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Created to provide an opportunity for open discussion and education related to Kansas poets and their poetry, the Kansas Poets “Shoptalk” Series invited everyone to become involved. Teachers and students at both the high school and college levels were especially encouraged to participate.  Offered FREE to the public at 23 sites across the state via video conference TELENET 2, the series provided many of Kansas’ signature poets as guests, insight to improving writing and teaching poetry while providing opportunity for question and answer feedback.


Featuring Kansas’ First Poet Laureate
-- Jonathan Holden --

Distinguished Professor of English,
Kansas State University


Kansas Poet Laureate, Jonathan Holden

DVDs of the final SHOPTALK program featuring a poetry reading and question / answer session by the Jonathan Holden were made available to schools, colleges and libraries across the state, in the Fall of 2007.  Copies were also available for purchase and still could be available


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About SHOPTALK Guests

The Kansas Poets “Shoptalk” Series including Kansas Poet Laureate, Jonathan Holden, show host Jerry Reeck and program coordinator Greg German, wish to offer a very sincere
THANK YOU to  everyone who supported and attended the series at all locations across Kansas during 2006-2007. 

Appreciation is also extended to Kansas Regents Center coordinator, Sue White and her Kansas State University Telenet-2 staff who made possible the broadcast of the SHOPTALK series across the state.


Gratitude is also extended to Jim Mock,  ECC Station Manager, Kansas State University, and his staff for helping to produce our final program, parts of which will air on KST8 - Cox Cable Channel 8, Manhattan, KS and surrounding region.  And, for their help creating the educational DVD of the last program.


Finally, thanks to the Kansas Arts Commission for the financial support for making this endeavor possible.


A Continuing Kansas Poetry Event

Sponsored in part by
the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency
& the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


To learn more and to see a list of available Kansas writers on the touring list, please visit the Kansas Arts Commission website at:  http://arts.state.ks.us    (select PROGRAMS then one of the “Arts on Tour options” --- or call Karen Brady -- 785.296.3335)

Established by the Kansas Arts Commission, the Poet Laureate program of Kansas is intended to serve the cultural tradition of officially recognizing a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. The program also encourages the appreciation of poetry in Kansas by making the Poet Laureate available to a wider audience throughout the state.