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
Click here for a list of upcoming Poet Laureate of Kansas™ events.
Poet Laureate of Kansas™ Press Releases, Articles, & Interviews
- Twelve Communities to Host Poet Laureate of Kansas™ Events, July 13, 2015 (PDF)
- Eric McHenry named Poet Laureate of Kansas™, April 16, 2015 (PDF)
- Three Rules for Poets from the New Laureate of Kansas (Plus: Leonard Nimoy), KCUR, April 16, 2015
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
Kent and Susan Garlinghouse
Russell and Jane Greene
The Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust, Overland Park
KHC’s Friends of the Humanities.
Click here to make a donation in support of the Poet Laureate of Kansas™ program.