Kansas Poet Laureate
Kansas' 6th Poet Laureate

Kansas Humanities Council




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Previous Kansas
Poet Laureates


1. Jonathan Holden

2. Denise Low

3. C. Mirriam-Goldberg

4. Wyatt Townley

5. Eric McHenry

6. Kevin Rabas


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Kevin Rabas


Kansas Humanities CouncilThe Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information or to donate to the Poet Laureate of Kansas program, visit www.kansashumanities.org.


Press Release from Kansas Humanities Council  (April 15, 2015) View KHC Page
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Kevin is a poet, jazz musician, and professor who teaches poetry and playwriting at Emporia State University. He also chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. His collection of poems, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, was a Kansas Notable Book in 2010 and a winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. He is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, and the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, among others. His most recent poetry collection, Songs for My Father: Poems & Stories, was published by Meadowlark in 2016.


Read more about Kevin on KansasCity.com Kansas Poet Laureate

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Kevin Rabas is available free-of-charge to Kansas nonprofit organizations. All events must be

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Support for the Poet Laureate of Kansas™ position depends exclusively on individual, corporate, and foundation gifts. No state or federal funds are used in support of the program. Thank you to all who make the Poet Laureate of Kansas™ program available as a resource for all Kansans.


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