Local author Lana Wirt Myers will talk about her recently published book, “Prairie Rhythms: The Life and Poetry of May Williams Ward,” at 7 p.m. Monday at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak.
Myers’ biography reestablishes the prominence of May Williams Ward, a Kansas poet and artist who lived 1882 to 1975.
An award-winning poet with many publishing credits and a leader in literary circles in Kansas and nationally, Ward’s accomplishments are enhanced in this book with photos and Ward’s own block prints.
Ward’s experiences with campus life at The University of Kansas are reflected as well as the effects of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and World Wars I and II. Her encounters with Carry Nation and Pulitzer-prize winning poets Stephen Vincent Benet, Edwin Arlington Robinson and Sara Teasdale add spice to the narrative.
Thomas Fox Averill, writer-in-residence at Washburn University, says, “This book captures the essence of a Kansas poet who captured the essence of Kansas, and her own life and times in the state. An incredible addition to Kansas literary writing, this book restores Ward to her place among our finest poets.”
Myers lives and works in Newton and is the author of “Newton Medical Center: Merging the Past with the Future.”
The book will be available for purchase and signing after the program. This event is free and open to the public.