Thomas Zvi Wilson, poet, painter and sculptor, died just over a year ago.
By BRIAN BURNES
The Kansas City Star
Late last year his widow, Jeanie Wilson, resolved to put her late husbands name on the poetry reading series he established in 2001. The Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series continues Tuesday at the Johnson County Central Resource Library in Overland Park.
Wilson, 80, who had served as treasurer for the Writers Place, thought an additional venue for readings should be established in addition to the midtown facility at 3607 Pennsylvania Ave.
For years Wilson had hosted the series, but in 2005, when he began to suffer the effects of a rare form of dementia, he asked his wife to take over.
The series, on the third Tuesday of each month, has included poets from across the area and the country. Last year, Jeanie Wilson began to invite prose writers.
This Tuesday, Phong Nguyen and Kathryn Nuernberger, both assistant professors at the University of Central Missouri, will read. Nguyens first collection of short stories, Memory Sickness, was published in 2011. Nuernbergers first collection of poetry, Rag & Bone, appeared the same year.
Thomas Zvi Wilsons first book of poetry, Deliberate and Accidental Acts, was published in 1996 and was a runner-up for the Thorpe Menn Award, given every year to a Kansas City area author.
In 2006, Thomas and Jeanie Wilson co-authored The Door Into the Dream, a poetry collection named one of the years 100 Notable Books by The Star.
Last August the Writers Place celebrated Wilsons memory with a reading devoted to his poetry.
It was gratifying because one of Toms passions had been serving as a mentor to other writers, Jeanie Wilson said.
The Wilson series continues to be co-sponsored by the Writers Place and the Johnson County Library. Tuesdays reading begins at 7 p.m. at the library, 9875 W. 87th St.
For more info, go to writersplace.org.
Thorpe Menn Awards
Nominations for annual Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award are being accepted.
The award recognizes a Kansas City area writer who published a book during 2012. Two copies of any nominated book should be submitted to Thorpe Menn Nominations, Attn: Pamela Chaudoin, PO Box 849, Liberty, Mo., 64069. Deadline is June 1.
For more information call 816-728-1304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award, sponsored by the American Association of University Women-Kansas City, Mo. Branch and the Kansas City Public Library, will be presented in October.
To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to email@example.com.