SALINA – The 2018 Poetry Series opens on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Salina Public Library’s Prescott Room with a reading by Poet Laureate of Kansas Emeritus Wyatt Townley. General admission is $5 and student admission is $3.50. A free reception will be held after the reading at SPARK Artist Resource Exchange, 146 S. Santa Fe.
Townley’s books include four collections of poetry: “Rewriting the Body” (forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin University Press), “The Breathing Field,” “Perfectly Normal,” and “The Afterlives of Trees,” a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Award. Townley’s work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in “American Life in Poetry”, and published in journals including “The North American Review,” “The Paris Review” and “The Yale Review.”
Linzi Garcia, of Lindsborg, will introduce Townley. Garcia is a graduating senior at Bethany College with a major in English. Her first book of poems, “Thank You,” comes out soon from Spartan Press. She is the host of One Mic at Ad Astra Books and Coffee in Salina, and presents Poetry Jam at White Peacock Tea and Coffee in Lindsborg.
In addition to her reading, Townley will offer a free writing workshop, “Lessons From Home: Writing Sensory Poetry” on April 4 from 10 a.m.-noon. at the McKenzie Center, 308 W. Elm St. Registration is required and can be made on the library’s online calendar or by calling 785-825-4624.
Formerly a dancer, Townley has taught yoga for more than 30 years and is the founder of Yoganetics®, a therapeutic system practiced in 10 countries. In this writing workshop, Townley will encourage writer’s to “Experience the body as a ‘place,’ not an object — a place you can call home and write from. Sharpening the five senses will breathe life into the page and anchor the reader there with you. In this interactive mind/body session, we’ll do sensory writing and point-of-view experiments toward the goal of creating fresh, original poetry from a new angle.”
The Spring Poetry Series is sponsored by Salina Public Library and Salina Arts and Humanities Council. The series celebrates National Poetry Month with a poetry reading every Tuesday in April. Poets are scheduled as follows; Brennan Bestwick on April 10, Laurie Ann Guerrero on April 17 and Kathryn Nuernberger on April 24.