Poet Laureate of Kansas™

Eric McHenry Photo credit: Kelly Magerkurth

Eric McHenry
Photo credit: Kelly Magerkurt

The Poet Laureate of Kansas promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans. Poet Laureate of Kansas™ Eric McHenry presents readings and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

How to Bring the Poet Laureate of Kansas to Your Community

Eric McHenry is available free-of-charge for 12 presentations at Kansas nonprofit organizations per year. All events must be:

  • Designed as a special event for adult, out-of-school audiences
  • At a time that allows a large public turnout
  • Free and open to the public

To schedule a presentation between June 2016 and April 2017, contact Eric McHenry at eric.mchenry(at)washburn.edu. Hurry! Slots will fill up quickly.

Poet Laureate of Kansas

Eric McHenry of Lawrence is the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Kansas. Eric is a nationally known poet and associate professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka. His work has been featured in publications such as Poetry International, Slate, Yale Review, and Topeka magazine, among many others. He also contributes poetry reviews for the New York Times and Columbia magazine. Odd Evening, his third book of poems, will be published by Waywiser Press in 2016. A fifth-generation Topeka native, Eric has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry seven times and received the Theodore Roethke Prize in 2011. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies, earned him the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007, the largest American prize for a first book of poetry.

Poet Laureate Events

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Poet Laureate of Kansas Sponsors

Support for the Poet Laureate of Kansas position depends exclusively on individual, corporate, and foundation gifts. No state or federal funds are used in support of the program. Thank you to all who make the Poet Laureate of Kansas program available as a resource for all Kansans.

The Friends of Naomi Patterson:
Carol Patterson Baldwin
David Patterson
Kent and Susan Garlinghouse
Russell and Jane Greene

The Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust, Overland Park

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