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State’s Poet Laureate Returns to Area

Book Reading to be Held at Koester House Museum

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the Poet Laureate for the State of Kansas, is making a stop in Marshall County. Having recently released her fourteenth book, The Divorce Girl, Mirriam-Goldberg has included Marysville as one of the stops on her book tour.

Sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative and the Koester House Museum, Mirriam-Goldberg will read excerpts from her book Monday, September 10, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The reading will be held at the Koester House Museum, 919 Broadway.

The novel is a coming of age story focused on a teenage photographer who finds ways to survive and thrive through her art, an eccentric community, and her own curiosity.

“When I was fourteen, I switched from drawing all the time to writing all the time as a way to cope with my parents’ larger-than-life divorce when each of them barricaded themselves in different parts of the house,” Mirriam-Golberg said. “I narrated all that was happening in its vivid, violent and tender detail on paper and in my mind, telling myself I would write a novel about all this one day.”

Almost forty years later, Mirriam-Goldberg penned the book. “While my main character is smarter and taller than I was as a teen, her story mirrors my own,” she added.

Mirriam-Goldberg said the book is for anyone who has had to find home outside of his/her family of origin. The book also speaks to those who have faced larger-than-life obstacles between life circumstances and heart desires. “Having facilitated community writing workshops and taught for over two decades, I’ve witnessed thousands of stories that speak of how we’ve cultivated greater resiliency. This novel affirms the spirit of surviving, thriving, and making lives out of the broken pieces of our past,” she said.

Mirriam-Goldberg is an author and poet, and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches. She facilitates community writing workshops. She lives with her family and many animals in the country south of Lawrence.

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