Poet Laureate - Kevin Rabas

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
Saturday, Sept. 23 * 3 p.m. * Jahn Room

Join us for a very special presentation by 2017-2019 Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas, who will discuss how poetry can illuminate the path through our daily lives, revealing beauty in the mundane tasks and objects we often overlook. With words and music, this presentation will uplift our daily experiences by exploring what poet Pablo Neruda called "ode to ordinary things."

Kevin is a poet, jazz musician, and professor who teaches poetry and playwriting at Emporia State University. He also chairs of the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. His collection of poems, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, was a Kansas Notable Book in 2010 and a winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. He is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, and the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, among others.
His most recent poetry collection, Songs for My Father: Poems & Stories, was published by Meadowlark in 2016.