Eisenhower Presidential Library, Topeka, KS—constituents meeting with the Chair of National Endowment for the Humanities
Eisenhower Presidential Library
Eisenhower Presidential Library


Wyatt gives readings, talks, and workshops regionally and nationally. She offers workshops in combination with programs—a reading with a writing workshop, a poetry workshop with a yoga class (poetry and poetry-in-motion!). Here's a list of services and programs.

Hesston College, Hesston, KS
Hesston College
Hesston College
She has worked with youngsters of all ages, from grade school through Ph.D candidates, kids through seniors—and one reading dog. For a sampling of past appearances, click here.

Featured Speaker/Visiting Author:

Selected Conferences

  • William Stafford Centennial Celebration, Opening Address, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
  • Kansas Library Association Annual Conference, Opening Address, Sunflower Ballroom, Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS
  • Kansas Book Festival, Kickoff Presentation, Kansas Statehouse, Topeka, KS
  • Transformative Language Arts Annual Conference, Kickoff Presentation with five poets laureate, Excelsior Springs, MO
  • Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education, Annual Conference, Wichita, KS
  • Kansas Sierra Club, Poetic Invocation, Biennial Conference, Topeka, KS
  • Annual Festival of Writers, Kickoff Presentation, Rensselaerville, NY
  • Swan Arts Festival, Kickoff Presentation, Carnegie Cultural Center, Ottawa, KS
  • North Central Kansas Library System Book Fair, Manhattan, KS
  • Lindsborg Midsummer Festival, Lindsborg, KS
  • Astra Arts Festival, The Landon House, Independence, KS
  • Kansas Reading Association Annual Conference, Emporia, KS
  • Maple Woods Writers Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • The Kansas City Literary Festival, Kansas City, MO
  • The Kansas Book Festival, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Wichita, KS
  • River City Reading Festival, Lawrence, KS
  • Kanza Days Festival, Kansas Voices Winners Reading, Winfield, KS
  • Poets-at-Large, Top Poets of the Midwest, Kansas City, MO
  • Heart of America Writers Conference, Overland Park, KS
  • The New York Book Fair, New York, NY
  • The Small Press Book Fair, Kickoff Presentation, New York, NY

Selected Universities

  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Waldorf University Distinguished Visiting Writer Series, Forest City, IA
  • Pittsburg State University Distinguished Writers Series, Pittsburg, KS
  • Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Center for Poets & Writers, Tulsa, OK
  • University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS
  • Hesston College, Hesston, KS
  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Friends University, Wichita, KS
  • Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
  • Washburn University, Topeka, KS
  • Emporia State University, The Teachers College, Emporia, KS
  • Cottey College, Nevada, MO
  • Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
  • The University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Selected Organizations

  • Academy of American Poets, Honorary Host Poet, "Poetry and the Creative Mind," Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  • Eisenhower Presidential Library, Closing Address, constituents and the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Abilene, KS
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  • Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, New York, NY
  • Taller Latinoamericano, New York, NY
  • The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
  • Koester House Museum, Marysville, KS
  • The Writers Place, Kansas City, MO
  • Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
  • Books & Company, Dayton, OH
  • Salina Poetry Series, Salina, KS
  • Kansas Author Dinner, Marriott Ballroom, Wichita, KS
  • The Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS
  • The Kansas City Public Library, Truman Auditorium, Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, KS
  • National Library Week Writer-in-Residence, Pioneer Memorial Library, Colby, KS
  • Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, Salina, KS
  • Camp Bluebird for those living with cancer, Parkville, MO
  • The Pomegranate Series, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • The Simpson House Series, Kansas City, MO
  • The Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
  • National Speakers Association, Kansas City, MO
  • The Small Press Center, New York, NY

Selected Schools

  • Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, MO
  • Cunningham School, Cunningham, KS
  • Leawood Elementary School, Leawood, KS
  • Brookwood Elementary School, Leawood, KS
  • Santa Fe Trail Elementary School, Overland Park, KS
  • Trailwood Elementary School, Overland Park, KS
  • Stilwell Elementary School, Stilwell, KS
  • Roeland Park Elementary School, Mission, KS
  • Gracemor Elementary School, Kansas City, MO
  • Pinkerton Elementary School, Kansas City, MO
  • Dorothy Moody Elementary School, Overland Park, KS
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Day School, Kansas City, MO
  • Gladstone Academy, Kansas City, MO
  • Paseo Academy for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO

