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April 2014

Wyatt Townley, Kansas Poet Laureate    A group of thirty-two Kansas poets took part in Washburn University's "William Stafford: Celebrating 100 Years of Poetry and Peace" conference on March 31, 2014. Special guest was Stafford's poet-son, Kim Stafford. Throughout late morning and the entire afternoon poets read work by Stafford and poems of their own, inspired by Stafford. Among those participating were current Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Towney, District 2, Shawnee Mission, and ex-Poet Laureates Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Denise Low-Weso. KAC members taking part included Roy K. Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, and Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence. Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, took photos of the event, which she has posted on Flickr. 4/2/2014

March 2014

Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, March 2014 issue, features Mark Bouton    Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, was featured as a writer in the Kaw Valley Senior Monthly magazine, March, 2014, issue, starting on p. 3. The article, "Former FBI Mark Bouton now writes mysteries," is also available to read online. 3/15/2014
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, has attended several recent book signings of her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. June signed books at the Jefferson/Shawnee County Kansas Livestock Association annual June Hilbert was interviewed on WIBW-TVdinner in Perry on February 20, 2014; at the Regioanl Expo in Hiawatha on March 1, 2014; and Ladies Day Out at the Auburn Civic Center in Auburn on March 8, 2014. The Auburn event was a fundraiser to benefit Gary Adkins, who is undergoing a lung transplant. Vendors donated a percentage of each sale to his account at the National Foundation for Transplants. June also appeared live on WIBW-TV, Channel 13, on 4 PM News with Ralph Hipp on March 24, 2014, and spoke about her farming adventures to Kansas State University's Ag Communications Club on March 28, 2014, on the KSU campus, Manhattan. 3/29/2014
    William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, had his poem "December" chosen as the March 17, 2014 entry for the Kansas Time + Place poetry web site. Diane Wahto, District 5, Wichita, had her poem "After" posted on the site on March 10, 2014; and her poem "Leap of Faith" was published on January 27, 2014. Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 president, Wichita, had his poem "After the Storm" published on March 3, 2014, and "Ka·Santatieh" published on January 11, 2014. March guest web site editor is Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence. Her poem "Wherever Wind" was published on March 4, 2013. 3/19/2014
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had a story, "Dancing With Dad," published in The Best Times, a newspaper for Johnson County, KS seniors, in their February, 2014, issue. Her story is a memoir Valentine story previously published in Good Old Days magazine. It is also available to read online. Nancy's children's story, "Where's My Gramps?", has been published in The Red Squirrel magazine in China. Nancy also has a story, "Off The Hook" included in a new anthology, Not Your Mother's Book on Being A Mom, a book being released April 8, 2014. 3/17/2014
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, was guest speaker on Marcia Epstein's "Talk With Me" March 14, 2014, on (Internet radio) from 10-11:00 AM. Listen to the recorded broadcast online. Ronda discussed her work with homicide coaching and how poetry has helped her heal. Also, Ronda's poem, "Tell God Hi for Me," was published in the Sunday, February 16, 2014, edition of The Lawrence Journal World newspaper. 3/18/2014
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, is Ursula Turner at Pittsburg book signingpersevering through medical concerns while functioning as president of KAC District 3, reading poetry at "Open Mic Session" at Coffee & Company, Dearing; speaking at several library events in SE Kansas, and attending book signings. Chemo cap, knitted by Ursula TurnerChemo cap, knitted by Ursula Turner AUrsula and her books were featured in the Coffeyville Morning Sun. Ursula also makes time to knit "chemo caps" to give to local cancer patients. Included here are photos of Ursula and two views of one of the chemo caps she has knitted. Sending you best wishes, Ursula. 3/27/2014

