March 13, 2019 – Every Tuesday in April, Salina Public Library, Salina Arts and Humanities, and SPARK Artist Resource Exchange will bring poets to Salina for the 35th year of the Salina Poetry Series. This year’s schedule is:
Ruth Williams at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Salina Public Library, 301 W. Elm
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.
Traci Brimhall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at 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). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry.
Melissa Lozada-Oliva at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Salina Public Library
Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally-recognized writer and performer. Her work has been featured in REMEZCLA, The Guardian, Vulture, Bustle, Glamour Magazine, The Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and BBC Mundo.
Meghann Plunkett at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at 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.
Jen Harris & Emery Diercks at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at SPARK, 146 S. Santa Fe
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. 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.
General admission for readings at the library costs $5 and $3.50 for students at the door. The April 30 reading at SPARK is free, though donations will be accepted. Each reading will be preceded by a musical performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Receptions will be held at SPARK following each reading, with refreshments provided by Friends of the Salina Public Library.