Calendar of Events
In addition to three regular series, we host readings throughout the year by local, regional, and visiting writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Riverfront Readings - 2nd Fridays, 8 PM
Since 1986, Riverfront Readings of poetry and literature have taken place the second Friday of each month at 8 PM. Regular readings feature two readers, poets and fiction writers, who may be established regional writers or more local, emerging ones. Riverfront also hosts special readings and open mics throughout the year.
Readers are selected by an independent committee.
The Thomas Zvi Wilson Poetry Series at The Johnson County Library - 3rd Tuesdays, 7 PM
Initiated in 2001 and co-sponsored by The Writers Place and the Johnson County Library, this series brings poets from Kansas City and the region to the Central Resource Library at 9875 West 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas to present their work. Each reading typically features two poets and is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 PM, except in November and December. Readings are free and include light refreshments. The series is curated by Jeanie Wilson.
The Writers Place Reading Series - 3rd Fridays, 7 PM
The Writers Place Reading series reviews and schedules requests to read, so anyone interested in reading must send in a request form. Each reading usually features three local, regional, emerging, and/or nationally known writers of mixed genres. The Readings and Special Events committee schedules readings by the end of each calendar year for the following year with some exceptions and partnerships. This series also supports five Celebration Events each year: Jazz and Poetry, an LGBT Reading, Day of the Dead, an Ethnic Celebration of mixed arts, and a mixed arts collaboration celebrating improvisational dance, music and poetry in partnership with River Cow Orchestra, the Kacico Dance Company, and poets from The Writers Place. If you would like to request to read, please download our Reading Request Form and submit in electronic version.
Request a Reading
Our Readings and Events Committee meets monthly to review and schedule requests. If you would like to request to read, please click on: download and submit our request form. Please keep in mind that most of our readings for 2016 have already been scheduled.