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2017 Kansas CIty POetry Throwdown

3-day festival celebrating National Poetry Month in Kansas City, Missouri

APRIL 21, 22 AND 23, 2017

Sponsored by Prospero's BooksThe Writers PlaceJazz: A Louisiana Kitchen, Jump Start Art KC, Uptown Arts Bar, Room 39, and a gracious ArtsKC Inspiration Grant

 
 

Headliners

John Dorsey

John Dorsey

John Dorsey lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw's Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015) and Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He may he reached at archerevans@yahoo.com.

 
Bill Gainer

Bill Gainer

Bill Gainer is a storyteller, humorist, award winning poet and the maker of other mysterious things. Gainer earned his BA from St. Mary’s College and his MPA from the University of San Francisco. He is the publisher of the PEN Award winning R. L. Crow Publications and is the ongoing host of Red Alice’s Poetry Emporium (Sacramento, CA). Gainer is internationally published and known across the country for giving legendary fun filled performances. His work is not for sissies. Gainer’s latest book, Lipstick and Bullet Holes, is from Epic Rites Press, Canada (2014). Visit: billgainer.com.

 
William Taylor, Jr.

William Taylor, Jr.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His work has been published widely in journals across the globe, including The New York Quarterly, The Chiron Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader.  He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a collection of short fiction. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award. To Break the Heart of the Sun is his latest collection of poetry.

 
George Wallace

George Wallace

George Wallace is writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, first laureate of the Beat Poetry Festival, and author of 30 chapbooks of poetry. Editor of Poetrybay.com and co-editor of Great Weather for Media, he is a New York native, has lived and worked in numerous locations around the US and abroad, and travels internationally to perform his poetry and lead poetry writing workshops. His thirtieth collection A SIMPLE BLUES WITH A FEW INTANGIBLES (Foothills Publications, 2016) was chosen as a top 10 summer poetry reading choice by the Huffington Post in 2016. It has been hailed as 'ripe for its times...it thumps with well-crafted rhythms and soars like fine jazz improvisation' (Brian Fennelli, At The Inkwell),  "plush with hallucinatory imagery and skillful language' (Matthew Hamilton, Drunk Monkeys), and 'poems of America, and they contain multitudes’ (Jim Deuchars, Book/Mark).

 
RA Washington

RA Washington

RA Washington is a writer/ musician/ composer and community worker in Cleveland's Historic Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Washington is the author of 26 books, most recently the novel, CITI and is the director of GTK Press.

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