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July 2009: Linda Rodriguez & Phyllis Becker

Writer's Place Poetry Reading Series presents Linda Rodriguez and Phyllis Beckeron Tuesday, July 21, 2009; 7 p.m. at the Central Resource Library.

Linda Rodriguez
Linda Rodriguez has published a book of poetry, Heart's Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009). She recently received the 2009 Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award from the Macondo Foundation for excellence in writing and nurturing the creativity of others. She is the vice-president of the Latino Writers Collective, founder/co-coordinator of the Kansas City Women Writers Reading Series, a founding board member of The Writers Place, and has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals, as well as several anthologies, such as Primera Página: Poetry From the Latino Heartland (Scapegoat Press, 2008) and Imagination and Place: An Anthology (Imagination and Place Press, forthcoming). Her chapbook, Skin Hunger, (Potpourri Publications, 1995, Scapegoat Press, 2007) was named by Writer's Digest as one of the four top poetry chapbooks of the year. She has published numerous reviews and articles for general and scholarly publications, most recently three articles on Rudolfo Anaya’s work in the Encyclopedia of Hispanic Literature (Facts on File, 2008) and an essay on Louise Glück in the Encyclopedia Judaica, 2nd ed. (Jerusalem Publishing House, 2008). She has also published a cookbook, The "I Don’t Know How to Cook" Book: Mexican (Adams Media, 2008).

Rodriguez is the former Director of the UMKC Women’s Center and was a co-convenor of the Women & Environment Caucus at the United Nations international conference, Women 2000: Beijing Plus Five. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently writing another book of poetry and a novel about the Vietnam War.

Phyllis Becker
Phyllis Becker is a graduate of Howard University and works in human services. She is on the board of directors for The Writer's Place and is involved in literary outreach and education to schools in the Kansas City metro area. She is coordinator of the Riverfront Reading series, which features local and regional writers. Her poems have been published in numerous literary magazines, The Kansas City StarFathers: A Collection of Poems (St. Martin's Press) and Chance of Ghost: An Anthology of Contemporary Ghost Poems (Helicon Nine). Her book How I Came to Love Jazz was published in 2008 (Helicon Nine Editions).  She has a chapbook Walking Naked into Sunday (Wheel of Fire Press). Her poems have also been set to jazz on the CD,  "Poetry of Love," produced, recorded and arranged by national Jazz vocal artist Angela Hagenbach.

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