Wyatt Townley at the Hutchinson Public Library

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Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley spoke at the Hutchinson Public Library Friday, February 27.  Townley’s theme was “Coming Home” to poetry.

Townley said people often get bogged down in wondering what a poem means and she says that’s not the way to approach it. She says no one knows what poems mean, including the poets.

Wyatt Townley is a widely published, nationally known poet and a fourth-generation Kansan. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor, in US Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and published in journals ranging from “The Paris Review” to “Newsweek.” She has published three collections of poetry: “The Breathing Field” (Little Brown), “Perfectly Normal” (The Smith), and “The Afterlives of Trees” (Woodley Press), a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award.

A founding board member of The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO, Townley has served as a teaching artist with Young Audiences and Writers in the Schools program, and has appeared at writers’ conferences and literary festivals in the Midwest and Northeast.

See more photos and read more about the evening at Patsy’s Ponderings.

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Poet Wyatt Townley at Library Friday Night

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The Hutchinson Public Library will host “Coming Home to Poetry: A Conversation with Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley”, on Friday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. The free program which will take place on the main floor of the Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N Main St. A book signing will be held directly following the event.

Wyatt Townley is a widely published, nationally known poet and a fourth-generation Kansan. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor, in US Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and published in journals ranging from “The Paris Review” to “Newsweek.” She has published three collections of poetry: “The Breathing Field” (Little Brown), “Perfectly Normal” (The Smith), and “The Afterlives of Trees” (Woodley Press), a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award.

A founding board member of The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO, Townley has served as a teaching artist with Young Audiences and Writers in the Schools program, and has appeared at writers’ conferences and literary festivals in the Midwest and Northeast.

“The notion of ‘home’ is a long-held Kansas value, and I’ve started a conversation around the state about coming home to poetry,” said Townley. “Poetry is a place we can return to in all kinds of weather, with its innate power to heal and comfort, transform and inspire. Its porch light is always on.”

The Poet Laureate of Kansas is a program made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. Townley explores the humanities through public readings, presentations, and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

For more information about Wyatt Townley’s visit in Hutchinson contact Annette Smith, Hutchinson Public Library, 620-663-5441, ext. 132, or visit www.hutchpl.org.

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Hutch Info for Week of Feb. 23

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Dusk Photography Masterclass with Dave McKane

Dave McKane showing some of the light trails he photographed in Hutchinson on an earlier trip.

Dave McKane showing some of the light trails he photographed in Hutchinson on an earlier trip.

Dave McKane is offering a photography Masterclass on March 9 at the Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N. Main. It will be in the second floor auditorium.  The class is free and begins at 6 p.m. It will last a little over an hour and be followed by a field shoot near the Fox Theatre, 18 E 1st.

Dave McKane is the Principal of the Institute of Photography in Dublin, Ireland. He has been shooting night and dusk photography for the last 20 years. During this unique Masterclass you will learn key elements of dusk/night photography including how to:

• Research and identify great locations
• Calculating when the ‘Blue Moment’ will occur
• Take control of the key camera settings for dusk and night photography to ensure the sharpest shots
• Use light trails to add an extra something to your shots
• Use and manipulate Raw files for the best control over exposure and white balance
• Use of masks and layers in Photoshop/Elements to bring out all the important detail in your shots
• Sharpening techniques for printing your shots

Attendees are welcome to join a special shoot held immediately after the Masterclass, in downtown Hutchinson at the Fox Theatre, 18 E 1st Ave. On this shoot all Masterclass attendees will receive special instruction as to how to squeeze the best out of the scene. Any kind of digital camera is suitable for this field trip, just be sure to have it fully charged. A tripod is vital and a cable or remote release would be helpful, particularly if trying to capture light trails.

For more information contact Annette at 620-663-5441 ext 132 or email amsmith59@gmail.com.

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The Late Night Callers at Stage 9

tlncThe Late Night Callers perform at Stage 9 on March 7 at 8:30 p.m. Stage 9 is at 9 North Main in Hutchinson. The Late Night Callers feature singer, Julie Berndsen, a Hutchinson native. They have been described as Kansas City’s own Noir-a-Go-Go sensations.

This fundraiser concert includes complimentary soft drinks, sangria, beer and snacks during the performance.

“The Late Night Callers have been referred to as “Patsy Cline singing for Portishead,” and “Sexy Lounge Rock.” They have been repeatedly recognized in the Kansas City music scene.

Tickets are $20 in advance through February 20, and $25 after that. Buy tickets by clicking here.

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Hutch Info

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Talk20 Hutch – July 24, 2015 – Save the Date

talk20hutch-FB-20150724Talk20 Hutch is July 24, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library. The library is at 901 N. Main Street. The event will be downstairs, so there’s plenty of room for everyone who wants to attend.

Talk20 Hutch brings people together to learn, listen, and engage over a variety of topics. The event is free and open to the public.

Ten community members show 20 photographs, and speak for only 20 seconds per slide (a total of a little over 6 minutes). The slides are on a timer, so the format is set. The total time of the event is around 90 minutes, including an intermission halfway through.

For additional information, check talk20hutch.com, or facebook.com/talk20hutch.

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Monuments Men Author Robert Edsel at Dillon Lecture Series

The 2015 Dillon Lecture Series kicks off on Tuesday, February 10, with Robert Edsel, author of the book, “The Monuments Men.” The lecture is at the Hutchinson Sports Arena on 11th, between Plum and Severance Streets. It begins at 10:30 a.m.

Edsel, a former professional tennis player and oilman, founded the Monuments Men Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of art and antiquities. His book was made into the motion picture, “The Monuments Men,” starring George Clooney.

Individual tickets for the Dillon lectures are also available for $10, with all students and HCC faculty/staff admitted free.

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Egghead Sculpture Staying in Hutchinson

eggheadThe sculpture, “Egghead,” by Kimber Fiebiger is the People’s Choice Award Winner for the 2014 Hutchinson SculptureWalk. “Egghead” has been at 3rd and Main Street, and will now have a permanent home somewhere in downtown Hutchinson!

“Egghead” is one of four bronze egg sculptures by Fiebiger that have been here for the past year’s SculptureWalk. The others are at the corner of 4th and Main, near 3rd and Main, and in front of Bluebird Books at Sherman and Main.

Click for more details about the SculptureWalk.

 

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