Kansas, Freedom Frontier for 150 Years, 2011 Convention, Coffeyville, KS
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2011 Poetry Categories
Poetry Contest Manager: Reaona Hemmingway , D1
See also: Poetry Winner Photos

Classic Forms - 21 entries
 

Judge:
Eric McHenry, Assistant professor of English at Washburn University. Eric holds a B.A. from Beloit College and an M.A. from Boston University. His book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies (Waywiser Press, 2006), won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.

1

Kristine A. Polansky

Just Wild

D4

Manhattan

2

Kristine A. Polansky

Bedroom Passage

D1

Manhattan

3

Theodore (Ted) Farmer

When Hearts Embrace

D5

El Dorado

HM

Kristine A. Polansky

Finding Hade

D4

Manhattan

HM

Theodore (Ted) Farmer

Tall-Grass Spring

D5

El Dorado

Free Verse - 94 entries
 

Judge:
Amy Sage Webb
, Associate Professor, Co-Director of Creative Writing Program at Emporia State University. Amy has edited several literary journal, which include Kansas Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Flint Hills Review. She serves on the editorial board of the Woodley Memorial Press and is a reviewer for the Kansas Arts Commission. Her poetry appears in several literary journals such as Fourth River and Clackamas Literary Review. Her first collection of short stories, Save Your Own Life, was completed in 2010.

1

Roy J. Beckemeyer

Canada Bound

D5

Wichita

2

Dan Close

Nearing Cottonwood Falls in a Dream State

D5

Wichita

3

Susan Whittey Peters

Memory: Elk Mountain

D2

Lenexa

HM

Roy J. Beckemeyer

Pathways to Poetry

D5

Wichita

HM Rosemary Parsons Torrez Things I Learned From My Mother D1 Topeka

Japenese Form - 51 entries
 

Judge:
Denise Low, Poet Laureate of Kansas 2007-2009. Denise Low is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. She has published several books of poetry and essays, including Ghost Stories of the New West, which won the 2011 Kansas Notable Book award from the State Library of Kansas and Kansas Center for the Book.

1

Marie Marshall

November Evening

D2

Ft. Scott

2

Marie Marshall

After the Snowfall

D2

Ft. Scott

3

Jean Jackson

Bright Autumn Colors

D2

Lawrence

HM

Kristine A. Polansky

Black Bird Flock, Rise, Turn

D4

Manhattan

HM Barbara Booth House Plants D4 Clay Center  

Poet's Choice - 70 entries
 

Judge:
Jim Haines
is a lawyer and retired CEO. His poems have appeared sporadically over the last 45 years. Recently, his poems have appeared in Inscape and Naugatuck River Review. Poems are forthcoming in Evening Street, Little Balkins Review, and Blue Island Review. Jim and his wife, Cynthia, live on a small farm outside Lawrence, Kansas.

1

Kristine A. Polansky

Maya Ying Lin

D4

Manhattan

2

Kay Towle

How to Get Rid of Monsters

D6

Hutchinson

3

Roy J. Beckemeyer

Prairie Morning

D5

Wichita

HM

Barbara Booth

Alone

D4

Clay Center

HM

Ronda Miller

Alma Walks Alone

D2

Lawrence


Song Lyrics - 12 entries
 

Judge:
Jeannie Gish graduated from Emporia State University in 1974 with a degree in Music Education. She taught music in the Tonganoxie, Abilene, Topeka, and Lyndon public schools for 33 years, retiring in 2007. For most of her life she has also been a songwriter and a church musician. She is currently the Minister of Music at Lowman United Methodist Church in Topeka, where she plays the organ and directs the Children's Chime Choir, Adult Bell Choir, and Adult Chancel Choir. Music has been her career, her past time, and her passion!

1

Theodore (Ted) Farmer

Song of Home

D5

El Dorado

2

Roy J. Beckemeyer

No Sailor Am I

D5

Wichita

3

Lee Mick

Precious Memories

D6

Cawker City

HM

Theodore (Ted) Farmer

Bold Warriors

D5

El Dorado

HM

Kay Towle

Leftover Parade

D6

Hutchinson


Whimsy - 54 entries

Judge:
Stacy Lierz-Ziegler
has BAs in elementary and English education and a MA in secondary curriculum/instruction from Kansas State University. From 1998-2005 she was employed by the Kansas Dept. of Education as the writing consultant for the state of Kansas, since returning to the classroom to teach American history and English at Seaman Middle School, Topeka.

