Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Lawrence Public Library interviews Ks. Poet Laureate Eric McHenry

Adam Hummell interviews the current Kansas Poet Laureate for the Lawrence Public Library, in anticipation of his reading. Thanks to Eric for the kind mention of Kanas poets, including former poets laureate (Jonathan Holden, Denise Low, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Wyatt Townley) and Kansas-connected poets Gwendolyn Brooks, William Stafford, and Albert Goldbarth. Thanks to Hummell for the insightful interview plus links. The interview begins:

“Language lovers of all ages are in for a treat this Thursday [Aug. 27, 2015] night: Eric McHenry, the current Kansas Poet Laureate, will be speaking at a special free event in the library auditorium at 7:00 pm. Along with being the author of the award-winning poetry collection, Potscrubber Lullabies, and the gleeful and heartwarming children’s picture book, Mommy, Daddy, Evan, Sage, McHenry is also Professor of Creative Writing at Washburn University, where I had the privilege of having him as both an adviser and instructor. I quickly found him to be one of the warmest, most intelligent people I’ve ever met. As a poet he is insightful, erudite, and playful; as an advisor and educator he was always approachable and encouraging, consistently brilliant, witty, and always engaging. . . “

For the full interview: