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Below is a list of Guest Speakers from KAC District 1:

Sat., Mar. 15, 2014:
Debra Goodrich Bisel, from painting by Barbara Waterman-Peters“History from the Heart”
Debra Goodrich Bisel, historian, was our speaker.
    A native Virginian, Deb's book, The Civil War in Kansas, was released by the History Press in April, 2012. Her book, Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie, with co-author Michelle Martin, was released in February, 2013.
    Deb is a co-founder for the Kansas Hall of Fame. She has appeared in more than a dozen documentaries including American Experience, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and PBS. has been the guest on dozens of talk radio shows and hosted her own radio show on KMAJ AM in Topeka. She is the historian for Topeka Cemetery.

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Sat., Feb. 15, 2014:
“Inspiration, Preservation, Perspiration, Procrastination, Presentation and Triumph”
Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, finds nothing more difficult for aEsther Luttrell writer than having to lay aside the pen and become a salesperson, web wiz, social media expert, cover designer, layout artist, public speaker, book signing organizer, and their own p.r. person.When is there time to write?
   In 2013 Esther lost one publisher and gained three others, was hired by a studio to write a screenplay for a feature film that went into production in the last week of January, published an ebook that resulted in a publishing deal, and has just been hired to write a major novel on the Lockerbie Pan Am tragedy. The journey has been long, mostly uphill, frustrating, joyous and downright depressing. The key word is Perseverance. Be stubborn and never give up. There are readers dying to read what you write. The trick is to let them know you're here.

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June Hilbert, January 2014 speakerSat., Jan. 18, 2014:
“I Am a Farm Wife”
June Hilbert, District 1, Topeka, spoke about writing her recently published memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots—One Cow Pie at a Time, and what she has learned about Indie Publishing, book promotion and internet blogging in the process.

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Dec. 2013 D1 meeting was canceled
Bad weather caused concellation of the December, 2013, meeting of District 1.

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Those who read, Read-around, November 2013 District 1 meetingSat., Nov.16, 2013:
“District 1 Read-Around”
Post-convention Read-Around. Some attendees read their winning entries in the 2013 Adults Writing Contest from the KAC Convention in Wichita while others read personal writing of their choice.

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Sat., Oct. 19, 2013:
Gary Clarke, Cowabunga“The Book that Begs to Differ”
Gary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, spoke about the planning of his newest book, They Call Me Cowabunga: Once Upon a Time in Africa. Peculiar and Quixotic, Square Shape, Disorganized Dust Jacket, Eccentric Endpapers, Incredible Images, Colorful Content. All this, plus other idiosyncratic insights about Gary's planning of his newest work!
    Clarke's book, Africa: Wildlife, Rainbows and Laughter, won the 2012 KAC J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award. Gary is in charge of planning his publications. Members in attendance enjoyed his insights!

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Sat., Sept. 21, 2013
Mark Bouton“Using Flexibility in Your Plotting”
Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, was our speaker. Whether you're writing a short story, novella, or novel, you may find the need to make changes in your characters, setting, or storyline. Mark discussed how this can be handled smoothly and to your advantage.
    Mark made a big change in his latest novel, The ET Murders. FBI agents are being brutally murdered, and a trail of bizarre clues lead to Roswell and Area 51.

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Tiger Hunting, author Tracy Million SimmonsSat., Aug. 17, 2013
“Tiger Hunting”
Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, spoke about her debut novel, Tiger Hunting. The novel has a great hook, wonderful story and is set in Kansas. Tracy talked about her decision to produce her novel in both print-on-demand and eBook formats, and discussed what she learned in the process of working her plan.

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Dennis SmirlSat., Jul 20, 2013
“Writing Dialogue”
Dennis Smirl, District 1, Topeka, was guest speaker. He has written nine novels and more than seventy short stories and novellas.  His unique presentation included audience participation in writing dialogue, using three groups of characters. Participants then read their work.  Dennis discussed how each story was distinctive because we all put ourselves into our writing. 

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Sat., June 15, 2013
Read-around”read-around
Attendees were encouraged to bring something to read in our group setting. The read-around was conducted by George Paris.  Prose and poetry was shared by Dennis Smirl, Carol Luttjohann, Brian Allen, Evie Green, Glory Hemmingway, Janet Stotts, Bill Isley, Rosemary Torrez, Agnes Kazminski, Barbara Brady, Errol Anderson and George Paris.

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Gary Krohe booksigningSat., May 18, 2013
“Portraits of Troy”
PortraitsOfTroyKroheGary Krohe, District 1, Topeka, is president of Krohe Electronics Corp., a broadcast consulting engineering firm. He also has been long involved with photojournalism. He built his dream with the assistance of Joan Barker, secretary for the Topeka High School Historical Society, and released Portraits of Troy: The Architecture of Topeka High School. Gary discussed his project and the logistics of making his book a reality.

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Brian Allen
Sat., Apr. 20, 2013

“How I came to be My Paradise Lost, by Brian Allen in Paradise”
Brian Allen was born in Kansas City, MO, but raised in Coco Solo, Canal Zone.
My Paradise Lost: Misadventures to manhood in the Panama Canal Zone is a memoir, the story of a boy growing up in the last golden years of the Canal Zone in the turbulent ’60s and ’70s.

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Valerie Reif and Tanya WalshSat., Mar., 16, 2013
“The Great Gatsby”
Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Reader Advisory Librarians, discussed the life and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, his marriage to wife, Zelda, and his groundbreaking story of the 1920s, The Great Gatsby, a Kansas Reads choice. Their discussion included a brief history of social and scientific advanaces in the 1920s and Fitzgerald's personal triumphs and defeats, all included in a vivid PowerPoint presentation.

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Errol AndersonSat., Feb., 16, 2013
“Why We Are Who We Are”
Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, shared personal information about how he got to this time and this place—and the events in his life that have made him who he is.
   He suggests that he might become the first among other members/volunteers to share their stories with our group at future occasions. Errol believes true stories of individuals can give fellow writers fodder to inspire more writing and storytelling.
   Errol has been past-president of District 1 and has published several novels in recent years, including his Vivid Hues political thriller quartet.

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Debbie Roberts Sat., Jan., 18, 2013
“A Community's Voice in Disaster”Heart of Harveyville, by Debbie Roberts
Debbie Roberts is a recently retired school teacher who lost her home in the Harveyville, KS, tornado of Feb. 28, 2012.
   After regrouping from losses, Debbie decided to try to tell the many dramatic stories of her family, friends and Harveyville neighbors from that horrific night. She set about to collect stories and photos of people and places involved, and has published a well-received collection, Heart of Harveyville: Surviving the Tornado!
   Debbie shared her writing challenges with fellow authors, and brought her grandson, Michael, who shared his own storm-story in her book.

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Holiday readers, District 1, December, 2012

 

Sat., Dec. 15, 2012
“Holiday Read-Around”
Members shared stories and poems, mostly those they have written about Christmas.

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Mark Bouton, jammin'
Sat., Nov. 17, 2012

“Tips for Writers”
Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, has experience as an ex-FBI agent and as writer of suspense novels. In November Mark discussed tips for writers of fiction, covering characters, plot and dialogue. In closing, he shared some songs for writers to entertain attendees. 11/18/2012 Mark Bouton, Nov. 2012 a Mark Bouton, Nov. 2012 b

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District 1 members and friends who read in October, 2012
Sat., Oct. 20, 2012

“Read-Around”
Members were encouraged to attend and bring writing to share in a group reading. Perhaps you were recognized with an award in one of the 2012 KAC writing contests in October, 20121? Writers shared their work. [Three-minute time limit.] 10/24/2012

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Agnes J. Sutter KazminskiSat., Sept. 15, 2012
“Every Family Has a Story”
Agnes J. Sutter Kazminski, District 1, Topeka, has written a memoir of her early years growing up in Switzerland, When We Were Children (2001), and recently published her memoir of her move to the United States and life here, Sunset Hill: Memoir of a Marriage (2012). Agnes has some wonderful thoughts about her own family history, and she wishes to inspire KAC members to write and share their own memoirs. 8/27/2012

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Sat., Aug. 18, 2012
Lissa Staley“How to Write a Novel in 30 days”

Lissa Staley is the local leader of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) since 2003, Lissa will convince you that writing the 50,000 word first draft of a novel in the 30 days of November is not just an amazing, crazy, frantic, caffeine and creativity fueled undertaking, but that you yourself want to participate this November. Lissa is Book Evangelist and Librarian at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

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KAC readersDennis Smirl Sat., July 21, 2012
Dennis Smirl, District 1, Topeka, presented two original radio plays, using members of his KAC audience to act the parts, wherein they exercised their talents in doing a "cold read." Dennis is also a member of The Write Stuff writers group that meets weekly at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, and has shared his writing in performance with us at previous meetings also.

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Alice BertelsSat., June 16, 2012
John Steuart Curry:The Road Home, by Alice BertelsAlice Bertels talked about her children's book, John Steuart Curry: The Road Home—retelling the life of our famous Capitol mural painter from Oskaloosa, KS. Alice's work won a Kansas Notable Book Award in 2007.

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Sat., May 19, 2012
“Every Book has a Back Story, or How I Moved from Grown Up into Children's Nonfiction
Little Ike, by Roy BirdRoRoy Birdy Bird was born just south of Abilene, Kansas—Dwight D. Eisenhower's hometown. Bird began writing professionally while still in college and has enjoyed a three-decade career. He grew up in Ike country, and he long has wanted to write about Eisenhower and Abilene. Little Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower's Abilene Boyhood is filled with memories of Dwight’s family, friends, and community, and is Bird's sixteenth book about Kansas and the American West. — “Every book is as individual as a single snowflake, and each is a new and challenging learning experience.

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Sat., Apr. 21, 2012
“Instilling a love of reading”
Kyler Carpenter has long worked as a children's librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. He discussed library programs for children of various age groups, encouraging them to learn to read, and performed samples of his delight musical repertoire.
[Photo, left in collage, used courtesy of TSCPL]

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Readers, March 2012 D1 meetingSat., Mar. 17, 2012
“Read-Around”
Members were encouraged to attend and bring writing to share in a group reading. Perhaps you were recognized with an award in one of the 2011 KAC writing contests in October, 2011? Writers shared their work. [Three-minute time limit.]

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Ken Olm and Don Pady, collaborators


Sat., Feb. 18, 2012

“Gathering a Treasure”
Ken Ohm and Don Pady, District 1, Topeka, talked about their literary interests, their teaming to write Hidden Gold; Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills (2011)—the myth of treasure, their fictional account of burying and finding such treasure in Lynn County, Kansas—and the reception their work is getting.

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Sat., Jan. 21, 2012
Gary Clarke in safari hat“Orange Elephants and Inverted Giraffes”
Our speaker was Gary K. Clarke, District 1, Topeka.   For decades, Gary K. Clarke led photography safaris all over Africa. As Director Emeritus of the World Famous Topeka Zoo and, later, as President-for-Life of Cowabunga Safaris, Clarke has built a wealth of knowledge about the people and animals of Africa. He collected thousands of photographs, and presents them in a limited-edition, coffee-table size extravaganza, Gary Clarke's Africa.
   Beautifully printed, his book shares his experiences about the wild, the beautiful, and the unexpected. Gary shared his stories and photographs (delivered with a measure of his world-famous sense of humor).

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Sat., Dec. 17, 2011Thomas Fox Averill with his novel, rode.
“Knowing It Cold, Writing It Hot”
Our speaker was Thomas Fox Averill, English professor/Writer in Residence at Washburn University and author of the new novel, rode. He spoke about using research in writing and did readings from rode, his newest novel, based on the popular 1950s ballad, "The Tennessee Stud," written by Jimmy Driftwood.

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Sat., Nov. 19, 2011
“Telling Their Tales —A Search for Authenticity”
Marcia Cebulska, playwrightAward-winning playwright/screenwriter Marcia Cebulska shared her struggles and techniques for telling the stories of real people.
    Marcia is best known to Kansans for her play Now Let Me Fly, commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision; Touched (on the life of Kansas playwright William Inge, commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the William Inge Theatre Festival) and Visions of Right (based on the Phelps ministry). Through Martha's Eyes, for which Marcia wrote the Kansas-set screenplay, was aired nationally on PBS.
     Marcia currently is working on The Greensburg Project, (working title), on the tornado and rebuilding of Greensburg, KS, a collaboration with the William Inge Center and Cornerstone Theater of Los Angeles.

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No October 2011 meeting.
Members were encouraged to attend the 2011 KAC Convention in Coffeyville.


Sat., Sept. 17, 2011
Read-Around!
Those participating were: Elizabeth deFord, Duane Herrmann, Madeline Cowell, Max Yoho, Evie Green, Mark Bouton, Phil Morris, Patricia Bonine, Doris Peery, Annabelle Corrick, Barbara Brady, Glory Hemmingway, Carol Yoho, Lee Goldstein, and Reaona Hemmingway.  A wide variety of prose and poetry was shared to the enjoyment of the audience.District 1 readers, September 2011
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Sat., Aug. 20, 2011
Ken and Doris PeeryKen
and Doris Peery, District 1, Topeka, shared work they'd helped publish by Ken's cousin, Maury Pierson, who was a Topeka artist, ship modeler, salesman, and closet writer. Having no children, Maury shared a small box of his writings with Ken, expressing the hope that someday they might be published. Ken and Doris worked on the booklet, hoping to publish before Maury's passing but he died in July, 2008. The keyboarding was made difficult by frequent bouts of laughter. When completeed, the book was bound with a spiral binding and titled "Wit and Philosophy" by "an old curmudgeon" Maury Pierson. Copies were mailed to Maury's living cousins. Ken and Doris read selected portions of his writings.

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Sat., July 16, 2011
Max Yoho with ArtsConnect awardMax Yoho, District 1, Topeka, received an "ARTy" award of ArtsConnect of Kansas in May, 2011, as "Distinguished Literary Artist." Max discussed his love of language, focus on Kansas heritage, and the art involved in creating his fourth novel, With the Wisdom of Owls (2010). Max recently finished novel #5 and shared hints about this new work.Max Yoho, Dancing Goat Press
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Barbara Brady
Sat., Jun. 18, 2011Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul
Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, is a clever writer of many articles and essays, including those published in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her newest success is a story, "Comeuppance," pubished in the new Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. She is also frequent winner of KAC Writing Contests, and shared some secrets of her success.

