Tasha Haas is the author of the short story collection, Certain Dawn, Inevitable Dawn (Woodley Press), which was a nominee for the Thorpe Menn Award for best book published in the Kansas City region in 2010. She earned an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Bowling Green State University in 1998. Her stories have appeared in Conjunctions, South Dakota Review, Flint Hills Review, Stickman Review, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and children’s literature at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She was awarded the Langston Hughes Award for Fiction Writing in 2004, and has earned competitive writing residences in Costa Rica, Lithuania, and Arkansas. Tasha is also a musician and artist, and lives by a creek at the edge of the woods with three German Shepherds.
Sometimes dreams do come true. Pat Berge's dream is to bring storytelling and writing alive in small, intimate circles. Pat, while studying for her MFA under Professor John Schultz at Columbia College, Chicago, found John had a dream, too. It came alive in workshops of ten students at a time, sitting in a circle. Students are coached to see a moment happening in a place in their minds, then tell that story to the group. Once stories flow around and across the circle, they can easily be captured on the page.
This became the root of the story workshop method now used with writers who gather weekly at Mud Pie on 39th in Kansas City, Missouri. Storytellers and writers tell their way into memoir, novel, letter, poem, or just a note to a good friend. Ten writers recently shared their stories from coast to coast, from South America, and from a Japanese Internment Camp to Kansas City culminating in the publication of Mud Pie Writers Anthology 2017.
I shared recently with a friend that coaching writers is my ultimate joy (well, that and grandchildren) and that my second joy is getting to see and hear what the writers create.
My friend smiled, "Yes, she said, but there is a third joy.
"What?" my voice rose in excitement.
"The joy of those who read and hear the stories!"
Pat invites you to read and celebrate the third joy!
Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001. The Writers Place cosponsors this series with the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for The Writers Place and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’ health failed, his wife Jeanie Wilson, an emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, curates this popular reading series in his memory. The readings take place at the newly remodeled Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The readings are free and include light refreshments. Donations to The Writers Place are welcome. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.