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March 7, 2011

We are heartened with the enthusiastic reception for Poet Laureati: A National Convergence of Poets Laureate March 13-14, and already, registrations have exceeded our expectations. If you plan to come, we encourage you to register ahead of time for these two reasons:

  • It’s a better deal! Rates will be higher at the door.
  • Your registration ahead of time helps us do a better job planning the final details of the events.

Please visit our registration page for information, or go directly to

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2011 2:50 pm

    Had been planning to attend (250 mile drive, three of us) and to pay “small fee, ” as advertised on your poster, BUT, today, looking at website it seems that we’ll have to pay 60$ for the three of us. We understand that it’s expensive to bring in lots of poets and maybe you will give honorariums, but why don’t you state this on the poster, out front?
    I am sure there are many who would love to hear poetry in a museum or elsewhere but not able to afford it.

  2. March 13, 2011 4:02 pm

    If you make a cd of the poets or DVD, la let us know. We could not get there. Thx

  3. March 14, 2011 11:29 am

    Do you have an audio of poet laureate event?

  4. Individual Poet (see below) permalink
    March 16, 2011 10:35 pm

    Hi all — we will have some audio versions through Kansas Public Radio, and I’ll put that up soon. As for the woman who wrote about the small fee of $20 for an event, we didn’t have all the fees all posted on the poster because we had early bird, regular and late fees for multiple, and it was complex to list them, but we’ve been very consistent on the website about the fees. The reading would have been about $12 had you registered early. Charging $2o for you to hear TEN poets — all of whom flew or drove hundreds, if not thousands of miles to attend — is not out of line. Consider what a ticket to see a play would be, and even a movie these days can be over $10. We received no foundation, state or federal funding because the arts are being so cut back on in terms of support. All the poets came on their own dime with the understanding that we would divide up between them whatever was raised to give them a small amount toward their travel (and in the end, most poets paid at least half or more of their expenses to be here and made nothing from the event itself). It’s too bad you didn’t simply come to the reading — it was very moving and amazing, and I believe most people in the audience would have said it was well worth $20.

    • March 17, 2011 4:10 am

      From the woman who objected to the “small fee” – $20 is not a small fee if you work a minimum wage job and barely make rent – who are you appealing to? You should consider that poetry is needed by those who could not afford this fee and make adjustments, make this event available to all.
      I am a visual artist, I know how much we pay to just present ourselves to the world but I am always looking for ways to let others, less affluent, in.
      SusanO of Manhattan

  5. Individual Poet (see below) permalink
    March 17, 2011 4:27 am

    We did not turn anyone due to lack of funds, and we had over 120 people at the Sun. reading, including 10 on work-study, and quite a few artists and writers. Interestingly enough, some who were waived in (due to financial strain) mailed us a check afterward because they were so impressed with the quality of the event. You should also know that I often do free readings and workshops — as do all of the poets laureate who participated.

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