The Event Parlor
405 S. Thompson
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Facilitated by Linda Rodriguez
12 - 1 p.m.
Roast beef sandwich or Cajun chicken wrap with chicken noodle soup. Fountain drink, coffee or iced tea.
Music by George Moon.
$20 per person for workshop and lunch. No charge for poetry reading.
Sign up for all events by
Monday, April 1, 2013.
For more information contact
Stephany at 816-630-7708.
Mail-in Registration Form
Please submit poetry for reading separately to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Rodriguez’s Every Last Secret (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books) won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, was selected by Las Comadres National Book Club, and was a Barnes & Noble mystery pick. Her second novel, Every Broken Trust, will be published May 7, 2013. For her books of poetry, Skin Hunger (Scapegoat Press) and Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press), Rodriguez received numerous awards, including Midwest Voices & Visions Award, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, KCArtsFund Inspiration Award, Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, and Ragdale and Macondo fellowships.
Her poems have been broadcast on The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor (NPR), Arts Round-Up KCUR-FM in Kansas City, KC Connections KCUR-FM, Talking Earth KBOO-FM in Portland, and New Letters on the Air (NPR). She was a founder/co-coordinator of the Kansas City Women Writers Reading Series and founding board member of both Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place, is president-elect of Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, Kansas City Cherokee Community, and International Thriller Writers. She was formerly director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center and was a co-convener of the Women & Environment Caucus at the United Nations international conference, Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five.
She has also published a cookbook, The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book: Mexican (Adams Media, 2008). She is currently working on a book of poetry based on teachings from her Cherokee grandmother and a novel about Kansas City’s long-established Latino community.
Heart's Migration reviews:
“Simultaneously clear yet mythically transcendent, the poems in Heart’s Migration speak power in a woman’s voice. Rodriguez unmasks the human heart in its many beguiling and compelling forms: passion, oppression, and liberation. She evokes and re-imagines classical, biblical, Cherokee, Latino, and other American themes in strikingly personal and sometimes humorous ways as she lovingly renders the heart’s eternal encounter with joy and loss.”
Northwestern University Press catalog
“I have been savoring these poems in Heart’s Migration slowly, one by one, loving every poem. Tia Chucha Press deserves kudos for bringing this poetry to us. I want to say so much about Rodriguez’s poetic gifts. What talent! The most accomplished poet of our generation. A poetic voice for our time. And Coyote! Pues somos hermanos!”
Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima and Alburquerque
“Heart's Migration by Linda Rodriguez is a generous, gorgeous book of poetry. It's the kind of beautiful book that comes along every once in a long while, to keep the reader the perfect company. It's courageous, unflinching in its voice and tradition. You read a poem the likes of "My Daughter's Nightmares," and you feel the pangs of familial love and responsibility. Rather quickly at the start of this book you feel like you are invited in, taken into a landscape of vivid image and memorable detail, such is the vibrant tapestry of this book. This is a gifted, capable poet who takes pride in making a lasting human connection. I praise her voice and her passion!”
Virgil Suarez, author of 90 Miles: New & Selected Poems, University of Pittsburg Press
“These poems are indeed a migration through the interior of the human heart in an act of searching and structure-building. The book is an architecture of self-portraits and familial relationships in all their humor and sadness. This work forms an able place. It is an act of restoration that builds the fragments of one's life into some sort of whole.
Heart's Migration is a reading that is worth the journey. It achieves its destination.”
Diane Glancy, author of Asylum in the Grasslands, University of Arizona Press, and Pushing the Bear; A Novel of the Trail of Tears, Harcourt