Here at the Library we love local authors and want to help you share your work with your community. Our 2017 spring theme, The Many in One, is all about identity. Walt Whitman once said “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes.” We invite you to navigate the many identities that make you “you” this spring at Johnson County Library.
Kansas City is home to several publications that host writing contests. While submissions are accepted from around the world, having them based here makes us proud.
KC Voices is a Kansas City based literary magazine whose mission is to support established artists, inspire new voices, and contribute to the growing cultural conversation.
School Library Journal calls Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within part writing guide, part Zen philosophy, and part personal diary. It is composed of 65 short "chapters" with titles like "Obsessions," "Listening," and "Use Loneliness," each a meditation on how to tap into who you are and how to tell your stories.
According to Alan Ziegler, "exercises help us learn to write." In an exercise, when there's nothing at stake, you may let your guard down and take risks. Just as many articles grow into full-length books, exercises often unearth a student's strongest writing. "Many pieces reach the workshop table after starting out as exercises."
Arlin Buyert, in addition to writing and publishing his own poetry, has facilitated the Arts in Prison poetry program at Lansing Prison for almost five years. Now it’s our turn to enjoy his facilitation! On Tuesday, December 20th Buyert will lead beginning poets through the process of writing a poem to be presented as a gift.