January 12, 2017

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Celebrate Kansas Day with Notable Kansas Authors at the Library

In honor of Kansas Day 2017, the Wichita Public Library is offering two free literary programs on Sunday, January 29 celebrating our state's literary culture.

At 2:00 p.m. the Library welcomes Kansas' current Poet Laureate, Professor Eric McHenry, to share his poetry and experiences in this honored role. Professor McHenry is a nationally known poet and associate professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka. His work has been featured in publications such as Poetry International, Slate, Yale Review, and Topeka magazine, among many others. He also contributes poetry reviews for the New York Times and Columbia magazine. Odd Evening, his third book of poems was published in 2016. A fifth-generation Topeka native, he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry seven times and received the Theodore Roethke Prize in 2011. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies, earned him the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007, the largest American prize for a first book of poetry. Professor McHenry's visit is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

At 3:30 p.m. the public is invited to celebrate Kansas cooking with Frank and Jayni Carey, authors of The New Kansas Cookbook: Rural Roots, Modern Table, just released in October 2016. The Careys are well known for their previous cookbook The Kansas Cookbook: Recipes from the Heartland. They will speak about Kansas's rich tradition of cooking by farmers, ranchers, chefs, and home cooks, using fresh ingredients from farmer's markets and vegetable gardens from across the state.

A full listing of programs happening at all Wichita Public Library locations is available on the events calendar at

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