Kate Greenstreet, visiting poet and author of Young Tambling.

Local Reading Series 9/3

Readings and discussion with writers Kate Russell, Ben Cartwright, and Kate Greenstreet.

In our debut episode of the Local Reading Series we brought on three writers to read and chat with us about some of their material. We also put out a call for suggestions for a new name (current ideas: Sunflower Reading Series, Lawrence Literary, Read Staters). Each guest has a reading in Lawrence coming up, if you like what you hear!

Kate Russell

Sara Leavens spoke with fiction writer Kate Russell, a new arrival at KU who is pursuing a PhD in creative writing. There hasn’t been a date set, but look for Kate to be featured in the MFA Reading Series which sponsors readings by KU graduate students in creative writing every month.


Ben Cartwright

Phil Garland spoke with poet/hybrid forms writer Ben Cartwright, who received his PhD in English at KU this past May. This Thursday, September 5, Ben will be reading from his work “Tea & Gin” – dealing with the foreign concessions era in Tienjin, China – alongside visiting writer Jonathan Stalling. The event is at 7:30pm in the International Room of the Kansas Union.


Kate Greenstreet

Scott Ross spoke with poet Kate Greenstreet. She will be visiting KU as part of a tour for her newest book, Young Tambling, described by Kenyon Review as “a profoundly affecting assemblage of poetry, prose, and visual art”. Kate will be reading at the Commons in Spooner Hall on September 23, 7:30 pm.


Written by Scott Ross. Tune into the Local Reading Series the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm on KJHK 90.7fm.