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Sat., May 21, 2011
Jim Hoy, Kansas folkloristJames F. (Jim) Hoy, May District 1 speaker, is Professor of English at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas.
     Hoy's academic interests include medieval English literature, Western American literature, Australian Outback folklife and literature, and Great Plains folklore. He has published over a hundred articles, both scholarly and journalistic, and is author/co-author of nine books.
     He spoke about traditions of American folklore: myths (folk religion), legends (folk history) and tales (folk literature). He also spoke of researching his newest book, Cowboy's Lament: Frank Maynard, A Life on the Open Range, published in 2010 as part of Voice in the American West series, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, TX. Maynard was a Kansas cowboy, living in Towanda throughout the 1870s, and writer of "Cowboy's Lament," the folk song edited into, and better known as, "Streets of Loredo."

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Sat. Apr. 16, 2011
District 1 members had TWO OPINIONS for our April meeting.
Option 1: Some members met on at McFarland's Restaurant, Topeka. A Read-Around followed lunch and our business meeting.
District 1 Read-Around, Apr. 2011
Option 2: District 2 had their April meeting in Emporia on April 16 and extended an open invitation to all districts. Progrm included a tour of the William Allen White house and a Read-Around on the porch, then lunch at Wheat State Pizza. The meeting provided travelers with a spring road trip.

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Reaona HemmingwaySat. Mar. 19, 2011
Reaona HemmingwayNovels, Reaona Hemmingway
, District 1, Topeka, discussed her experiences writing and publishing twelve novels and a collection of short stories in three years. Three of them, plus a collection of short stories, have been published. using print-on-demand services. Reaona's book titles include September 11, Baseball Card Hero, Mariah, and Home for Christmas.
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Sat. Feb. 19, 2011
Joe McFarland, District 1, Topeka, discussed his autobiography, My Time on the Clock: The Shaping of a College President. He shared what stimulated him to write the book, how and why he selected his publisher, and used self-deprecating humor to present a kaleidoscopic picture of events in his life: growing up in western Kansas in the 30s,  following military service in Korea, and his career in education. He touched on his steady avocation officiating football at high school and college levels.

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Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh discuss Dashiell Hammett


Sat., Jan. 15 2011

Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Reader Advisory Librarians, discussed Dashiell Hammett and his detective novel, a Kansas Reads choice:The Maltese Falcon.

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District 1 readers, Dec. 2010 Sat., Dec. 18, 2010 -- Read Around, including KAC Literary winners (as announced at our 2010 KAC Convention, October 1-3) and others who wished to read.

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Mark Bouton

How to Spot Lies Like the FBI, by Mark BoutonSat., Nov. 20, 2010
Mark Bouton
discussed his new book, How To Spot Lies Like the FBI, complete with a PowerPoint presentation. Read the feature on Mark published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, November 27, 2010. "No lie; Ex-FBI agent spots fibbers," written by Jan Biles.


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October -- No meeting. Members attendede the 2010 KAC Convention, Oct. 1-3, Lawrence.

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Sat., Sept. 18, 2010
Barbara Waterman-Peters, District 1, Topeka, talked about NoTo, North Topeka Arts District, and how writers might take part. KTKA video / website Barbara as a BFA, Washburn University, and MFA, Kansas State University. Active in numerous arts organizations, she has been co-chair of the Arts & Culture Alliance (now called CREATe) under the Quality of Life Foundation of Heartland Visioning since early 2009. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the North Topeka Arts District (NOTO). We also conducted officer elections at the meeting.

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George Paris, Aug. 2010
Sat., Aug. 21, 2010
George Paris, District 1, A Distant Home, by George ParisTopeka, talked about his first novel, A Distant Home. Can Emily survive in the crowded, unfinished rural Kansas home of her extended family to which her new husband has brought her? George's story is based on the life experiences of his mother. George has a web site, ByGeorge, detailing his work as an artist, an actor and playwrite, and as a writer.

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Erick McHenry, English Department, Washburn UniversitySat., July 17, 2010
Eric McHenry, English Department, Washburn University, is the author of Potscrubber Lullabies (Waywiser Press, 2006), which received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. His poems have appeared in Potscrubber Lullabies, by Eric McHenryThe New Republic, Northwest Review, Harvard Review, Orion, The Guardian (U.K.) and Slate, and he has been a poetry critic for the New York Times Book Review since 2001. Eric discussed a few of his influences as a writer, which include the city of Topeka, his two children, and Peggy of the Flint Hills. He will read from Potscrubber Lullabies and from his forthcoming book of children's verses, Eat Your Trees. 7/23/2010

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Dr. Robert N. LawsonSat., Jun. 19, 2010
Dr. Robert N. Lawson, Washburn University professor emeritus, spoke with us about his recent novel, The Bridge of Dreams, published by Woodley Press; his Collected Sonnets; and two chapbooks, Mishima and Hunting Kudu (Chapter 5 from Cry to Dream Again, an unpublished novel by Lawson's colleague Bob Woodley). 6/19/2010
Doctor Lawson's Washburn web site
www.thebridgeofdreams.com
Spring 2010 Center for Kansas Studies newsletter (a PDF file) Dr. Lawson is mentioned on page 2. 6/19/2010

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Sat., May 15, 2010
Read Around. Twenty-one members shared their writing with other KAC members — reading up to 3 minutes of prose or poetry per individual. 5/16/2010

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Philip Grecian, playwright Sat., Apr. 17, 2010
Phil Grecian
, playwright/actor/live performance reviewer/mass media specialist, spoke with us. Among the plays Phil has written is A Christmas Story, similar to the popular 1983 movie based on the writings of Jean Shepherd. Phil also is known for his performance in a one-man show as Mark Twain and appeared recently in TCT's production of Curtains.
     District Two members visited the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, inviting District One members to join them on tour. Members of both districts then traveled to the KAC D1 meeting at McFarland's Restaurant. 4/18/2010
Guided tour of Topeka and Shawnee County Public LibraryDistrict 2 and District 1 members meet in the lobby for a library tour

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Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh
Sat., Mar. 20, 2010

Valerie Reif
and Tanya Walsh, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Reader Advisory Librarians, discussed Truman Capote and his research in Kansas and writing of In Cold Blood. Also, read "In Cold Blood, half a century on," by Ed Pilkington, in The Guardian, Nov. 16, 2009. 3/21/2010

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Gary Clarke and gatorSat., Feb. 20, 2010
Gary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, spoke about his experiences as director of the World Famouc Topeka Zoo and his new book, Hey, Mister—Your Alligator's Loose! Gary is known for his interesting, hilariouseven side-splittingtalks, and he quickly had his audience laughing with him. 2/22/2010

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Sat., Jan. 16, 2010
“Cold reads are the best reads”
Here's how it worked. Dennis Smirl brought us two radio plays and picked the players semi-randomly. (Actually, he picked the "hams".) Then, players set at the front of the room and took a rip at performing a play they've never heard before—reading cold! It was all great fun! 1/16/2010
Dennis Smirl, chilly playwriteCast from ROADKILL

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Sat., Dec. 19, 2009
“Read Around”
Those in attendance who won literary awards at the 2009 KAC Convention read winning pieces. Other members also read brief samples of their writing. 12/20/2009

—photo by Doris Hurd

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Chris Hamilton, The House Rules

 

