Lawrence Arts Center hosting first Poetry Fair

In open mic fashion, more than 20 poets will gather in the lobby to share their poetry, meet with guests and sell their books that The Raven bookstore will have on hand.

Arts Center annual benefit to auction highly valued Burroughs artwork

Featuring 150 art works, this is one of its largest visual arts events and the primary funding source for the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. If that isn’t already enough to put one on edge, a piece by this year’s featured artist, William S. Burroughs, is valued higher than anything they have ever tried to auction in the past.

Marilynne Robinson reminds Read Across Lawrence crowd to find joy in life's subtleties

Pulitzer Prize-winning Marilynne Robinson spoke on intricacies of "Housekeeping," the beautiful unrecognized landscape of the Northwest, and graces she finds in life’s common moments. She came to speak in Lawrence at the end of Read Across Lawrence, her first novel this year's pick for the community read.

Getting the joke

When Patricia Lockwood’s autobiographical poem “Rape Joke” went live online last summer, columnists at Salon, The Guardian, Huffington Post and bloggers far and wide started analyzing her intention. This year it was selected for inclusion in the "Best American Poetry 2014."

Marilynne Robinson's 'Housekeeping' and upcoming visit inspire community reading

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is coming to Lawrence on March 4 to read and discuss themes from the Read Across Lawrence choice and her first novel "Housekeeping."

John Waters to join Lawrence in celebrating William Burroughs' 100th birthday

Filmmaker John Waters is bringing his “The Filthy Life” monologue to the Lawrence Arts Center on Feb. 20. Waters was famously called “Pope of Trash” by Burroughs, a name earned because of his trashy, absurd cult films in the 1970s and 1980s. By Nadia Imafidon

Read Across Lawrence kicks off

Lawrence Public Library is hosting a series of events during February on this year’s Read Across Lawrence selection, “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson.

Winners of Langston Hughes 2014 writing award announced

This year's winners of poetry and prose writing awards are Justin Runge and Crystal Boson.

Writer, iconoclast, 'creative observer': Celebrating 100 years of William S. Burroughs

The Lawrence Arts Center will feature Burroughs artistic life works in an exhibit in honor of the 100th birthday of literary genius, artist and social critic.

Survivor of bacterial meningitis shares life-changing experience in new book

Andy Marso’s book, “Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me — Then Changed My Life for the Better,” details the painful disease that led to the decaying and eventually loss of parts of both of his feet and his hands.

Local writer's work recognized as Notable Essay in 'Best American Essays 2013'

“It’s just a Volkswagen,” the line reads in the first paragraph of Gregg Primo Ventello’s essay. A Volkswagen Passat he affectionately calls “Das Schweinehund,” translating literally as “pig-dog.”

Local writers of 'Echoes from the Prairie' find universality in each other's memories

The Great Plains Writers Group are a local group of writers who recently published their second collection of short memoirs, "Echoes from the Prairie."

Lawrence writer's first novel spins into book deal, success

You wake up to an unfamiliar face sitting at your kitchen table. Its got grayed skin and large yellow eyes. Its bony fingers grip the newspaper and as it sips coffee, waiting for you. It's the monster that lived in your closet and terrified you as a child.

Junot Diaz entertains packed auditorium with critiques on life matters

Pulitzer-prize winning author spends almost the entire lecture entertaining audience questions with uncensored responses.

Local author to share 'Chicken Soup for Soul' story

Local author Vicki Julian will be sharing the story she contributed to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives,” as part of the Kansas Authors Club 37th Annual Holiday Bazaar.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz to read at Kansas University from latest novel

It speaks volumes of the personality of Junot Diaz that his response to winning a Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," is this: “It was swell, but I prefer more the work than the celebration of the work.” By Nadia Imafidon

Learning through writing: National Novel Writing Month in the classroom

Every day in Lawrence, 12 novelists gather together. On this day, they're working hard. The sound of scribbling pens, the shuffle of lined notebook paper and the clickity-clack of keyboards float about the quiet room. Some stare intently while others gaze into the distance, mulling over the next word choice, the next scene, the next conflict in the novel. One catch: These novelists are 11 years old. By Alma Bahman

'Hired Man' author speaks on war, memory and identity at Hall Center

Author Aminatta Forna will discuss topics from her recently released novel “The Hired Man” on Nov. 14 in the Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Hall, followed by a reception and book signing.

Lawrence writers tackle National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (nicknamed NaNoWriMo or NaNo) puts forth a challenge: Write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That breaks down to about 1,667 words a day. The question here is: Why would anyone do that?

Poet Laureate of Kansas coming to Cider Gallery

The Lawrence Public Library will host an evening with Wyatt Townley, the Poet Laureate of Kansas, at the Cider Gallery on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.