This article appeared in the August issue of KC Stage
On the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Valentine stands a building that looks, at first glance, to be a cross between a small castle and a three-story house. Throughout its ninety-year history, it has been a private home, a brothel, and even an evangelical church.
Today it stands as The Writers Place, rehabbed as a gathering spot for local writers, readers, and general lovers of the written word. Founded by Gloria Vando and Bill Hickok, The Writers Place mission is "to promote writers and their work, to nurture an interest in writing and literature in a large, diverse audience and to contribute to the quality of cultural life in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest".
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