Sat., Nov. 21, 2009
Chris Hamilton, District 1, Topeka, is professor of Polltical Science at Washburn University and recent new member of Kansas Authors Club. Chris discussed his historical novel, The House Rules, and his years of research into the true story of Terry Householter of Concordia, KS -- a high school track star who lost his life during an act of Marine heroism during the Viet Nam War. 11/22/2009

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No October meeting.
Instead, we held our 2009 KAC Convention

Sat., Sept. 19, 2009
Write Stuff PlayersDennis Smirl shared a few, brief comments. First, the sheer fun of writing plays and sharing them. Second, the act of writing a play forces the writer to concentrate on dialogue—and particularly so, a radio or podcast play, as you only have dialogue with which to work. Then, the Write Stuff Players [Dennis Smirl, Randall Martin, Patsy Sweden, guest artist Karen Hastings, Mark Bouton, and Steve Laird] presented a short play, "Ponytail," in radio/podcast format—a fun and informative half-hour. 9/22/2009

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Rick Bruner, singer-songwriterSat., Aug. 15, 2009
“Inspiration, Deadlines & Creativity”
Singer/songwriter Rick Bruner discussed the sources of inspiration and the proactive use of deadlines to complete works and projects. He used examples of his own recent work and discussed how deadlines resulted in two completed recording projects; one of which took less than a month. He also shared some of the ways he looks for inspiration and illustrated the results by performing some of his original songs. 8/25/2009

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Sat., July 18, 2009
Read-around. The program was received with enthusiasm. The following people read prose and poetry they had submitted to the annual KAC literary contest: Sam Pierson, William Karnowski, Trudy McFarland, Mary Sanders Cox, Barbara Brady, Reaona Hemmingway, Glory Hemmingway, Elizabeth Nichols, Barbara Lerma, and George Paris. 7/21/2009

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Sat. Jun. 20, 2009
Planning session
for Oct. 2009 KAC Convention
   


Details of what is planned so far are posted on our Convention web site. We'll further discussed what's bing planned, what might still be planned, what we need in the way of help with in hosting this event, and resources we might still put into play to guarantee a good convention for all who attend! Read also: June meeting minutes. Recently added: Accommodation information, Registration form, & Meal Menus See also: 2009 Workshop Presenters and Program Schedule

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Sat., May 16, 2009
A View from the Balcony:
A Historical Reading of To Kill A Mockingbird
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Tanya Walsh and Valerie ReifValerie Reif and Tanya Walsh, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Reader Advisory Librarians, gave a multi-media presentation on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, providing a social, cultural, and historical overview of the novel and circumstances surrounding its composition, publication, and legacy.
    This is the program replays the program they did in conjunction with TSCPL's Big Read community project on To Kill A Mockingbird. Our speakers offered the whole history of Harper Lee, her across-the-street neighbor, Truman Capote, and how she came to write the book. 5/17/2009

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Sat.., Apr. 21, 2009
Sharing Poems
Read-around. Members shared a favorite poem, their own work or work of another, with the group. A time limit of three minutes was enforced. We has twenty readers.
    As a surprise, KAC was given the main floor at McFarlands to ourselves for the length of our meeting. We usually meet in the basement meeting room. Select a collage thumbnail to see the larger version. 4/26/2009

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Sherry BestSat., Mar. 21, 2009
Best Kept Secrets at the Library
Sherry Best, Director & Curator, Sabatini Gallery, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, spoke about the historic references available in Special Collections and Genealogy. The Topeka Room has myriad historic references: newspaper and obituary archives, city directories going back to 1870, some of the earliest books about Kansas history, biography and business files, and the Topeka and Kansas collections. Special Collections include several types of books that should appeal to authors, and the Baker Genealogy Center has databases, resources, and training. Many of our residents don't know about these resources—yet! They can be a great help for authors who want to write about historic Kansas, or even get some ideas for stories or verification of facts. 3/22/2009

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Mark BoutonSat., Feb. 21, 2009
Using Conflicts in Your Writing
Mark Bouton, District 1, Pottawatomie County, earned degrees in sociology and law, then joined the FBI, nabbing killers, kidnappers, and bank robbers across America for 30 years. He played a key role in identifying the Oklahoma City bombers. He uses his background in tracking down real criminals to write mystery/suspense novels. He has three published novels, with a fourth due out in July. 1/10/2009

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Sat., Jan. 17, 2009
Collaborations: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Dennis SmirlDennis Smirl is a native Kansan and graduate of Pittsburg State University. He has a Masters Degree from Appalachian State University, and a horde of graduate hours in the field of Computer Science.
    His writing began in the 1970s. After writing some of his own fiction, he discovered that writing well is a lot harder than it looks. Dennis has completed seven science fiction novels, two detective novels, and has yet to find a reputable agent for his work. He has also written more than 40 short stories and collaborated on several more. One of the collaborations was a prizewinner in the Writers of the Future contest and was then anthologized by Donald Wolheim in his World's Best SF anthology.
   Retired, he continues to write every day, and is currently at work on a series of short stories he calls the “Sheriff Barnes Stories.”

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Sat., Dec. 20, 2008
Baci...Living with an infamous Siamese.”
Barbara Waterman-PetersBarbara Waterman-Peters shared work from her new book, Baci. It is a humorous work about her infamous Siamese cat which Barbara wrote, illustrated, and designed.
   Barbara Waterman-Peters was born in Topeka. She received her BFA from Washburn University, her MFA from Kansas State University, taught at both institutions, and has been active in many arts organizations. Her award-winning artwork has been shown internationally. The artist has done numerous book illustrations and book covers.
   Waterman-Peters is also a writer, currently for Topeka Magazine. Other publications have been Forum, The Muse, New Art Examiner, The Paper, seveneightfive Magazine and Ceramics Arts which is a Baci, by Barbara Waterman-Petersmagazine printed in the Czech Republic. She was included in Insight Out, A Write Stuff Christmas, and the 2007 Inscape. The author is a member of Kansas Authors Club, Write Stuff, and the Topeka Branch of the National League of American Pen Women in both Arts and Letters.
     Baci is her first book as author, artist, photographer and designer.

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Sat., Nov. 15, 2008
Raylene Hinz-Penner“How to Turn a Poem into a Book, and...My Next Crazy Adventure”

Searching for Sacred Ground, by Raylene Hinz-PennerRaylene Hinz-Penner, English department faculty, Washburn University, spoke. She read from her 2007 book, Searching for Sacred Ground:  The Journey of Chief Lawrence Hart, Mennonite, and shared a couple of poems which are giving her itchy feet to start on the next research adventure!).
     Reylene grew up on a dairy farm near Liberal, Kansas, did graduate work at K.U., an MFA in poetry from W.S.U., taught for two decades in the English Dept. at Bethel College, North Newton, KS and came to the Washburn English Dept. five years ago.  She is a teacher, a poet, an advocate/public spokesperson for literature and the humanities, a traveler, and is currently working again on her theory about the terrain's influence on our lives. (Next book:  Liberal After the Dust Bowl; stay tuned!). 11/29/2008


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Dodge City atmosphere
Sat., Oct. 18, 2008

Members & friends
, District 1 , who won recognition in the Literary Writing Contest at the 2008 Kansas Authors Club convention held in Dodge City on Oct. 3-5, 2008, were invited.

