Dates

March 10 – Reading with Tom Weis and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Music by Gib Shell (Riverfront Writers Series) – 8 p.m., The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO.

IMG_0111March 12 – Writing into New Beginnings at Turning Point: The Center for Hope and HealingAs spring begins to reveal itself, it’s the perfect time for us to reveal to ourselves what brings us clarity, meaning, new growth and renewed joy. Join us for this community writing workshop where we use short and innovative writing prompts to spring into what we have to say to ourselves and to each other. All of those living with serious illness – whether caregivers, patients or survivors – who write or want to write are welcome! Please bring a journal or paper and something to write with (you can also write on a laptop if preferred). If you’d like, you can bring a snack to share. Free workshop, but pre-registration required. Call 913-574-0900. 1-5 p.m., 8900 State Line Rd., Leawood, KS.

March 14 – TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) Series of Kansas Humanities Council: Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes – 6:30 p.m., Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N Main St, Hutchinson, KS.

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March 16 – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography (Kansas Humanities Council Program) in Gridley, KS – 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. 7 p.m., Gridley Branch of Coffey County Library, 512 Main St., Gridley, KS 66852.

March 26 – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature and Photography (Kansas Humanities Council program) in El Dorado, KS – 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. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Bradford Memorial Library, 611 S Washington St, El Dorado, KS 67042-2855.

232323232%7Ffp;_9>nu=3243>599>764>WSNRCG=3555;;87;;338nu0mrjMarch 24 – April 4 – Prairie Village, and April 11 – April 25 – Mission – Triumph Over Terror: How two Men Survived Nazi Horrors (Osher Institute) – Choice of two classes: 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 27 – Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other at Basehor Community Library – Community dinner and presentation by Caryn about her book, Needle in the Bone. Learn about how Lou Frydman, a Holocaust survivor, and Jarek Piekalkiewicz survived the seemingly impossible to make their ways to America, where they forged new lives and found deep friendship with each other. 1400 158th St., Basehor, KS 66007.

BV09 Caryn, Kel & the windMay 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.

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.