Poetry Series

2019 Salina Poetry Series

The Spring Poetry Reading Series will be at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in April. The first four readings will be in the library's Prescott Room. Admission costs $5, or $3.50 for students, at the door. The final reading will be at SPARK, 146 S. Santa Fe, and will be free. The series is sponsored by Salina Public Library and Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, and SPARK Artist Resource Exchange.

Following each reading, SPARK, 146 S. Santa Fe, will host receptions. Meet and mingle with the Salina Poetry Series poets and other poetry lovers.

Ruth Williams

Tuesday, April 2 Ι 7 p.m. | Salina Public Library

Ruth Williams is the author of “Flatlands” (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), a full-length collection of poetry, as well as a poetry chapbook, “Conveyance” (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, jubilat, Pleiades, and Third Coast among others. She has also published creative nonfiction in Crab Orchard Review, DIAGRAM, and South Loop Review. Ruth holds a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA in creative writing, poetry from Eastern Washington University. She is an assistant professor of English at William Jewell College where she teaches workshops in poetry and creative nonfiction as well as courses in American, women’s and ethnic literature. She also serves as an editor for Bear Review, a literary journal.

A performance by songwriter and guitarist Catfish Jones, of Salina, will precede the reading. Ruth will be introduced by Lindsborg poet Linda Lewis.

Traci Brimhall

Tuesday, April 9 Ι 7 p.m. | Salina Public Library

Traci Brimhall is the author of “Saudade” (Copper Canyon, 2017), “Our Lady of the Ruins” (W.W. Norton, 2012), and “Rookery” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), as well as “Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod” (forthcoming Copper Canyon, 2020). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry. A 2013 NEA Fellow, she’s currently an associate professor of creative writing at Kansas State University.

A performance by singer Alex Cosco and guitarist Ben James, of Salina, will precede the reading. Traci will be introduced by Salina poet Emery Diercks.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Tuesday, April 16 Ι 7 p.m. | Salina Public Library

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally-recognized writer and performer. Her poem “Like Totally Whatever” won the National Poetry Slam Competition in 2015. Her Amazon-best-selling book “Peluda” (Button poetry) explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal and what it means to belong. Her work has been featured in REMEZCLA, The Guardian, Vulture, Bustle, Glamour Magazine, The Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and BBC Mundo. She is an MFA candidate at New York University where she started teaching this spring.

A performance by songwriter and guitarist Sadie Ward, of Salina, will precede the reading. Melissa will be introduced by Salina poet and publisher Jason Ryberg.

Meghann Plunkett

Tuesday, April 23 Ι 7 p.m. | Salina Public Library

Meghann Plunkett is a poet, coder and dog enthusiast. She was named a Best New Poet of 2018 and was the winner of the 2017 Missouri Review’s Editors’ Prize and the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She has also been anthologized in the 2017 Best of Net Anthology selected by Eduardo C. Corral. Meghann holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she was recognized by the Academy of American Poets in 2016 and 2017. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a writer in residence at Omega Institution and serves as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal.

A performance by songwriter and guitarist Anita Chase, of Salina, will precede the reading. Meghann will be introduced by Lindsborg poet Jackie Ash.

Jen Harris & Emery Diercks

Tuesday, April 30 | 7 p.m. | SPARK Artist Resource Exchange

Poet Jen Harris, of Kansas City, is a professional public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, published author, founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. Nationally recognized in the aforementioned, she works as an advocate to incorporate spoken word poetry as a form of peer-based mental health therapy.

Emery Diercks, of Salina, is a spoken word artist and writer whose relevant, poignant, and stark work is inspired by everything from parenting to politics. She wrote “this is not a love note” in 2014 and plans to release another collection of her work soon. Diercks has performed across the country, including at Speak Easy Poets in Topeka, Uptown Arts Bar in Kansas City, and in Buffalo, N.Y.

Songwriter and guitarist David Snyder, of McPherson, will perform prior to the reading at SPARK.

Poetry Series Workshop

A Sense of Place with Ruth Williams

April 2 Ι 2-4 p.m.
McKenzie Center, 308 W. Elm St.
Registration required.

Ruth Williams will help workshop participants explore the theme of place. She will share model poems about place and lead a discussion about how to use descriptions of landscape in their work to evoke emotions. Participants will work on writing exercises to produce some work around the theme. There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required.