A City Coming Together

Midwest Cultural Foundation

If you were in Ottawa, KS or Franklin County during the third week of June, you may have heard a little something about the SWAN Arts Festival.  This inaugural event spanning several art forms (literature, visual, auditory, and even something for the foodies!) took place at City Park in downtown Ottawa June20th-22nd.

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The kick-off event (Thursday June 19th) featured a poetry presentation and multiple readings by Kansas Poet Laureate, Wyatt Townley (featured below).  The focus of her presentation was on the concept of “home” that resonates throughout Kansas.  “From our state song, ‘Home on the Range,’ to the Wizard of Oz mantra, ‘There’s no place like home,’ it’s bigger than a location.  And smaller,” (Townley).

This idea of “home” has inspired Townley to create a “HomeWords” poetry program asking the questions, “What is home?” and “Where is it?”  For more information about this amazing opportunity, visit…

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About Dave Burns

"Writing is dreaming with your eyes open." - Dave Burns Available Books and Works: The Movement: A Children's Story for Grown-ups The Movement: Revisited Edem's Flight The Movement: Concluded - The Completed Anthology Pieces of Me a million little gods: the clearwater chronicles UnApologetic Uncarved: The Literature and Arts Magazine Volume 1 Uncarved: The Literature and Arts Magazine Volume 2 Uncarved: The Literature and Arts Magazine Volume 3 For a complete list of books and works, visit the author @ www.uncarvedbooks.com or www.amazon.com/author/daveburns.
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