Twice Michelle Boisseau has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for poetry. Her university textbook, Writing Poems (Longman), initiated by the late Robert Wallace, is now in its 8th edition, with her colleague Hadara Bar-Nadav. She is Professor of English in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Senior Editor of BkMk Press and Contributing Editor of New Letters. A recent essay of hers—about her mother, her women ancestors, and voting—appeared on The Huffington Post. She lives in Kansas City with her fellow Royals fan, her husband Tom Stroik, an internationally renowned linguist who writes on poetics, the evolution of human language, and the US Constitution; he’s also moderately obsessed with the physics of his golf swing. Their grown children are Katie Stroik and Anna Boisseau. Their dog of maybe two score breeds is Sadie.
Whitney Terrell’s most recent novel, The Good Lieutenant, was nominated for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The Washington Post and The Boston Globe selected it as a notable book for 2016. He is also the author of The Huntsman, a New York Times notable book, and The King of Kings County. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, and NPR. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, The New Republic, The Kansas City Star, and other publications. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and lives nearby with his family.
Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001. The Writers Place cosponsors this series with the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for The Writers Place and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’ health failed, his wife Jeanie Wilson, an emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, curates this popular reading series in his memory. The readings take place at the newly remodeled Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The readings are free and include light refreshments. Donations to The Writers Place are welcome. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.