Workshops, Readings, Talks

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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.

Check out "A Leap Forward Writing Retreat" January 26 near Lawrence, KS.

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.
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    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

February 2, 2019 - 10:00am
A private home in the country
Lawrence, Kansas
March 14, 2019 -
Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson, Kansas
March 29, 2019 - 8:00pm
Temple Sha'arey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Ave
Springfield, N.J.
May 19, 2019 -
May 24, 2019
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, Kansas
June 27, 2019 -
September 20, 2019
Unity Village, KCMO, and online and by video
Wherever you are!