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.


ArlinArlin 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.

Creative Writing
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.