Literary

A Novel Approach

In July 1814, 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin departed her home in England and travelled to France with the already married poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Two years later, during the summer

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Honors: Anne Boyer

It’s a good bet that Anne Boyer wouldn’t frame her recent success in clichéd terms. As an acclaimed poet and essayist, it’s unlikely that she would resort to such shopworn

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‘The Body as a Lens to Look at Everything’

‘The Body as a Lens to Look at Everything’

In the biographical statement on the back of her new book, Wyatt Townley is described as living at “the curious intersection of poetry and poetry-in-motion.” And her rhythmic command of her chosen literary medium bears that out. “Rewriting the Body” is the fourth and latest poetry collection by Townley, a Shawnee Mission resident who was Kansas Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015.

Arts News: New Book Looks at the Spiritual in Contemporary Art

For decades the subject of spirituality and/or religion in contemporary art has either been denied or repressed. The academy, art museums and galleries have dealt openly with sexuality and sexism, politics, racism, identity, the environment and effects of globalism, but God has been taboo. As a prominent art critic once said, “If you bring up […]

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Arts News: 1850s Home Becoming State-of-the-Art Story Center

Arts News: 1850s Home Becoming State-of-the-Art Story Center

An 1850s historic homestead in the Northland is soon to get a $3.4 million facelift — giving it a new lease on life and storytellers a unique place to create. The Story Center was launched in 2013 with the opening of Woodneath Library, 8900 NE Flintlock Rd. The one-of-a-kind facility in the Mid-Continent Public Library […]

Marilyn Carbonell: No Ordinary Librarian

Marilyn Carbonell: No Ordinary Librarian

Marilyn Carbonell, the popular and personable head of Library Services at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Spencer Art Reference Library, is leaving the post she began in 2006 to enjoy a well-earned retirement. It’s a milestone for the museum: “Marilyn significantly expanded the role of the Spencer Art Reference Library regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Carbonell’s supervisor, Anne Manning, director of Education and Interpretive Programs.

A Novel Approach

A Novel Approach

In July 1814, 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin departed her home in England and travelled to France with the already married poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Two years later, during the summer of 1816, they took up residence in Geneva, Switzerland, where, housebound by abnormally low temperatures that earned 1816 the epithet, “the year without a summer,” their companion George Gordon (Lord) Byron, suggested that the group engage in writing ghost stories.

Honors: Anne Boyer

Honors: Anne Boyer

It’s a good bet that Anne Boyer wouldn’t frame her recent success in clichéd terms. As an acclaimed poet and essayist, it’s unlikely that she would resort to such shopworn language as “the sky’s the limit” in reference to her ascending literary reputation. Or, for that matter, “the possibilities are endless.” Nonetheless, the future looks bright — there goes another cliché — for Boyer, an assistant professor of liberal arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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