Poetry is on tap this month at Emporia State University

April 12, 2012

April is National Poetry Month, and Emporia State University plans to celebrate with three events.

From 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, Caleb Puckett, assistant professor in Emporia State’s University Libraries and Archives, and Kevin Rabas, associate professor in English, Modern Languages and Journalism, will read from their new fiction and poetry. The event, in Room 222 of William Allen White Library, also coincides with National Library Week.

The book “Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems” is the inspiration for an event at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14. The book, which is edited by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, was created for the Kansas Sesquicentennial celebration and published by Topeka’s Woodley Memorial Press.

On Saturday, poets whose work appear in the book will read in Room 048 of the Memorial Union, which is located in the northwest corner of the lower level of the building. Featured poets include Mirriam-Goldberg, Rabas, Jackie Magnuson Ash, Roy J. Beckemeyer, Elizabeth Black, Maril Crabtree, Brian Daldorph, William J. Harris, Hazel Smith Hutchinson, Nancy Hubble, Ken Lassman, Gary Lechliter, Jo McDougall, Eric McHenry, Stephen Meats, Lee Mick, Ronda Miller, Rick Nichols, Karen Ohnesorge, Al Ortolani, Dan Pohl, Thomas Reynolds, Linda Rodriguez, William Sheldon, Roderick Townley, Wyatt Townley, Diane Wahto, Iris Wilkinson, Peter Wright and Max Yoho.

The event is sponsored by the Emporia State creative writing department.

Then, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, Elizabeth Dodd will read in Room 303 of Plumb Hall. Dodd is the author of five books — two poetry, two nonfiction and one literary criticism. She teachers literature and creative writing at Kansas State University. Dodd’s appearance is sponsored by the creative writing department, Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism, the Special Events Board and Performing Arts Board.

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