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  • Kris Devlin
    Kris Devlin Kris Devlin
  • Kris Devlin
    Kris Devlin Kris Devlin
  • Kris Devlin
    Kris Devlin Kris Devlin
  • Kris Devlin
    Kris Devlin Kris Devlin

Now @ Gardner: Kris DevlinKris Devlin

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 to Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at Gardner Library

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the genre you work in.

Hello My Name is Kris Devlin

I was born in NJ in 1979.  I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting in 2008 with a partial scholarship funded by Hallmark.  During the day I am pleased to work with adults with developmental disabilities making art at Skills to Succeed in Olathe, KS.  My studio is located in Kansas City, MO. I work in watercolors, acrylic, and oil.

Talk about the work on view. What would you like people to know about it?

This series is an energy study.  I started a health coach program in August. I am diving into reading  about energetic lines in the human body, the science of habit change, and the awesome power of the human brain. Thinking about mindfulness and tools for  becoming grounded and the oceans that flank the US and what they have been witness too. These paintings are what I’ve been thinking and learning about. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  

What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?

To acknowledge doubts and address them. To respect my painting time as work and non negotiable on my calendar.  Writing artists statements. It is my goal for that to be a fun natural process.

Who are the other artists you look to for inspiration?

Ari Fish, Jillian Youngbird, Heart of Gold Designs, Liz Luisada, Carmen Moreno,  Devany Amber Wolfe, Jennifer Sullivan, Charline Bataille, Muffy Brandt, Emily Sall, Paula Wilson, Sjulle, Whitney Manney, Amanda Guerra, Christina Muniz …  and so many more that I’m forgetting.

What are your book/music/movie recommendations? 

Self help

Energetic Boundaries by Cindi Dale

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Artist Way by Julia Cameron

 

Ideas moving forward

Murder Incorporated by Mumia Abu - Jamal  and Stephen Vittoria

The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku

The Rooftop Revolution by Danny Kennedy

The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin

 

Fiction

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Exit West by Moshin Hamid

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

 

Introduce yourself and describe your work and the genre you work in.

Hello My Name is Kris Devlin

I was born in NJ in 1979.  I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting in 2008 with a partial scholarship funded by Hallmark.  During the day I am pleased to work with adults with developmental disabilities making art at Skills to Succeed in Olathe, KS.  My studio is located in Kansas City, MO. I work in watercolors, acrylic, and oil.

Talk about the work on view. What would you like people to know about it?

This series is an energy study.  I started a health coach program in August. I am diving into reading  about energetic lines in the human body, the... Continue »

Our Newest Picture Books

These are our newest picture books, ordered during the month of February and early Marc»

These are our newest picture books, ordered during the month of February and early Marc»

Strang Car Barn

Throwback Thursday: Strang Car Barn

Some of the most interestingly unique architecture in downtown Overland Park is the historic Strang Car Barn. This curved-roof building today houses Vinyl Renaissance & Audio.

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.  

Some of the most interestingly unique architecture in downtown Overland Park is the historic Strang Car Barn. This curved-roof building today houses Vinyl Renaissance & Audio.

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.  

Featured Staff Booklist: What the What: Brains

Want to learn how the mind works, or want to change how yours does? Check out this list »

Want to learn how the mind works, or want to change how yours does? Check out this list »

Learn Languages, Genealogy Day, and Clever Candy Lit!

We dedicate this episode of Did you hear? to learning a new Language! Use your Library card to access Mango Languages or Rosetta Stone! Learn everything from Arabic to Yiddish on your computer, tablet or smartphone!

In today’s episode, Gregg Winsor & Melissa Horak-Hern sit down with Stefanie Estes to explain just what the heck Clever Candy Lit is in our “We Recommend” discussion! But first, it’s “What’s Happening.” Dave Carson hosts Amanda Wahlmier and her guest, Angela Field, to talk about Genealogy Day!

We dedicate this episode of Did you hear? to learning a new Language! Use your Library card to access Mango Languages or Rosetta Stone! Learn everything from Arabic to Yiddish on your computer, tablet or smartphone!

In today’s episode, Gregg Winsor & Melissa Horak-Hern sit down with Stefanie Estes to explain just what the heck Clever Candy Lit is in our “We Recommend” discussion! But first, it’s “What’s Happening.” Dave Carson hosts Amanda Wahlmier and her guest, Angela Field, to talk about Genealogy Day!

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Well, sometimes spring can be an ornery cuss! There are years it's just unwilling to come when called. Here in Johnson County, we just attach it to a tractor because, hey, the parade is waiting!

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.  

Well, sometimes spring can be an ornery cuss! There are years it's just unwilling to come when called. Here in Johnson County, we just attach it to a tractor because, hey, the parade is waiting!

jocohistory.org is your place for Johnson County, Kansas history! Follow our hashtag on Twitter.  

  • Joshua Mohr
    Joshua Mohr Joshua Mohr
  • Eric Obenauf
    Eric Obenauf Eric Obenauf
  • L. L. McKinney
    L. L. McKinney L. L. McKinney
  • Ron Currie
    Ron Currie Ron Currie

2019 Writers Conference

Dine With an Author

Have you ever wanted to meet a published author up close and personal? Now might be your chance! Enter our essay contest on Submittable explaining why you and your closest friend should have dinner with conference faculty member Ron Currie

Currie is a novelist and screenwriter whose books have been translated into fifteen languages and won awards from the New York Public Library, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Library Association. His short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Believer, and elsewhere. He's a native of Maine, where he still lives. 

Currie will choose the most compelling essay and, if chosen, you and a friend will spend an evening chatting with him over dinner on Monday, November 18 from 6 - 8 pm. Dinner is on us *alcohol excluded.

