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[graphic dot]Allen Bailey ..
[graphic dot]Prem Baja, Ph.D..
[graphic dot]Amy Backer
[graphic dot]Eunice Boeve
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Charlotte Hinger

[graphic dot]Jane Holwerda .
[graphic dot]Gary Kraisinger.
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Charlene Scott
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Mark Simmons.





Marshal Allen D. BaileyMarshal Allen D. Bailey has enjoyed international fame as the radio host of "Western Swing and Other Things" aired on High Plains Public Radio and is frequently seen in live performances, displaying his musical talent as a Western Singer and Cowboy Poet. In 2004 Allen was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame. Allen commonly serves as Master of Ceremonies at regional music festivals and makes no secret his great love of history. Allen Baily also unique and distinguished honor of being Official Marshal of Dodge City, Kansas.
    Allen performs his cowboy brand of poetry and trademark musical stylings from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Harvest 1/ Pioneer 1/Apache room.
[graphic dot]"Local Trademark"

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Prem Bajaj, Ph.D.Prem Bajaj, Ph. D. immigated to the United States in 1965 and moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1968 where he joined the Wichita State
University Faculty. He has since retired but remains active volunteering with AARP, Habitat For Humanity, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and various WSU Campus Organizations. In is volunteer work Prem has become very skilled at writing letters to the editor and has also published a book on mathematics in India.
     Prem joined the Kansas Authors Club in 2006 and currently serves at the Financial Secretary for the Kansas Authors Club State Officers for the 2008 term. Prem and his family continue to reside
in Wichita, Kansas.
    Prem's workshop is 10-1 1 a.m. on Saturday in the Santa Fe Room.
[graphic dot]"Letters to the Editor"

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Amy BeckerAmy Becker has been a freelance writer for eight years and has been published in such magazines as Business People, Family Style, and American Football Quarterly. She is currently a sports writer for the Dodge City Daily Globe.
     Amy's favorite sport is Indy Car racing, but she also enjoys watching college football and basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and ice skating.      Though not much of an athlete herself, she approaches writing as if it were a sport.
      Amy presents on Saturday from 10-1 1 a.m. in the Apache Room.
[graphic dot]"Approaching Writing as a Sport"

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Eunice BoeveEunice Boeve published her first young adult novel, Trapped! The True Story of a Pioneer Girl in 1995. Among the other works to her credit are The Summer of the Crow, A Window to the World, and Maggie Rose and Sass. Her first adult novel is a western titled, Ride A Shadowed Trail released just this spring.
     Her current projects include a sequel tentatively titled Across Many Trails, which will find the protagonist "Josh Ryder" in Montana.
     Eunice's workshop will be between 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room.
[graphic dot]"Children's Writing"

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Charlotte HingerCharlotte Hinger will present two workshops on Saturday, as well as the keynote address at Saturday evening's banquet.
      After publishing several short stories in national magazines, and editing a two volume county history she completed her first novel, Come Spring. It was published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster, Warner Books in paperback, condensed by Reader's Digest and published in UK and Norway. Come Spring won the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award in the Spur Award Competition sponsored by Western Writer's of America (WWA). She subsequently published a number of mystery short stories and articles. Her short story, "The Family Rose," first published in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine was later included in two anthologies, Murder to Music and Death on the Verandah.
     Charlotte lives with her husband outside of Hoxie, Kansas, a town that is peculiarly well-suited to the writing life. It has fabulous internet service and few distractions.

[graphic dot]"History" 10 a.m. Saturday in the Harvest/Pioneer Room.
[graphic dot]"Mystery"
2:35 p.m. Saturday in the Harvest/Pioneer Room.

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Jane HolwerdaJane Holwerda teaches composition and literature for Dodge City Community College.
     Native to Kansas, Dr. Jane grew up in Lindsborg, graduated from Maryrnount College in Salina, and earned her Masters and her doctorate from Saint Louis Universit, in St Louis, MO. She's a writer of short stories, essays and poems, an avid reader, and is happy to be living and teaching in Southwest Kansas. Publications include: Breathing Out: collected poems by Loosely Identified, (Cherry Pie Press, 2004); Guiliy Pleasures: Obsessions and Addictions (Andrew McMeel, 2003); Big Muddy, Cottonwood, Eads Bridge, Fools of April, Arts and Letters, Fugue, Hurricane Review, MacGufin, Mid-America Poetry Review, Out of Line, Poetry Motel, PMS, Red River Review, River King Supplement, South Loop, Sou'wester.
     Jane presents two workshops on Saturday.
[graphic dot]"Creativity" 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Apache Room.
[graphic dot]"Poetry"
2:45 p.m. Saturday in the Apache Room.

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Gary and Margaret KraisingerGary Kraisinger and his wife, Margaret, both contributed to their book, The Western: The Greatest Texas Cattle Trail 1874-1886. Research began in the 1960s when the couple lived near the site of the trail in Lane County, Kansas and was finally printed in 2004.
     Among the couples other passions are the Nickle Railroad, Historic Preservation, the "Kansas Originals" market, and their Czech heritage. Gary and Margaret are also the authors of Our Family Czech Cookbook, which contains recipes handed down through the Kraisinger family.
    Gary and Margaret reside in Halstead, Kansas where Margaret owns the Old Hardware Store, an historic building.
     Gary presents his workshop on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Harvest / Pioneer Room.
[graphic dot]"Working with Words"

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Charlene ScottCharlene Scott has been a writer for The Dodge City Daily Globe for the past 8 years. She formerly served as a bureau chief in Palm Beach County for The Miami Herald in Florida, as religion editor of The Houston Post in Texas, and as editor of Colorado's largest weekly, The Denver Catholic Register (circulation 96,000).
     A native of Oklahoma, she has written a book about her Delaware Indian ancestor, The Buck: the Saga of Buckongahelas Journeycake, a Lenni Lenape War Chief and His Family.
     Charlenepresents her workshop on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room.

[graphic dot]"How to Write Witty and Wild Out West or Back East"

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Wm. Mark SimmonsWm. Mark Simmons is a resident of Hutchinson, Kansas and is the author of several books in the Science Fiction genre, including Pathfnder I, Dead Easy, Habeas Corpus, Dead On My Feet, One Foot in the Grave, The Net of Dreams, When Dreams Collide, and The Dreamland Chronicles. Writing in the Science Fiction genre has a few unique obstacles, perhaps best summarized in Mark's own words, "...One of the oldest bromides in the writing biz is 'write what you know.' But how does that work when you write about alien planets and societies, elves and magic, or werewolves and vampires? Writing in the fantastical vein: how is it different, how is it the same? And how publishing is a little more like science fiction every year..."
     Mark presents on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Apache Room.

[graphic dot]"Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Write What You Know"

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Annette Wood, District 5