Every Tuesday in April, Salina Public Library, Salina Arts and Humanities, and SPARK Artist Resource Exchange will bring poets to Salina for the 36th year of the Salina Poetry Series.

Poetry Contest

Do You Haiku?
Now-Sunday, March 15
Submissions to: [email protected]
In celebration of the upcoming Poetry Month, we are accepting submissions of original poetry in the form of Haiku. Celebrate springtime by utilizing the theme of metamorphosis in your poem. All submissions are due by Sunday, March 15, to [email protected] Please include name, email and phone number in case chosen as a finalist or winner.

Exhibit
On Display: Wednesday, April 1-Thursday, April 30
Reception: Friday, April 3 | 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Gallery 708
Poetry contest finalists’ poems will be displayed in Gallery 708. At the end of the month, a winner will be chosen by Huascar Medina 2019-21 Poet Laureate of Kansas.

Salina Poetry Series Readings

Adrian MatejkaAdrian Matejka
Tuesday, April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
Adults and Teens
No registration or fee; donations accepted
Location: Prescott Room; book signing and reception immediately following in Gallery 708
Adrian Matejka, poet laureate of Indiana, has been awarded the NAACP Image Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize, among others. His recent books are “Map of the Stars” and “The Big Smoke.” He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Jeanetta Calhoun MishJeanetta Calhoun Mish
Tuesday, April 14 | 6:30 p.m.

Adults and Teens
No registration or fee; donations accepted
Location: Prescott Room; book signing and reception immediately following in Gallery 708
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a scholar, poet, essayist and Oklahoma State Poet Laureate. Her recent books are a poetry collection, “What I Learned at the War” and “Oklahomeland: Essays.” Dr. Mish directs The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA at Oklahoma City University.

Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of KansasHuascar Medina
Tuesday, April 21 | 6:30 p.m.
Adults and Teens
No registration or fee; donations accepted
Location: Prescott Room; book signing and reception immediately following in Gallery 708
Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. His poems can be found in his collections “How to Hang the Moon” and “Un Mango Grows in Kansas.” Additional Funding for this program was provided by the Barton P. and Mary Davidson Cohen Charitable Trust through a Humanities Kansas grant.

Jamie Lynn Heller
Tuesday, April 28 | 6:30 p.m.
Adults and Teens
No registration or fee; donations accepted
Location: Prescott Room; book signing and reception immediately following in Gallery 708
Kansas City poet Jamie Lynn Heller has work published in Prairie Schooner, Tule Review, Noctua Review, Gargoyle, Earth’s Daughters and others. Her publications include a chapbook, “Domesticated” and 2019 Kansas Notable Book “Buried in the Suburbs.”

More Poetry

Genre Poetry Writing Workshop
The library’s CLASS program will offer a series of writing workshops focusing on different genres of poetry. Take all four or pick one or two that interest you the most. Find out details and register.

First Friday Poetry Walk
Friday, April 3 | 4-7 p.m.
Location: Participating downtown businesses
This event is co-sponsored by Salina Arts & Humanities, SPARK Artist Resource Exchange and downtown partners. Map, times and poets coming soon.

SPARK Poetry Round-Robin
Saturday, April 4 | TBD
Location: TBD
Salina and area poets will play round-robin with their latest work rather than present their own poems. More details to come.