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TWP READING SERIES

  • The Writers Places 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

Mia Leonin is the author of four poetry collections: Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press), Braid, Unraveling the Bed, and Chance Born (Anhinga Press), and a memoir, Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). Leonin has published poetry and creative nonfiction in New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Witness, North American Review, River Styx, Chelsea, and others. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MA in Romance Languages & Literature. His chapbook is Between Line Breaks from Spartan Press and his first full-length collection is We Seek Asylum. He was the 2016 Grand Prize Winner for Poetry from Willow Books, and in 2017 Willow Books awarded him the 2017 Recipient of the Willow Books Emerging Writer Fund. Aybar is a Cave Canem and Artist Inc.  and also translated work by Mexican author/playwright Glafira Rocha; some can be found in Asymptote, EZRA and in InTranslation journals.

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Greg Brownderville’s third book, a collection of poems entitled A Horse with Holes in It, was released by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series in November of 2016. In 2011 Brownderville published his first collection of poems, entitled Gust (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), which made the Poetry Foundation’s Best-Seller List and was included among “Top Picks” by Library Journal. In 2012 he published Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books), a collection of folkloristic poems based on fieldwork he conducted in and around his home community of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas. Deep Down also features paintings by outsider artist Billy Moore, of Memphis, Tennessee. Collaborating with composer Jacob Cooper, Brownderville wrote the words to “Jar” (Silver Threads, Nonesuch Records, 2014) and Ripple the Sky, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. In 2012 he joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. An associate professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at SMU, Brownderville edits the Southwest Review and teaches poetry workshop. He has also taught at Ole Miss, Hendrix College, and Lincoln University.

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Earlier Event: September 17
POETRY READING CIRCLE WITH CATHERINE ANDERSON
Later Event: September 24
The Writers Place Open Mic Night