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From Poetry To History

It's not often a state poet laureate turns her pen to write a non-fiction tale, but Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has done just that.

In the second part of Friday's Up to Date, she joins us to talk about Needle in the Bone, a true story of a Holocaust survivor and a Polish resistance fighter who lost nearly everything and everyone they knew in the war and met years later at the University of Kansas.

HEAR MORE: ​Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will discuss her new book Needle in the Bone  at 6:30 Thursday evening, Jan. 31 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Click here for more information.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas and a long-time transformative language artist. She teaches at Goddard College, where she founded Transformative Language Arts and is the facilitator of Brave Voice workshops. Her recent published works include Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Friendship and The Divorce Girl. She has also edited several anthologies of poetry. She earned a B.A. in history at the University of Missouri and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She is the recipient of Kansas Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Rocky Mountain National Park artist-in-residency and the City of Lawrence Phoenix Award.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.