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Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series: Annie Newcomer and Alan Proctor

  • Johnson County Central Resource Library 9875 W. 87 St Overland Park, KS, 66214 United States (map)

Mr. Proctor received a featured review in Kirkus Reviews for his memoir, The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate, which he edited and co-authored with his late brother, Bruce Proctor. The memoir was selected as a 2015 “literary star” by the Kansas City Star newspaper – one of only 12 memoirs chosen nationally. His novel, Adirondack Summer, 1969 is coming soon from Westphalia Press. Alan was twice a Reader’s Digest national poetry finalist, and a winner in the Whispering Prairie Press 2012 Rex Rogers Formal Poetry Contest. He is anthologized in The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers and Writers Digest’s “Red Heart Black Heart Valentine’s Day Collection”. His fiction, poetry and/or creative non-fiction have appeared in New Letters, Chautauqua, I-70 Review, Crosstimbers, Kansas City Voices, The Rockhurst Review, Off Channel, and Hanging Loose among other journals. His humor columns have appeared in newspapers in Oklahoma, Maryland and New York. Alan is a board member of The Writers Place based in Kansas City, a poetry editor for Kansas City Voices, and a former tree surgeon, fundraiser, public university vice president, and musician.

Annie Newcomer is grateful to have the opportunity to share her poetry with you this evening.

Her father, who was a graduate professor at Syracuse University in Metallurgy, thought her to love Learning. To her mother she owes her attraction to Storytelling and to her older brother, a Russian Historian and Jewish Scholar, she acquired a love for History. Her husband reminds her that Humor should also have a seat at the poetry table. Annie's collection of readings tonight will embrace these concepts.

Annie and David Newcomer  photo by Dr Kelly Martens


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.