Maryfrances Wagner Writer


Maryfrances Wagner's books include Salvatore's Daughter, Light Subtracts Itself, Red Silk , winner of the Thorpe Menn Book Award for Literary Excellence,

Dioramas, Pouf, The Silence of Red Glass, and The Immigrants' New Camera.  Poems have appeared in many literary magazines to include New Letters, Midwest

Quarterly, Birmingham Review, Louisville Review, Laurel Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Unsettling America:  An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural

Poetry (Penguin Books), Literature Across Cultures (Pearson/Longman), Bearing Witness, The Dream Book, An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women

(American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation), et. al.  She and her husband Greg Field co-edited New Letters Review of Books, and she co-edited

a number of anthologies including The Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers with David and Judy Ray.  She has served as co-president of The Writers

Place in Kansas City and currently serves as Vice President.  She also chairs the TWP programming committee where she helps sponsor and promote emerging and

established writers and co-edits I-70 Review. She also served on the American Poets Series board as well as on the Kansas City Creates board where she brought together

music, poetry, and dance. The Missouri Arts Council selected her as Independent Artist of 2020.   In the words of Denise Low,“Maryfrances Wagner is a literary advocate

and community builder,” and she continues to help support the literary arts through The Writers Place and throughout the Greater Kansas City area.

Maryfrances is now serving as the Missouri Poet Laureate 2021- 2023.  

Maryfrances has taught academic, expository, analytical, and creative writing at both the high school and college level, and she has taught writing

workshops at all levels (3rd grade through graduate school) and has received local and state recognition for Excellence in Teaching.  She is available

to facilitate a wide variety of workshops and to give readings.  

She and her husband, Greg Field, live with two rescued dogs named Lucille Clifton and Annie Sexton.

Missouri's Poet Laureate for 2021-2023

at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri

Links to information about Maryfrances and her writing