Reading: Casey Pycior

Casey Pycior's debut short story collection, The Spoils, is forthcoming from Switchgrass Books, an imprint of Northern Illinois University press. He is originally from Kansas, and all the stories in his book take place in and around the state. The book has received advance praise from Donald Ray Pollock, Lee Martin, Whitney Terrell, Cote Smith, and Thomas Fox Averill, among others.


Reading: Kij Johnson

Kij Johnson is a winner science fiction's greatest awards: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the World Fantasy Award. She teaches writing at the University of Kansas, and is the associate director for the James Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.





Reading: Cyrus Console

Console's latest book, Romanian Notebook, is a diaristic exploration of procrastination, pregnancy, and art. The day before Cyrus Console and his pregnant wife leave for a monthlong visit to Romania, they receive troubling news--the fetus she's carrying is at elevated risk for Down syndrome.

Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award Ceremony

Please join us for an evening of readings in celebration of Langston Hughes' life and legacy in Lawrence, Kansas. Music will be provided by the Tommy Johnson Quartet. Each year, one poet and one fiction writer are awarded a $500 prize for their work. The award is co-sponsored by the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center. The 2017 Langston Hughes Award winners are Mercedes Lucero and Chloe Seim. Following the event, wine and birthday cake will be served in honor of Langston Hughes' birthday. 

Reading: John Tibbetts

In The Gothic World of Peter Straub, University of Kansas professor John C. Tibbetts presents the first serious study linking Peter Straub to the evolving contexts of the Gothic Tale, including the fairy-tale tradition of the Brothers Grimm, the ghostly shivers of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James, the Weird monstrosities of H.P. Lovecraft, to today’s postmodernist trends in transgressive body horror.

Reading: Brad Osborn

Everything in Its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead advances the claim that, more than any rock artist since The Beatles, Radiohead’s music between 1997 and 2011 inhabits the sweet spot between two extremes: on the one hand, music that is wholly conventional and conforms to all of our expectations about rock music, and, on the other hand, music so aggressively experimental that it thwarts any learned expectations.