Wyatt Townley & Trish Reeves

  • The Writers Place

Part of the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series at the Johnson County Library.  Poets read from their work.

Location:  Central Resource Library, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212

Wyatt Townley is the Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her work has been twice nominated for The Pushcart Prize, read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in his "American Life in Poetry" column, and published in journals ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek. She won a Master Artist Fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission to complete her latest book of poems, The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. The confluence of poetry and poetry-in-motion has shaped Wyatt’s life. Formerly a dancer, she has taught yoga for over thirty years and is the founder of Yoganetics®, a therapeutic system practiced in ten countries. HarperCollins published her book on the method, deemed an “Editor’s Choice” by Yoga Journal.

Wyatt Townley is the Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her work has been twice nominated for The Pushcart Prize, read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in his "American Life in Poetry" column, and published in journals ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek. She won a Master Artist Fellowship from the Kansas Arts Commission to complete her latest book of poems, The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. The confluence of poetry and poetry-in-motion has shaped Wyatt’s life. Formerly a dancer, she has taught yoga for over thirty years and is the founder of Yoganetics®, a therapeutic system practiced in ten countries. HarperCollins published her book on the method, deemed an “Editor’s Choice” by Yoga Journal.

Trish Reeves’s awards include the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, for her first poetry collection, Returning the Question; a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, Kansas Arts Commission, and Sarah Lawrence College.  Her most recent book of poems, In the Knees of the Gods, was published by BKMK Press.  Recent poems appear in New Letters, I-70 Review, Rockhurst Review, Women’s Review of Books, etc.  A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Reeves leads the men and women’s Changing Lives Through Literature seminars for Johnson County Corrections, and is a Kansas Humanities Scholar in Literature.  

Trish Reeves’s awards include the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, for her first poetry collection, Returning the Question; a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, Kansas Arts Commission, and Sarah Lawrence College.  Her most recent book of poems, In the Knees of the Gods, was published by BKMK Press.  Recent poems appear in New Letters, I-70 Review, Rockhurst Review, Women’s Review of Books, etc.  A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Reeves leads the men and women’s Changing Lives Through Literature seminars for Johnson County Corrections, and is a Kansas Humanities Scholar in Literature.