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Huascar Medina

Huascar Medina

Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He works as a freelance copywriter and as the literary editor for seveneightfive magazine, publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection "How to Hang the Moon" and "Un Mango Grows in Kansas." He is the winner of ARTSConnect’s 2018 Arty Award for Literary Art.

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Anti-immigrant law motivated by xenophobia and racism makes Kansas less welcoming

By: - May 22, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. On Feb. 22, HB 2717 was introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives. By April 11, the bill became law. […]

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Spring has arrived in Kansas, writes Huascar Medina, a time of newness, growth, rejuvenation, redemption, resurrection and salvation. (Clay Wirestone/Kansas Reflector)

Letter to the Sage of Emporia: Amid new beginnings, ‘spiritual progress’ looks more like a myth

By: - April 17, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. Dear William Allen White, We are a Kansas spring, the season when light begins to wash the cold stillness of […]

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Bobby LeFebre, poet laureate of Colorado, meets with the audience after his performance in Salina. (Jared Jones/Salina Arts and Humanities)

Legacy of poetry in Kansas flourishes with 38th installment of Salina series

By: - April 9, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. In its 38th year, the Salina Spring Poetry Series continues to bring the nation’s poets to read their work and […]

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My letter to the Sage of Emporia: an introduction

By: - March 27, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. Dear William Allen White,  We have never met, but we may one day. My belief in such things ebbs and […]

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As Kansas begins to heal from the pandemic, poetry can help

By: - May 1, 2021

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. The original Poem in Your Pocket Day happened 19 years ago, in New York City, during the month of April […]

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These four Kansas writers are inspiring and influencing America

By: - December 31, 2020

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. Kansas writers are among the most relevant and influential in America this year and we need to acknowledge it. […]

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Why I wrote 500 toe tags during a pandemic in Kansas

By: - August 6, 2020

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the current Poet Laureate of Kansas. I recently completed the task of filling out more than 500 toe tags for an art installation. […]