Kansas Poet Laureate Completes Salina Poetry Series

The current Kansas Poet Laureate will conclude the 38and Salina Spring Poetry Series.

According to Salina Arts & Humanities, the poetry series concludes on Tuesday, April 26 with a reading by Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. at the Homewood Suites (115 E. Mulberry St.) in the outdoor courtyard. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to make a donation to support the costs of guest artists. A cash bar will be available for refreshments, and reservations can be made at YaYa’s Euro Bistro (251 S. Santa Fe Ave.) by calling 785-515-2422 for pre- or post-event dining.

“Salina is a great artistic city. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to read in such a passionate community for the arts. The creative atmosphere in places like Salina allows for a climate of possibility. I am compelled to read new works and, of course, poems from Un Mango Grows in Kansas,” says Huascar Medina.

“Huascar played an important role as curating poet in this year’s poetry series,” said Anna Pauscher Morawitz, operations and development manager at Salina Arts & Humanities. “We are privileged to have met the poets selected by Huascar for this month’s readings, and now we have the opportunity to listen to and celebrate his work.”

Huascar Medina is the current Kansas Poet Laureate (2019-2022), editor of seveneightfive magazine, creator/host of Kansas is lit on 785live.com, editor at South Broadway Press and freelance writer. He has published two books of poetry, A mango grows in Kansas (2020) and How to hang the moon (2017). His lyrics have appeared in The New York Times, Latino Book Review, Flint Hills Review and elsewhere.

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