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The Writers Place Reading Series: Brian Clifton, Jenny Molberg, Phong Nguyen, with UMKC Student, Andrew Reeves

Brian Clifton (pictured) co-edits Bear Review. His work can be found in: Poet Lore, Southeast Review, Whiskey Island, Pleiades, and other magazines.

Jenny Molberg's debut collection, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Missouri Review, American Review, Copper Nickel, The New Guard, Mississippi Review, The Adroit Journal, Smartish Pace, Zone 3, and other journals. She is the recipient of the 2013 Third Coast poetry prize, and was featured in Best New Poets 2014. Molberg holds an MFA from American University and a PhD from the University of North Texas. She currently teaches at the University of Central Missouri and is poetry editor for Pleiades. Find her online at

Phong Nguyen is the author of two story collections, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History and Memory Sickness and Other Stories, and editor of Pleiades and Pleiades Press, for which he edited the volume Nancy Hale: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master. He teaches writing at the University of Central Missouri.

Andrew Reeves is currently in his third year of graduate work pursuing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.