for All Members
27 authors (KAC members and/or Our Town speakers) registered for the Grand Book Signing, Saturday, Oct. 5. This event was open to the public and appeared on a massive poster promotion around the greater Wichita area.
Signing authors included:
Eunice Boeve • Vicki Hermes-Bond • Billy Branson • Pat Davids • Arlene Rains Graber • Hazel Hart • Patricia Hatch • Conrad Jestmore • Vicki Julian • William J. Karnowski • Carol Katsantoness • Gordon Kessler • Stephanie A. Mann • Ronda Miller • Marci Penner • Ray "Grizzly" Racobs • Cynthia Ross • William Sheldon • Tracy Million Simmons • Ken Spurgeon • B.D. Tharp • Ursula Turner • Mike Watson • Katie Funk Wiebe • Jeb Wright • Max Yoho • Gloria Zachgo •
Even more authors, including those above plus Maryann Barry, Cathy Callen, Millie Horlacher, Donald S. Pady, and Nancy Larsen-Sanders, joined us at the Our Town Bookstore at the Holiday Inn. The hours for the book store were Friday: 3-8 PM, Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM, Sunday: 8AM-noon. 8/26/2013
Sincerest sympathies are extended to long time KAC member Cynthia Ross, District 5, Towanda, her daughters, their families, and to Cynthia's mom, Gail Martin, District 5, El Dorado, in the loss of Cynthia's husband, Larry Ross, after a long battle with cancer. Larry's obituary is posted on-line. 6/12/2011
are extended to Joyce Long
, who lost her grandson and
two great-grandchildren in the Joplin tornado
, Sunday, May 22, 2011
is also extended to Elizabeth Black
, on the tragic death of her brother in a boating accident near Hillsboro. 6/1/2011
to KAC's Joann Williams
(D2), Ann Everett
(D5), and Vicki Julian
(D2) for their recent success in applying for and receiving federal tax exempt status
for our 106-year-old organization! 4/16/2010
President Joann Williams kept a cork in the good news for a few days until the annual spring meeting of KAC Board members in Wichita. Here she announced our new federal tax exempt status and provided a round of sparkling cider in celebration.
KAC MEMBERSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM begins
At the Kansas Authors Club Convention last October in Dodge City, both the Board and general membership voted approval of appropriate awards for longtime members for their time and service to KAC's literary community. This Awards Program acknowledges KAC members for active, continuing service for progressive intervals of 10, 15 and 20+ years. This program begins January, 2009.
When KAC members indicate to their respective District Presidents that they have belonged for these years of continuous, active membership, a certificate of achievement will be prepared for each member for those 10, 15 or 20+ year increments of time. The State Archivist will assist the District and State Presidents in verifying the member's length of service. A prepared certificate, pin and a memento will be supplied to the District President for presentation to the qualified members of his/her district.
A list of awards includes not only a nicely-printed certificate -- but also something of a more tangible nature:
Moreover, annual membership dues will be eliminated for those KAC members over the age of 80.
For 10 years of membership , a 10-year pin and some memento, like a coffee mug imprinted with the KAC logo.
For 15 years of membership , a 15-year pin and a memento higher in quality than the 10-year award
For 20+ years of membership, an emeritus status with no further annual dues required (unless the member still wants to pay dues) -- plus a 20-year pin and a memento higher in quality than the 15-year award. This category would especially recognize those members who performed active service in State or District offices.
Names of those given such awards will also be publicly acknowledged and congratulated by the current State President at the annual KAC Convention in a short segment of the Sunday banquet. Those honored will also receive a letter of appreciation signed by the State President. A new-member reception at each State Convention will provide a social mixer for new and established members to introduce themselves and discuss literary ideas.
News of members' length of membership and subsequent awards will also be publicized in the State and District newsletters, the KAC Yearbook and the KAC web page.
Costs of materials, supplies and labor involved in the production of these membership awards will be provided by an anonymous donor
and will not be paid by the Kansas Authors Club. 1/28/2009
NOTE: Many of these opportunities and events are PAST. Others are still in effect. Please make note of dates included with items. All are included here for archival purposes.
