Inmates and former inmates at Lansing Prison, with Arlin Buyert, will present their poetry. An anthology of inmate poetry, Open to the Sky, will be available for purchase before and after the reading. Refreshments will be served.
Arlin Buyert was born and raised on an Iowa farm and was formally educated at Macalester College and The University of Minnesota. He has published four books of poetry and his most recent book, Poemas de la guerra, was published in Spanish in Uruguay. Arlin teaches poetry at Lansing Prison and has edited two anthologies of inmate poetry entitled Open to the Sky, (Volumes 1 and 2). His poems have been published in the Rockhurst Review, Coal City Review, Tulip Tree Press, Veterans’ Voices and others. Arlin is retired and lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife Kris Kvam.
Thomas Zvi Wilson initiated this reading series in 2001, which The Writers Place cosponsors with the Johnson County Central Resource Library. Mr. Wilson’s objective was to broaden outreach for The Writers Place and create an additional venue for poetry and prose writers to read. After Thomas’s health failed, his wife Jeanie Wilson, an emeritus board member and poetry and short story writer, has curated this popular reading series in his memory. The readings take place at the newly remodeled Johnson County Central Resource Library from 6-8 p.m. located at 9875 W. 87th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. The readings are free and include light refreshments. Donations to The Writers Place are welcome. The contact number for questions is 913-826-4600.