Poetry Celebration To Open at Art Center

April is National Poetry Month. To commemorate the occasion, the Marshall County Arts Cooperative is hosting “Poetry Celebration” at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, Marysville, from Sunday, April 16, until Sunday, April 23.

The two-week exhibition features the original poetry of local writers; more than forty poems will be on display.

The art center is open Sundays from 12-3 p.m.; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

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As part of the exhibition, Traci Brimhall, Kansas’ poet laureate, will give a free poetry reading Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m.

A professor of English at Kansas State University, Brimhall has written four poetry collections, including her 2020 work, “Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod.”

As the state’s poet laureate, Brimhall travels the state as an arts ambassador presenting readings and discussing poetry in communities all over Kansas.

Brimhall said she has a great passion for poetry and loves sharing that passion with others.

“I like talking about poetry to people,” Brimhall said. “I love talking about the importance of language and poetry.”

Brimhall earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a doctorate from Western Michigan University. She is in her ninth year teaching at K-State.

Refreshments will be served at the reading.

For more information people may contact the arts cooperative at 785-859-4260 or visit their website marshallcountyarts.org.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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