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Kansas Day: Poet Laureate Eric McHenry

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Central Library
Auditorium
In honor of Kansas Day 2017, Wichita Public Library welcomes Kansas' current Poet Laureate, Professor Eric McHenry, to share his poetry and experiences in this honored role. Eric 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, will be published by Waywiser Press in 2016. A fifth-generation Topeka native, Eric 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.
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Kansas Day: Cookbook Authors Jayni & Frank Carey

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Central Library
Auditorium
In honor of Kansas Day, we're celebrating Kansas cooking with Frank and Jayni Carey, authors of The New Kansas Cookbook: Rural Roots, Modern Table, just released in October 2016 by the University of Kansas Press.  The Careys are well-known for their previous cookbook The Kansas Cookbook: Recipes from the Heartland (1989).  In this session, you'll learn more 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.
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