2022-2023 Efroymson Creative Writing Reading Series

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The Efroymson Creative Writing Reading Series is hosted by Columbia College Chicago’s English and Creative Writing Department and attracts prestigious, award-winning fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and poets.

This year’s featured guest speakers are Adrian Matejka, Vievee Francis, Huascar Medina, and Terese Mailhot.

The Speakeasy presents Rye Lanae Boothe and Huascar Medina

The Speakeasy@Swordfish Tom’s presents poets Rye Lanae Boothe and Kansas poet laureate Huascar Medina- doors open at 6, the reading starts at 7 pm. Free for all with a one drink minimum kindly of the best cocktails in the city!

NEA Big Read Wichita Keynote: Un Mango Grows in Kansas

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Join us for a keynote address by Kansas author and poet Huascar Medina.  He is the 2019-2022 Poet Laureate of Kansas and currently resides in Lawrence.  As a Latino living in Kansas, Medina has experienced firsthand the “otherness” spoken of by Esperanza in Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street.  His poems capture the sense of place, the search for identity, and the need for belonging that we read about in this year’s NEA Big Read selection.

NBF Presents: The Power of Choice

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National Book Award–honored author and Kansas native Lucas Bessire (Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains, 2021 Nonfiction Finalist) and Megha Majumdar (A Burning, 2020 Fiction Longlist) examine how access and power operate in their work—from an environmental disaster in the US to a fictionalized nationalist uprising in India. Join the authors for readings and conversation moderated by Huascar Medina, Kansas Poet Laureate. Presented in partnership with the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

Live at the Local presented by LV Arts

Join us for night one of our Live at the Local event! A family friendly open mic talent show featuring Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina.
We will have an art show/gallery as well as a community art project, wine, cocktails, and local snacks.
Help us bring a more diverse art experience to Leavenworth by showing up and showing out with whatever talent you have!
visit our website www.lvarts.info to register for open mic ahead of time and you’ll receive a gift from us.

Conscious Love – Teresa Dirks, Poet TL Sanders & Huascar Medina

This Art Collaboration includes paintings by Teresa Dirks and poetry by Huascar Medina and Poet T.L.Sanders inspired by John Coltrane’s, “A Love Supreme” and our humanity during the pandemic. Please join us in celebrating Conscious Love, August 27, 2021, 5-8 p.m. at the historical Frank Lloyd Wright church:
Community Christian Church
4601 Main Street
Kansas City, MO, 64112
Poetry performance at 6 and 7 p.m.
*Masks are required and appreciated.

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The latest book of poetry by Huascar E. Medina, in Spanish and English.