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Poet Laureate

Important Update!

The Poet Laureate of Kansas program is returning to its original home at the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Poet Laureate Huascar Medina’s presentation “May Our Voices Ring True” will remain available through Humanities Kansas until April 30, 2021. 

Inquires about requesting Huascar Medina to present now through April 30, contact Abigail Kaup, Program Officer, at abigail@humanitieskansas.org

Inquiries about the future of Poet Laureate program can be directed to KCAIC Director, Peter Jasso, at Peter.Jasso@ks.gov.


Huascar Medina 2019-2021 Poet Laureate of Kansas

The Poet Laureate of Kansas™ promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans. Huascar Medina presents readings and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How to Hang the Moon published by Spartan Press. He is the winner of ARTSConnect’s 2018 Arty Award for Literary Art. His new collection of poems Un Mango Grows in Kansas is available at huascarmedina.com


Poetry is a lens that can be both microscopic and telescopic representing the “…clear expression of mixed feelings,” as poet W.H. Auden suggests. Poetry creates space where we can discover ourselves, find our place, and revel in beauty and truth. But through poetry we can also find connection with one another. Poet Mahmoud Darwish said it like this: “Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.” This presentation will use poetry to help us find our voices, share our words, and discover what truly connects us.  May our voices ring true and may our truth have the grace of beauty.  

The health and safety of Kansans and their communities remains a priority for Humanities Kansas. As of August 3, 2020 in-person events can tentatively be booked now through April 30, 2021, and will be funded as the situation allows. See our In-Person Events During COVID-19 for more information. 

Poet Laureate of Kansas presentations also remain available as online events. For more information contact Abigail Kaup, Program Officer, at abigail@humanitieskansas.org.

How to Bring the Poet Laureate of Kansas to Your Community

Huascar Medina is available free-of-charge to Kansas nonprofit organizations. All events must be:

  • designed as a special event for adults
  • out-of-school audiences at a time that allows a large public turnout
  • free and open to the public
  1. Contact Huascar and confirm time, date, and location: huascar.edil.medina@gmail.com
  2. Apply for funding through the Speakers Bureau process. (Please note: Completed applications, including the DUNS number, must be submitted six weeks before the event date to be considered for funding. HK is not able to fund applications that do not meet this requirement.)
  3. Publicize your event. Download a press release, speaker bio, and HK logo poster.
  4. Tell us how it went. After the event, download and fill out a Poet Laureate evaluation and email them to Abigail Kaup: abigail@humanitieskansas.org.


Contact Abigail Kaup at abigail@humanitieskansas.org or (785) 357-0359 for more information.


Poet Laureate of Kansas Sponsors

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.

Poets Laureate of Kansas (2005-2019)




The opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Kansas.


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