The Riverfront Readings series of poetry and fiction readings was started in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 by Philip Miller and Donn Blevins. In those days, the location actually was in the Riverfront area, in the Kansas City Artists Coalition space. Now they are held at The Writers Place and in other Kansas City area locations. More information here.
Silvia Kofler is a widely published poet, translator and educator who likes to read her work and translations in many places. Last year, she read at the Sacramento Poetry Center and at Schokoladen in Berlin, Germany.
Some of her recent 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. German translations of 10 Hafez ghazals in collaboration with Bill Wolak and Mahmood Karimi-Hakak appeared in THOSE WHO STOOD UP FOR TOLERANCE DIEJENIGEN DIE FÜR TOLERANZ STANDEN, published by The Feral Press, NY. She is the editor and publisher of Thorny Locust.
Randy Ratliff is a civil servant, Landlord, gardener, and small kitchen appliance who used to read comic books and so now feels trendy. He knows a secret about The Maltese Falcon. He is a member of the Collaborators writers group. He is left handed as a lifestyle choice.