Poet Jan Duncan-O’Neal was born and raised in the greater Kansas City area, but has lived in many places in the Midwest and in Colorado. She majored in English and Theatre in college and received an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa where she later taught storytelling and children’s literature. She was a children’s librarian for 25 years and conducted workshops nationally for educators.
In addition to her career in librarianship, Jan has been a professional storyteller, and encourages others to tell their own stories. Many of her poems are narrative, drawingfrom family stories and from people she has known.
A Pushcart Nominee, Jan’s poems have been published in Coal City Review, I-70 Review, Kansas City Voices, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Thorny Locust, and Touch: The Journal of Healing. Her chapbook Voices: Lost and Found was published by The Lives You Touch Publications in 2011. Jan’s full collection How to Eat a Raspberry was published in 2016 by Kelsay Books, Aldrich Press. Jan is an editor on leave from the I-70 Review.
Jose Faus is a native of Bogota, Colombia. He is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and independent teacher. He has executed murals locally/internationally and participated in community engagement projects. He won Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange award (Kansas) and received a Rocket Grant for the community project VOX NARRO. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of UMKC Friends of the Library, Charlotte Street and is board president of The Writers Place. His first chapbook, This town Like That was published in 2015. His full-length poetry collection The Life and Times of Jose Calderon is due March, 2017.
The Thomas Zvi Wilson reading series is curated by Jeanie Wilson. Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001. The co-sponsors are The Writers Place (TWP) and the Johnson County Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for TWP and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’ health failed, his wife, Jeanie Wilson, a TWP emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, curates this popular reading series in his memory. The readings (with the exception of November and December) are conducted at the Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. Specific details for each reading will be e-mailed monthly. The reading series are free and include light refreshments. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.