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 Radioâ€™s â€œThe Writerâ€™s Almanacâ€ with Garrison Keillor, in US Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Kooserâ€™s â€œAmerican Life in Poetryâ€ column, and published in journals ranging from â€œThe Paris Reviewâ€ to â€œNewsweek.â€ She has published three collections of poetry: â€œThe Breathing Fieldâ€ (Little Brown), â€œPerfectly Normalâ€ (The Smith), and â€œThe Afterlives of Treesâ€ (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 writersâ€™ conferences and literary festivals in the Midwest and Northeast.
â€œThe notion of â€˜homeâ€™ is a long-held Kansas value, and Iâ€™d like to start a conversation around the state about coming home to poetry,â€ said Townley. â€œPoetry 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.â€