Kansas Poet Laureate emeritus (2017-19) Kevin Rabas teaches at Emporia State University, where he leads the poetry and playwriting tracks and chairs the department of English, modern languages, and journalism.
As a playwright, Rabas’ productions have been staged across Kansas and in North Carolina and San Diego, with works receiving Pushcart Prize nominations, six times.
He is the recipient of the Emporia State President’s Award for Research and Creativity and is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, and the Salina New Voice Award.
Rabas is a jazz percussionist – beating, banging and tinging poetry and prose to an internal metronome. He believes Kansas is a champion for literary consciousness and he champions literary conscious throughout the state of Kansas.