Riverfront Reading Series presents Aisha Sharif and Susan Whitmore

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.


Rhiannon Ross hosts May's Riverfront Reading Series with music by Saffie Bettis.

As an African American Muslim woman, Aisha Sharif’s work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate and blend. Her poem, “Why I Can Dance Down a Soul Train Line in Public and Still Be Muslim” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. Sharif’s poetry has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Tidal Basin Review, Callaloo, Calyx, Rattle and other literary journals. She is a Cave Canem fellow who earned her MFA at Indiana University, Bloomington. She teaches English at Metropolitan Community College in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Aisha Sharif

Aisha Sharif

Susan Whitmore is the author of four poetry collections: Your House is FloatingThe Melinda PoemsThe Invisible Woman and The Sacrifices. Recent work has appeared in Georgetown Review, Glassworks, I-70 Review, Melusine, New LettersPoet Lore and Stone Highway, among other journals. Whitmore has a BA from Vassar and an MFA from Emerson. She taught creative writing and literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 10 years and was executive director of The Writers Place for five years. She is currently President & CEO at First Call.

Susan Whitmore

Susan Whitmore