Seventy years ago, in 1949, one of the best-known literary figures in the land spent two weeks in Kansas City. Martha Foley, editor of an annual survey of fiction, “The Best American Short Stories,” spoke at a writers conference at the University of Kansas City, precursor to UMKC. Then she holed up in a hotel […]
One hundred artists. One day. Once a year. On Aug. 31, KC Zine Con (KCZC) presents its annual fest, where dozens of artists exhibit, sell and trade their self-published zines. This year marks the fifth zine gathering in Kansas City. Typically created from a fusion of written and visual elements, and often produced using copy […]
For 33 years with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, chorister Mary Lou Pagano has thrived on the transcendental potential of two-way communication. “When you’re performing, you’re communicating with an audience, and that audience is communicating back with their laughter and clapping,” Pagano says.
At the New Letters & BkMk Press offices on the campus of UMKC, we recycle plastics and cans almost exclusively at the direction of Angela Elam, producer and host of “New Letters on the Air” and undisputed cage-fighting champ of recycling. The University enforces paper recycling, but here, in our maze-like, three-story, century-old converted and […]
If you are a fan of audiobooks, storytelling, radio plays, sound art and more then you won’t want to miss the 7th annual Hear Now Festival, June 6th to June 9th in the Country Club Plaza and Westport areas of Kansas City. Meet the ‘voices’ behind your favorite animations, like Phil Proctor (Howard) of the Rugrats […]
Sheri “Purpose” Hall is an author of three books, including poetry, epistles and a collection of writings titled “Black Girl Shattered.” A dedicated social activist, Hall has been a steady and consistent fixture in Kansas City’s vibrant spoken word scene, receiving numerous awards and accolades along the way.