Workshops, Readings, Talks

Presenting with Stephen Locke at the Topeka Public Library

Bring Caryn to Your Community For a Workshop, Reading, or Talk

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.

Workshops: Caryn's writing workshops help people of many backgrounds discover greater meaning and joy in writing and community. Workshop specialities include legacy and vision, making life transitions, living with serious illness, and writing as an ecological, mythological, and embodied practice.  She customizes workshops for each group, community, or event.

Readings & Talks: Caryn is a dynamic reader of her poetry and prose (including improvisational poetry), speaker, and teacher. She has given several hundred readings and talks at conferences, colleges, and events. Specializes include:

Kansas Humanities Council Presentations: KHC provides funding to bring speakers and discussion leaders into Kansas communities.

  •  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.
  • KHC’s Speaker Bureau, and its new Water/Ways Program, which provides provides speakers from the speaker’s bureau features Caryn’s “Kansas Weather in Life, Literature and Photography program,” combining poetry, photography, writing, and discussion on how weather shapes our lives.
    After giving a keynote at University of New York at Potsdam in April, 2016

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 to collaborate on an application.

Keynotes: Caryn gives 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 “Surviving with Grace and Gumption" for a breast cancer awareness program in KS.).

Collaborative 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 as a poet with dancers Laura Ramberg and Susan Rieger, opened for singer-songwriter Dar Williams, and with other artists over the years.

Contact: If you'd like to connect with Caryn about the possibilities, please email her.

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Upcoming Events

June 23, 2018 - 2:00pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, Kansas
June 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Temple Beth Sholom, 4200 SW Munson
Topeka, Kansas
June 30, 2018 - 10:00am
Temple B'Nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK
June 30, 2018 - 4:00pm
Watermark Bookstore, 4701 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67218
July 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Temple Ohev Shalom, 5711 W. 75th St.
Prairie Village, KS 66208
July 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
Mojo Coffee Gallery, 2205 California St.
Minneapolis, MN
August 3, 2018 - 5:30pm
Burkholder Project, 719 P Street Haymarket District
Lincoln, Nebraska
September 20, 2018 -
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS