ELLINWOOD — The historic Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood, Kansas, of all places, will welcome the 28th Annual Poetry Rendezvous, Sept. 11-13. Located in a small town with a big heart, the dining room of the Wolf Hotel will hear poets from as far as California and Florida read their works.
Founded by Michael Hathaway, publisher of the Chiron Review and longtime resident of nearby St. John, the Rendezvous began in 1988 and has been going ever since. The first few were held at the Great Bend Public Library, some were held at the Barton County Arts Center, others have migrated to St.Augustine, Fla., Pueblo, Colo., and Dodge City and St. John in Kansas. This year, George and Karen Martin, long time participants, decided it was Ellinwood’s turn.
Any and all who write or appreciate poetry are welcome. In fact, they are encouraged to come and read their work during the many open mic times scheduled. Newcomers will find encouragement from the published poets in attendance, including Gerald Locklin, Ellaraine Lockie, and Kyle Laws.
This year’s featured poet will be April Pamiticky of Wichita, who will read from her newly released collection published by Tres Hermanas Press, Pueblo, Colo. Another guest will be Fred Whitehead, noted as a chronicler of artists through his short film productions. He intends to interview many of the poets who will be presenting their works.