Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas To Visit Marshall County


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Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas of Emporia will visit Marysville Thursday and Friday, with several workshops and activities scheduled. Carol Caffrey of Lillis will lead a hands-on card making workshop Thursday afternoon from 1 – 3 p.m., crafting cards that can be inscribed with poetry that you can create during a session with Rabas following, Thursday at 3:30. All materials provided, at no cost. For more information contact Carol Caffrey at (785) 396-4447. The events will be held at the Koester House Museum downtown.

Rabas is also a jazz drummer, and will join the Marshall County Community Band for their Thursday evening performance, beginning at 7:30 also at the Koester House. He will read poetry for kids at the Marysville Public Library on Friday morning at 10:30, and the public is welcome to join him for a fine arts lunch Friday at noon at the arts center. Reservations for the lunch or the workshops may also be directed to Sharon Kessinger with the Koester House Committee, or Wayne Kruse with Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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