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Lue Barndollar
Mark Frank
Judy Leeds
Shaun Moffitt

Tim Raglin
Richard Paul Tanos
Rudy Taylor
Monte Toon

Lue Barndollar, a Coffeyville native, earned a BA in Lue BarndollarEnglish with a minor in French at Pittsburg State University. She received her teacher accreditation in 1977 and her MA in English in 1981. She became an education specialist in community college and higher education in 1990. She was an English and Humanities instructor starting in 1978 and retired from Coffeyville Community College in 1999. She became a member of the board of trustees in 2004. Barndollar has been president of the Historical Society of Coffeyville since 1998 and president of Friends of the Brown Mansion since 2001. Barndollar is best known for her book What Really Happened on October 5, 1892: An Attempt at an Accurate Account of the Dalton Gang and Coffeyville (1992). She also wrote A History of the Coffeyville Public Library and Our Historic Heritage, a column for The Coffeyville Journal.
[graphic dot]Writing About History

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Mark Frank has been theatre/technical director at Coffeyville Mark FrankCommunity College, one of the largest community college theatre programs in the state, since 1994. He has directed and acted in over 60 professional and community productions. He is the artistic director of Kid's Academy and Children's Summer Theatre in Coffeyville. He and his wife Bethanie share artistic direction of the Rubber Chicken Factory Improvisational Comedy Troupe. Frank published A Collection of Plays by Mark Frank in 2002 and his A Collection of Plays by Mark Frank, Vol. 2 was recently published by iUniverse, a subsidiary of Barnes and Noble. His plays have been produced at CCC, Independence Community College, Pace University in New York, and Colorado State University. Frank lives in Coffeyville with his wife and cat, JD.
[graphic dot]Playwriting as a Career or Hobby

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Judy LeedsJudy Leeds, an educator and wannabe writer, calls herself “a book-poor lover of words.” Leeds is now Dean of Communications, Tulsa Community College, Southeast Campus. While a division chair of communications at Coffeyville Community College, Leeds developed and coordinated themed literature conferences: Great Plains Storytelling and Folklore; American West Literature; Mystery; and Romance. Leeds has published two short pieces: "Her Shee It” about her husband's mistress, a '61 Corvette; and "Drownin' in Daydreams," a family sketch. “Several characters and their community have lived in my head for 30 years,” says Leeds. They want out. “I am a good example of how not to become a published writer. I live the ways.”
[graphic dot]How Not to Become a Published Writer

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Shawn Moffitt has been writing most of the years of her life and Shaun Moffittteaching for 20 of them. She has a BA in English from Oklahoma State University and an MA in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma. She teaches writing courses at Pryor Junior High School in Oklahoma. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have been published in numerous literary journals and won many awards. She recently published a book co-written with her mother and two sisters: Myopic Memories: Girls Who Wear Glasses (2004). They are currently at work on their second book Are We There Yet? Girls on the Road, which will be published in late 2005.
[graphic dot]Poetry: Taking Life by the Throat
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Fiction: Using Myth to Shape Stories

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Tim Raglin was born and raised in Independence, Kansas, where he Tim Raglinlives today. From the age of eight, Tim received art instruction, and he’s pursued his passion for illustrated stories ever since. He earned a degree from Washington University’s School of Fine Arts in St. Louis in 1976 and, immediately upon graduation, launched into the world of freelance illustration. Raglin’s illustrations have been featured in such periodicals as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, Sesame Street, and Time. In the 1980s Tim became involved with Rabbit Ears Productions, an award-winning children’s book and video company. He illustrated several of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories for Rabbit Ears, including the Grammy Award-winning The Elephant’s Child, narrated by Jack Nicholson. Raglin has illustrated a number of children’s picture books. Recently his focus has been as publisher of several of his own picture books including Uncle Mugsy and the Terrible Twins of Christmas, which won a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and a forthcoming new edition of The Birthday ABC, which was chosen as an American Library Association Pick of the List in 1995. Raglin is currently working on several new picture books..
[graphic dot]How I Make a Picture Book

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Debra SeelyRichard Paul Tanos is a native of Niagara Fall, Ontario, Canada. He attended Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology in Welland, Ortario, pursuing interests in computers, music and hockey. Drawn to the Deep South, he and his wife, Elaine, moved to Palm Bay, Florida, in 1991. There he rebuilt two classic Mustangs and played bass with a local rock band. Eventually he started a career as an author and has published his own works including a trilogy: Whipper Snapper, Turner Falls and Palomino. More recently, he put together a cookbook, The Cooker Book. Tanos currently makes his home in Coffeyville, Kansas. His novel The Home Child is the District 3 nominatee for the 2005 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award. His latest work, the true story of the 1971-72 Niagara Fall hockey team, was released Sept. 17, 2005. Tanos has self-published a total of fifteen books so far, and will share his knowledge of self-publishing with us.
[graphic dot]How to Go About Self-Publishing

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Rudy Taylor
began his career as a publisher in 1970 when he bought his Rudy Taylorhometown newspaper, The Caney Chronicle. He is now publisher/owner of the Oswego Independent, Edna Sun, Altamont Journal, Chetopa Advance, Sedan Times-Star, Flint Hills Express,and Montgomery County Chronicle—all southeast Kansas weekliesand publisher of The Coffeyville Journal. Taylor writes columns, editorials, and feature stories for all of them. His column “Off the Cuff” has won numerous state and national awards, and even one international award. But he does not write his columns to win awards—he simply writes from the heart. His articles are frequently nostalgic, reflecting back to his growing-up years in the 1950s. His commentary is often humorous, sometimes tearful, and even hilarious. Taylor’s first love was radio and television, and he still makes commercials for local broadcast stations and advertising agencies. He is in the process of publishing his first book, Light on Main Street. Taylor’s wife Kathy is a fourth-generation journalist, and they have three grown children and four grandchildren. The Taylors live in Caney.
[graphic dot]Restoring the Legacy of Kansas Editors and Columnists

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Monte Toon, artist and author, is a Coffeyville native who graduated from Monte ToonCoffeyville Community College in 1966 and received his BS in secondary art education from Kansas State Teachers College in 1969. He began his career in the visual arts, as teacher, graphic artist, and watercolorist. His 1993 solo exhibit Journeys included 50 of his original watercolor paintings. The brief narratives displayed with each painting were as well received as his watercolors. Toon has written several articles called Consider This, observations of various points of interest, published in The Tulsa Tribune. “It’s Hard to Drive Nails With Tears in Your Eyes,” written just after the death of his cat, won the Tulsa County Regional Library Writing contest for best short story and was later published in Cats Magazine. Currently, as chief editor and publisher of his Navy Squadron newsletter, he writes a monthly column called “On the Fantail.” Toon’s first novel, Asylum’s Bridge, went to press in 2003; a sequel, Let Me Be by the Sea, is planned. Toon says his book mirrors his work as an artist. “I want the reader to go beyond the veneer, beyond the surface love story, to find the underlying message running just below.”
[graphic dot]See It, Write It: Beyond Dialogue

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