Pittsburg Editors Revive Little Balkans Review
In 1980, Gene DeGruson
, a special collections library curator at Pittsburg State University, established the Little Balkans Review
. Its main purpose was to highlight history and arts of the southeast Kansas region. Coal mines attracted immigrants from Italy, France, Wales, and English in the 19th century. This was an area where unions evolved, and where Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1888-1951) published Little Blue Books and the Socialist periodical Appeal to Reason
, Al Ortolani, Jr.
, Wayne Bockelman
, Tom Burns
, Mike Hogard
, and John Laflen
are now calling for submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photographs, and artwork. They write in their letter of solicitation: "Prime consideration is given to works by Kansans and former Kansans, as well as work set in the Little Balkans. However, consideration is also given to work with similar regional flare. Preference is given for non-fiction subjects related to the Little Balkans. At least half of the poetry of each issue will be devoted to poets who have limited previous publication."
For further information, visit the Little Balkans Review web site
, contact LittleBalkansReview@gmail.com
, or write to Editors, Little Balkans Review, 909 S. Olive, Pittsburg, KS 66762. 12/13/2008
The Kansas Center for the Book
is pleased to announce that their nominee, Don Coldsmith
, Emporia, is 2009 receipient of the Mountain Plains Library Association's Literary Contribution Award
. Coldsmith was chosen as an author whose published writings have successfully furthered an understanding and appreciation of the Mountain Plains region. The author need not reside in the region, and the selection may be based on either a single work or a body of works. Published works were evaluated on the basis of literary worth, readability, and evidence of responsible research. Don spoke at Saturday luncheon at the 2004 KAC Centennial Convention held in Topeka. 4/10/2009
"Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
As teenagers' scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books. But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount. —NYTimes, 7/27/2008
of California has been named U.S. Poet Laureate
She succeed Charles Simic as the 16th U.S. poet laureate, starting in the fall. The appointment lasts for one year and comes with a $35,000 salary, plus $5,000 for travel and a "splendid office," according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Read details
in the online version of International Herald Tribune
, July 17, 2008. See also: NYTimes, 7/18/2008
"Map of Kansas Literature,"
is a web site that currently includes forty-six Kansas authors and poets: biographical materials, bibliographies, excerpts, photos, reviews of work, and other items of interest about each author. Several past and current members of Kansas Authors Club are included among the entries.
Washburn University students made the choices of whom to research and include in this Center for Kansas Studies web site. This site builds on work started in fall semester, 2006, and is a student work-in-progress. 6/4/2008
online newspaper about and for the literary and movie industry, launched April 1, 2008. 4/11/2008
Kansas Writers Association
--Wichita, KS 3/21/2008
Academy of American Poets
--numerous resources for aficionados of verse. 3/19/2008
--Blog of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors 3/14/2008
is a web site about Kansas poetry and Kansas poets. A number of KAC members are featured on this site, and the site continues to grow. Visit the site for contact information.
-- Read poems - Learn how to contribute to this expanding collection of poems, thematically speaking of Kansas!
