Townley, Wyatt

Townley, Wyatt

Wyatt Townley’s work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured by Ted Kooser in his American Life in Poetry column, and published in journals ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek. She won a Master Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Kansas Arts Commission to complete her latest book of poems, The Afterlives of Trees (Woodley Press), selected as a Kansas Notable Book. Other books of poetry include The Breathing Field (Little, Brown) and Perfectly Normal (The Smith); books of nonfiction, Yoganetics: Be Fit, Healthy, and Relaxed One Breath at a Time (HarperCollins) and Kansas City Ballet: The First Fifty Years (Kansas City Star Books).

Wyatt served as a frequent literature panelist for the Kansas Arts Commission and in 2003 was invited to help establish the State Poet Laureate position.  A founding board member of The Writers Place, and for years a visiting author with Young Audiences, she serves on the board of the Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education.    

Wyatt also writes offbeat picture books.  They use the same muscles as poetry, and she is determined to see them into print.

For more information on Wyatt’s books, visit her website at


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