestra and Bob Walkenhorst of the Rainmakers. Poets from The Writers Place will read (Gary Leichlter, Gustavo Adolfo Aybar, Wayne Courtois, and Silvia Kofler), and there will be art by The Visual Arts Group and Thomas Cobian, The Neon Warrior. This is a free event – all tips go to support The Writer’s Place. Bring a snack or dessert for the table (BASFTT). And definitely BYOB.
Music + Poetry + Art is produced by Martha Gershun, with support from Maryfrances Wagner.
** Special Treat: Rick Malsick will be providing copies of his newest CD, Midwest Midwinter Blues, to all who attend!
Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MA in Romance Languages & Literature. His chapbook Between Line Breaks was released this May from Spartan Press and his first full-length collection will be out next April 2017.
Wayne Courtois, a native of Maine, lives with his husband, Ralph Seligman, in Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the MFA Program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, he is author of the memoir A Report from Winter, as well as the novels My Name Is Rand, Tales My Body Told Me, and In the Time of Solution 9. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, most recently Chelsea Station Magazine; Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry; Jonathan; and I-70 Review. His poetry is also included in the anthology Hibernation and Other Poems by Gay Bards.
Silvia Kofler’s publications include poetry and translations published in The Colour of Saying, an anthology in celebration of Dylan Thomas by Cross-Cultural Communications, USA, and The Seventh Quarry Press, Wales. Her work has been published in the I-70 Review and many other journals and anthologies. A new publication of new and collected poems, Gambol the World, is forthcoming in May 2017 from Spartan Press.
Gary Lechliter’s work has recently appeared in many poetry journals and anthologies. He has published three books of poetry.
Jamie Lynn Heller is a wife, mother, and high school counselor who squeezes poetry in her life. She's a Best of the Net nominee for 2016, Pushcart Prize Nominee for 2015 and the author of Domesticated, Poetry from Around the House Published by Finishing Line Press.