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Poet Laureate of Kansas to host Words Save Lives event in Dodge City

Judd Weil-News Director


Huascar Medina, the 7th poet laureate of Kansas, in collaboration with the Dodge City Public Library, will be hosting a Words Save Lives event on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Dodge City Community College.

The event begins at 3 p.m. and will end at 5 p.m.

Words Save Lives is a collaboration of art and communication, creating connection, belonging and safety between audience members and performers.

Medina is one of 22 recipients across the nation receiving an Academy of American Poets, Poet Laureate Fellowship in 2022. The Poet Laureate Fellowship will fund the expansion of Words Save Lives to 12 cities across Kansas.

Marcia Epstein, LMSW created Words Save Lives in Lawrence, Kan. on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, 2014 with the goal of bringing artists, mental health professionals, and members of the community together to build a space of support and awareness surrounding the impacts of suicide.

“I want people to show up and share the light in their world. Tell us what brings you hope and joy when things get hard. And yes, life gets hard, but you don’t have to go at it alone,” said Huascar Medina. “Words Save Lives is a place of creative expression and community. Art is a special kind of balm. I hope people will join us.”

Words Save Lives events are occurring across Kansas in September.

Performances may include and are not limited to performances of poetry, story, dance, comedy, improv, acrobatics, drag, music, visual art, or other forms of creative expression. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Those interested in joining the events and want to learn more about Words Save Lives can visit People can also follow Words Save Lives on Facebook at and on Instagram @wordssaveliveorg.

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