  • Sam Pierson, winner of the J. Donald Coffin Award, wearing a crown, read her 3 rd place short story, If Only .
  • Gwen Funsten, 1 st HM in Classic Form read Matching Wings.
  • Evie Green, 1 st HM for Inspirational Prose read Tiny Miracles.
  • Judie Miller, 4 th place Memoir read Daddy's Hands .
  • Barbara Brady, read 1 st place Haiku, Eggplant on a Vine, and 1 st place Themed Poetry, Words I Want .
  • Steve Laird, read 1 st place short story, The Magnetic Personality of Fella.
  • Kristine Polansky, read her 1 st place Free Verse poem, The Prairie is Burning, 2 nd place Classical poem, Graduation , and 2 nd place Narrative Verse, You've Got to Blame Somebody.
  • Duane Johnson read his 2 nd place Story for Children, The Prophet of the Forest. 10/21/2008
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Bil Halvorsen and Sam PiersonSat., Sept. 20, 2008.
Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, discussed her experiences leading to writing a non-fictional account of a home break-in, the subsequent investigation, and conviction of those known to be involved. Sam's work is entitled Without Warning. She is author of several books for adults and also books for children.
   Sam's guest was Special Agent Bill Halvorsen of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, who discussed his role in the investigation of the robbery and conviction of two perpetrators in the case.
9/22/2008

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Sat., Aug. 16, 2008
“Read Around” Interested members were given three minutes each to share their writing by reading to the group. 8/19/2008


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Sat., July 19, 2008
“Fortitude”
Fortitude, by Daniel JaramilloDaniel Jaramillo has spent thirty years in local Topeka law enforcement. His book, Fortitude: Without Acknowledgement, is a fictionalized account of events very like the facts of the case involving himself as whistle blower in a possible drug scandel within the Shawnee County sheriff's department. The scandal eventually resulted in the ouster of then-Sheriff Daave Meneley by a two-judge panel on Feb. 24, 2000. Jaramillo spoke of his experiences and the writing of his book. 7/19/2008

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Adrianne Meyer, VisitTopeka.travel
Sat., Jun. 21, 2008
“Hosting the KAC Convention in Topeka”

Adrianne Meyer, Sales Coordinator for Visit Topeka will speak about how her organization can assist District 1 in planning for the 2009 Topeka KAC convention. 6/21/2008

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Sat., May 17, 2008
Roy Bird wears Kansas Reads t-shirt
Kansas Center for the Book

Roy Bird, Director, Kansas Center for the Book, discussed the Center's activities and how KCFB connects Kansas writers with libraries and supports literary events.
     Roy mentioned recent honors for KCFB, made by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, "for successful transition to a new home at the State Library of Kansas, and its subsequent development into a highly-visible statewide resource program for promoting Kansas books and authors through many projects, including the new Kansas Notable Books list; the Kansas Reads annual one-book discussion project; sponsorship of the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Project, and renewed participation in the Letters About Literature project after a four-year hiatus."
     Roy states, "This award is for everyone who has participated in any way with any of the KCFB projects. Quite a few attended this KAC District 1 meeting today!
5/22/2008

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Sat., Apr. 19, 2008
What's So Special About Special Collections?

Jeanne Mithen & Warren Taylor are librarians in the Topeka Room of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. They demonstrated the range of the wonderful, "special" books in their collection. Besides the ever-popular fore-edged books, they brought pop-up/moveable books (they're not just for kids!);  artists' books, which may tell or illustrate a new or an old story in a three-dimensional, sculptural way; and examples from William Morris's Kelmscott Press edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. The Kelmscott Chaucer is an outstanding example of nineteenth-century book production and one of the most lavishly decorated typographic works of the post-medieval era. 4/20/2008

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Sat., Mar. 15, 2008
“Writing for the Theatre”
Shannon Reilly, the Artistic Director for the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy. Shannon shared what he looks for in producible modern plays, suited for community theatre productions: settings. cast, costume and business intersts. He also touched on what pleases a Topeka audience. 3/19/2008

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Rosie Cutrer, storytellerSat., Feb.16, 2008
“The Art of Storytelling”
Storyteller Rosie Cutrer told two storues adapted from literature. One was "Gabriel Ernest," based on a short story by Saki, and the other was a piece based on a poem by Robert Frost, "The Witch of Coos."   Rosies web site is www.rosiecutrer.com. 2/25/2008

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Sat., Jan. 19, 2008District 1 members and guests read personal work at January 2008 meeting.
“Read Around II”
Since it was so much fun, but so few were able to attend our December meeting due to the bad weather, we extended our read around for the January 19th meeting. Those who won awards at the Fall 2007 KAC Literary contest and other members and guests took short turns at reading their work. 1/22/2008

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Sat., Dec. 15, 2007
“Read Around”
Those in attendance who won literary awards at the KAC Convention read winning pieces. Other members also read brief samples of their writing. 12/29/2007

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Sat., Nov. 17, 2007
“Selling Your Story to Hollywood”
Esther LuttrellEsther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, has a reputation as a screenwriter and movie producer. She was producer and co-writer for Lithium Springs, Ocean Entertainment. Her newest book is Screen Writers Q & A, and she writes movie and DVD reviews for Kaw Valley Senior Monthly
   Do I need an agent? Who can you trust out there? What keeps someone from stealing your idea while you're shopping it? Can I sell it to TV? Who is buying for TV? Do you approach the network itself? If so, how?  Esther answered those questions—and more.  11/19/2007

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Duane HerrmannSat., Oct. 20, 2007
“Prairies of Possibilities”
Duane Herrmann, District 1 , Topeka, one of “the most recognized poets in Kansas,” had his poem "On the Hillside" featured in Midwest Quarterly, Summer 2007.  His poem "Remembrance" is archived at kansaspoets.com, where he is also featured with an author's page.
   Duane read from most recent collection: Prairies of Possibilities, dedicating his reading in memory of Lois Donohue (former KAC member) and Hattie Warner (who taught him to read). 9/19/2007

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Sat., Sept. 15, 2007
Wm. Mark Simmons“Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror:The Hazards of Being a Genre Novelist ”
Wm. Mark Simmons, District 6, Hutchinson, has six novels in print. His first novel, In the Net of Dreams, was finalist for the Compton Crook Award and made Locus Magazine's “Best List” in 1991. In 2007 his sixth novel, Habeas Coprses, has been reissued in paperback and a seventh, Dead Easy, was published in hardcover. The first, novella-length installment of Pathfinder, a long-form, post-apocalyptic fable, was published in August. Mark is represented by Lucienne Diver of the Spectrum Literary Agency. 9/18/2007

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Mark BoutonSat., Aug. 18, 2007
“How to Start a Novel”
Mark Bouton, District 1, Pottawatomie County, is a thirty-year veteran of the FBI, worked high  profile cases across America, including solving the Oklahoma City  bombing case. His first novel, Max Conquers the Cosmos, won KAC's Donald J. Coffin Award in 2004. Marks more recent novels include Cracks in the Rainbow, and Max Unlocks the Universe.
   Mark is currently writing another mystery novel, a book of nonfiction, an autobiography, and focusing on several other writing projects. 8/18/2007

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Errol AndersonSat., July 21, 2007
“How to Have a Successful Book Signing”
Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, wrote The Job Coach inspired by his personal experiences helping Special Ed students hold down real world jobs. In 2004 Errol founded Golden City Publishing, publishing The Job Coach.
     Errol now has a new manuscript: Sign And Improve Your Bottom Line. It is a “How To” book instructing authors in the art of conducting more profitable book signings in bookstores and other venues. He shared merketing tips with KAC members at the July meeting. 7/26/2007

