State poet to read at Bowlus tonight

By SUSAN LYNN
Register Editor

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is using her position as Poet Laureate of Kansas to inspire others to write.
Mirriam-Goldberg lead a writing workshop Tuesday morning for students at Allen County Community College and in the evening for a small audience at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
The workshops were anything but. Their purpose was to get “people to leave things behind,” Mirriam-Goldberg said at Tuesday evening’s forum. Indeed. In two exercises, participants seemed to travel into their inner sanctums pulling up memories and experiences that were re-leased into words.
“Words can open up your life,” Mirriam-Goldberg said.
The simple exercises also brought relative strangers together with self-revealing writings.
“There’s tremendous writing talent even in the smallest communities,” Mirriam-Goldberg said.
This afternoon, Mirriam-Goldberg will instruct others how to set up a writing workshop. Such workshops are often offered as six to eight weekly sessions.
Those interested in participating in a writing workshop should contact Susie McKinnis at 365-8461 or smckinnis@allencc.edu, or Skip Becker at 365-6225 or by e-mail at studio715@cox.net.
Tonight the poet, who has written 10 books, including the memoir, “The Sky Begins at Your Feet,” and a new collection of poetry, “Landed,” will read excerpts of her writings beginning at 7 o’clock in the Creitz Recital Hall in the Bowlus.