The Writers Place Reading Series presents Wayne Courtois, Jen Harris, Stacey Portillo, and KU student Simone Savannah

A graduate of the MFA Program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Wayne Courtois is author of a memoir, A Report from Winter; a novel, Tales My Body Told Me; and two erotic novels, My Name Is Rand and In the Time of Solution 9. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in journals including The Greensboro Review, Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly, Assaracus, Jonathan, and The I-70 Review; in the webzines suspect thoughts: a journal of subversive writing and Velvet Mafia; and in anthologies such as Of the Flesh, Love Under Foot, Best Gay Erotica, Out of Control, Country Boys, and Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards. His nonfiction has appeared in I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage; Walking Higher: Gay Men Write about the Deaths of Their Mothers; and The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered.

Jen Harris (pictured) is a Kansas City-based Spoken Word Poet, Women's Rights and LGBT activist, co-owner of Createful Studios, founder and former SlamMaster of PoUnd SLAM. Her first book of poetry, published by Spartan Press of Kansas City, is set to release on 02/27/16. Harris graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, emphases in Communication Studies, English Language and Literature. She is the recipient of the 2015 Jim Wanser Pride Award for outstanding LGBT community activism. Additionally, she is the recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Pitch Top 3 Poets in KC award, and the 2009 ACP Kansas Journalist of the Year.

Stacey Portillo has been a Spanish teacher for twelve years, and two of those years were in Honduras. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and crafting. Her poems have appeared in Writing!, Thorny Locust, New Wine, The International Library of Poetry and others. She took a hiatus from writing but is not back to what she loves.

Simone Savannah is from Columbus, Ohio. She is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. Her interests include performance poetry, women’s poetry, and African American literature. Her work has appeared in Blackberry: A Magazine, Big Lucks, Powder Keg, GlitterMob, and Apogee.