Huascar Medina gives powerful presentation during Writers Corner

January 31, 2020

Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina

Kansas Poet Laureate Huascar Medina’s presentation “May Our Voices Ring True” was the feature at Cowley College’s recent Writers Corner at the Burford Theatre to an appreciative crowd of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Sharing his own poetry, along with the poetry and poets that inspire him, Medina told stories of his childhood, being an immigrant, the many moves with his military family, embracing bilingualism and being multi-cultured, and the love he has for his Kansas home and the poetry it inspires.

“Huascar’s message is one of poetry as truth and finding empathy,” Marlys Cervantes, director of Cowley’s Creative Writing program said. “The poetry he shared was incredible and hearing it in his voice was powerful. He makes a strong connection to others.”

Six Cowley College poets presented a diverse selection of featured poetry. They were Rachel Shriner, Garrett Bogle, Sheyenna White, Aimee Kozushko, Journey Schule, and Dachye Stubbs.

The evening was sponsored by a grant from Humanities Kansas, Cowley College, and the Burford Theatre. Cervantes thanked all three and other individuals and groups for their support of the event and to the community for coming out.

“So many people have expressed their appreciation for the chance to hear Huascar present his poetry and ideas. We have a wonderful community, and I loved bringing him into it,” Cervantes said. “I cannot tell you how happy I am to all who helped bring this together and, especially, to Huascar for sharing himself with us. He is truly an inspiration.”

Medina is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. Those interested in reading more of his works, his poems can be found in his collection How to Hang the Moon published by Spartan Press. His next book of poetry Un Mango Grows in Kansas will be published soon, and the poems will be in both English and Spanish.

Fifteen of Cervantes’ writing students also had the opportunity to work with Medina in a poetry workshop, Truth to Empathy, earlier that afternoon. For more information about the Creative Writing program at Cowley College, please contact Cervantes at