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A Legacy That Burns Brightly
April 25, 2008
The sons of debate coach and poet Melvin Tolson were in Kansas City to take part in the Debate-Kansas City's award ceremony. Tolson's story has recently been depicted in the movie, "The Great Debaters,"...
A Missouri Poet and Teacher
Photo and biographical article about Eleanor Denny, poet and Kansas City high school teacher, with samples of her poems published in various magazines.
A Poet and A Friend to Writers
February 20, 2011
Co-founder of the Writers Place and its monthly reading series, Phil Miller died February 14, 2011. Miller taught creative writing and American Literature for nearly 30 years at Kansas City Kansas Community...
A World of Verse in Kansas City
October 21, 2012
Article describes the 30th Midwest Poets Series to be held at Rockhurst University. Robert Stewart is interviewed and discusses his organization of the event in 1983 as well as ongoing preparations for...
About Town: Poems Recall Her Life in Excelsior Springs
Biographical article about M. Deborah Ellett, "poetry editor for the City Inner & Outer Magazine which is devoted chiefly to minority affairs and success stories," growing up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri,...
Acclaimed KC-Born Poet Dies
July 10, 2015
Obituary for Kansas City native and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, James Tate. It is stated that Tate passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Massachusetts at the age of 71. Details of Tate's life and...
Astronaut Visits Author of Poem Taken to Moon
James D. Freeman wrote the poem "I Am There" which Lt. Col. James B. Irwin carried with him when he walked on the moon, July 31 through Aug.2, 1971. At the time of the newspaper article, Freeman was the...
Biography of J. Logan Jones (1858-1945), Founder of the Jones Store
This book contains one page personal accounts of the lives of numerous women from the Kansas City metro area, as well as their photograph. Includes artist and poet Bonnie Tolson.
Carrie Westlake Whitney
Photos, illustrations, and information (especially mounted newspaper clippings from 1895 to 1934) on Carrie Westlake Whitney, or Carrie Whitney, founding librarian of the Kansas City Public Library and...
Information about Charles Edson, or C. L. Edson, author of the poems, "Kansas City" and "Kansas City Saga." He was born in about 1889, becoming a newspaper journalist in Kansas, New York, and Kansas City,...
Christmas Night in the Quarters
May 23, 1905
Facsimile of original manuscript of "Christmas Night in the Quarters" by Irwin Russell.
Obituary for Clifford Nowlin, a poet and educator and namesake of an Independence school, dying at the age of 98 on September 18, 1962.
Consider the Prose and Cons of an Official State Poem
February 16, 2005
House Bill 370 in the Missouri State Legislature has provision in it for a Missouri State poem, one written by Russ Heindselman of La Grange in northeast Missouri. There has been some criticism that the...
Contributors to Missouri Culture: John G. Neihardt
Biography of John Neihardt, a prominent Midwestern poet and historian, most active in the early 20th century, including a book about "the Plains Indian belief system," called "'one of the most widely read...
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Biography of Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), a poet born in Saint Louis, Missouri, one of the nation's most prominent female poets from the 1900s to the 1930s.
Doorman Discovers Poetry in God's World
Biographical article about Whitfield Dobbins, an African American doorman at the Walnuts Apartments and religious poet working through his church, the Second Baptist Church at 3620 East 39th Street, with...
Doorman Discovers Poetry in God’s World
August 15, 1968
Biographical article about Whitfield C. Dobbins, 2618 Euclid Avenue, a poet and doorman at the Walnuts apartments in Kansas City. Two of his poems published for his church are reprinted in the article....
File contains samples of the writing of Edgar Linton, a Kansas City poet residing at 3718 Holmes Street, including magazine short stories and poetry.
Biographical article about Eugene Field (1850-1895), a poet and journalist moving from his native Saint Louis to Saint Joseph "as city editor of the [Saint Joseph] Gazett" newspaper, with photos and description...
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