Poetry Reading: Hosted by poet Jameson Bayles
Reading at this evening's event will be James Benger, Jason Preu, Mary Stone, Ryder Collins, and Gustavo Aybar.
Gustavo Adolfo Aybar is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his MA in Romance Languages & Literature. He is a Cave Canem and Artist Inc. fellow. He has served on the board of the Latino Writers Collective, and his work can be found in their anthology, Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland. Other publications include: Harvest of New Millennium, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture, and Oranges & Sardines. Aybar’s second collection, We Seek Asylum, has been awarded the Poetry Grand Prize for the Willow Books Literature Award by Aquarius Press. Aybar is working on his third poetry manuscript and on translating the works of Mexican author/playwright Glafira Rocha from Spanish to English. Some translations of Rocha’s stories can be found in the online journals EZRA, Asymptote and the Brooklyn Rail’s InTranslation journal where Rocha’s short story “Interspersed Signs” was selected as a Pushcart nominee for Fiction in 2014. Gustavo's In Between Line Breaks was released in May (Spartan, 2016).
James Benger is a husband and writer. His work has been featured in several publications including Coal City Review, I-70 Review and Thorny Locust. James likes to hang out at the Writers Place in Kansas City and lives in South Kansas City with his wife. James has also been published in Reverberated Echoes: A Kansas City Reader (Asinimali Publications, 2016) and in the forthcoming collection As I Watch You Fade (EMP, 2016)
Ryder Collins has a novel, Homegirl. Her chapbook, The way the sky was now, won Heavy Feather Review’s first fiction chapbook contest, and she has two chapbooks of poetry, i am hopscotch w/out hop and Orpheus on toast.
Jason Preu is a mystical satirist who writes poetry and short fiction from the suburbs of Kansas City. His wife and children provide much of his inspiration. Jason is a 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence with Kansas City's Charlotte Street Foundation and blogs irregularly at jasonpreu.wordpress.com. His work has appeared in various outlets around the world. Jason is also a contributing author to the Reverberated Echoes: A Kansas City Reader project (Asinimali Publications, 2016) as well as his forthcoming work, The Avocado Among Other Fruits (Spartan Press, 2016).
Mary Stone is the author of the poetry collections Mythology of Touch and One Last Cigarette, and the chapbooks The Dopamine Letters and Honey and Bandages (co-written with Kaite Longofono). Her poetry and prose has appeared in South Dakota Review, Mid-American Review, Arts & Letters, Gargoyle, and other journals. Her third collection, Deficiency, will be published by ELJ Publications in June 2017. She graduated with her MFA in poetry from the University of Kansas and currently lives in St. Joseph, MO, where she teaches English at Missouri Western State University and coordinates the First Thursday Open Mic Poetry Reading Series. She lives with her dog, Rufio.