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Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas
Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas

Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas

Poet Laureate

Wyatt Townley was selected as the new Poet Laureate of Kansas (2013-2015), a post sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Her mission is two-fold: bringing people home to poetry, and poetry home to people. As for the first part, she tours the state with her program, "Coming Home to Poetry." From Kansas City to Dodge City, she visits diverse communities far and wide, giving readings, discussions, and workshops. Click here for a list of services and programs.

As for the second part—bringing poetry home to people—she has launched a project called "HomeWords," a weekly poetry column syndicated online and in newspapers across the state. The topic is "home" from micro to macro: body, house, land, and sky. Click here for submission guidelines.

Is your hometown newspaper carrying "HomeWords"? Click here to see what papers are on the list and how to join it.

Questions? Check out FAQs Wyatt has been fielding since becoming Poet Laureate.