April Pameticky moved to Wichita in 2003 and got swept up in the Wichita Vortex.
April Pameticky, mother of two, shares time between her high school English classroom and the creative community of artists and writers in Kansas.
She launched the Wichita Broadside Project and currently serves as editor of River City Poetry, an online poetry journal. She’s had the honor of working with many creatives for unique cross-collaboration experiences, including Anatomy of a Sea Star-Reimagined, choreographed by students from Wichita State University Dance; and Epistrophy, pairing poets with musicians for a synergistic listening experience.
Most recently, she has worked ekphrastically with photographer Amanda Dickinson Pfister. She Cast Her Gaze used Ginsberg Sentences in response to Pfister’s 365 Days Instragram project, culminating in a Spring 2020 show at the Steckline Gallery at Newman University.
Her own work can be seen in journals like Malpais Review, KONZA, and Chiron Review. She is also the author of several chapbooks and her debut full-length collection, Waterbound, is available from Spartan Press.
Pameticky’s work is rooted in image and texture as opposed to syntax and meter. Sometimes readers expect poetry to transcend the mundane, but she argues that the exquisite ordinary is poetry. As both poet and educator, she explores the moment and captures the resonance of independent and discrete sections of time. Poetry should be accessible, and poets that communicate from a place of condescension find that attitude translated into the work. Poetry should express sentiment without sentimentality. Think Poem as Artifact and Poet as Witness.
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She is always interested in pursuing more collaborative relationships, exchanging the power of visual work with text and vice versa.
“Nothing is what you expect it to be in the places that April Pameticky has been. And yet, after she reveals the truth of things, you say to yourself, “of course.”
–Michele Battiste, Ink for an Odd Cartography and Uprising.
“Pameticky’s poetry vibrates with wit, intelligence, and a lively lyric voice given to stunning turns of phrase and wry observation.”
–John Jenkinson, Rebekah Orders Lasagna
A sample of April Pameticky’s Poetry
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