Glenn North is the author of City of Song, a collection of poems inspired by Kansas City’s rich jazz tradition and the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience. He is a Cave Canem fellow, a Callaloo creative writing fellow and a recipient of the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award and the Crystal Field Poetry Award. His work has appeared in Kansas City Voices, One Shot Deal, The Sixth Surface, Caper Literary Journal, Platte Valley Review, Kansas City Voices, Cave Canem Anthology XII, The African American Review, andAmerican Studies Journal. He also collaborated with legendary jazz musician Bobby Watson on the critically acclaimed recording project, Check Cashing Day and was recently appointed the inaugural Poet Laureate of 18th & Vine Historic District.
Lindsey Martin-Bowen’s CROSSING Kansas with Jim Morrison (in chapbook form) was a semi-finalist in QuillsEdge Books 2015-16 contest. Her “Bonsai Tree Gone Awry” (Inside Virgil’s Garage, Chatter House 2013) was nominated for a Pushcart, and Standing on the Edge of the World (Woodley), was a Top 10 Poetry Books for 2008 (McClatchy). New Letters, I-70 Review, Thorny Locust, Coal City Review, Flint Hills Review, Amethyst Arsenic, The Same, Bare Root Review, Little Balkans Review, and others have run her work. She taught at UMKC 18 years and teaches at MCC-Longview.
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.