Missouri

Missouri's state poet laureate serves a two-year term and is currently held by William Trowbridge, who was appointed in 2012. Trowbridge has published eight poetry collections, including Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011). He was coeditor of The Laurel Review from 1986 to 2000, and his poetry has earned numerous honors and awards. He lives in Lee's Summit.

upcoming events

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Mar 31 2017
Riverfront Readings featuring Mary Bunten and Greg Cenac

Mary Bunten's work has appeared in SAVEUR, Art Lies, The Houston Press, The Austin Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Houston, where she received a C.Glenn Cambor Inprint Fellowship. Previously she worked in the publicity department of W. W. Norton, as a teacher for Writers in the Schools, and as the director of The Writers Place. She lives in Kansas City.

Greg Cenac writes poetry and poetic narratives. His favorite poets are Raymond Carver and Robert Frost who he believes, along with Anton Chekov, have influenced his writing. Mr. Cenac is an engineer by trade, but a poet at heart. He grew up in a French-speaking household in South Louisiana, lived his adult life in Alaska and in the Pacific Northwest, and then settled in Kansas City in 2000. Along with poetry and literature, Mr. Cenac has a passion for Cajun cooking and ballroom dancing. He thanks Sharon Eiker and David Arnold Hughes for their support of his writing.

This event features music by Linda Minson and Friends.

(Rescheduled from January 13th, when it was postponed because of the weather.)

9:00pm
3607 Pennsylvania
64111 Kansas City, Missouri

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poems

poem
The quake last night was nothing personal, 
you told me this morning. I think one always wonders, 
unless, of course, something is visible: tremors 
that take us, private and willy-nilly, are usual.

But the earth said last night that what I feel, 
you feel; what secretly moves you, moves me. 
One small,
poem

The moon in time lapse sliding over skyline
the way a remote frisbee might wheel through air
as slowly as a banjo once floated across the wide
Missouri River in my