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Cover Story KC Star Magazine
Denise Low
KS Poet Laureate
Denise Low
Colette Inez
Colette Inez
Ted Kooser
US Poet Laureate
Ted Kooser
Kaye McIntyre
Kaye McIntyre
Garrison Keeler Garrison Keeler
Rev. Patricia Bass
Rev. Patricia Bass
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
KS Poet Laureate
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Media + News

click here to read! The New York Times published Wyatt's letter about the dismissive tone of its article, "Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication."
click here to read! Little Free Library—A victory for books, community, and Spencer Collins, the young reader who made a Little Free Library only to get a notice from his Kansas hometown to take it down. He took his case to City Hall, and Wyatt showed up to support the cause.
click here to read! Wyatt mounts her campaign to become the first poet in space: Mind's Eye: "A Conversation with Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley."
click here to read! Kansas Magazine profile of Wyatt, "a master engineer of words and a creator of worlds that are beautiful, mysterious, and compelling."
click here to read! "Is art a necessary part of the curriculum? Is breathing a necessary part of being human?" Read Wyatt's take on the value of art in education in Kansas English: The Journal of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English.
click here to read! "In a grandiose style, how would someone introduce you to a crowded room?" Wyatt had fun with this question, among others, in "Interview with Three Kansas Poets Laureate," The Museum of Americana.
click here to read! What a generous cover story! Read Kansas City Star Magazine's artful profile of Wyatt as poet laureate.
click here to read! Read Wyatt's article about becoming Poet Laureate of Kansas and coming home to poetry.
click here to visit the facebook page! Okay, last on the block, but since becoming State Poet Laureate, Wyatt has joined Facebook to spread the word on all things poetry: www.facebook.com/WyattTownley.PoetLaureate.

click here to read! Wyatt has been selected as the Poet Laureate of Kansas. For more information, click here and visit the Kansas Humanities Council.
Wyatt's poetry has again been nominated by Colette Inez for The Pushcart Prize!
click here to read! Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser featured a poem from The Afterlives of Trees in his syndicated weekly column, American Life in Poetry, appearing in hundreds of newspapers nationwide. Click the newspaper icon to read.
click here to listen! The inimitable Kaye McIntyre interviews Wyatt on KPR about her Kansas Notable Book (8 minutes).


click here to read! Good news! Wyatt's book, The Afterlives of Trees, was selected by the State Library as a Kansas Notable Book.

click here to listen! Garrison Keillor selected a poem from The Afterlives of Trees to read on his NPR show. Hear "Fire" in GK's smooth baritone.

A good day gets better: Wyatt just learned that her new book, The Afterlives of Trees, won The Nelson Poetry Book Award.


click here to read! Guest columnist for Good Health KC. Read the column (on sitting, breathing, growing) here.


click here to read! Who'd a thunk they'd do a cover story? Here's "Love and Literature&Wyatt and Roderick Townley: Roots that Anchor and Entwine" in The Best Times.

click here to listen! Unity minister Patricia Bass chose a poem from The Afterlives of Trees for her talk on Grief. Click to hear "But You."


Click here to read the poem. Two poems from Wyatt's new book, The Afterlives of Trees, won the To the Stars poetry contest sponsored by the Kansas Arts Commission and chosen by our State Poet Laureate. Read "Centering the House" and "Inside the Snow Globe."