The Riverfront Readings series of poetry and fiction readings was started in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 by Philip Miller and Don Blevins. In those days, the location actually was in the Riverfront area, in the Kansas City Artists Coalition space. Now they are held at The Writers Place and in other Kansas City area locations. More information here.
Beth Partin likes to travel, watch birds, and recycle everything in sight. She grew up in Kansas City and lived in DC and Colorado until 2015. Since 2011 she’s traveled along the West and East Coasts of the United States and to Australia, New Zealand, and several countries in Asia, living in more apartments and hotels than she can count. She’s published both fiction and poetry, including an experimental novella titled Microgravity, but in the last decade has focused on blogging and writing poetry. Her poems have appeared in Tinywords, Fringe,The Bakery, Many Mountains Moving, and Potomac Review.
Waco Porter has lived in the Kansas City area for 20 years. Born in Galveston, Texas, he served in the U.S. Marines and traveled widely. He now proudly calls KC home. Porter recently published his first book of poetry, Total Eclipse. He also enjoys writing short stories, working out, and hanging out with his wife, three daughters, and family dog. He serves as board vice president of Jump Start Art KC. He’s also in school, pursuing a new career in the field of physical therapy.
Claire Verbeck is a poet, but she’s had a lot of other unusual jobs, including telescope operator, male beauty pageant host, and RA of the Japanese corridor in college. (She does not speak Japanese.) Her work has appeared in Rookie, Whispering Prairie Press, and Linden Avenue. Her first poetry collection, Caesura, was published in 2016 as a senior thesis at Wellesley College. Claire is currently a production intern on KCUR’s Up To Date, and a board member at Jump Start Art KC. She lives in Kansas City, but you can find her on the Internet at claireverbeck.com.