literature http://kcur.org en Co-Founder Of The Writers Place In Kansas City Dies At 82 http://kcur.org/post/co-founder-writers-place-kansas-city-dies-82 <p></p><p>William "Bill" Hickok died Monday at the age of 82 in Marina Del Rey, Ca. Two decades ago, Hickok and his wife, Gloria Vando, co-founded a literary community center in Kansas City, Mo. called The Writers Place.</p><p>Hickok, a first cousin several times removed of the gunslinger "Wild Bill" Hickok, was born in Kansas City; he graduated from Southwest High School and the University of Missouri.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:37:38 +0000 Laura Spencer 59491 at http://kcur.org Co-Founder Of The Writers Place In Kansas City Dies At 82 Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-writers-reflection-his-youth-inspires-new-ideas-about-being-midwestern <p>Former <em>Kansas City Star</em> columnist Bill Tammeus, who still blogs for the paper, recently released a memoir titled <a href="http://billtammeus.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/03/3-12-14.html"><em>Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans</em></a>.</p><p>It's about his boyhood in the Illinois town of Woodstock, in the middle of the 20th century. Through critical reflection on his early experiences and observations, Tammeus arrives at a handful of truisms about life in the Midwest, offered without sentimentality or rose-colored glasses, but with measured fondness.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:26:51 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 59079 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Writer's Reflection On His Youth Inspires New Ideas About Being 'Midwestern' Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artists-reflect-legacy-maya-angelou <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">never</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forget how you made them feel." For Maya Angelou, these words were a way of life. Her poetry and prose, even her off-the-cuff remarks during interviews, made people feel things deeply.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:27:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56726 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou Banned And Challenged Children's Books http://kcur.org/post/banned-and-challenged-childrens-books <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dav </span>Pilkey's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.scholastic.com/captainunderpants/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Captain Underpants</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> series recently received the dubious distinction of topping the American Library Association's</span><a href="http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10#2013" style="line-height: 1.5;"> list of most-challenged books</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of 2013. Wed, 07 May 2014 17:14:25 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 55360 at http://kcur.org Banned And Challenged Children's Books 'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday http://kcur.org/post/working-words-literary-event-comes-first-friday <p></p><p>The worlds of <strong>creative writing</strong> and <strong>visual art</strong> are woven together for an upcoming First Friday event in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.</p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:27:40 +0000 Laurie Arbore & Jabulani Leffall 26876 at http://kcur.org 'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday Re-Imagining The University Of Missouri Press http://kcur.org/post/re-imagining-university-missouri-press <p>The University of Missouri System announced in May it would eliminate the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:03:17 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 21153 at http://kcur.org Re-Imagining The University Of Missouri Press Stories Of The Southern Working Class http://kcur.org/post/stories-southern-working-class <p>On this Monday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, author Stephanie Powell Watts shares a collection of short stories inspired by the uneducated and the the aspiring. Many of her characters are based on her own life or the lives of someone she&#39;s encountered.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:49:01 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 19472 at http://kcur.org Stories Of The Southern Working Class The Book Doctors: Spring Break Reads http://kcur.org/post/book-doctors-spring-break-reads <p>With March creeping up on us, it’s time to start stocking up on those spring break reads. Should you go for a bestseller or a lesser known work? Fiction or non-? Mystery or biography? The Book Doctors are here to help you find some titles worthy of your bookshelf.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:38:23 +0000 Steve Kraske & Kathleen Pointer 12608 at http://kcur.org The Book Doctors: Spring Break Reads The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water http://kcur.org/post/kc-renga-ghost-over-water-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; ">At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.&nbsp; This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://americanowandhere.org/" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; color: rgb(16, 92, 182); ">America Now and Here</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, san Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 15351 at http://kcur.org The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water http://kcur.org/post/kc-renga-ghost-over-water-1 <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 10px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; ">At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.&nbsp; This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://americanowandhere.org/" style= Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 15579 at http://kcur.org The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water The Troubadours Poetry Club http://kcur.org/post/troubadours-poetry-club <p>Kansas City&rsquo;s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old.&nbsp; Teachers Marlee Stempleman and Jessica Kendall have fashioned a poetry project called the Troubadours Poetry Club where students express themselves by writing and reading their own works.&nbsp; This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.<br /><br />Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours:<br /><br /><strong>I Remember<br />By Anna Stark</strong><br /> Wed, 18 May 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Ferguson 15581 at http://kcur.org The Troubadours Poetry Club