Kansas Poets Index & Poem Selections
-- a growing list of notable Kansas poets, their biographies and samples of their work. Many outstanding poets are presented. 2/26/2008 publishaletter.com allows one to submit letters to the editors of essentially all the key English language newspapers in the US and the world. One can also publish those letters on the site itself. The site can be an important avenue for letter writers to have their voices heard and shared. 2/19/2008
Study Links Drop in Test Scores to a Decline in Time Spent Reading —NYTimes, 11/19/2007 Envisioning the Next Chapter for online books —NYTimes, 9/7/2007
, District 4
, recommends authorsden.com
as a good publicity outlet for published authors. 6/20/2007
Dennis Smirl, District 1
, who spoke at the District 1 meeting in April, 2007, on “Making Your Own Chapbooks,” shares this web address for those interested in purchasing a single ISBN number
(In the past ISBN numbers have been sold in blocks of ten.) This service is tied to Bar Code Graphics, a business in Chicago, IL, which has made buying bar codes via the internet an easy process. 6/18/2007
The Writer's Almanac
—Daily five-minute discussions of American literature and poetry, hosted by Garrison Keillor
. Produced by American Public Media. Web site with hyperlink to audo: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/ 5/28/2007
, District 6
, has been experimenting with free computer software designed to help make PDF files, a format often used to share documents for publication. Pat uses Microsoft Word files and then converts them to PDF. She found this web site for doing a free trial of online conversion: http://www.pdfonline.com/
Eventual purchase price is a modest $14.95. 3/13/2007
, District 5
, Valley Center
, has been reviewing books of fiction-writing tips
. These reviews can be found on Mike's online blog
Write for Eye on Kansas
Would you like a chance to be published in the first Kansas online magazine dedicated to the people, places and things that make this state such a great place to live?
If so, please check out Eye on Kansas
), a free, online publication. They are looking for stories from around Kansas, from White Cloud to Elkhart , from St. Francis to Baxter Springs. They pay their authors $100 and are interested not only in written pieces, but also photo essays, audio stories (such as oral histories), and video pieces. Eye on Kansas
requires photos with written pieces, and some narrative with their photo/audio/video essays. —9/13/2007
Launch Pad Magazine, Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off!
Do you know young writers or artists between the ages of 6 and 12 ? This market is for them. The editor is a former librarian who wants to give youngsters a place to publish. He is looking for creative works about: animals, the ocean, fairy tales and fantasy, heroes, mysteries, and sports. First issue due in January 2008. See Launch Pad web site
for guidelines and submission address. —8/2/2007
Over My Dead Body:The Mystery Magazine Online
is looking for good fiction and non-fiction. Visit their site for writers' guidelines
. They pay! —6/12/07
The Writer's Almanac,
a daily five-minute radio broadcast hosted by Garrison Keillor
and sponsored by American Public Media
, solicates books of poetry to consider for on-air excerpts. Keillor stated in a recent radio interview that producers look for work that is easily accessible in a single reading. Submitted books can be anything from mass-published to a single copy duplicated at a local copy center. All submitted work is considered. The mailing address is availabe from the "Contact" link at writersalmanac.publicradio.org
. Podcasts of previous shows are also available on-line. —6/8/07
Prairie Writers Circle
Sponsored by the Land Institute of Salina, KS, the Prairie Writers Circle
was initiated in 2001 and brings together writers in Kansas and nationally who produce op-ed commentary for newspapers large and small to encourage wider public awareness of ecological and sustainability issues important to the Land Institute's mission.
Write to email@example.com
Scientific Journals International
(SJI) maintains minimal procedural and stylistic rules, and accepts scientific and creative works that follow any style manual. 3/21/2007
One thing of interest that I'd like to share with our members is the Kansas Talking Books Library
; authors can have their books/stories (using their own voice to read) on tape for those listeners w/ special needs. There is no cost to the author, nor will you earn any money. Authors might want to consider this for their out of print books. For more details you can check it out on their website at slib.info/talking
or under blueskyway or by calling toll-free: 1-800-362-0699. Their mailing address is: Talking Books Service, 1200 Commercial Street, Emporia, KS, 66801.
—submitted by Cynthia Jo Ross, District 5, Towanda, 10/19/2007
New Letters on the Air: Writers in Their Own Voices
Half-hour radio broadcasts
interview current American writers and poets
. The web site features brief blurbs from upcoming broadcasts. Recent broadcasts can also be heard on-line for about two weeks after the initial interview is broadcast. Programming is sponsored by New Letters, a Magazine of Writing and Art
, of the English department, University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Options for hearing your favorite literary show:
- Listen to the radio. In Kansas City, tune in at 6:00 Sunday mornings to KCUR-FM, 89.3. Consult your local public radio station for the broadcast time if you are elsewhere.
- Listen online at in both Real Audio and Windows Media formats.
