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An O. Henry Award short story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Professor Emeritus of English at Washburn University, where he taught creative writing for 37 years. He has published two story collections, two works of nonfiction, and five novels. His most recent book, Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr, (University of New Mexico Press, 2018) is made up entirely of fictional diaries, letters, drawings, and other documents that tell the story of an unconventional 19th-century woman who makes important fossil discoveries as an amateur scientist.



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Tina Hacker served as Co-president of The Writers Place and Vice-President of the Midwest Region for Women in Communications. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she was a finalist in New Letters and George F. Wedge competitions, Editor’s Choice in two literary journals, and was awarded the Matrix Honor prize.  In 2016, Tina was honored as a “Muse” for The Writers Place in Kansas City.


Tina’s full-length poetry book, Listening to Night Whistles, and chapbook, Cutting It, can be found on Amazon. She has been published in numerous print and online publications including Kansas City Voices, Coal City Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, The Kansas City Star, Imagination & Place, I-70 Review, Orange Room Review, and the Lost River Review as well as anthologies such as The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers. Her poems about Golems are serialized in the online site, Quantum Fairy Tales. 


Since 1976, she has been poetry editor for Veterans’ Voices, a magazine of poetry, stories, art and articles by veterans throughout the country. She lives in Leawood, KS, with her husband Lynn Norton who is a sculptor and excellent editor.

Earlier Event: July 14
Later Event: July 30
The Writers Place Open Mic Night