Maryfrances Wagner

Independence, MO 64055-6930

Author's Bio

Maryfrances Wagner has taught creative and academic writing for over twenty years, taught workshops at all levels, served as President of The Writers Place and is currently chair of TWP Programming Committee and board secretary for KC Creates. She is co-editor of I-70 Review and co-edited Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers. She has published six collections to include Salvatore's Daughter, Red Silk (Thorpe Menn Book Award winner for literary excellence), Light Subtracts Itself (A KC Star Notable book of the year), and Dioramas. She has edited or co-edited three anthologies and also served as co-editor of New Letters Review of Books.

Publications and Prizes

Bandaged Watermelons and Other Rusty Ducks
(MidAmerica Press, 1978)
, Dioramas
(Mammoth Publications, 2015)
, Light Subtracts Itself
(MidAmerica Press, 2008)
, Red Silk
(Mid-America Press, 1999)
, Salvatore's Daughter
(BookMark Press, 1995)
, Tonight Cicadas Sing
(Mid-America Press, 1984)
Bearing Witness
(Zephyr Press, 2002)
, Chance of a Ghost
(Helicon Nine Editions, 2005)
, Imagination and Place: Cartography
(Imagination and Place Press, 2013)
, Imagination and Place: Ownership
(Imagination and Place Press, 2009)
, Imagination and Place: Seasonings
(Imagination and Place Press, 2010)
, In the Red, In the Black
(Helicon Nine Editions, 2012)
, Kansas City Outloud II
(BkMk Press-UMKC, 2014)
, Literature Across Cultures
(Pearson Longman, 2008)
, Memories and Memoirs
(Helicon Nine Editions, 2000)
, Poets in the Houses
(Helicon Nine Editions, 1997)
, The Dream Book
(Schocken Books, 2000)
, The Dream Book
(Syracuse University Press, 2000)
, Unsettling America
(Penguin, 1994)
Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cape Rock, Chariton Review, Chiron Review, Coal City Review, Concho River Review, Downgo Sun, Flint Hills Review, Hiram Poetry Review, I-70 Review, Kansas City Voices, Karamu, Laurel Review, Little Balkans Review, Mid-American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nebraska Review, New Letters, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry East, Rockhurst Review, San Pedro River Review, Stone Highway Review, The Medulla Review, The Orange Room Review, The Same, Thorny Locust, Voices in Italian Americana, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Wind
(Finishing Line Press, 2015)
Prizes Won: 
Thorpe Menn Book Award for Literary Excellence for Red Silk; Stanley Hanks contest for poetry.

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Kansas City, MO
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Last updated: Sep 26, 2016