The Slavic Arts Festival: Writers Place

Kosice, A  Writers Place, Slavic Festival
Kerepesi Cemetery, photo by Benjamin Reed

On Friday, October 17, Kansas City’s Writers Place is hosting a reading featuring six writers and artwork from three artists as part of Kansas City’s Slavic Arts Festival. Among the writers in attendance will be my good friend, Austin resident Benjamin Reed.

From the Writers Place website:

Be entranced by the colorful folk art of Croatian Strawberry Hill artist Marijana Grisnik. Hear literary musings from writers of Slavic ancestry. Boogie to the dizzying music of Mr. Grisnik’s polka band. And indulge in the home-cooked, culinary delights of kiełbasa (sausage) and sauerkraut, pierogi (dumplings), and traditional fried cookies, prepared by cookie blogger André Du Broc.
Featured writers are Karen Czyzniejewski, Michael Czyzniejewski, Susan Peters, Michelle Pond, Benjamin Reed and Frank Shimerdla. Visual artists also include Cathy Bylinowski, Jason Jambrosic and Michelle Pond. Hosted by Rhiannon Ross. Tickets are $5.

Benjamin’s stories are always looming and impressively detailed, filled with strong characters often carrying haunting conflicts.  Benjamin will be reading from Come to Bratislava!, a recent story published in Big Fiction. A writeup of the story appears in Ploughshares. Benjamin travelled to Slovakia and spent three weeks there on a research trip just for this story. Copies of the journal will also be available that night as well.  The Quiet Hunt is an engaging story about a missing sister set in Russia, and also won the Avery Anthology Small Spaces Prize judged by Junot Diaz.

Writers Place is at 3607 Pennsylvania, swing on by and have an entertaining night out!