The poet laureate of Kansas is alive and well, and the position continues on with the Kansas Humanities Council!
I am thrilled to share the news that the Kansas Humanities Council is now the official home for the Kansas poet laureate program. Our fourth and newest poet laureate, beginning her term in May of 2013, is Wyatt Townley. Learn more about how to bring Wyatt to your community by going to the Kansas Humanities Council poet laureate pages, beginning here.
Wyatt follows Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, who was poet laureate from 2009-2013; Denise Low, who served from 2007-2009; and our first poet laureate, Jonathan Holden, 2005-2007.
If you would like to learn about Caryn’s poet laureate term, please click on the drop down menu (under “Poet Laureate”) above to learn about her background, the Kansas Poem in Your Pocket Project, podcasts and radio shows, Poet Laureati, and please visit
to explore the poems of Begin Again: 150 Poems, the anthology Caryn edited to celebrate Kansas’s 150th anniversary of statehood; To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices, edited by Caryn to bring together Kansas writers one long poem about our state, and the current poem-of-the-week project.