Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley

The Burlington Branch of the Coffey County Library will host an event with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 9th. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Wyatt Townley is a widely published, nationally known poet and a fourth-generation Kansan. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor, in US Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and published in journals ranging from “The Paris Review” to “Newsweek.” She has published three collections of poetry: “The Breathing Field” (Little Brown), “Perfectly Normal” (The Smith), and “The Afterlives of Trees” (Woodley Press), a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award.

A founding board member of The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO, Townley has served as a teaching artist with Young Audiences and Writers in the Schools program, and has appeared at writers’ conferences and literary festivals in the Midwest and Northeast.

“The notion of ‘home’ is a long-held Kansas value, and I’d like to start a conversation around the state about coming home to poetry,” said Townley. “Poetry is a place we can return to in all kinds of weather, with its innate power to heal and comfort, transform and inspire. Its porch light is always on.”

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