The first speaker of this year’s Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Pittsburg State University will perform a reading from a variety of her works.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the current Poet Laureate for the state of Kansas, will deliver a reading at 8 p.m. on Thursday, in Grubbs 109.

Her works include four collections of poetry, a memoir, a writing guide, and several anthologies she has edited.

Her most recent books are Landed, a collection of poetry, and The Sky Begins At Your Feet, a memoir on cancer, community, and coming home to the body.

Mirriam-Goldberg became Poet Laureate of Kansas this year, a position she will hold until 2011.

Former Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low has described her as having the “ability to connect with audiences both in her writings and in person.”

Mirriam-Goldberg founded Transformative Language Arts, a master’s degree program in social and personal transformation through writing, storytelling and performance, which is part of Goddard College’s Individualized MA program. Mirriam-Goldberg has taught at Goddard since 1996.

She received her Ph.D. and MA in English from the University of Kansas.

Her monthly radio show, “Write From Your Life,” is part of High Plains Public Radio’s “High Plains in Words” series, and she offers writing prompts and links to podcasts of the radio show at her blog. Her Web site is .

The reading is sponsored by the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series and the Student Fee Council.

A reception will be held following the reading. For more information, contact the Department of English at 620-235-4689.