Alarie Tennille serves on the Emeritus Board of The Writers Place. Her poetry collection, Running Counterclockwise, was First Runner Up for the 2015 Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence. She also won the Goodread’s monthly poetry contest last December. Alarie’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including Poetry East, Coal City Review, I-70 Review, Southern Women’s Review, and Midwest Quarterly Review.
Jan Duncan-O’Neal, a retired librarian, teacher, and storyteller, turned to writing poetry full-time about twelve years ago. Her poems have been widely published, and her chapbook Voices: Lost and Found was published in 2011 by The Lives You Touch Publications. In spring of 2016 Aldrich Press published her full-length collection, How to Eat a Raspberry.
Before starting his writing career, Stephen Roth worked 12 years as a reporter covering politicians, business figures and local eccentrics for newspapers in Missouri and Florida. Raised in LaGrange, Ga., he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, son and dog. Stephen’s first novel, A Plot for Pridemore won the Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction and was published in 2014. Tonight he will read from his second novel, An American Band, which he hopes will be in bookstores soon.