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  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)


Linda Rodriguez's Plotting the Character-Driven Novel, based on her popular workshop, and The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East, an anthology she co-edited, are her newest books. Dark Sister: Poems will be published in May, 2018, and Every Family Doubt, her fourth mystery novel featuring Cherokee campus police chief, Skeet Bannion, will appear in August, 2018. Her three earlier Skeet novels—Every Hidden Fear, Every Broken Trust, and Every Last Secret—and her books of poetry—Skin Hunger and Heart's Migration—have received critical recognition and awards, such as St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Best First Novel, International Latino Book Award, Latina Book Club Best Book of 2014, Midwest Voices & Visions, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Thorpe Menn Award, and Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. Her short story, “The Good Neighbor,” published in the anthology, Kansas City Noir, has been optioned for film.

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Robert F. Sommer is the author of Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home (Fomite 2018). His essays and stories have appeared in many literary and scholarly journals. He is a lecturer at the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, and works for the Sierra Club’s Kansas Chapter in support of its mission to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.

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Marilyn J. Evans was born in Chillicothe, Missouri. She has lived in Kansas City, Missouri, since 1972 except for two years (2003-2005) when she lived in southern England. For twenty years she worked in research laboratories studying human autoimmune diseases, then for twenty years as a regulatory auditor for the pharmaceutical and biologics industries. Her first book, "Beloved Lives,” a paranormal romantic thriller, was published in 2018. Her novella, "Wasting Water,” will appear in the anthology, "Undeniable: Writers Respond to Climate Change.”

Earlier Event: July 30
The Writers Place Open Mic Night
Later Event: August 21