Wyatt Townley

P.O. Box 13302
Shawnee Mission, KS 66282

Author's Bio

Wyatt Townley is the Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her work has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, 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 from the Kansas Arts Commission to complete her latest book of poems, The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. The confluence of poetry and poetry-in-motion has shaped Wyatt’s life. Formerly a dancer, she has taught yoga for over thirty years and is the founder of Yoganetics®, a therapeutic system practiced in ten countries. HarperCollins published her book on the method, deemed an “Editor’s Choice” by Yoga Journal.

Publications and Prizes

Perfectly Normal
(The Smith, 1990)
, The Afterlives of Trees
(Woodley Press, 2011)
, The Breathing Field
(Little, Brown & Co., 2002)
Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems
(Woodley Press, 2011)
, In the Black / In the Red: Poems of Profit and Loss
(Helicon Nine Editions, 2012)
, JM: A Remembrance
(Academy of American Poets, 1996)
, Prayers for a Thousand Years
(HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)
, Ravishing Disunities
(Wesleyan University Press, 2000)
, The Dolphin Reader
(Houghton Mifflin, 1996)
Heliotrope, Margie, New Letters, Newsweek, North American Review, Orion, Paris Review, Southern Poetry Review, Western Humanities Review, Yoga Journal
Prizes Won: 
Poet Laureate of Kansas (2013-2015); Master Artist Fellowship in Poetry, Kansas Arts Commission; Notable Book Citation, State Library of Kansas; Best Book List, Kansas City Star; Kansas Voices Poetry Prize; The Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement (first recipient), Purchase College, State University of New York

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Last updated: Jun 24, 2013