Lawrence Writer Named Kansas Poet Laureate

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Governor Kathleen Sebelius and the Kansas Arts Commission named a Lawrence writer as the state's next poet laureate.

Dr. Carolyn Mirriam-Goldberg's two year term will begin in July and run through June 2011.

During that time she will hold workshops, a special reading series, and school programs to foster a greater appreciation for the reading and writing of poetry in the Sunflower State.

"Through offering writing workshops, readings and training people to lead ongoing writing circles in their communities, my goal is to help emerging as well as experienced writers throughout Kansas find enduring community, lift up their voices, and share their most vibrant stories, insights and perceptions,” Mirriam-Goldberg said in a statement.

Mirriam-Goldberg has master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas and has trained in community organizing at the Midwest Academy, poetry therapy at the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, and facilitation and group process through the bioregional movement.

A 2006 recipient of a Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship in poetry, Mirriam-Goldberg has been an artist-in-residence at the Rocky Mountain National Park as well as a Phoenix Award honoree by the City of Lawrence, and has received numerous other honors.

Mirriam-Goldberg’s poet laureate project, Writing Across Kansas: Reading and Writing Our Way Home, hopes to strengthen the presence of poetry in Kansas, build literary communities statewide and enhance Kansans' sense of place through poetry. The project brings together communities and emerging poets through writing workshops and ongoing poetry circles.