- Subscribe to the podcast. You don't have to have an iPod to hear a podcast—it just means the show comes to you automatically.
Their Site also mentions writing awards
and publication in their quarterly journals
Scott Lupo was inspired by his Aunt Marige to capture her family stories. OurEcho
is the website he produced as an open forum for anyone to post family stories. Submission categories include local history, superstitions, legends, poems, letters, diary and journal entries and even photographs.
Writers are not paid for their work, and no editor sends a rejection slip. Anyone can post at OurEcho. Lupo runs various free monthly contests with cash prizes to encourage participation.
Three KAC memberscontribute regularly to OurEcho. They are Wanda Bates
, District 4, Manhattan; Gail Martin
, District 5, El Dorado; and Nancy Julien Kopp
, District 4, Manhattan. Each has been featured in a biographical section of the site.
To read the stories or post your own, go to www.ourecho.com
and register. It’s free and easy. —8/12/06
The Kansas Poems
section of kansaspoets.com
is now being developed. It provides all Kansans an opportunity to get involved with this project.
Please see the criteria for submitting to this soon-to-grow collection on the Kansas Poems page
Favorite Kansas Books
The Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas has compiled a list of favorite books by Kansans or about Kansas. Votes were solicited from librarians, educators, writers, booksellers, publishers and others in the Kansas book community. Max Yoho
, District 1
, is proud to have two books listed among the top 12 vote getters
: The Moon Butter Route
(©2006) and The Revival
(©2001). Other books receiving honors include The Last Cattle Drive
by Robert Day
, In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
by William Least Heat-Moon
, and The Wizard of Oz
by Frank L. Baum
. A total of 101 other titles received votes. 3/2/20/07
The Kansas Poems of William Stafford
is the focus of an episode of "High Plains in Words" on High Plains Public Radio
. It is now available on-line for downloading (mp3 format). Choose "Kansas Poems" from their program archive
Contact Stacey Yates, firstname.lastname@example.org
, who writes the program, with your ideas for other writers who might be appropriate for the program. —12/22/06
Tom Mach, District 2
, is now welcoming Kansas writers who are looking for a publisher to consider publishing under the Hill Song Press
logo. Hill Song Press has published several of Tom's titles and recently published Images From a Small Town
for Carol Anderson, District 2, Lawrence
. (Contact Carol
for a confidential testimonial.) 4/14/2007
The new Kansas Author Database
provided by the Kansas Center for the Book
is now online. Several Kansas Authors Club members are already listed. If you are a Kansas author who has published a book(s) or an author of a book(s) thematically about or set in Kansas and would like for your name and information to be considered for the Kansas Author Database, contact Kansas Center for the Book. Deceased authors will also be included. An on-line data form
is available on the web site. 5/1/2006
U.S. Poet Laureate
was featured at two public events in Kansas City, MO—
- A Poetry Reading was held on Wed., Jan. 24, 2007, at Rockhurst University Convocation Center
- A Live Interview was held on Thurs., Jan. 25, 2007, at Helzbert Auditorium, Kansas City Public Library
- Read more about Donald Hall on-line at the Rockhurst web site. 1/21/2007
Kansas Humanities Council
Appoints Julie Mulvihill Next Executive Director
The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) Board of Directors
recently completed a national search and has named Julie Mulvihill
Executive Director, effective January 1, 2007. She will become only the second director in the organization’s 34-year history when the current Executive Director, Marion Cott, retires in December 2006. Mulvihill presently serves as the Council’s Director of Programs, a position she has held since joining the council staff in 2001.
Mulvihill has worked in Kansas’ historical and cultural sector for fifteen years. Her previous experience includes serving as education coordinator at the Kansas State Historical Society and curator of education at the Johnson County Museum. Other work experience includes teaching in the KU Museum Studies graduate program, where she currently instructs the Nature or Museums course. On the national level, she is active with the AASLH, working to strengthen best practices standards in small museums.
