Feb 26, 2020 1:08 PM

Library CLASS offering to focus on poetry

Posted Feb 26, 2020 1:08 PM

In preparation for National Poetry Month in April, Salina Public Library’s Community Learning and Skills Sharing (CLASS) program is offering four poetry writing classes.

The classes are scheduled for the first four Tuesdays in March at 6:30 p.m. in the Prescott Room of the library, 301 West Elm Street.

Local poets John P. Waterman, aka John E. Epic, and Emery Diercks will cover a different genre each week. During the first half of class, students will view poetry performance videos, read poems in the genre together then break down the mechanics of each style through the work of poets such as Edgar Allen Poe, Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg, and Asia Greene. The second half of each class will be spent writing poems in the session’s style. Narrative poetry will be covered on March 3, autobiographical on March 10, prose and socially conscious poetry on March 17, and spoken word and slam on March 24.

Diercks is a spoken word poet who speaks up for the disadvantaged, relays her experience of being a mother, and tells truths that open ears. Epic is an existentialist at heart and the author of the novel “Ill Digestions,” picture-book “Such a Little Apple” and numerous poetry books. He is currently part of the connected poet highway that stretches from Buffalo, N.Y., to Kansas City, and across the Heartland following Interstate 70 to Denver.

Registration in advance is required with the deadline on Saturday for the first class. Each meeting costs $10 or participants can register for all four for $35. Visit the McKenzie Center, 308 W. Elm, between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or go online to salina.coursestorm.com.

The poetry classes are in advance of the 2020 Salina Poetry Series in April, sponsored by the library, Salina Arts & Humanities, SPARK Artist Resource Exchange, and Friends of the Salina Public Library. To find out more about the series, visit salinapubliclibrary.org/poetry.

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UPDATE: Free tax help canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

UPDATE March 16: The Salina Area United Way has closed its VITA tax prep office due to COVID-19 concerns.

Free tax preparation assistance will help you keep more of your hard-earned cash.

The Salina Area United Way (SAUW) is offering free tax assistance services to individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program. VITA is for moderate and low-income individuals and families, generally with an income of $56,000 and below. It’s providing income tax preparation assistance by trained and certified volunteers. 

There are no hidden fees with the VITA Program, which has played an important role in Salina for over 19 years. Free means free. 

“Last year, more than 1,600 had tax assistance through the program. Volunteers will provide the same high level of assistance again this year,” said Brenda Gutierrez, SAUW program director.

In 2018, E-filed total refunds were $1,505,462 for the area.

“Tell your friends to take advantage of this valuable program,” Gutierrez added.

The program is at 145B South Santa Fe Avenue. Tax assistance is available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays; 1 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through April 16. Services are on a first-come-first-served basis by IRS certified volunteers. There is plenty of parking in the City of Salina lots.

Taxpayers must bring a government-issued photo ID, Social Security card, or Social Security number verification letter for all persons named on the tax return, as well as each of their birthdates. They must also bring all income statements including W-2 and 1099 forms for all incomes. Those with health insurance purchased on the marketplace should bring 1095 forms (Affordable Health Care Statements). Taxpayers hoping to claim a Kansas Homestead refund should bring their property tax bills. Those claiming child-care tax credits should bring the total they paid as well as the provider’s tax ID number. Those who wish to receive their refund via direct deposit, or pay their taxes via bank draft should bring a blank check or bank card indicating the account’s routing number and account number. Finally, copies of last year’s state and federal returns are helpful to speed the process of completing this year’s form.