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1. Listen to a poet

SALINA — Kansan Brennan Bestwick will be the second poet to read for the 2018 Salina Poetry Series. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. on April 10, in the Prescott Room at Salina Public Library. General admission is $5 and student admission is $3.50. A reception will follow the reading at SPARK Artist Resource Exchange, 146 S. Santa Fe.

Bestwick is a reader and writer from the Flint Hills of Kansas. His poems have appeared in “Colorado Review,” “Winter Tangerine” and “The Journal.” The Spring Poetry Series is sponsored by Salina Public Library and Salina Arts and Humanities Council. The series celebrates National Poetry Month with a poet performance every Tuesday in April. Poets are scheduled as follows: Laurie Ann Guerrero on April 17 and Kathryn Nuernberger on April 24.

For more information, contact Librarian Lori Berezovsky at 785-825-4624 or infoservices.lori@salpublib.org or visit www.salinapubliclibrary.org/poetry.

2. Go to a workshop

EMPORIA — Travel writer and naturalist George Frazier will be the keynote presenter at the upcoming Tallgrass Science & Nature Writing Workshop, April 20-21 on the Emporia State campus. An interdisciplinary workshop aimed at communicating the importance of the natural world to a broader audience, the workshop is sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emporia State University.

The workshop, slated for April 20-21, will hold field activities on April 20, at the Ross Natural History Reservation, near Americus.

These activities will be led by guest lecturers and ESU faculty; a Friday night barbecue, bonfire, and optional campout at the reservation will follow the day’s activities. ESU faculty will be available to mentor participants in writing and science.

A complete list of mentors will be available on the center’s website, www.emporia.edu/cgps.

The workshop concludes April 21, with a full day of presentations by guest speakers on the Emporia State campus. Examples of the kinds of work participants may pursue include, but are not limited to, magazine journalism, columns for their local newspapers, podcasts, blog posts, photo essays, documentaries, commentary for broadcast media, and book projects.

The faculty authors will appear at a book signing from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, 1122 Commercial, Emporia. The book signing is free and open to the public.

For more information on the workshop, or to register contact the Center for Great Plains Studies, at 620 341-5574; visit emporia.edu/cgps; or email cgps@emporia.edu.

3. McPherson in Black and White

The McPherson County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. April 7 at the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation, 1111 E. Kansas Ave. in McPherson for “McPherson in Black and White – circa 1940’s and 1950’s.”

Do you remember the 75th anniversary of the city of McPherson, or the Great Flood of 1951? See film footage of these events and more of McPherson history at the April 7th McPherson County Historical Society meeting. Films of McPherson, produced by John Casebeer, will be shown on a vintage 1950 16mm projector. Gary Casebeer, John’s nephew, will be narrating the program.

Popcorn and refreshments will be served.

All historical society programs are open to the public and are free of charge.

For more information, call 620-241-8464.