The search committee reviewed over 30 applications from across the country. At the end of the process, Judy Billings, Lawrence, chair of the search committee, said, “We firmly believe Julie is the best person to lead KHC into the future. We were impressed by her passion for bringing humanities experiences to the public, which she has demonstrated through her work with diverse organizations across the state.” 12/19/06
Kansas Authors Club receives grant from CACF
REMEMBERING GORDON PARKS
The 3rd District
of the Kansas Authors Club has received a $500 grant
from the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation
to help sponsor the youth portion of the Kansas Authors Club’s statewide annual conference that was held in Coffeyville, October 7–9, 2005.
, new member and co- president for District 3 in 2006 wrote the grant.
In photo, left
, Frankie Roland
, District 3
, accepts the check from Janie DeVore Gillis
, executive director of the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation.
Kansas native Gordon Parks
, author, photographer, and filmmaker, died at his home in New York on Tuesday, March 7, 2006. He was 93. Parks was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS, his birthplace. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius spoke at his memorial service..
Fifty-one of Parks' photos and about a dozen of his poems are on permanent display at Mercy Health Center
in Fort Scott. It is the largest collection of Parks' works in the United States, excluding the Library of Congress. Jan Biles of the Topeka Capital-Journal
recaps Parks’ life in “A life worth celebrating
In February Parks received the 2006 William Allen White citation
Although he was unable to attend the February 10 ceremony in his honor, a video of the Fort Scott native accepting the award in December from Ann Brill, journalism dean, was shown in the public program. 3/11/06
Affiliates for the The Kansas Center for the Book
met in Topeka on Tuesday, December 13. Kansas Authors Club is a Charter Affiliate of the new Center.
Many of the reps attending were staff at libraries across the state. Carol Yoho
represented Kansas Authors Club at the meeting.
Kansas Center for the Book business and iniatives included the following:
The Kansas Center for the Book
- Kansas Center for the Book defines their mission as "supporting books by Kansans and books about Kansas." They told us that being charter Affliliate Members" of this group would leave us a legacy for many years to come and we should be proud of that distinction.
- Their budget year is from July 1 to June 30. For 2005-06 they've raised just over $15,000 and have spent just over $5,000. The Center must be self-supporting. Roy Bird of the Kansas State Library is Director, and has been assigned 25% time for these duties. There are currently just over 30 Affiliate members -- and about 80 individual members, half of them authors.
- December 1st was deadline for a national Letters for Literacy program, encouraging youth in a writing competition, 4th through 12th grades, divided into three age group levels. All entries went to the National Center for the Book. Top entrees for Kansas will come back here and judged for final winners. (This is an annual competition and we may want to help support and encourage this contest as well as our own.)
- Another program supported by the Kansas Center for the Book was "One Week — One Book" reading to preschoolers. This encouraged adults to read a specific book to all preschoolers in the state during a particular week in November. The book chosen was No Matter What, written and illustrated by Debi Gliori. Governor Sebelius supported this effort with an offical proclamation and she read to children during the week of the event. Kansas Center for the Book would also like to do a program for adults with this read-the-same-thing-at-the-same-time theme. www.kansasreadstokids.org
- Kansas Center for the Book is planning a statewide Fall Book Fair -- maybe the first weekend in October 2006. Affiliates brainstormed about what they'd like to see our book fair entail and there were lots of exciting ideas in the brainstorming session.
, now a program of the Kansas State Library
, is inviting individual authors and others involved in literacy, reading promotion, and literary efforts in Kansas to join. The goal of the Fellows is to foster more literary activity throughout the state and to increase awareness of these activities. For more information see the letter of invitation
(PDF download) and the membership application
(PDF download). You can download Adobe Reader free at the Adobe web site. 12/16/05
Visit Kansas City Writers Group
Read a review of Comedy Writing Step by Step: How to Write and Sell Your Sense of Humor, Gene Perret, written by Patricia Schulte Healy, District 5.
