J. Malcolm Garcia has traveled widely — and often dangerously — in his role as freelance journalist, getting his passport stamped from Sierra Leone to Syria, and from Pakistan to Afghanistan. But he calls Kansas City home. So, he qualifies as a local author, albeit one whose writings have documented people and places far beyond the American heartland.
The news was not surprising, but devastating just the same. Our friend’s cancer, which had lain in the weeds quietly for the last few years, had taken a turn for the worse. Much worse. It was now out of control. And nothing could be done. How do you process that? I’m not very good at […]
What does it mean to be a writer? Not everyone has the skill, imagination or perseverance to pursue that much-admired profession. But the late Charles W. Gusewelle had these qualities in abundance. Perhaps best known as a longtime columnist with “The Kansas City Star,” Gusewelle — who died in November at age 83 — also […]
I have never been a huge fan of Ernest Hemingway’s style of prose: The rain fell hard. The suede of my boots sponged the puddles. My umbrella leaked slowly. The book I held in my other hand stayed dry against my chest. I entered the coffee shop and ordered a cup.
“In the Garden of Broken Things,” a 34-page chapbook of prose and short fiction works by Lawrence, Kan., poet on-the-rise Mercedes Lucero, is a short journey, but it maps the crevices of the heart and soul, stopping a while to reflect on life’s messy entanglements. The unassuming paperback is available from the small press, Flutter Press.
What is the written word really worth? Only everything you can put into it. So goes the ardent ethos of probing poet and essayist Robert Stewart, veteran editor of “New Letters” magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and founder of the Midwest Poets Series at Rockhurst University. Stewart’s credentials make him a high-profile player in the Kansas City literary community.