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Students of Zinn Writers in Residence Program to Present at the 6th Annual Poetry Fair

In January, poets Mercedes Lucero and Alex Kimball Williams began an eight-week writing intensive with 7th grade students from Liberty Central Middle School. Presenting a curriculum of verse poetry novels, 180 students were prompted to respond by creating their own poetry. These submissions will be shared at the 2019 Annual Poetry Fair on Sunday, April … [more]

Sixth Annual Poetry Fair

The reading begins promptly at 2 p.m. Each poet has four minutes. Intermission: 3:45 to 4:15 for book signings, etc. A short reception follows the reading at 6 p.m. Elizabeth (Beth) Schultz Denise Low-Weso Arlin Buyert Kevin Rabas Greg Field Simone Savannah Brian Daldorph Antonio Sanchez-Dey Taylor Stucky Huascar Medina Korbin Jones Maryfrances Wagner —Intermission … [more]

Poetry Fair 2018

2018 Poetry Fair lineup: Annette Billings, Jim McCrary, Duane Johnson, Xanath Caraza, Gary Lechliter, Diane Wahto, Anne Haehl, Silvia Kofler, Izzy Wasserstein, Sandy Hazlet, Beth Schultz, Gloria Creed-Dikeogu, Julie Unruh, Denise Low, Dan Pohl, William J. Karnowski, Joan Koromante, Ronda Miller, Alyse Bensel, Diane Silver Poets will be provided a reserved space for selling their books. Bring … [more]

Poetry Fair 2017

Kansas’  FOURTH ANNUAL POETRY FAIR takes place on Saturday, April 15 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm, offering opportunities for poets to sell their books, read their poems, and network with their fellow poets. The schedule is as follows: Set-up and Networking: 1:30-2:00pm Poetry Reading: 2:00-4:00pm Networking, Book Sales, and Reception (with cash bar): 4:00-5:00pm If you wish to read, please … [more]

Third Annual Poetry Fair

New Angles: 1.) Poets are welcome to participate in open mic poetry readings with a maximum three-minute reading limit per poet—a bell will ring! 2.) Poetry readings will alternate with socializing and book browsing at thirty minute intervals. 3.) Complimentary coffee and snacks will be served from 2:00-4:00 pm. Cash bar from 4:00-6:00 pm. 4.) … [more]

New Instructor: Meet Mercedes Lucero

Mercedes Lucero in describing her upcoming class, Found Forms, writes: “How we tell a story matters. Coined by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, “hermit crab” writing is a metaphor of sorts. As the crab must find its perfect shell, so too must a story find its truest form. So, what might it look like to … [more]

Lawrence Arts Center Collaborates with Zinn Writers in Residence

Mercedes Lucero and Alex Kimball Williams visit with educators at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School   Zinn Writers in Residence: In memory of their daughter Rebecca, a gifted poet and lifelong writer, Dick and Diane Zinn support a Writer in Residence each year at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, connecting 7th grade students with inspiring regional … [more]

Press Room

Exhibition ►New exhibit at Watkins Museum of History features art by Lawrence high school students Rochelle Valverde on March 25, 2016 Performance ►Lawrence-born jazz pianist Addison Frei returns for hometown gig on heels of international honors Joanna Hlavacek on March 24, 2016 Education ►Pint-sized guerrilla artists make their mark on downtown Lawrence Rochelle Valverde on March 16, 2016 Lawrence … [more]