Led by Arlin Buyert, the poetry class in the minimum security unit studies the works of culturally significant poets while supporting participants in the creation of their own works. The class runs two 8 week sessions each year. Two volumes of Open to the Sky, an anthology of works created in this program have been published to date. (Leigh, do you have a photo of the anthologies?)
Arlin Buyert was born and raised on an Iowa farm and was formally educated at Macalester College and The University of Minnesota. Arlin has one chapbook entitled “Where Shadows Take Their Places” and his poems have been published by the Rockhurst Review, The Rusty Truck Press, The Presbyterian Survey and The Sioux Center News. Arlin has two children, one granddaughter, and two step-children and lives with his wife, Kristen Kvam, in Leawood, Kansas.
Lynsey Becher takes inmates in the medium security unit through writing exercises that challenge their minds and tap their creative genius. The purpose of this class is to develop writing habits and techniques that inmates can employ to complete their novels, short stories and even their memoires as a means of escaping their physical constraints or making sense of their experiences.
Lynsey is a native Kansan. She has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has appeared on stage in New York, Chicago and Kansas City. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas. Lynsey also assists with the Living Shakespeare program at the prison.
The Writer's Book Club
A book club with a twist! In this program participants read and analyze a major non-fiction work and write response pieces designed to improve their command of grammar and language.