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What aspiring authors need to know… For Kansas City scribes with dreams of writing and publishing a book, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, these may well be “the best of times


Ballet Tells a Haunting Tale

Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” has haunted readers for almost seven decades. Its narrative is simple: In a fictional town, an annual rite is held in which one of the citizens is murdered — by stoning. The townspeople approach the lottery with a chilling nonchalance. Betraying one of their own — in this case, a wife and mother named Tessie Hutchinson — is merely something that must be done to maintain the social order.

Harold Smith: Art As a Platform for Activism

Harold Smith: Art As a Platform for Activism

On a warm evening in late February, the premiere screening of “The Gospel According to Glenn North” played to a packed meeting room at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Many in the audience had come to honor North, the nationally renowned inaugural poet laureate of the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District, but they left the event with a new appreciation for the talents of the documentary’s creator, artist Harold Smith.

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Film Screening and Q&A: The Gospel According to Glenn North

Thursday, February 23, 2017 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art 5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. | FREE Director Harold Smith’s documentary The Gospel According to Glenn North explores 18th & Vine Poet Laureate Glenn North’s unique poetic blend of jazz, blues, religion, black history, and social commentary. Join us for this debut screening, followed by […]

Harmony on the Vine (Spill Paint Not Blood)

The myth of race has supported the horrors of slavery, apartheid, segregation, eugenics, and the Holocaust. It continues to support racism. We simply cannot ignore the harm this myth has caused… The scientific, democratic, and ethical goal should be to eliminate the false idea of race completely. – John L. Hodge In these times of […]

The Bronco: A Ride for Writers

It seemed as though they were hitchhiking, or standing out on the sidewalk to be rescued; perhaps it was I who needed help, who had called on them, the dozens and dozens of poets over time I transported in my 1987 Ford Bronco.  No one died.  No one got left behind.  As host to writers […]

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