Tornado Warning: storms & poems collide

While storms are a common sight in Kansas, photographer Stephen Locke captures them in an uncommon light. Locke has teamed up with Kansas poet laureate emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg to produce Chasing Weather, a book combining his images with Mirriam-Goldberg’s stirring storm poems.

The collaborators will be at the library’s Marvin Auditorium 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 7 to read poems, discuss photographs and talk about the book, for sale and signing.

Respect the Storm of the Storm


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Stephen-Locke-webStephen Locke is a stills and motion photographer and professional storm chaser. He produces still photography for collectors and supercell cinematography for film production companies and is well-known for his time lapse cinematography. Based in Kansas City, his Tempest Gallery is a showcase of storm imagery shot throughout the Great Plains. Clients include Andrews McMeel Publishing, CBS, CNN, Mayo Clinic, The Weather Channel, Discovery and other companies worldwide. His Vimeo channel draws thousands of views, as do his websites: and

Caryn-Mirriam-Goldberg-webCaryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas, and the author or editor of 19 books, including the recently published Poem on the Range: A Poet Laureate’s Love Song to Kansas; The Divorce Girl (novel, Ice Cube Press), Needle in the Bone (Potomac Books); The Sky Begins At Your Feet (Ice Cube Press); and four poetry collections. She is the founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches. Caryn also leads community writing workshops. Her site is

Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.