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Traxler to Finish Month-long Poetry Series with Virtual Reading

Poet Patricia Traxler, founder of the Spring Poetry Series, will read on Tuesday, April 27 in the final event of the 37th annual series, sponsored by Salina Arts & Humanities.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. via Zoom web-based video conferencing. To sign up, visit Salina Arts & Humanities on Facebook, call the office at 785-309-5770, or visit the web page http://www.salinaarts.com/poetry_series.cfm. Viewers will be invited to ask the poet questions after the reading.

Traxler says her poetic interests are “intimacy, the power and influence of family and personal history, and how the power of desire (every sort of desire, not only sexual) is what most drives and often shapes a work of poetry.” She will read poems from her previous books as well as new work. “I love the idea of the symbiosis that can occur during a reading – a separate, independent work-of-the-mind that is the creative product of each person who witnesses the reading,” Traxler says.

“Salina and the region is blessed to have an audience that appreciates great literature,” says SAH Executive Director Brad Anderson. “Hearing the art and craft of poetry from each author provides an intimate and personal connection to their work. Salina is recognized as a leader in cultural arts programming and the Poetry Series adds to that reputation of excellence.”

Traxler is the author of a novel, Blood, a short-story collection, In the Skin, and four poetry collections, including the 2019 Kansas Book Award winner, Naming the Fires. She has twice been named Bunting Poetry Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has read or served as resident poet at many universities, including The Ohio State University, Harvard University, the University of Kansas, the University of Montana, and Utah State University. Her poetry has appeared widely, including in The Nation, The Boston Review, Agni, Ploughshares, Ms. Magazine, The LA Times, and in the anthology Best American Poetry. She is currently at work on her fifth poetry collection, Paradise.

Books by the poets who participated in the Spring Poetry Series are available for purchase at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House, 141 N. Santa Fe.