Literature

Football-player-turned-poet gains attention with ‘Welcome to KU
January 17, 2015
Traditions Night, August 2013: It had been nearly 14 years since Christopher Enneking’s last game at Kansas University’s Kivisto Field, where he played offensive lineman for the Jayhawks from 1995 to 1999. That night he had returned not to play football but to recite a poem to incoming freshmen. By Joanna Hlavacek
Winners of 2015 Langston Hughes writing awards announced
January 10, 2015
The winners of the 2015 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards — and a $500 prize — are poet Alyse Bensel and fiction writer Matthew O’Connell. Co-sponsored by the Raven Book Store and the Lawrence Arts Center, the awards honor two writers who continue Hughes’ tradition of portraying life experience through poetry and prose.
Soup’s on: Author uses short stories to help challenge preconceptions of disabilities
December 20, 2014
“You can push her over there,” said the woman behind the desk.
Book of unseen portraits to shed new light on Burroughs
December 16, 2014
Kansas University student Patrick Clement is the author and curator behind a new book that he says will offer a fresh perspective on Beat Generation writer (and one-time Lawrencian) William S. Burroughs.
Lawrence poet lands on New York Times Notable Books list
December 6, 2014
The “Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas” has done it again. Patricia Lockwood, a Lawrence resident and poet who earned the nickname earlier this year in a New York Times piece, was noted in the famed newspaper’s “100 Notable Books of 2014” last week.
Former Dole Institute director pens extensive Rockefeller biography
November 22, 2014
In the prologue of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,” the subject’s longtime personal assistant Joe Canzeri compares him to a 16-slice pizza pie, with no one but his second wife, Happy, having access to more than three of four slices.
Library to celebrate late modernist artist, KU professor
November 9, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., will celebrate famed modernist artist and Kansas University professor Albert Bloch on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Retired KU professor Elizabeth Schultz finds success as poet later in life
November 1, 2014
“I never planned on being a poet,” swears Elizabeth Schultz, a retired Kansas University professor of English whose three most recent books of poetry were released this year to critical acclaim.
Visiting professor, author to talk race, gender politics at KU
October 29, 2014
Ayesha Hardison, Kansas University’s current Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, will speak about race and gender politics today at the Kansas Union. Hardison, an associate professor of English at Ohio University, will give her presentation, titled “Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow” at 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room of the union.
KU common book author Laura Moriarty to speak this week
October 20, 2014
Laura Moriarty, author of this year’s Kansas University Common Book, “The Center of Everything,” will make appearances this week in Lawrence.
National Book Award winner James McBride to bring music, humor to Lawrence reading
October 18, 2014
James McBride, the reigning winner of the National Book Award for fiction, will bring his signature blend of words and music to Lawrence this week with a reading of his most recent work, “The Good Lord Bird.”
KU student wins national contest for unique book collection
September 27, 2014
This year’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest first-place winner is a Kansas University student.
Poet to give free reading, sign books Thursday at KU
September 27, 2014
A reading this week at Kansas University will feature a poet whose work tells stories of alien abductions, vampiric soap operas and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories.
Civil rights poetry project receives grant
September 7, 2014
The Kansas University’s project on the History of Black Writing will continue to study the influence of the Civil Rights era on African-American poetry with its recent $156,000 grant from the National Endowment of Humanities.
Library announces first author visit enabled by new donation
September 1, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library has announced the first writer who will visit the city as part of the library’s new Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. And he’s not showing up with nothing but a book. By Sara Shepherd