CATHERINE BROWDER is the author of several books of short fiction: Now We Can All Go Home: Three Novellas In Homage to Chekhov (BkMk Press) Secret Lives SMU Press); The Clay That Breathes (Milkweed Editions); The Heart, a feuillet (Helicon Nine Press); and the novella Café Deux Mondes in E-book, audio and print editions from Ploughshares Solos. She has held fiction fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Missouri Arts Council, and her award-winning stories have appeared in Kansas Quarterly, New Letters Nimrod, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Big Muddy, Kansas City Noir, The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Ed. Suzanne Kamata, Stone Bridge Press), and elsewhere. Her new novel, The Manning Girl, is a recent finalist for the Dana Awards; and her story, “Departures,” will soon appear in the anthology, New Stories from the Midwest 2015 (Ed. Lee Martin, New American Press).
A playwright and former actress who grew up in the Midwest, she has lived in England, Japan, and Taiwan. Her plays have been produced regionally, at the HotInk! New Play Festival in the NYC, and most recently at the 2014 KC Fringe Festival. She taught ESL here and abroad and creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She served as facilitator for The Memory Project at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, and currently is an advisory editor for New Letters magazine, where her book reviews often appear. She lives in Kansas City, MO, with her husband.
CATHERINE ANDERSON’s third poetry collection, Woman with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. She is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, the Midwest Quarterly, Imagination & Place, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, The New Virginia Review and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over twelve years.
Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001. The Writers Place cosponsors this series with the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for The Writers Place and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’ health failed, his wife Jeanie Wilson, an emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, curates this popular reading series in his memory. The readings take place at the newly remodeled Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The readings are free and include light refreshments. Donations to The Writers Place are welcome. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.