Cowtown Series: Kansas City Poets 2017-2018
Just Shy of Stars
Annette Hope Billings
JUST SHY OF STARS is Annette Billings' eagerly awaited third book. This collection of poetry reads like a
journey across the continuum of human emotion with stops at the most poignant places in life. In this book, as with previous ones, Billings writes about sorrow with the same bravado as joy and humor.
Linzi currently resides in Lindsborg, Kansas, dreaming of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and New Orleans. She is always looking for invitations to new places where she can absorb new poetry, perspective, incomparable experiences, and quality whiskey.
Father Me Again
Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri. He was diagnosed with a glioblas- toma in 2014. With a 14.6 month life expectancy, he entered the Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri— Kansas City and, in 2018, graduated with an M.F.A.
Mixing sharp, crisp, imagery with the sonorous wit of his song lyrics, Kates brings the full package to the page. In the daily struggles to balance love, family, marriage, and love again, he is always alert to the subtle emotional shifts that can so easily topple us.
Perfectly Good Muses: the collected apologies of Jeanette Powers
A sardonic and sweet set of poems which barely drape metaphor around JP’s dear loves of their life. Hokey Pokey Muse, Dragon Hoard Muse, Ocean Muse and more make this a light-hearted romp with a great sense of humor … and long overdue apologies.
Congenital Pipe Dreams
Victor Clevenger hopes for the more exciting side of death, as he spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing poetry. He sleeps with his second ex-wife and raises his six children in a small town northeast of Kansas City, MO.
Jason Ryberg is the author of fourteen books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, several angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors, and a box full of folders, notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel.
Waco was born in Galveston, TX on December 12, 1974 and was raised in the Marines. He met his wife in 1996 and has not looked back. She and his daughters have reinvigorated his pen and have been the backbone of his writing. They are the anchor for his wandering mind.
Where the Big Rivers Run
Washer earned a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri / Columbia before entering the United States Air force for four years. Upon leaving the USAF he began teaching Philosophy and other disciplines in the greater Kansas City area, including eleven years for Park University and twenty for Longview Community College.
Gambol the World
Silvia Kofler is a widely published poet, translator, educator, and occasional actor who likes to read her work and translations in many places. She has read at New York’s Poet’s House, the Sacramento Poetry Center, and at Schokoladen in Berlin, Germany.
Felt This So Many Times
Antony V. Plocido
Antony V. Plocido (Tony) was born in Minneapolis, MN. He’s been writing poetry since he was a child. He published his first book, Sucker Punch Wisdom (Write the Future Press). He has since moved back to the Twin Cities in Minnesota and released his second book, Aging and Other Side Projects, in December 2016. www.mentalvalley.com
Strange Beauty Shows
Steven H. Bridgens
Born: Kansas City, Missouri, Planet Earth, 1949, the year of the first Soviet nuclear test
Parents: healers, one trod the dark path and one the light
Siblings: one of each, both younger, iconoclasts and artists
Progeny: one son, a man now with his own trajectory and dreams