Selected Radio Interviews

  • KPR, Interviewed by Kaye McIntyre
  • NPR, New Letters on the Air, Poets Laureate program, with Angela Elam
  • WHBU-AM, Interviewed by Leland Franklin, Indianapolis, IN
  • WEXT-FM , Interviewed by Shawn Michaels, Milwaukee, MN
  • WPHM-AM , Interviewed by Paul Miller, Detroit, MI
  • KBYG-AM, Interviewed by Brian Michaelz, El Paso, TX
  • WBZ-AM, Interviewed by Deb Lawler, Boston, MA
  • WBSM-AM, Interviewed by Pete Braley, Providence, RI
  • WOBM-FM, Interviewed by Lisa Leonard, Monmouth, NJ
  • WGBR-AM, Interviewed by Wayne Alley, Raleigh, NC
  • KCMN-AM, Interviewed by Tron Simpson, Colorado Springs, CO
  • WACK-AM, Interviewed by Larry Ann Evans, Rochester, NY
  • WICO-AM, Interviewed by Bill Reddish, Salisbury, MD
  • WZYX-AM, Interviewed by Jeff Pennington, Nashville, TN
  • KPQ-AM, Interviewed by Ken Johannessen, Seattle, WA
  • ABC Network (national), The Owen Spann Show
  • ABC Network (national), The Karen Grant Show
  • WJR, Detroit, MI
  • KIRO, Seattle, WA
  • Jubilee Radio Network (national)
  • KKFI, Kansas City, MO
  • KAJX, Interviewed by John Noonan, Aspen, CO
  • WPON, Art in the Air Poetry Winners, Detroit, MI
  • Star 102, Sunday Star Magazine with Laurie Roberts, Kansas City, MO

Selected Television Appearances

  • Oklahoma Public Television, Writing Outloud, Tulsa, OK
  • WOR-TV, The Joe Franklin Show, New York, NY
  • KCTV5, The Early Show with Carolyn Long, Kansas City area
  • News Five at Noon, Kansas City area
  • FOX-4, Morning News, Kansas City area
  • KMBC, News at Five with Karen Kornacki, Kansas City area
  • WDAF-TV, Midday with Gary Lezak, Kansas City area
  • KOTV, Noon Update, Tulsa, OK
  • JCCC, It's Our Community, 30-minute interview with Dr. Mary Cohen, Kansas City
  • NYC cable, Dance On, 30-minute interview with Billy McClain, New York, NY
Big ideas from little ones
Big ideas from little ones
Big ideas from little ones

Contact Wyatt about your needs. To help fund a visit, Poets & Writers offers grants to bring listed authors (Wyatt is one) to a wider audience. Click here for more information.

To help with publicity, here's Wyatt's media kit with author photo, cover of Wyatt’s newest book, and sample press release.

Reviews | Comments

"It was absolutely wonderful to have a poet of her caliber....'Letters from Home: Writing from the Body' was an extraordinary journey into the landscape of the senses. The combination of guided imagery and experiential prompts produced a deep and at times startling awareness of the synergistic relationship between mind, body, and the mystery sometimes referred to as soul."

—Maril Crabtree, director of education, the writers place

"Absolutely delightful....The younger students were enchanted with the storytelling sessions; the older students were motivated by the classroom writing lessons. Without exception, our students and staff were pleased. Our students are stronger, more creative writers due to this opportunity."

—Diane Feeley, principal, santa fe trail elementary school

"Children truly turn into writers right before your eyes....a must-do for any school in which 'improving written language' is an area of emphasis. Cultural Arts monies will be well spent, ensuring lasting results."

—Nancy Worth, fourth grade teacher, brookwood elementary

"Suffice to say, the Townleys are extraordinary people—talented and successful writers, well versed about contemporary poetry as well as fiction and journalism, passionate about their craft, compassionate toward their students....The students consistently raved about them."

—Ann Slegman, director, writers in the schools

"Outstanding work....an excellent program for our students. I would highly recommend Wyatt Townley to other schools seeking to help students improve their writing skills."

—Doug Harris, principal, leawood elementary school