Wyatt Townley is the Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her work has been twice nominated for The Pushcart Prize, read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in his American Life in Poetry column, and appeared in hundreds of venues ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek.
Among her books of poems: The Breathing Field (Little, Brown), Perfectly Normal (The Smith), and her new collection, The Afterlives of Trees (Woodley Press), a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award.
The confluence of poetry and poetry-in-motion has shaped Wyatt's life. Formerly a dancer, she has taught yoga for over thirty years and is the founder of Yoganetics®, a therapeutic system practiced in ten countries. HarperCollins published her book on the method, deemed an "Editor's Choice" by Yoga Journal. For years a dance critic for Dance Magazine and The Kansas City Star, Wyatt was commissioned to write the commemorative history, Kansas City Ballet: The First Fifty Years.
Professionally, she has always lived something of a double life, straddling the worlds of motion (dance/yoga) and stasis (writing: as in Hemingway's "apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair"). She continues along both paths and delights as they entwine.