Calendar of Events
We host readings throughout the year by local, regional, and visiting writers of poetry, fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction.
Riverfront Readings - 2nd Fridays, 8 PM
Since 1986, Riverfront Readings of poetry and literature have taken place the second Friday of each month at 8 PM. Regular readings feature two readers (poets and fiction writers), who may be established regional writers or more local, emerging ones. Riverfront also hosts special readings and open mics throughout the year. Readers are selected by an independent committee. Those interested in reading should contact Riverfront directly.
The Writers Place Reading Series - 3rd Fridays, 7 PM
The Writers Place Reading series reviews and schedules requests to read, so anyone interested in reading must send in a request form. Each reading usually features three local, regional, emerging, and/or nationally known writers of mixed genres. The Readings and Special Events committee schedules readings by the end of each calendar year for the following year with some exceptions and partnerships. This series also supports five Celebration Events each year including an LGBT Reading, Day of the Dead, an Ethnic Celebration of mixed arts, and a mixed arts collaboration celebrating improvisational dance, music and poetry in partnership with River Cow Orchestra, the Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company, and poets from The Writers Place. If you would like to request to read, please download our Reading Request Form and submit in electronic version.
Now Presenting — 3rd Tuesdays, 6:00 PM
TWP has partnered with the Johnson County Library’s new reading series Now Presenting. This reading is every 3rd Tuesday at the Jo Co Main Library. Check the Jo Co Library website for schedule, and anyone interested in reading there can fill out a submittable form on their website.
This series offers featured readers as well as group readings to include a Poetry Slam, a reading by library contest winners, and other events. Check their website for details.
Request a Reading
If you are interested in reading on TWP Reading Series, our Readings and Events Committee meets monthly to review and schedule requests. If you would like to request to read, please click on: download and submit our request form. Please keep in mind that most of our readings are scheduled far in advance. Most of the year is booked in the fall for the following year. All reading requests are sent to the programming committee for approval, and then scheduled in the fall.