Workshops, Readings, Talks

Presenting with Stephen Locke at the Topeka Public Library

Caryn has been offering workshops, readings, keynote addresses, performance, and specialized classes for over 25 years around the U.S. and Mexico at various venues and communities, including:

Workshops: Caryn has been presenting community writing workshops — including how to write your life or community story — throughout the Midwest and across the country since 1992, specializing workshops for people living with serious illness, adults in career or life transition, intergenerational groups, and people of many backgrounds who want to write about their legacy and hopes, and she can customize a workshop for your group, community, or event. For all possibilities, please contact Caryn at for information.

Readings & Talks: Caryn is a dynamic and engaging reader of her poetry and prose (including improvisational poetry), and she gives meaningful talks combined with her writing. She has given several hundred readings at conferences, colleges, events and occasions. Specialty offerings:

Kansas Humanities Council Presentations: KHC provides funding to bring speakers and discussion leaders into Kansas communities. See links below or go here.

  •  KHC’s TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) Program brings a reading series, plus all the books, to your community and a discussion leader like Caryn to present on the book and lead a lively discussion. Caryn has received high praise for her presentations since she started in 1992.
  • KHC’s Speaker Bureau, and its new Water/Ways Program, which provides provides speakers from the speaker’s bureau features Caryn’s presentation “Kansas Weather in Life, Literature and Photography program.” This presentation combines an inspiring audio/visual presentation featuring Stephen Locke’s photography and videos, and Caryn sharing poetry from Kansas writers on weather, followed by writing
    After giving a keynote at University of New York at Potsdam in April, 2016

    prompts to share your stories of weather and time for discussion and more story-telling.

Kansas Touring Artist: Caryn is on the Kansas Touring Roster for the Mid-American Arts Alliance. Non-profit organizations, government or tribal entities in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas may be eligible to have 50% of Caryn's fees (for workshops, talks, and projects) covered by the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program -- more information here. Contact Caryn first at to collaborate on an application.

Keynotes: Caryn gives engaging and personalized keynote talks at conferences and arts festivals. Contact her to find out more, including seeing samples of her keynote (such as  “Poetry, Miracles and the Path to the Beloved Community” in Black Mountain, N.C., or her recent presentation in Hays, Kansas, “Surviving with Grace and Gumption”).

Performances: Caryn presents collaborative performances, featuring her poetry, songs co-written with and performed by Kelley Hunt. Learn more at Brave Voice’s performance page. She has also performed collaboratively as a poet with dancers Laura Ramberg and Susan Rieger, opened for singer-songwriter Dar Williams, and with others over the years.

Contact: If you'd like to connect with Caryn about the possibilities, please email her at, or fill out this contact form.

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Upcoming Events

January 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore, 1122 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS
January 20, 2018 - 6:00pm
Ellen Plumb Book Store, 1122 Commercial Street
Emporia, Kansas
January 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
Video-conferencing (by phone or computer)
Wherever you are!
March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm
Pratt Community College 348 NE Sr 61
Pratt, Kansas
March 17, 2018 - 11:00am
Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing, 8900 State Line Rd.
Leawood, Kansas
April 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
Lawrence, Kansas
April 28, 2018 -
Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Ave.
Lawrence, Kansas
May 6, 2018 -
May 12, 2018
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, KS