Dates

August 4 – Benefit Concert for Brave Voice with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-GoldbergA memorable evening of poetry, music, luscious refreshments, and beautiful surroundings at a private residence in Leawood, KS to raise scholarship funds for Brave Voice: Writing & Singing for Your Life. Enjoy a collaborative performance of Kelley and Caryn’s music, and Caryn’s poetry followed by a set of Kelley performing more music.  Tickets are moving fast, so get yours here.

August 18-20 – Power of Words Conference at Ferry Beach (Maine). Caryn is one of dozens of writers, storytellers, performers, educators, health professionals, and community leaders presenting at the 14th annual Power of Words conference, sponsored by the Transformative Language Arts Network. Keynoters include Joseph Bruchac, True Story Theater, Kelley Hunt, Mahongany L. Browne, and Susan Bennett-Armistead.  More info. here.

September 5 – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography – Colby, Kansas. When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason: not only is our weather some of the most dramatic in the world, but our relationship to weather shapes how we see ourselves. This presentation opens with weather chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of Kansas weather paired with poetry by contemporary Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the Kansas sky. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own weather-related stories and striking images through a short 10-minute writing prompt that will lead into a discussion about how the weather influences our lives, our understanding of the natural world, and what it means to be a Kansan. 12 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Library, 375 W. 4th St, Colby, KS 67701.

Sept. 26, Oct. 3, and Oct. 10 — Triumph Over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors — Osher Program.  2-4 p.m., Aldersgate Village Manchester Lodge. Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance–the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll also discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the subsequent challenge of creating a new life in a new land. Based on Caryn’s book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other. Register here.

Oct. 19, Oct. 26, and Nov. 2Triumph Over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors — Osher Program.  10 a.m.  12 p.m., Brandon Woods, Smith Center. Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance–the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll also discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the subsequent challenge of creating a new life in a new land. Based on Caryn’s book, Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other. Register here.

Oct. 23 TALK Program: Go Tell It to the Mountain by James Baldwin. Kansas Humanities Council sponsors this book discussion at the Newton Public Library, Newton, KS.

Oct. 24 — Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography – 7 p.m., Halstead Public Library, 264 Main Street, Halstead, Kansas. When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason: not only is our weather some of the most dramatic in the world, but our relationship to weather shapes how we see ourselves. This presentation opens with weather chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of Kansas weather paired with poetry by contemporary Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the Kansas sky. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own weather-related stories and striking images through a short 10-minute writing prompt that will lead into a discussion about how the weather influences our lives, our understanding of the natural world, and what it means to be a Kansan.

Oct. 29 – 5-7 p.m. – Denise Low and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg New Poetry Books Party, 723 Louisiana, Lawrence, KS. Celebrate a double book release for Denise Low’s A Casino Bestiary, and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s Following the Curve in a beautiful Old West Lawrence home. Both books are published by Spartan Press of Kansas City.  Come listen to Denise and Caryn read their newest poetry, visit with new and old friends, and enjoy a homemade chili (vegetarian and meat versions available) and cornbread dinner. See more details here, and get your tickets here.

Nov. 5 (Glasco, KS) and 6 (Lyons, KS) – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature and Weather – Kansas Humanities Council program. When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason: not only is our weather some of the most dramatic in the world, but our relationship to weather shapes how we see ourselves. This presentation opens with weather chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of Kansas weather paired with poetry by contemporary Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the Kansas sky. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own weather-related stories and striking images through a short writing prompt that will lead into a discussion about how the weather influences our lives, our understanding of the natural world, and what it means to be a Kansan. 11/5, 2 p.m., Solomon Valley-Highway 24-Heritage Alliance, location tba; 11/6, 7 p.m., Lyons State Bank, Lyons, KS. Details for Nov. 5 in Glasco here.  Details for Nov. 6 in Lyons here.

18195023_10100671162452490_1083686718578746685_nNov. 9 – The Kansas Area Watershed Council presents an evening and reading with five Kansas Poets Laureate: Kevin Rabas, 2017-79; Eric McHenry, 2015-17; Wyatt Townley, 2013-15; Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2009-13; and Denise Low, 2007-09. 7:30 p.m., Center for Design Research (CDR). Join us to hear poetry from each of the poets followed by time to visit, enjoy refreshment, and peruse the poets’ books. Address is 2544 Westbrook Circle, Lawrence, KS. Location west of Iowa street and east of Kasold Street: Take Bob Billings Parkway and turn south onto Westbrook Circle. Soon you will see the modern building with large glass wall, the Center for Design Research. Park were you can. The main entrance is at the end of a long ramp on the south side of the building. There is a handicapped entrance on the east side of the building. If you get lost, please call Ken at 785/843-0253. Landmarks are a large old barn (which houses KU ceramics) and an old stone house to the north (facing Billings Parkway) of the CDR building. This cluster of buildings is called the Chamney Barn Comples. The CDR is a green building with a living wall inside and many environmentally friendly features.

November 29 – TALK Program on The Romance Reader – Topeka. Book discussion on Pearl Abraham’s Romance Reader as part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s TALK series. 7 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1304More information here.