Kansas Humanities Council seeks applications for poet laureate of Kansas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2013

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracy Quillin, Director of Communications Kansas Humanities Council tracy@kansashumanities.org (785) 357-3059 www.kansashumanities.org

Kansas Humanities Council announces Poet Laureate of Kansas program and invites applications

Topeka - The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) has announced plans for the Poet Laureate of Kansas. A new program for KHC, the position of Poet Laureate will help promote the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans. More information is available at www.kansashumanities.org.

“The Poet Laureate of Kansas program is a strong addition to the humanities programming supported by the Kansas Humanities Council,” said Gene Merry, chair of the KHC Board of Directors. “Through public events and outreach, the Poet Laureate of Kansas brings Kansans together to share insights and engage in meaningful conversations through poetry.”

KHC invites Kansas poets with a strong interest in public engagement to apply to serve as the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Kansas. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013. Complete eligibility requirements and application instructions are available at www.kansashumanities.org. The announcement of the new Poet Laureate of Kansas is planned for April to coincide with National Poetry Month.

The Poet Laureate of Kansas program is made possible with a gift from Lon Frahm, Colby. A current member of KHC’s board of directors, Frahm is a lifelong supporter of the humanities and arts in Kansas.

“Admittedly, I am not a student of poetry,” shared Frahm. “However, I very much support our state having a poet laureate. The concept really appeals to me. Certainly, it will benefit the entire cultural life of Kansas. And, as a sixth generation Kansan, I think that’s important.”

“The Kansas Humanities Council is fortunate to have dedicated and generous Council members, like Lon Frahm, who help make it possible for us to provide wonderful programs for the people of Kansas,” said Deborah Divine, chair of the fundraising committee of KHC’s board of directors. “KHC appreciates Lon's generosity in funding the Poet Laureate of Kansas program as well as the contributions of all of our donors.”

Those interested in donating to the Kansas Humanities Council in support of the Poet Laureate of Kansas program should visit www.kansashumanities.org or contact the Kansas Humanities Council at (785) 357-0359.

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.

More information about the Poet Laureate of Kansas call for applications is available at www.kansashumanities.org or by calling (785) 357-0359.

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