Mrs. Bridge and Beyond: In Search of the Writer Evan S. Connell
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Mrs. Bridge and Beyond: In Search of the Writer Evan S. Connell

Join us for a discussion with Kansas City writer and longtime book critic, Steve Paul, about his research on the writer Evan S. Connell, the subject of his next book. Two years ago, Paul launched a research project into the life and work of Evan S. Connell. Connell (1924-2013) is best known for Mrs. Bridge, which reveals the mid-twentieth-century lives of an upper-crust Kansas City family, and for Son of the Morning Star, a deep historical narrative about the demise of Gen. George Armstrong Custer in the battle of the Little Bighorn. The body of work he produced over more than sixty years—stories, novels, essays, and history—is uncommonly varied and reflects the fertile and adventurous mind of one of the most interesting yet least-known of American literary writers. In this informal talk, Steve shares what he has learned and suggests reasons Connell’s work remains relevant and worth reading.

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ODN's (First) Boozy Bookclub
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

ODN's (First) Boozy Bookclub

Join us for our first bookclub hosted by Our Daily Nada. We’re reading No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas and we’ll be joined by the author C.J. Janovy for the discussion. Tickets are $8 and include a glass of wine or coffee beverage. Tickets available through Eventbrite.

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Storytime (with special guests!)
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Storytime (with special guests!)

Join us for our monthly storytime, this month with special guests: Aja James, Audrey Masoner and Mayor Sly James! Aja and Audrey will be reading from their book Mayor Sly and the Magic Boy Tie: A Kansas City Adventure. It’s a book about the history of Kansas City and why it’s so great. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Please note the event time is 2PM.

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KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: José Faus
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: José Faus

Join us at our Daily Nada for a performance by Featured Poet: José Faus. José Faus is a Bogota, Colombia native and longtime Kansas City resident. He is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, independent teacher, and founding member of the Latino Writers Collective. He is the 2011 winner of the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, sits on the boards ofUMKC Friends of the Library and Charlotte Street, and is the former President of the Board of Directors of The Writers Place.

Doors open at 6 for cocktails, food and mingling. Performance starts at 7pm.

Space is limited. Tickets through Eventbrite.

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KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: Jessica Ayala w/ special guests from The Collective
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: Jessica Ayala w/ special guests from The Collective

Join us at our Daily Nada for a performance by Featured Poet: Jessica Ayala. Jessica Ayala is a published author, spoken word artist and writer-in-residence at Charlotte Street Foundation from Colombia South America. Her work is a merging of oral tradition, storytelling, poetry and percussion sounds inviting a unique conversation between her words and the native drum. Learn more at www.jessicaeayala.com

Doors open at 6 for cocktails, food and mingling. Performance starts at 7pm.

Space is Limited. Tickets through Eventbrite.

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KC Poetry on the Move: Poetry Workshop with Barbara Varanka
Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

KC Poetry on the Move: Poetry Workshop with Barbara Varanka

Grab a latte and join poet Barbara Varanka for a morning of wordplay at Our Daily Nada. Read some juicy new poems for inspiration, dive into excercises to stretch your imagination, and hone your poetry skills. All levels welcome.

Barbara Varanka holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Booth, Jet Fuel Review, Bear Review, and Moon City Review. She lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Space is Limited. RSVP through Eventbrite.

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KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: Glenn North
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: Glenn North

Join us at our Daily Nada for a performance by Featured Poet: Glenn North. Glenn North is a poet, educator, and community organizer who has been instrumental in fostering a spoken word scene in Kansas City. Starting in the early 90’s with Verbal Attack, a live poetry reading series, and continuing with his involvement in creating youth poetry workshops. He has taken poetry from its formal literary identity, and transformed it as a vehicle to discuss contemporary art, history, spirituality, and activism.

Doors open at 6 for cocktails, food and mingling. Performance starts at 7pm.

Space is Limited. Tickets through Eventbrite.

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KC Poetry on the Move: Poetry and Brunch
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

KC Poetry on the Move: Poetry and Brunch

Join Our Daily Nada and Young Friends of the Library as we host Poetry & Brunch. Enjoy the brunch offerings of Our Daily Nada while four of KC's best poets perform their works. We are joined by Hadara Bar-Nadav, Jenny Molberg, Erin Adair-Hodges, and Bridget Lowe. 

About our readers:
Hadara Bar-Nadav’s most recent book of poetry is The New Nudity (Saturnalia Books, 2017).
Her previous books include Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press 2010), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8 th ed. (Pearson, 2011). Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, and others. She is a Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Bridget Lowe is the author of My Second Work (forthcoming 2020) and At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared in publications including Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Parnassus, American Poetry Review, and Boston Review. In 2015 she was awarded the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America. She lives in Kansas City, where she was born.

Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the 2014 Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal (forthcoming, LSU Press). She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the CD Wright conference. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, Boulevard, and other publications. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades magazine. Find her online at jennymolberg.com

Erin Adair-Hodges is the author of Let’s All Die Happy, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. A Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in Poetry, Sewanee-Claudia Emerson scholar, she's also been the recipient of The Sewanee Review’s Allen Tate Prize and the Loraine Williams Prize from The Georgia Review. Her work can be seen in journals such Kenyon Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner and more. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri and the Poetry Editor for Pleiades.


Doors open at 10AM with poetry starting at 11AM. The event is free and there will be food and drink for purchase. Space is limited so sign up soon! RSVP through Eventbrite


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KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: Sheri Purpose Hall
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

KC Poetry on the Move: Featured Poet: Sheri Purpose Hall

Join us at our Daily Nada for a performance by Featured Poet: Sheri Purpose Hall. Sheri Purpose Hall is a spoken word artist, author, radio personality, educator, and minister who uses her work to provide perspective and engage conversational empathy. She has three books: a book of poetry, epistles and essays entitled "Black Girl Shattered"; a poetry chapbook “Chosen for Both”; and a workbook/workshop "Writing Wrongs: Writing to Heal" which won an award from Bike for the Brain, a nonprofit organization that works to reduce mental health stigma. She is the founder of Arsyn Press and East of Red ArtHouse, director of KC Poet Tree, regional supervisor for Poetry for Personal Power, and provides consulting and assistance for many other non-profit, community based, and arts organizations. 

Doors open at 6 for cocktails, food and mingling.  Performance starts at 7pm.

Space is Limited. Tickets through Eventbrite.

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