Poet Laureate of Kansas™

Kevin Rabas
Photo courtesy of Dave Leiker

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

Kevin is a poet, jazz musician, and professor who teaches poetry and playwriting at Emporia State University. He also chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. His collection of poems, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, was a Kansas Notable Book in 2010 and a winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. He is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, and the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, among others. His most recent poetry collection, Songs for My Father: Poems & Stories, was published by Meadowlark in 2016.

How to Bring the Poet Laureate of Kansas™ to Your Community

Kevin Rabas is available free-of-charge to Kansas nonprofit organizations. 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

1. Contact Kevin and confirm time, date, and location: krabas(at)emporia.edu
2. Immediately apply for funding through the Speakers Bureau process. Find out how. (Please note: Completed applications, including the DUNS number, must be submitted six weeks before the event date to considered for funding. KHC is not able to fund applications that do not meet this requirement.)
3. Publicize your event. Download a press release, speaker bio, and KHC logo poster.
4. Tell us how it went. After the event, download and fill out a Poet Laureate evaluation and email them to Iesha Kincaid: info(at)kansashumanities.org.

Contact Iesha Kincaid at info(at)kansashumanities.org or (785) 357-0359 for more information.

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Poet Laureate Events

Click here for a list of upcoming Poet Laureate of Kansas™ events.


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 Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust, Overland Park
KHC’s Friends of the Humanities