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Reading at the Kansas City Literary Festival
Reading at the Kansas City Literary Festival

Reading at the Kansas City Literary Festival


As Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt gives readings, talks, and discussions throughout the state free of charge to nonprofit organizations.

She also makes appearances around the country as her schedule allows. To help make that possible, Poets & Writers offers grants to bring listed authors (Wyatt is one) to a national audience. Click here for more information.

The theme of Wyatt's laureateship is coming home to poetry—exploring what home is, what poetry is, how they intersect. She also offers workshops in combination with programs—a reading/discussion with a writing workshop, a poetry workshop with a yoga class (in other words, poetry and poetry-in-motion). Here's a list of services and programs.

Big ideas from little ones
Big ideas from little ones

Big ideas from little ones

Wyatt has worked with youngsters of all ages, from grade school through Ph.D candidates, from adults through seniors—and one reading dog. Whether you’re looking for a reading, a workshop, or a residency, contact Wyatt about your needs. For a sampling of past appearances,

click here.

Selected Festivals | Conferences

  • The New York Book Fair, New York, NY
  • The Kansas City Literary Festival, Kansas City, MO
  • The Small Press Book Fair, New York, NY
  • Kansas Library Association Annual Conference, Topeka, KS
  • Kansas Reading Association Annual Conference, Emporia, KS
  • Maple Woods Writers Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • The Kansas Book Festival, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Wichita, KS
  • River City Reading Festival, Lawrence, KS
  • Kansas Voices Winners Reading, Kanza Days Festival, Winfield, KS
  • Poets-at-Large, Top Poets of the Midwest, Kansas City, MO
  • Heart of American Writers Conference, Overland Park, KS

Selected Universities

  • Columbia University, New York, NY
  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Center for Poets & Writers, Tulsa, OK
  • Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
  • Emporia State University, The Teachers College, Emporia, KS
  • Cottey College, Nevada, MO
  • Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
  • The University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Selected Organizations

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  • Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, New York, NY
  • Taller Latinoamericano, New York, NY
  • The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
  • The Writers Place, Kansas City, MO
  • Books & Company, Dayton, OH
  • The Small Press Center, New York, NY
  • The Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
  • Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, Salina, KS
  • Camp Bluebird for adults who live with cancer, Parkville, MO
  • The Pomegranate Series, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • The Simpson House Series, Kansas City, MO
  • The Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
  • National Speakers Association, Kansas City, MO

Selected Schools

  • Leawood Elementary School, Leawood, KS
  • Brookwood Elementary School, Leawood, KS
  • Santa Fe Trail Elementary School, Overland Park, KS
  • Trailwood Elementary School, Overland Park, KS
  • Stilwell Elementary School, Stilwell, KS
  • Roeland Park Elementary School, Mission, KS
  • Gracemor Elementary School, Kansas City, MO
  • Pinkerton Elementary School, Kansas City, MO
  • Dorothy Moody Elementary School, Overland Park, KS
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, Kansas City, MO
  • Gladstone Academy, Kansas City, MO
  • Paseo Academy for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO

Selected Radio Interviews

  • WHBU-AM, Interviewed by Leland Franklin, Indianapolis, IN
  • WEXT-FM , Interviewed by Shawn Michaels, Milwaukee, MN
  • WPHM-AM , Interviewed by Paul Miller, Detroit, MI
  • KBYG-AM, Interviewed by Brian Michaelz, El Paso, TX
  • WBZ-AM, Interviewed by Deb Lawler, Boston, MA
  • WBSM-AM, Interviewed by Pete Braley, Providence, RI
  • WOBM-FM, Interviewed by Lisa Leonard, Monmouth, NJ
  • WGBR-AM, Interviewed by Wayne Alley, Raleigh, NC
  • KCMN-AM, Interviewed by Tron Simpson, Colorado Springs, CO
  • WACK-AM, Interviewed by Larry Ann Evans, Rochester, NY
  • WICO-AM, Interviewed by Bill Reddish, Salisbury, MD
  • WZYX-AM, Interviewed by Jeff Pennington, Nashville, TN
  • KPQ-AM, Interviewed by Ken Johannessen, Seattle, WA
  • ABC Network (national), The Owen Spann Show
  • ABC Network (national), The Karen Grant Show
  • WJR, Detroit, MI
  • KIRO, Seattle, WA
  • Jubilee Radio Network (national)
  • KKFI, Kansas City, MO
  • KAJX, Interviewed by John Noonan, Aspen, CO
  • WPON, Art in the Air Poetry Winners, Detroit, MI
  • Star 102, Sunday Star Magazine with Laurie Roberts, Kansas City, MO

Selected Television Appearances

  • Oklahoma Public Television, Writing Outloud, Tulsa, OK
  • WOR-TV, The Joe Franklin Show, New York, NY
  • KCTV5, The Early Show with Carolyn Long, Kansas City area
  • News Five at Noon, Kansas City area
  • FOX-4, Morning News, Kansas City area
  • KMBC, News at Five with Karen Kornacki, Kansas City area
  • WDAF-TV, Midday with Gary Lezak, Kansas City area
  • KOTV, Noon Update, Tulsa, OK

For upcoming appearances, visit her Facebook page.

Reviews | Comments

"It was absolutely wonderful to have a poet of her caliber....'Letters from Home: Writing from the Body' was an extraordinary journey into the landscape of the senses. The combination of guided imagery and experiential prompts produced a deep and at times startling awareness of the synergistic relationship between mind, body, and the mystery sometimes referred to as soul."

—Maril Crabtree, director of education, the writers place

"Absolutely delightful....The younger students were enchanted with the storytelling sessions; the older students were motivated by the classroom writing lessons. Without exception, our students and staff were pleased. Our students are stronger, more creative writers due to this opportunity."

—Diane Feeley, principal, santa fe trail elementary school

"Children truly turn into writers right before your eyes....a must-do for any school in which 'improving written language' is an area of emphasis. Cultural Arts monies will be well spent, ensuring lasting results."

—Nancy Worth, fourth grade teacher, brookwood elementary

"Suffice to say, the Townleys are extraordinary people—talented and successful writers, well versed about contemporary poetry as well as fiction and journalism, passionate about their craft, compassionate toward their students....The students consistently raved about them."

—Ann Slegman, director, writers in the schools

"Outstanding excellent program for our students. I would highly recommend Wyatt Townley to other schools seeking to help students improve their writing skills."

—Doug Harris, principal, leawood elementary school