Slowly but surely, Unbound is growing. 

We have so many wonderful writers that we want to present, it's just not possible to cram them all into one day, and so, perhaps inevitably, we are beginning to expand. For example: at 4.30 on Friday afternoon, April 20, we'll be presenting a kick-ass poetry reading with six phenomenal poets. So much talent in one place! You really won't want to miss it. 

The event will be hosted by our friends at Fretboard Coffee in the North Village Arts District. As with all Unbound events, the reading is completely free and open to the public. It's just the sort of thing to get you in the mood for Zadie Smith in the Missouri Theatre later on that evening.  And while you're there you should try some of their excellent coffee. It really is delicious.

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Here's who will be reading:

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of The New Nudity (Saturnalia Books, 2017); Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize.  In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson/Longman, 2011).  Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Anne Barngrover is the author of Brazen Creature (University of Akron Press, 2018), Yell Hound Blues (Shipwreckt Books, 2013), and co-author with Avni Vyas of the chapbook Candy in Our Brains (CutBank, 2014). She earned an MFA from Florida State and a PhD from University of Missouri. Currently she is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University and lives in Tampa, Florida.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Saudade (Copper Canyon, 2017), Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry. She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the National Endowment for the Arts. She’s an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.

Melissa Fite Johnson is the author of While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), a Kansas Notable Book, and A Crooked Door Cut into the Sky, winner of the 2017 Vella Chapbook Award (Paper Nautilus Press, 2018). Her poems appear in Rattle, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Broadsided Press, and elsewhere. Melissa and her husband live with their dogs and chickens in Kansas, where she teaches English.

Marc McKee is the author of five collections of poetry: What Apocalypse? (New Michigan Press, 2008); Fuse (Black Lawrence Press, 2011); Bewilderness (Black Lawrence Press, 2014); Consolationeer (Black Lawrence Press, 2017); and Meta Meta Make-Belief, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2019. Recent poems appear in Rockhurst Review, The Laurel Review, Copper Nickel, Memorious, Southern Indiana Review, and are forthcoming from Bennington Review, Inter|rupture, Los Angeles Review, Matter, and The Offending Adam. He teaches at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray, and their son, Harold.

Stefanie Wortman is the author of In the Permanent Collection. Her poems and essays have appeared in the Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and other publications.