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Words of a Feather

During the pandemic, Kansans have found solace in nature. To celebrate Kansas poetry and the beauty of the spring bird migration, Humanities Kansas is offering free copies of its original poetry and bird chapbook, Words of a Feather, for cultural organizations to distribute within their communities. 

The chapbook features 10 poems inspired by Kansas birds paired with original bird illustrations by Brad Sneed, followed by questions to engage readers in humanities-themed conversations. 

I propose poetry as a practice through which we can reawaken our sense of wonder, and in doing so, reorient our own relation to the world.

—Megan Kaminski, editor of Words of a Feather

Poetry by Traci Brimhall, Ignacio Carvajal, Emily Dickinson, Canese Jarboe, Ronald Johnson, Megan Kaminski, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Oliver, and James Thomas Stevens. Edited by Megan Kaminski. Afterword by Kim Perez.

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Thank You to Words of a Feather
Statewide Partners


Our thanks to the following cultural partners for their distribution of the book in spring 2021.

Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, Lawrence

Baldwin City Public Library

Frank Carlson Library, Concordia

Chanute Art Gallery

Coffey County Library, Lebo

Dodge City Community College Library

Elmendaro Township Library, Hartford

Emporia Public Library

Eudora Area Historical Society

Graham Library, Coffeyville Community College

Hays Public Library

Hutchinson Public Library

Jetmore Public Library

Kauffman Museum, Newton

Kinsley Public Library

Koester House Museum & Gardens, Marysville

Lansing Community Library

Lincoln County Tourism Coalition, Lincoln

Manhattan Public Library

Meals on Wheels, Lawrence

Mid-America All-Indian Museum, Wichita

Newton Public Library

Pleasanton Lincoln Library

Prairie Museum of Art and History, Colby

F.L. Schlagle Library, Kansas City

Scott County Library, Scott City

Sunrise Project, Lawrence

Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence

Stanton County Museum, Johnson

Territorial Capital Museum, Lecompton

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita

Volland Store, Alma

Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence

Wellington Public Library

White City Public Library


Words of a Feather is made possible by the Humanities Kansas Friends of the Humanities, the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, Kansas Tourism, and Kansas State Parks.


“DIY Humanities” projects such as Words of a Feather are supported by generous donations from the Friends of Humanities Kansas. 

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