Wild Hybrid Reality Tales

I am captivated by the storytelling of Jackalope Lamat Kelly, also known as Jack or Jaq. The short stories and flash fiction in Jackalope by Denise Low feature the Indigenous-centered, anthropomorphic and playful excursions of one inter-gender cryptid. These tales are based on the long-lived legend of a hybrid offspring from a jackrabbit mating with…
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J. Drew Lanham: An Interview In Anticipation Of His First Visit To Kansas

I’m not the only one who views J. Drew Lanham as a superhero of advocacy for the natural world—especially for greater participation among people of color as well as increased revelry for birds! Lawrence Public Library is partnering with community organizations for Dr. Lanham’s visit—including the Langston Hughes Center of KU as part of our…
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019: Talking the poetry of truth with Beth Ann Fennelly

Polli and Kate had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, about her collection of micro-memoirs, Heating & Cooling, as well as the intersections between poetry, memoir, and fiction. They also name her an honorary Scorpio. Listen in:  Learn more about Beth Ann Fennelly and her innumerable talents and awards…
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America Will Be!

Last December, still in a post election funk (that has yet to dissipate) and shifting books, I stumbled across an illustrated copy of a Langston Hughes poem, "Let America Be America Again." The poem’s title seemed to riff on a now distant campaign slogan (I never imagined I’d miss the 2016 campaign), and it caught…
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Writing Where You Live: Diverse & Literary Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence has a vibrant, diverse literary heritage. Read on to discover notable writers connected to Lawrence and learn about local author events. If you aspire to write and share your own writing, local opportunities are included as well.  Whether you’re a reader or writer, there’s useful information for everyone.   Lawrence’s notable authors include so…
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