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We meet at the Writer's Place on the third Monday of the month. The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. Catherine Anderson introduces a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. The group takes turns reading the poems and then shares ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere.  Poets chosen are archived in the Poetry Foundation Web site so that any one can have access to their work. Please, feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share in addition to the poems on the Poetry Foundation Web site.

October 16: Donald Hall presented by Robert Cole and Annie Newcomer

November 20: Joy Harjo presented by Beth Partin and Catherine Anderson

December 18: Free night. Select a favorite poet or poem and share.

January 15: Ellen Bass presented by Maril Crabtree and Virginia Lore

February 19: Richard Hugo presented by Michael Hardy and Annie Newcomer

March 19: A.E. Stallings presented by Bill Gourly and Virginia Lore

April 16: Lucille Clifton presented by Virginia Lore and Catherine Anderson

May 21: Li-Young Lee presented by Maril Crabtree and Beth Partin

June 18: Harryette Mullen presented by Robert Cole and Catherine Anderson



Catherine Anderson’s third poetry collection, Women with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. She is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern ReviewPrairie Schoonerthe Midwest QuarterlyImagination & PlaceThe Boston Sunday Globe MagazineThe New Virginia Review, and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over eleven years.

Earlier Event: February 16
Later Event: February 20