1 Yvonne Evie Green Bless Erma Bombeck D1 Topeka
2 Judie R. Miller

Bored? Who Me?

D1 Wichita
3 Ruth Bahr This Thing About Time D2 Lawwrence
HM Betty Laird The Missing "Forward" D2

Lawwrence

HM Yvonne Evie Green

Evanovich - Discovered

D1 Topeka

Themed Poem Contest
- 31 entries
"Freedom Frontier for 150 Years"
 

Judge:
Denise Low, Poet Laureate of Kansas 2007-2009. Denise Low is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. She has published several books of poetry and essays, including Ghost Stories of the New West, which won the 2011 Kansas Notable Book award from the State Library of Kansas and Kansas Center for the Book.

1 Susan Whittey Peters Pioneers on the Smoky Hill NM Lawrence
2 Tom Mach Waiting 'n Praying D2 Lawrence
3 Robert D. Carey Freedom Seekers D1 Topeka
HM Ann Everett Hope, KS D5

Haysville

HM Millie Horlacher Freedom's Quilt D7 Colby

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2011 Prose Categories
Poetry Contest Manager: Mike Watson, D5
See also: Prose Winner Photos

Themed Prose Contest - 12 entries
"Freedom Frontier for 150 Years"
Judge: Melissa Stanton, English Instructor – Butler County Community College, MFA in Creative Writing
1 Marsha Henry Goff Keeping Freedom's Time for 150 Years NM  
2 Patricia Bonine Cora Belle D1 Topeka
3 Barbara Brady Clyde Tombaugh: from Farm to Fame D1 Topeka
HM Gloria J. Zachgo Nathan's Dream D4 Salina

Short Fiction - 32 entries
Judge: Ruth Zollars, English and Philosophy Instructor, Neosho County Community College
1 Hazel Hart Flashes D5 Wichita
2 Jack Kline The Box D2 Louisburg
3 Sam Pierson Waiting for Mae D2 Lebo
HM Grant Williams Two Roses D3 Arkansas City
HM Jack Kline The Clouds in My Head D2 Louisburg

Feature Article - 20 Entries
Judge: Becky Bridson, Freelance Writer
1 Tracy Million Simmons How I Became Normal D2 Emporia
2 Diane Palka The Complete Truth About Cats D2 Overbrook
3 Marilyn Hope Lake How to Plant Irises D6 Hutchinson
HM Ray "Grizzly" Racobs The Pursuit of Happiness D5 Wichita
HM Ursula Turner The Dalton Defenders Museum D3 Coffeyville

Memoir - 55 Entries
Judge: Deborah Murray, Writing Center Director, English Department, Kansas State University
1 Jack Kline For Picasso D2 Louisburg
2 Ronda Miller Gun Memories – Reload D2 Lawrence
3 Kenneth Neel Holler The Prairie Spirit D5 Wichita
HM Ralph H. Allen Jr. A Small Part of the Greatest Navy in the World: Boot Camp, San Diego, 1950 D5 Wichita

Inspiration - 27 Entries
Judge: Pam Taverner, retired English Instructor
1 Kay Towle A Death Defeated D6 Hutchinson
2 Barbara Brady Sue's Solution D1 Topeka
3 Nancy Julien Kopp Christmas Spirit – Lost and Found D4 Manhattan
HM Louise Click Valentine Pennies D3 Coffeyville
HM Yvonne Evie Green What I Learned From Pythagoras D1 Topeka

Story for Children - 17 Entries
Judge: Julie Tomlianovich, South Central KS Library System, Youth Services Consultant
1 Kay Towle 10 Steps to Your Own Dog D6 Hutchinson
2 Sam Pierson The Tale of Kitty Kat's Tail D2 Lebo
3 Ruth Bahr Ollie, the Oldest Chick D2 Ft. Scott
HM Anne Mart Portrait of a Hero D6 Hutchinson
HM Anne Mart Bummer of a Summer D6 Hutchinson

Book: One-Page Synopsis and First Five Pages - 14 Entries
Judge: Max McCoy, Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism, Emporia State University
1 Arlene Rains Graber A Plane Tree In Provence D5 Wichita
2 Marjorie Brown Secrets of Roberts Mountain D7 Colby
3 Brenda Marie Indyk Desert Scars NM  
HM Lesley Ann Gentry Embracing the Equine Profession: The Story of Dr. Olive Kendrick Britt, DVM D6 Beloit
HM Marilyn Hope Lake Susan B. Vanarsdale, an Uncommon, Common Woman D6 Hutchinson

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