Stanley and Janet Banks Team Up To Present Their Urban Blue Poetry

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For Immediate Release:
March 18, 2013
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Stanley and Janet Banks Team Up To Present Their Urban Blue Poetry

Think of it as a husband-and-wife tag-team poetry slam.

Stanley and Janet Banks will read from their new poetry collections on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Stanley E. Banks recently published his fifth book of poetry, Blue Issues. Janet M. Banks has published her second book of poetry, On the Edge of Urban.

Put them together and you've got an evening of Urban Blue Poetry that captures the power of inner-city voices.

Stanley's poetry has a city grit with a blues and jazz undertone. Janet's poetry also has a city grit, but with an urban woman's perspective.

Stanley Banks grew up in Kansas City's 12th and Vine neighborhood. He won the Langston Hughes Prize for Poetry in 1981 and his 1989 collection, Coming from a Funky Time and Place, won a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship/Grant. His fourth book was a collection of poems titled Blue Beat Syncopation.

For 15 years he has been a professor of English at Avila University. Previously he taught English at Paseo High School .

Janet Banks' first book of poetry was Stewed Soul. She has been a featured poet at New York City's Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, the Kansas City Fringe Festival, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Writers Place, and the Kansas City Literary Festival.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.