Share Your Work

This year we’re also offering a conference prompt engaging with the library’s fall theme “Unlocking the Mind.” You can share your work with other local writers on our new write.as community blog by responding to the question: “How has writing helped you through difficult times?” We’ll post submissions to our conference blog and conference organizers will review and invite select local writers to share their work at the conference kickoff alongside some of our faculty on Thursday, November 14.

Check out what’s already been submitted here!

Get Feedback

This year we are offering several opportunities to have your work critiqued. 

Huascar Medina, Poet Laureate of Kansas, will offer both live editing of selected submitted works, as well as two small group poetry critique sessions. 

Stuck in the middle? Ron Currie offers a weekend intensive workshop designed to help writers with works in progress get over the hump and move towards a conclusion. 

1st Page Reads, always a popular session, will be offered both Friday and Saturday. Submit work for potential live editing by Eric Obenauf, Polly McCann, and Jessica Conoley. Learn what makes these editors keep reading on. Or what makes them click next.

Get to Work

If you’re looking to do some freewriting or jump back into a pre-existing project, we’ll be offering inspiration and space to put pen to paper. The conference will feature competitive NaNoWriMo Word Sprints for those wanting to hit their big word count goals. If you’re in need of ideas, Story in a Bag will help you begin a new story or develop a concept, or our partners from KC Zine Con will help you create a zine and leave the conference with a completed project.

The 2019 Writers Conference has more opportunities than ever to get inspired and involved.  We hope to see you there!

 

We’re excited to add Joshua Mohr to our faculty list for the 2019 Writers Conference!

If you saw Joshua Mohr when he was here in September 2018, you’ll be as excited as we are that he’s returning for the conference. He’ll be teaching about Conflict and Tension, sitting in conversation with his writing partner Ron Currie, and again with his publisher Eric Obenauf.

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times.  His novel "All This Life" won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial. 

Read an excerpt of Sirens over at BuzzFeed.

Read An Unexpected Beautiful View of Fatherhood, From the Bathroom Floor over at the Washington Post.

 

Also on our 2019 Writers Conference faculty:

Eric Obenauf  founded the publishing company Two Dollar Radio with his wife, Eliza. Their publications have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books at the New York Times, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-year lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, the Washington PostNPR, and others. He was included in Publishers Weekly‘s ’50 Under 40’ list, and was a finalist in the magazine’s 2016 “Star Watch” program. Two Dollar Radio runs The Flyover Fest, a multidisciplinary festival featuring artists working in music, literature, and film over the course of 4 days in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2017 opened a bookstore/bar/plant-based cafe and event space called Two Dollar Radio Headquarters.

Leatrice "Elle" McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. Elle's also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan living in Kansas City. She spends her free time plagued by her cat Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o'Butterscotch or #SirChester. Random fact: Chester is a huge BTS fan, Elle has video proof. A Blade So Black is her debut novel, released fall 2018, with the highly anticipated sequel slated for later this year.

We also welcome Ron Currie to our 2019 Writers Conference faculty. Currie is a novelist and screenwriter. His books have been translated into fifteen languages and won awards from the New York Public Library, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Library Association. His short fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Believer, and elsewhere. He's a native of Maine, where he still lives.

Dine With an Author

Have you ever wanted to meet a published author up close and personal? Now might be your chance! Enter our essay contest on Submittable explaining why you and your closest friend should have dinner with conference faculty member Ron Currie

Currie is a novelist and screenwriter whose books have been translated into fifteen languages and won awards from the New York Public Library, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Library Association. His... Continue »

  • Joseph Jurkiewicz
    Joseph Jurkiewicz Joseph Jurkiewicz
  • Joseph Jurkiewicz
    Joseph Jurkiewicz Joseph Jurkiewicz
  • Joseph Jurkiewicz
    Joseph Jurkiewicz Joseph Jurkiewicz

Now at Oak Park: Joseph JurkiewiczJoseph Jurkiewicz

Monday, Jan 7, 2019 to Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 at Oak Park Library

Joe Jurkiewicz is a visual artist whose paintings explore themes of desire, loneliness, anxiety and exaltation. Pulling influences from street art and fashion illustration, he creates perplexing surreal imagery developed in sketchbooks, where he explores new ideas, mark making and surrounding influences. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute of May 2016 with a major in Illustration.

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What would you like people to know most about your art? 

That my work comes from my imagination. I find joy and catharsis while creating art and I want people to feel that in some way.

 

What is your creative process, and what is the most challenging part?  The most rewarding?

My creative process mainly comes from the element of play. I tend to have fun while creating art-not holding to any standards or having any fear of the end result. I simply allow my work to become what it is intended.

 

From where do you gain inspiration?  

Almost anything and everything. Talking to people, listening to music, playing video games, watching movies and drawing what I see.

 

What wisdom/insight would you share with your past self if you could?

Haha I would tell myself to draw more and work harder. I was young, lazy and didn’t know that hard work would pay off.

 

If you could recommend a book, musical artist/track/album, and movie what would they be?

Book I would recommend “start with why” by Simon Sinek. Japanese DJ producer Nujabes. Movie to watch is “Requiem for a Dream”. A must!

Joe Jurkiewicz is a visual artist whose paintings explore themes of desire, loneliness, anxiety and exaltation. Pulling influences from street art and fashion illustration, he creates perplexing surreal imagery developed in sketchbooks, where he explores new ideas, mark making and surrounding influences. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute of May 2016 with a major in Illustration.

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What would you like people to know most about your art? 

That my work comes from my imagination. I find joy and catharsis while creating art and I want people to feel that in some way.

 

What is your creative process, and what is the most challenging part?  The most rewarding?... Continue »

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