Jun 1, 2006    #099
Contact: Nick Barron

Midwest Authors Participate in Reading, Discussion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Authors Anna Monardo and Billy Lombardo will be in Kansas City this month to read from their works and to participate in a panel discussion, “Landing Your First Book Contract,” as part of the Mark Twain Creative Writers Workshop.

The reading will take place at 7 p.m. June 15 at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave., and is free and open to the public. A $5 donation for non-Writers Place members is suggested. Both writers will sign copies of their books at a reception following the reading, which is cosponsored by the Mark Twain Creative Writers Workshop, BkMk Press, and The Writers Place.

The symposium “Landing Your First Book Contract” will take place at 11 a.m. June 15 in Cockefair Hall, 5121 Rockhill Road, Room 104, on the UMKC campus. It will also include Kansas City novelist Matthew Eck. The event is free and open to the public.

Monardo will be reading from her latest novel, Falling in Love with Natassia, just released by Doubleday. She is the author of The Courtyard of Dreams and her work has appeared in Redbook magazine, Prairie Schooner and Other Voices. She currently chairs the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and has taught at Bennington College, New York University and Eastern Washington University.

Lombardo’s book, The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction from BkMk Press, was a finalist for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year and the Society of Midland Authors Prize and was selected by The Chicago Tribune as a notable fiction title last year. His stories take place in the Italian-American community in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood where the author himself grew up. He currently teaches English at the Latin School of Chicago and is completing a novel about baseball.

For more information about the reading, contact BkMk Press at 816-235-2558 or e-mail For more information about the discussion and workshop, contact New Letters magazine at 816-235-1168 or log onto

The Mark Twain Creative Writing Workshop is an intensive, three-week course held annually in June for community writers and students at all university levels in poetry and fiction. It is sponsored by the Department of English, the Division of Continuing Education and New Letters magazine. BkMk press was founded in 1971 and became part of UMKC in 1983. It sponsors two annual book prizes, one for short fiction and the other for poetry.

Located in the heart of Kansas City The Writers Place is a literary community center, library and gathering place for writers, readers and the general public.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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