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Tom Goodrich
Sat., Jun. 16, 2007
“Writing History of the Civil War Era”
Tom Goodrich has a reputation as an excellent and thorough historical researcher. He recently collaborated with his wife, Debra, another Topeka writer of historical non-fiction, on The Day Dixie Died: Southern Occupation, 1865-1866. Tom discussed his abiding interest in Kansas history and his work on many books, including The Darkest Dawn, Scalp Dance, War to the Knife, and Black Flag. 5/22/2007

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Amy Fleury, Kansas poetSat., May 19, 2007
Amy Fleury of Washburn University: “Breathing Poetry”
Amy is a native of rural northeast Kansas, earning her MFA from McNeese State University. She is an associate professor of English at Washburn University, where she teaches courses in creative writing. She also serves as managing editor of Woodley Memorial Press. Her book of poetry, Beautiful Trouble, won the 2004 Crab Orchard First Book Award of the Southern Illinois University Press. Her poetry has been published in several journals. 5/22/2007

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Sat., Apr. 21, 2007
Dennis SmirlDennis Smirl, District 1 , Topeka
“Be Your Own Publisher:Chapbooks Made Easy.”
Dennis is a new member of District 1, a Kansas native, former Air Force officer, salesman, school psychologist, research psychologist, college professor, and small businessman. He has always been a writer. He provided handouts with hints on what works and what doesn't, as well as how to keep costs to a minimum. 4/22/2007

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William J. KarnowskiSat., Mar. 17, 2007
William J. Karnowski
, District 4, Wamego, presented A Poetry Workshop Bill's books of poetry include Pushing the Chain, Painting the Train, and Catching the Rain. His chapbook of motorcycle poems is Glory Days, Hardtails, and Highways. Bill is president of Kansas Authors Club District 4. He is a frequent reader at Poetry Night at the Classic Bean. 2/19/2007

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Marshall ClarkSat., Feb. 17, 2007
Marshall Clark
, District 1, Topeka, spoke about personal experiences in
An Eclectic Life: Who Am I? Marshall’s articles about historical research have been published in the Kansas Journal of Military History and Kansas Preservation. Marshall is a member of District 1 and member of The Write Stuff. 1/24/2005

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Debra StufflebeanUntold SecretsSat., Jan. 20, 2007
Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka,
spoke about her novel, Untold Secrets, a novel of interwoven stories inspired by Debra's personal experiences and the lives of her mother and grandmother.

Visit Debra's web site: Kansas Writer

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Sat., Dec. 16, 2006
[graphic: holly]Barbara Waterman-Petersscissors cut paper
Barbara Waterman-Peters
, District 1, Topeka, helped us create our own handmade books. Those attending brought short pieces of their own writing to be put in the books. Materials and assistance were provided.

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Sat., Nov. 18, 2006
District 1 members & friends read winning entries
—read briefly from their winning Literary Contest and book award entries:

  • Duane Johnson
  • Bill Karnowski
  • Judie Miller
    (work read by Randall Martin)
  • Naomi Patterson
    (work read by Barbara Waterman-Peters)
  • Sam Pierson
  • Kris Polansky
  • Carol Yoho

District 1 members and friends recognized in the 2006 KAC Literary Contest and book awards
above: Kris Polansky, Naomi Patterson, Trudy McFarland, Julie Miller, Sam Pierson,
Carol Yoho
, Matt Porubsky. Not shown: Duane Johnson, Bill Karnowski

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Sat., Oct. 21, 2006
George ParisGeorge Paris
, District 1, Topeka,
spoke on what he had learned while attending the 2006 Summer Fine Arts Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska.
    George received degrees from Southwestern College, Winfield,KS, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, and Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University), New York City.  He is an artist, an actor, a clergyman, a teacher, and a prize-winning author of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. 
    Currently working on his first novel, he is also a member of the Saturday Night Literary Club. 

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David HartleySat., Sept. 16, 2006
David Hartley spoke on Leonardo DaVinci and the religious debate raised in Dan Brown's best selling novel, The DaVinci Code.
   David was raised in Kansas City. He attended Johnson County Community College, then received his undergradaute degree from the University of Kansas. In 1983 he earned his MA in Art History, and in 1986, his MFA in Painting, both also from KU. Currently he is an Adjunct at Washburn University where he teaches art history and drawing. He has a longstanding interest in Leonardo da Vinci.

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Anne McCourtieSat., August 19, 2006
Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta, spoke abouthow authors can use experiences from their own lives as a springboard for storytelling, with special tips on how to handle writing about the less pleasant, but equally important, events and people who helped to shape our lives.
    A long-time writer, she has published two novels and three children’s books as well as short stories, poems and nonfiction articles. Her first novel, The Haunting of Emily, was nominated for the J. Donald Coffin award in 2004 by the Kansas Authors Club District 1.

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Carol YohoSat., July 15, 2006
Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, manages the statewide KAC web site. She shared ideas concerning Creativity—the process, the gift, the obligations, and the challenges of living as a creative individual—insights she gained while attending a workshop at the 2005 national conference of the Association for Women in Communications in Lubbock, TX.

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Kansas Day By Day, Civil War in Kansas and In His Brother's Shadow

Sat., June 17, 2006

Roy Bird

Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, spoke about his three books: Kansas Day By Day (366 events in Kansas History, one for each day of the year including leap year), In His Brother's Shadow  (story of Custer's younger bBrother) and Civil War In Kansas    He talked about how each book came to be, offering publishing & merchandising tips to authors.

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Sat., May 20, 2006 Gary Clarke

Clarke's bookGary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, was fresh from a triumphant presentation at Osa & Martin Johnson Museum's Safari Film Festival in Chanute, KS, in April, delivered a few surprises for District 1. Gary is known as “One Great Story Teller.”
  Gary is former Topeka Zoo director, president of Cowabunga Safaris, and author of I'd Rather Be on Safari, nominated by District 1 for the Coffin Award in 2003.

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Sat., Apr. 15, 2006

Naomi PattersonApril was National Poetry Month!

To celebrate, District 1 honoed the poets in its midst. Each was invited to share a poem during the program segment of the meeting. Those who are not poets read a favorite poem by another author. To give everyone a chance a two-minute limit was imposed. The meeting proved an opportunity to hear marvelous poetry read by those who know it best! Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, hosted the reading.

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Sat., Mar. 18, 2006

The Chance by Dale VaughnDale VaughnDale Vaughn, District 1, Topeka, spoke about his books and the major part Kansas played in the start of the Civil War. His book The Chance, historical fiction depicts the story of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry. His next book will be Blackjack ’56, which many consider to be the first battle of the Civil War.

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Sat., Feb. 18, 2006

Pete Goering, executive editor, Topeka Capital-JournalPete Goering, executive editor of the Topeka Capital-Journal, spoke about how much fun it is to be a columnist in Topeka where there is so much column fodder. What never changes is people griping about city government. That may not be good for the city, but it's great for columnists! He also answered questions about the paper. Goering has worked at the paper for 34 years, starting in the sports department. He has served as executive editor twice, most recently
moving into the office
in November 2004.
In addition, he writes
three columns a week,
one for the sports
section and the other two for news.

