The Writers Place Reading Series presents Jamie Lynn Heller, Julia Landrum, Al Ortolani and Chuck Sweetman. $3 members; $5 nonmembers
Jamie Lynn Heller has two young girls, the perfect spouse, a high school counseling career she loves, and she gets to write. Jamie is a graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Missouri – Kansas City. It’s a productive day when she can squeeze in a half hour or so to devote to poetry. She has work published in Prairie Schooner, I-70 review, Main Street Rag, Flint Hills Review, The Little Balkans Review, and others. Her chapbook, Domesticated, Poetry from around the House, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press
Julia Landrum is a fulltime student at the University of Central Missouri where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She works as a tutor at the UCM Writing Center and is helping her co-workers create a book: Peer Tutoring at the Writing Center. Julia is the Vice President of the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta. She is both the manager and chief editor of the student-run literary magazine, Arcade. She also helps edit Pleiades Literary magazine through an editing practicum at UCM. She won the 2014
David Baker Fiction contest at UCM for her short story, “Outside” and hopes to make the story into a novel—along with a few other book ideas.
Al Ortolani’s poetry and reviews have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Word Riot, and the New York Quarterly. His fifth collection of poems, Waving Mustard in Surrender, was released in 2014 from New York Quarterly Books. He is on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Writers Place and is an editor with The Little Balkans Review.
After working five years as a CPA, Chuck Sweetman went on to earn an MA in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama and a Ph.D. in American Literature from Washington University, where he continued to work as a senior lecturer, teaching various writing and literature course. His essays, stories, and poems have appeared in Verse Daily, River Styx, Poet Lore, and Notre Dame Review. His chapbook manuscript of poems, Incorporated, won the 2007 Dream Horse Press Chapbook Prize and was consolidated into the book Enterprise, Inc. He recently moved to Kansas City, where he writes, walks dogs, and reads submissions for the literary review, December.