It wasn't until Libby Phelps was an adult, a twenty-five year old, that she escaped the Westboro Baptist Church. She is the granddaughter of its founder, Fred Phelps, and when she left, the church and its values were all she'd known. She didn't tell her family she was leaving. It happened in just a few minutes; she ran into her house, grabbed a bag, and fled. No goodbyes.
“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”
- Audre Lorde
Mic Supremacy is a POC led and centered open mic night open to the Lawrence community. Our featured poet is Jameelah Jones, with open mic and social time to follow.
The Raven Bookstore presents an evening of mystery and music with acclaimed violinist and author Gerald Elias. This promises to be an exciting evening, with an innovative combination of violin performance and reading. A portion of proceeds from books sold will be donated to the KU School of Music.
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-2009, is award-winning author of 25 books of poetry and prose. She does individual consulting and editing, as well as professional workshops. Low is co-publisher of Mammoth Publications ,an independent small literary press specializing in Indigenous and Mid-Plains poetry and prose. Her poetry blog has over 400 entries, and she reviews poetry for the Kansas City Star and other venues. She teaches in the Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
Kij Johnson (born Katherine Irenae Johnson January 20, 1960 in Harlan, Iowa) is an American writer of fantasy. She is a faculty member at the University of Kansas.
She will be reading from her new book, The River Bank, a feminist take on The Wind in the Willows.
In this delightful dive into the bygone world of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows staunch Mole, sociable Water Rat, severe Badger, and troublesome and ebullient Toad of Toad Hall are joined by a young mole lady, Beryl, and her dear friend, Rabbit.
This reading is part of the Raven Book Store's 30th Anniversary Extravaganza
Tilghman grew up in Manhattan, KS, from the time she was two until she graduated from the Manhattan High School. She received her BA in 20th Century Humanities and her MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
Nutting attended Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Florida. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama. At the University of Alabama, she served as editor of the Black Warrior Review. She has taught creative writing at John Caroll University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently teaches at Grinnell College.
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