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Sat., Jan. 21, 2006
Tom ParkerTom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, spoke about his recently released book dispatches from kansas. A native of West Texas, he has worked as a warehouseman, heating and refrigeration technician, security guard, burglar alarm repairman, dental equipment repairman, journalist and freelance writer. His newspaper column, This Place, won the Kansas Press Association Award of Excellence for 2003. Several of his stories have been published in Bird Watcher’s Digest. He dispatches from kansashas received numerous other awards for his articles and stories, and continues to write a weekly column, The Way Home, for the Washington County News in rural northeast Kansas. He and his wife Lori escaped the rat race in Denver in 2001 and now live in Blue Rapids, Kansas, a town so small it doesn’t even have a blinking light. You can read Tom's blog on-line.

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Sat., Dec. 17, 2005
[graphic: holly]Barbara Waterman-Petersscissors cut paperBarbara Waterman-Peters, District 1, Topeka, helped us create our own handmade books. Those attending brought short pieces of their own writing to be put in the books. Materials and assistance were provided.

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Sat. Nov. 19, 2005
Tom Fox AverillTom Averill, Writer-in-residence and Professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka, spoke about his most recent collection of short stories and answered questions about the craft of writing short Averill's book Ordinary Geniusstories. Ordinary Genius, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in April 2005. Averill has also written two novels: Secrets of the Tsil Cafe, 2001, and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson, 2003, which won an O. Henry Award. Averill's first collection of short stories Passes at the Moonpublished by Woodley Press, won Kansas Authors Club's J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award in 1986. Averill teaches courses in Creative Writing and in Kansas Literature, Folklore, and Film.

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George ParisSat., Sept. 17, 2005
George Paris, District 1, Topeka, shared ideas gleaned from the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, where he spent two weeks in July. The workshop included all genres—fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. George read a little writing generated at the workshop, quoted some inspiration from the faculty, and offered a hands-on writing experience from the workshop.

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Ron Cobb, August 2005

Sat., Aug. 20, 2005
Ron Cobb
, District 1, Holton, author of  Memories of Bosnia, will speak. Ron served as Command Chaplain with the 35th Infantry Division of the Kansas National Guard at Fort Leavenworth on their SFOR 13 NATO Peacekeeping Mission to Bosnia.

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Marshall Clark, An Eclectic's Buffet

Sat., July 16, 2005
Marshall Clark
, District 1, Topeka, shared stories from his newly published book, An Eclectic’s Buffet—personal observations, travels in Africa and around the world, and a generous helping of his inimitable sense of humor. Marshall’s articles about historical research have been published in the Kansas Journal of Military History and Kansas Preservation. Marshall is a member of District 1 and the sole male member of The Write Stuff.


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Sat., Jun. 18, 2005:
Amy Fleury read from her book of poetry, Beautiful Trouble, which won the 2004 Crab Orchard First Book Award of the Southern Illinois University Press. She also fielded questions about writing poetry. A native of rural northeast Kansas, Amy earned her MFA from McNeese State University. She is an associate professor of English at Washburn University, where she teaches courses in creative writing. She also serves as managing editor of Woodley Memorial Press. Amy received the 2004 Kansas Arts Commission Artists Fellowship in Poetry. Her poetry has been published in several journals.
    Also: Duane Herrmann shared his excitement for a recent trip to Germany with members.


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Mona McgeeSat., May 21, 2005
Storyteller Mona Magee shared “Stories We Live By,” chosen specially for writers. Mona is a lay pastor with the Presbytery of Northern Kansas and former director of Doorstep, Inc. She uses stories to convey the meaning of her messages.
Dr. Robert Lawson, District 1, read “Animal Sacrifice in the ‘Early’ Fiction of Tom Averill,” which received Honorable Mention for Write About a Kansas Author, Prose, in the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Contest. Don Pady, District 1, read poems by Kansas poet Thomas Brower Peacock.

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Sat., Apr. 16, 2005
Robert Webb read
and discussed The Shrubberies and other poems by Ronald Johnson.
Ronald Johnson, poet    Johnson was a Kansas native who had a thirty-three-year career as a poet and produced nine books of poetry. The Bob Webb holds Johnson's book, The ShrubberiesShrubberies, his final sequence of poems, was written while he worked at Ward-Meade Park in Topeka during the 1990s. Published posthumously, it has increased his still growing stature as a poet.
 
    A longtime fan of Ron’s poetry, Bob Webb was editor of the Washburn literary magazine Hemlock when one of the first critical studies of Ronald Johnson’s work was published in its pages in 1967. Bob discussed Johnson’s association with Objectivist, Black Mountain, Concrete, and Visionary styles. Susan Marchant, Manager of Special Collections, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, and Bob Webb displayed some of Johnson's published works. Copies of The Shrubberies were available for sale. See below, Upcoming Events for May 25th

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Cracks in the Rainbow,
a thriller, is due out in
August. Bouton is a mem-
ber of KAC.

Sat., Mar. 19, 2005
Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, is a thirty-year veteran of the FBI, worked high                 profile cases across America,                 including solving the Oklahoma City                 bombing case. He discussed the high                 and low points of his career, as well                 as how his back-ground and                 informed his novels.

Max Conquers the Cosmos, a mystery which won the 2004 J. Donald Coffin Award for best published book by a Kansas Authors Club member, was featured as recommended reading in the March/April issue of Pages magazine and is now available as a trade paperback.

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William J. KarnowskiSat., Feb. 19, 2005
William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, read from his poetry, including “A Sunday in Acapulco,” which won third place in Rhymed Verse in the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest. Bill has completed two books of poetry Pushing the Chain and Painting the Train. His third book Catching the Rain will be probably be printed this year. He also has a chapbook of motorcycle poems titled Glory Days, Hardtails, and Highways. He is a member of Kansas Authors Club District 4 and lives in Wamego. He is a frequent reader at Poetry Night at the Classic Bean has recently had poems published in “Kansas Plus.”

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Sat. Jan. 15, 2005
Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, author of The Job Coach (2004), shared his thoughts on writing, a brief excerpt from his novel, and a few humorous poems about his writing experience. Barbara BradyErrol is a member of District 1. Barbara Brady read her poem, “Thomas Averill: Filled with Taste,” second place winner in the Write About a Kansas Author Category of the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest.

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Errol Anderson


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Sat., Dec. 18, 2004
Holiday Celebration

Members of The Write Stuff who were present at our Dec. meeting, plus Dale Vaughn (rear left)Members of the Topeka-based writing group The Write Stuff read selections from their new anthology, A A Write Stuff ChristmasWrite Stuff Christmas, which includes poetry, prose, and recipes. Readers included Karen Sells Brown, Edna Ferguson, Agnes Kazminski, Anne McCourtie, Trudy McFarland, Judie Miller, and Sam Pierson. Some samples of recipes from the book were made available for tasting. Dale Vaughn read “The Christmas Hero” by Marshall Clark, which won 3rd place in Memoirs in the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest.

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Naomi Patterson

 

Sat., Nov. 20, 2004
Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, read fresh new poems written since the publication of her latest book, For Crying Out Loud (October 2004). She has published two other books of poetry, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. A consistent winner in the Kansas Authors Club annual literary contest, Naomi was awarded the Kansas Authors Club Achievement Award in 2002.


