Poetic Past

Quick: Which local mansion has served as both whorehouse and house of worship (no, not simultaneously)? It’s not that swank Plaza bed and breakfast, the Southmoreland. And if you guessed Gladstone Manor, you’d be out some change. Geez, people — it’s the Writers Place, that spacious stone monster at 3607 Pennsylvania. Along with workshops, open-mic nights and educational programs, the Writers Place brings in literary talent from across the country. Tonight at 7, poets Susanna Lang and Pat Daneman will read from their recent works and sign books. Lang, a Chicagoan, often writes about the natural world. Daneman is the director of Hallmark Cards’ writing studios and has been nominated for a Pushcart poetry prize. The suggested donation of $5 (or $3 for Writers Place members) gets you wine and face time with the poets. Call 816-753-1090 for details.

Sat., Jan. 17, 7 p.m., 2009