G-Snack or a Toque?

If all of November gets to be National Novel Writing Month, then surely this can be Kansas City Poetry Reading Day, right? With two highly acclaimed poets in town – Libyan-American Khaled Mattawa, and the justly lauded Gjertrud Schnackenberg – there isn’t going to be a better day for meter and rhyme in the area for a while. Schnackenberg is something of a heavyweight in contemporary American poetry – read her exquisite “Supernatural Love” for proof. Her first new collection of poems since 2001, Heavenly Questions, came out in October. It’s tough to go wrong with Mattawa, though; he has authored four books of poetry – the latest book, Tocqueville, released this year – and translated six volumes of Arabic poetry to English. Schnackenberg reads at 7 p.m. at Rockhurst University (54th Street and Troost), while Mattawa reads at Park University (8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville) at the same time. Choose wisely, Kansas City Poetry Reading Day comes but once a year.

Thu., Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., 2010