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Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series: Susan Rieke and Elizabeth Uppman

  • Johnson County Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87 St Overland Park, KS, 66212 (map)

Elizabeth Uppman’s memoir manuscript, The Spoon Game, was a finalist in the 2016 Autumn House Press Full-Length Nonfiction Contest. Her 2003 essay, “This Far Out,” received special mention from the Pushcart editors. She read her This I Believe essay on the air for KCUR-FM. Her essays and poems have appeared in Good Housekeeping,, Brain, Child magazine, Tango magazine, the Kansas City Star, various Hospice Foundation of America publications, and others.

Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Elizabeth earned a degree in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She worked for many years as a technical writer and has done freelance indexing, editing, and proofreading.

Elizabeth has been married for 25 years to Chucho Márquez. For five years in the early ‘90s, they lived in the city of Torreón, in Mexico’s northern desert, where Elizabeth learned to speak Spanish and dance the cumbia. They have two daughters, Julia and Lucía.


Susan Rieke, S.C.L., Ph.D. is a Professor of English holding the McGilley Chair for Liberal Studies at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.  She has published three books of poetry, Small Indulgences, From the Tower (with Mary Janet McGilley, S.C.L., and Michael Paul Novak), Ireland’s Weather (chapbook), and poems in magazines.  She edited and published (with Sue Miller, S.C.L.) the poetry of Mary Janet McGilley, S.C.L., Lean to the Times.

She does numerous poetry readings in the greater Kansas City area. Through the Kansas Humanities Council, she has given talks on Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and led book discussions in the state of Kansas.



Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001. The Writers Place cosponsors this series with the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for The Writers Place and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’ health failed, his wife Jeanie Wilson, an emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, curates this popular reading series in his memory. The readings take place at the newly remodeled Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The readings are free and include light refreshments. Donations to The Writers Place are welcome. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.