February 2014

    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 president, Wichita, offered an eight-week Poetry winter session in January and February, 2014, at Life Ventures, a non-profit organization providing learning activities for senior citizens.  Sessions were hosted at the East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita. Attendees participated by writing and reading each week in class.  The subject for the winter term was "Poetry and Sound." 2/28/2014
    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, announces that her new children's story, "In the Shadow of Evil," is being featured in a program, Newspapers in Education, with chapters running in the Tuesday and Thursday papers for eight weeks in January and February, 2014. The newspapers participating in Newspapers in Education [NIE] are: The Salina Journal, The Hays Daily News, The Hutchinson News, The Ottawa Herald, and The Garden City Telegram. Boeve's 2014 story tells of children as victims of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence on August 21, 1863. "In the Shadow of Evil" is the fourth story Boeve has written for this program. Last year's story was about Orphan Train children; the year before, a family during WWI; and the first story was about twins in a time machine. Boeve added ten additional chapters to the original sixteen in the time machine story and it was published in book form last year as Echoes of Kansas Past. This book won the KART Award. [Kids Are Readers Too]. Julie Peterson-Shea who teaches art at the Phillipsburg High School and has provided the illustrations for Boeve's past stories, has also illustrated the scene of Quantrill's Raid for this current story. For more information about the current Newspapers in Education initiative, contact Stephanie Flanagan of the Circulation Dept. at The Salina Journal. 2/1/2014
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, signed copies of her memoir,From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time, at the 24th Annual River Creek Farms Simmental, SimAngus and Angus Production Sale on February 12, 2014, at the Manhattan Commission Company livestock sale barn, Manhattan. June signed copies of her book in the lobby prior to the start of the sales event. 2/12/2014
    Pete Walterscheid, District 3, Coffeyville, hosted "Open mic session" on February 13, 2014, at Coffee and Company, 308 S Independence St., in Dearing. 2/28/2014

January 2014

    The February-March issue of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s TSCPL News, February-March 2014News includes a column by Miranda Ericsson, of the library staff, titled “6 Local Authors to Check Out,” page 2. The list includes five books held by the library. As listed, they include: Thomas Fox Averill’s western novel, rode; Max Yoho’s humorous fiction, Me and Aunt Izzy: Doing Time at the Jesse James Hideout and Coal Mining Company; Gary Krohe’s book of photos of the architecture of Topeka High School, Portraits of Troy; Gary K. Clarke’s memoir of safaris he has led to Africa, Hey Mister—Your Alligator’s Loose; and Isreal Wasserstein’s book of poetry, This Ecstasy They Call Damnation.  Yoho, Krohe and Clarke are all members of District 1, Topeka. Averill is a former member of District 1.  Averill, Yoho, and Clarke have all won the “Donald J. Coffin Award” of KAC for previously published work. 1/23/2014June Hilbert
    June Hilbert, District 1, Topeka, spoke on the topic "I Am a Farm Wife" on January 11, 2014, at the Coffey County Library, Gridley. June's presentation parralleled her experiences as recorded in her recently published memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. "Author June Hilbert will take you on a farm journey that will make you laugh and check the bottom of your shoes." A book signing followed her presentation. 1/12/2014
    Vicki Julian, KAC Financial Secretary, District 2, Lawrence, had a Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, Vicki Julian featurestory focusing on her career as a writer published in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, the January, 2014 issue, pp. 3-5. "Grief leads to Vicki Julian's writing career" was written by Billie David.
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has stories in two volumes of a brand new four-book anthology, Seasons of Our Lives. Each book features stories from a season of the year. "Driving With Dad" is in the Summer volume and "A Special Sibling" is in the Spring volume. The four books feature award winning memoirs written by women. All placed in contests run by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett, and are featured at Amazon. Nancy wrote a blog post about the editors of the books and another about the books themselves. This second blog explains a special bargain price onthe books, starting February 1, 2014. 1/26/2014
    Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, had an article published in the January/February 2014 issue of OSV's The Catholic Answer Magazine. "How Can We Hear the 'Voice of God'? Blessed John Henry Newman and conscience" is available on-line. She also hads an article published in the January/February 2014 issue of the Saint Austin Review (print only). Its title is "Pope Benedict XVI's English Catholic Legacy." In November, 2013, her review of author Edward Short's Culture and Abortion appeared in "The Latest Book Reviews" for Homiletic & Pastoral Review. 1/4/2014
    Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, author of Tiger Hunting, winner of the 2013 J. Donald Coffin Award of Kansas Authors Club, has an interview about her book and her experiences as a writer published online in Indie Author Land. The interview, by David Knoku, was published August 17, 2013. 1/27/2014
    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had her article, "Kansas Connections: Buster Keaton Celebration," published in Keaton Celebration, by Carol YohoSpeaking of Kansas, newsletter of The Center for Kansas Studies, Washburn University, in December, 2013, pp. 4-8. Carol's article covered the origins and history of the Buster Keaton Celebration held each fall in Iola, KS. The article also covered location filming of a movie, The Bender Claim—based on notorious Kansas history and starring Keaton's actor friend James Karen, who often attends the Iola celebration. Bill Shaffer, who works for Washburn's KTWU-TV studio as a producer/director, was a movie "extra" during filming near Junction City in summer, 2013. He shared his experiences with Carol for the article. Bill also helps plan the yearly Keaton Celebration. 1/2/2014

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