Events History

March 29, 2013 ~ The fifth Imagination & Place anthology, Imagination & Place: Cartography, was released at The Writers Place – Midwest Center for the LIterary Arts, in Kansas City, Missouri. Contributors to the anthology read from their works.

March 2, 2012 ~ The fourth Imagination & Place anthology, Imagination & Place: Weather, was released at The Writers Place – Midwest Center for the LIterary Arts, in Kansas City, Missouri. Several contributors to the anthology read from their works.

December 3, 2010 ~ The third in an Imagination & Place Press series, Imagination & Place: Seasonings, was released during a party at The Writers Place – Midwest Center for the LIterary Arts, in Kansas City, Missouri. Several contributors to the anthology read from their works. Click on I&P Photo Gallery to see pictures.

April 30, 2010 ~ Local and regional authors published in the second I&P Press anthology, Imagination & Place: Ownership, read from their works at The Raven Bookstore in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.

February 5, 2010 ~ The second in an Imagination & Place Press series, Imagination & Place: Ownership was released during a party at The Writers Place – Midwest Center for the LIterary Arts, in Kansas City, Missouri. Several contributors to the anthology read from their works.

October 17-18, 2009 ~ Narrative Medicine Weekend

Caryn_Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

The Committee on Imagination & Place, along with Kaw Area Watershed Council, the Lawrence Arts Center, The Raven Bookstore, and Ice Cube Press, presented a weekend of public events: a forum called Narrative Medicine – How Our stories About Illness Can Foster Healing and Community, featuring healers, artists, and survivors, moderated by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg ; a book launch for Mirriam-Goldberg’s memoir, The Sky Begins At Your Feet, about surviving breast cancer through connection to community and the earth; and a community memoir writing workshop called Imagination, Memoir & Place, focused on writing as an ecological practice.

July 1, 2009 ~ Imagination & Place: An Anthology_ Book Launch
and Kansas Poets Laureate Celebration

Denise Low(left) and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Denise Low(left) and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

The Committee on Imagination & Place celebrated the conclusion of the 2007-2009 term of the second Kansas Poet Laureate, Denise Low (left in photograph), and the beginning of the 2009-2011 term of the third Kansas Poet Laureate, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (right in photograph). Low and Mirriam-Goldberg, both from Lawrence and both members of the Committee on Imagination & Place, read from their works.
The event, which took place at the Lawrence Arts Center, also marked the launch of _Imagination & Place: An Anthology_, published by the Imagination & Place Press, with readings by several contributors.
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February 1, 2009 ~ Happy Birthday Langston Hughes and Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards Ceremony

Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes

The Committee on Imagination & Place and The Raven Bookstore presented the 13th annual Langston Hughes Creative Writing Awards for Douglas County, Kansas, writers. The 2009 awards were presented to Judy Bauer and Nancy Pistorius at the Lawrence Arts Center. Langston Hughes Committee members are Chair Rick Mitchell, Lawrence Arts Center Gallery Director, Committee on Imagination & Place; June Jones, Lawrence Arts Center Board of Directors; Denise Low, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas Poet Laureate, Committee on Imagination & Place; Jerry Masinton, Retired Professor of English, University of Kansas; Elizabeth Avery Schultz, Retired Professor of English, University of Kansas, Lawrence Arts Center Board of Directors, Committee on Imagination & Place; Lisa Stockton, The Raven Bookstore. From the program: “Recognizing Langston Hughes” – Maryemma Graham; “Poems by Langston Hughes” – read by students from the 6th grade at Langston Hughes Elementary School Addie Graham and Ian Pepin; “Musical Performance” – by the Bopophonics (Barry Barnes, Robert Baker, Roger Holden), playing songs to Langston Hughes’ poems.

April 18, 2007 ~ 2007 Imagination & Place Environmental Award/Community Mercantile Earth Day Forum

The 2007 Imagination & Place Environmental Award presentation ceremony was paired with the Community Mercantile annual Earth Day Forum, at the Lawrence Arts Center. For the Forum, Dan Nagengast, Lawrence area farmer, farm policy expert, and director of the Kansas Rural Center, made remarks to accompany the showing of the feature documentary film, “The Future of Food.” A local foods reception was provided by Nancy O’Connor, Nutrition Educator and Outreach Coordinator at The Merc. Click on I&P Photo Gallery to see pictures.

January 17, 2007 ~ Imagination & Place Committee member Denise Low was honored for being named Poet Laureate of Kansas. At a Lawrence Arts Center reception attended by 100 or so, fellow I&P Committee members Rick Mitchell, Paul Hotvedt, and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, and Low’s husband T. F. Pecore Weso paid tribute to her, and she read from her work. Low’s poetry has been published in books, periodicals, and anthologies throughout the nation. During her term as Poet Laureate, from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2009, Low will promote poetry in Kansas. “I want to celebrate the many readers and poets across the state who sustain a life of the mind as well as deep love for the land,” she said. “During these next several years, I hope to share my own excitement about poetry with our libraries, colleges, public schools, arts centers and alliances and reading groups.”

October 28, 2006 ~ The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image: Making It Real
Contributors to the book, The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image, published in 2005 by the Committee on Imagination & Place, led more than 40 participants in the Wakarusa Wetlands for a morning of photography and painting, demonstrations, writing and poetry, workshops, nature walks, and history talks. Session leaders were: Kelly Barth, Mike Caron, Brian Daldorph, Kyle Gerstner, Lisa Grossman, Nancy Hubble, Becky Kasenberg, Patrice Krause, Ken Lassman, Denise Low, and Jim McCrary. Click on I&P Photo Gallery to see pictures.

January 1, 2006 ~ The Committee on Imagination & Place entered into a community conversation led by the City of Lawrence, Kansas, which was selected by the American Institute of Architects, Center for Communities by Design, as one of eight cities nationally to receive assistance under the Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program during 2006. The local program, “Sustainable Lawrence,” was designed to help promote long-term sustainability, taking into account transportation modes; air, water, and soil quality; economic development; environmental protection; food sources; and growth management associated with increasing and shifting populations.