January 4 – Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Opening for Dar Williams – 8 p.m., New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS. Dar has hand-picked poets to open each of her “Mortal City 20th Anniversary Tour shows, and Caryn is her choice for Lawrence. Be ready for new poems that riff off Dar’s lyrics, plus some improv poetry before a spectacular show from one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters. Dar says of the tour, ““Authors and poets show the strengths of our democracy. These are people who have connected the mortal city through words and poetry and the sharing of beautifully expressed ideas. The people who are coming to speak represent that strength: the strength of our democracy through its culture. They all embrace democracy in different ways… the pen being mightier than the sword.” More about Dar here, and get your tickets here (note: site says Jan. 5, but correct date is Jan. 4). Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS.
Jan. 8 – Mid-Winter Writing Retreat (Turning Point: A Center for Hope and Healing) – 1-5 p.m., 8900 State Line Rd., Leawood, KS. Join a lively community to write and replenish ourselves in this Kansas City writing retreat open to all people living with serious illness (as patient and/or caregivers). Free but registration required. Contact Turning Point here to register.
January 11 – February 21 (6 weeks) – Your Callings, Your Livelihood, Your Life Online Class (Transformative Language Arts Network). What work calls to you as your own at this point in your life? How can you develop a livelihood — or transform your current livelihood — with your deepest vision, values, and voice? In this class, you’ll explore long-term conversations with your callings (in your art, work, and life), approaches for exploring and revising myths and messages about who you should be, cultivating spaciousness for your deepest work, hunting and gathering sources and supports, making the work you love come true, and staying engaged with your life’s work as your life shifts and unfolds. Drawing from mythology, spiritual traditions, ethics and business practices, and more, this class includes writing and other arts to bring more of your dreams to the surface as well as soulful planning tools. By the end of the class, you will have a body of writing, plans and maps, and other arts and tools to guide your life from the heart of your callings. Information and registration here. Holiday discount until Jan. 1, 2017!
January 18 – March 15 (8 weeks) – Poetry Playhouse: Online Class through the Loft Literary Center. Enter the poetry playhouse to explore, experiment, play, rest, unearth, and renovate your writing while homing in on your increased capacity to create, craft and revise your poetry. We’ll draw on innovative writing prompts (including poems, questions, videos and guidance for creating your own bag of tricks all life long) to access poetic material from the interior rooms and external spaces of your life. Each week will focus on a different room in the poetry playhouse to write about different topics, from the family room (writing childhood), through the bedroom (writing about dreams and the dark), to the front porch (writing in community). Each session also includes a poetic form to try out (such as pantoums, or a group renga); explorations on craft in in service to a poem’s deepest intention, and revision as long-term relationship; a featured poet to learn more about through his/her poetry, interviews, and approaches; and meditations on the challenges and miracles being a workaday writer. Details and registration here.
January 28 – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography, 10 a.m. in Derby, Kansas (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. Derby Public Library, 1600 E Walnut Grove RD, Derby, KS 67037-3502.
February 3 – TALK Series of Kansas Humanities Council: Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg – 10:30 a.m., Lakeview Village Retirement Community, 9100 Park St
Lenexa, KS. Book discussion led by Caryn. Info. here.
March 10 – Reading with Tom Weis and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (Riverfront Writers Series) – 8 p.m., The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.
March 24 – April 4 – Prairie Village, and April 11 – Mission, KS – Triumph Over Terror: How two Men Survived Nazi Horrors (Osher Institute) – Prairie Village class 7-9 p.m. Claridge Center; Mission class 2-4 p.m. Mission Square. This three-week class focuses on 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. Details at Osher Institute (pre-registration and fee required).
April 28 – Book Launch for Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s New Collection of Poetry – Lawrence, KS. Details coming soon!
May 14-19, 2017 – Brave Voice: Writing and Singing for Your Life with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Join Caryn and Kelley for the 12th annual Brave Voice, a creative retreat to jumpstart your writing, singing, songwriting and arts while also helping you strengthen your voice in your life and livelihood. Imaginative and innovative workshops each morning, art stations and time to wander and relax each afternoon, and performances each evening, plus a loving community to support you long after we leave this retreat. It’s all held in one of the most beautiful and magical places in the Midwest in the heart of the Flint Hills (shuttles available from the Kansas City airport). Sun., May 14 – Fri., May 19 at White Memorial Camp, Council Grove, KS. More here. NOTE! Early bird rate flies away Jan. 1, 2017.
Nov. 5 (Glasco, KS) and 6 (Lyons, KS) – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography, 10 a.m. in Derby, Kansas (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.