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Centennial Celebration logo

Sat., Oct. 16, 2004
No speaker; a working meeting to get ready for our Centennial Celebration.

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Max Yoho
Sat., Sept. 18, 2004

Max Yoho
, District 1, Topeka, shared free verse from his latest book, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, a collection of poems, essays and short stories. Max also shared some thoughts on writing: rather than writing pages, we should write richness. Many details of the Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention to be held October 22-24 in Topeka were finalized.

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Sat., Aug. 21, 2004
Robert N. LawsonSonneteers
Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, whose Collected Sonnets have just been published by Woodley Press, read two of his sonnets and spoke about the sonnet form and Woodley Press.
Eleanor Bell, Topeka, who served as editor of Bob’s book of sonnets, Eleanor Bell read her sonnet “Colossus” to commemorate the recent reopening of the Statue of Liberty.
   Bob and Eleanor will present a workshop on the Sonnet at the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention in October.
   Convention Planning is gaining momentum. 85 registrations have been received. Have you sent yours?

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Sat., July 17, 2004
Jim McHenry
“Approaches to Fundraising”.
Jim McHenry, Development Director of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, offered suggestions for raising major gifts to support our Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention. Anne McCourtie, District 1 nominee for the 2004 J. Donald Coffin Anne McCourtieDavid WeyrauchMemorial Award, spoke briefly about her novel, The Haunting of Emily. The Reverand Charles Sheldon (David Weyhrauch) read a greeting to Kansas Authors Club members. Important 2004 Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention business was addressed following the program.

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Saturday, June 19, 2004
Nancy Ramberg, Kansas magazine
“How to Get Published in Kansas
Nancy Ramberg, editor of Kansas Magazine, shared information about the magazine and publication guidelines.Buster Jenkins, District 2,Buster & Betty Jenkins Ottawa, Hall of Fame fiddler and author of Tougher'n a Boot, provided a few fiddle tunes. His wife Betty provided accompaniment. Kansas Authors Club 2004 Centennial Convention business was addressed.

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Sat., May 15, 2004Eleanor Bell
“A Journey, Not a Destination
—Writing About Life Experiences

Eleanor Bell, Topeka poet, writer, and editor, Marshall Clarkshared a few experiences from her new book, Secondhand Rainbows, a collection of poetry and related essays. She is currently seeking a publisher. Eleanor’s first book of poetry, Flights Through Inner Space, was published by Woodley Press in 1980 and republished in an expanded and revised edition in 2000.  Marshall Clark read his story "The Operation," which is included in the new issue of Inscape.

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Sat., Apr. 17, 2004
Karen Brady, KS Arts CommissionKaren Brady, program consultant for the Kansas Arts Commission, discussed guidelines for the
Kansas Artist Fellowships ($5,000) and Mini Fellowships ($500) in various categories awarded each year by the Kansas Arts Commission. Grant awards are based on artistic merit and recognize sustained achievement and excellence. Plans for the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Max Yoho reads "Paean"Naomi Patterson reports on Writers in the SchoolsCentennial Convention to be held in Topeka, Oct. 22-24, will top the agenda.
 Max Yoho read his memoir "Paean," which received 1st Honorable Mention in the 2003 Literary Contest.
Naomi Patterson
gave a short report about Writers in the Schools.
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Sat., Mar. 20, 2004
Elise and Clare Higgins presented books they wrote and illustrated at school in 5 th and 8 th grades and told about their experience with the Written and Illustrated By project. This is the same project which resulted in the publication of Anna Riphahn's The Timekeeper.
"Written and Illustrate by" project books
Evie Green   Evie Green read her memoir, "A Boy and a Tiger," which placed in the 2003 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest. Planning for the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention to be held in Topeka, Oct. 22-24, topped the agenda.
   
George Paris and friends presented the script for the banquet panel. Standing in for early Kansas Authors Club members was LeRoy Dagg forWilliam Allen White; Faye Wilson for Margaret Hill McCarter, & David Tangeman for Eugene Fitch Ware.

Actors run through script proposed for Centennial banquet

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Sat., Feb. 21 , 2004
“Using Creative Writing to Enhance a Business”
Linda Geffert, District 1, Topeka, told how her book The Adventures of Slim Chance and Sadie Straightarrow had its beginning in stories she wrote for the menu of Lizard Lips Grill and Deli in Toronto, Kansas. Linda moved last year from District 3 where she was a member of Flint Hills Writers. Her new business, the Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico, has inspired a new story about “electric cats” Queenie and Thaddheus. Linda has also written poetry, a column, and history.
   Bob Lawson read his poem “William Stafford: Barbara BradyBob LawsonA Giant Within Us,” which won first prize for Theme in the 1999 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest.
   Barbara Brady read “The Jelly Jar,” which won second place in the Inspirational Category for 2003.
   Business included planning for judging the local Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest sponsored by KTWU and for the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention to be held in Topeka, October 22-24.

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Mark Bouton

Sat., Jan. 17, 2004
Max Conquers the Cosmos, book coverMark Bouton
, District 2, Carbondale, is author of mystery novel Max Conquers the Cosmos. He spoke on “How to Become a Published Author.” He was an investigative FBI agent for thirty years. He uses his background in law enforcement and his interest in astronomy and cosmology throughout his new book just published by Five Star, Waterville, Maine. Mark, who lives in Carbondale, is a new member of Kansas Authors Club.


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hollyChristmas Memories

A program of holiday readings by our members featured “A Christmas to Remember” by Judie Miller, who won 3rd Place in Memoirs in the 2003 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest, and other selections of prose and poetry by members past and present, some from a 1991 District 1 Christmas Memories publication.

Judie MillerKaren receives group "thank you" from Max YohoAnne Sharrett
Janice Levering, George Paris, Trudy McFarland with Evie Green, and Tom Nyquist
Bob Lawson, Mary Alice Parmley, Liz Nichols, Dale Vaughn


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Sat., Nov. 15, 2003
“Stories: Spoken and Written Words”Rosie Cutrer
Rosie Cutrer
, a professional storyteller and member of Kansas Authors Club District 1, performed stories based on folklore and on her own life experience. Shediscussed the relationship between the spoken and written word—how storytelling relates to writing and writing relates to storytelling. Music plays a role in Rosie’s storytelling, and many of her children’s stories include songs she has written. Rosie is also a talented actress, recently appearing as Marion Hollander in Don’t Drink the Water with Topeka Civic Theatre. Naomi PattersonShe aspires to publishing some of her stories.
   Naomi Patterson read two narrative pieces: “Christina,” first place in Narrative Poem in the 2003 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest, and “Marathon,” second place in Memoir.
   The business meeting considered plans for the 2004 Centennial Convention, publicity, and promotion of the Youth Contest for 2004.

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Jan Biles, photo by Carol Yoho Sat., Oct. 18, 2003
Jan Biles, weekend editor for the
Topeka Capital Journal
and coordinator of
the news series "Our Town," spoke about the book, Topeka Remembers, George Paris, photo by Myron Dunavanon Topeka history.
  George Paris
read “Autumn,” his first place entry, 2003, in Rhymed Verse.

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Trudy McFarland

Sat., Sept. 20, 2003
Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, read excerpts from the fictional diary she is writing based on her mother’s life, Diary of a German War Bride. She weaves narrative of family stories with memories, incorporating some of the historical happenings of the time.

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