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Getting Versed in Kansas Poetry: Five Questions with Eric McHenry, Kansas Poet Laureate

Language lovers of all ages are in for a treat this Thursday night: Eric McHenry, the current Kansas Poet Laureate, will be speaking at a special free event in the library auditorium at 7:00 pm. Read More..

Contributing a Verse: O Me! O Life! O Film and Poetry!

For movie lovers who love poetry (and poetry lovers who love movies), these three unforgettable films all have poetry and poets as central characters or themes.

From an irrepressible English teacher in a stuffy Delaware all-boy’s prep school challenging his young students to ‘suck the marrow out of life;’ to a soft-spoken coach of a rowdy, young-yet-streetwise slam-poetry team in Chicago pushing his kids to work harder and dream louder; to a communist poet exiled to a small Italian island helping an uneducated neighbor to woo the woman of his dreams, these riveting films engage, entertain, and uplift. And still they manage to explore with heart and honesty the bittersweet truths of life–love, death, friendship, identity, courage in the face of oppression–that unite the human race. These films will no doubt leave you inspired, exhilarated, and aching for your own unique and powerful voice to be heard.

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Chasing Weather with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Stephen Locke

“The sky is made of rivers before and after they became rivers,” Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg writes in  Chasing Weather, a collaborative book featuring weather chaser/photographer Stephen Locke’s images and Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s poetry (Ice Cube Press). Come see a multi-media presentation that includes images and videos of wild weather matched with stirring poems. Weather subtly shapes our days, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives. Catching moments of stunning beauty and surprising shifts in the sky helps make the vibrant and variable world more visible to us, and shows us how to truly see where and who we are.

Wednesday November 5th at 7pm in the Auditorium.


Poetry and Pizza

We’ll feed you pizza and you can feed your soul at our pizza and poetry party!

Friday, April 26
4:30-6:00 pm

Create blackout and silhouette poetry while noshing on delectable pizza for inspiration.
No writing experience necessary.



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Help the Teen Zone Write a Poem, one word at a time!

Contribute to our teen collaborative exquisite corpse poem! It’s easy to take part: stop by the Teen Zone and add an adjective, noun, or verb to the poem without seeing what others have submitted. We’ll do this all month long and post the final collective work on April 30th.

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