This I Believe: An NPR Essay Project
Premieres April 4 on Morning Edition and All Things Considered
NPR is re-creating Edward R. Murrow's 1950s invitation to all Americans to write about and discuss the core beliefs that guide their daily lives. In 1951, Murrow asked Americans from all walks of life—including former U.S. presidents, captains of industry, taxi drivers, actors and homemakers—to write brief essays about their most fundamental and closely held beliefs. Now, NPR, Atlantic Public Media, and This I Believe, Inc. are partnering to re-create the project with host Jay Allison. You are invited to write about the principles by which you live and the people and events that have shaped your beliefs in an essay of 500 words or 3 minutes when read aloud, to be considered for broadcast on NPR. See the web site for essay writing instructions, audio segments from the previous series, essays written by a few of the early participants, and other details. http://www.npr.org/thisibelieve/ 3/31/05
Star Magazine welcomes submissions of brief memoirs or nostalgic pieces to Remember When. The Star likes to feature recollections of the past in the Kansas City area, but not all are that localized. See recemt Remember When columns on line at www.kansascity.com (Click on living.) Send e-mail submissions to email@example.com or mail typewritten submissions to: Remember When, Star Magazine, 1729 Grand Blvd, Kansas City MO 64108. Include your complete address, phone number and social security number for payment. Submissions will not be acknowledged, may be edited, and cannot be returned. If your story is published, you will receive a payment of $25.00. Published submissions become the property of The Star and may be reprinted.
STATEWIDE DIRECTORY OF KANSAS ARTISANS
The Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the Kansas Small Business Development Center, the Kansas Arts Commission, the Kansas State Historical Society, and Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansashas created a database to identify Kansas artists, craftspersons, and food producers. This information will be used to coordinate artisan business and tourism opportunities related to Kansas artisans and their products. The database is available
as a Word document on-line.
"This directory is just one example of the culture and heritage-based tourism focus currently underway in Kansas," said Katie Bartkoski, Tourism Marketing Coordinator with Commerce. "Our hope is that the more artists, craftspersons, and food producers included in this directory, the better they can strategically market their products to Kansans and those travelers."
The state partnership is interested in assessing the opportunities within Kansas to:
- encourage rural entrepreneurial activities, especially those that also promote the authentic nature, culture, and heritage of Kansas;provide increased opportunities to expose travelers and consumers in general to the unique, quality art, craft, and food of Kansas;pursue rural and small business development using retail artisan products in a tourism environment to enhance the image of Kansas; and
- provide a mechanism for more Kansans to live where they want to live across the state, do what they love to do, and earn an income, while enhancing the image of the state.
Over 5,000 surveys were sent to artisans and food producers around the state in April. The return deadline was April 30. For more information, please contact Katie Bartkoski at 785-296-3810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November 2006, a Kansas Culture and Heritage Conference is planned. The conference will explore the cultural and historical attractions Kansas currently has, and how to further develop this area of tourism for the traveler. Topics will include highlighting the ethnic heritage of a region including writing, foods, artifacts, and crafts.
For more information, contact:
Tourism Marketing Coordinator
Phone Number: (785) 296-3810
Jonathan Holden named Kansas Poet Laureate
, English professor and poet-in-residence at Kansas State University, recently was selected over 12 other candidates (including Dr. Robert N. Lawson
, who was nominated by Kansas Authors Club) to be the state's first poet laureate. His two-year term starts July 1, 2005. Read more in “Shop talk with a poet”
by Jan Biles in the Topeka Capital-Journal
, Sunday, January 30, or visit Holden's personal web site
, District 4
, has offered to sell books by Kansas authors at Anne's Collectibles and Gifts
. For more information, contact Anne, 785-825-8511, AnneShiever@cox.net
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
ASKS FOR PERSONAL REMEMBRANCES OF 9/11
"Contribute Your Story"
offers online visitors the opportunity to submit personal stories, recollections, artwork or e-mail about the effects of September 11 on their lives and how the events have changed the country. In partnership with the September 11 Digital Archive Project, the Library of Congress is launching a new interactive website, "Contribute Your Story,"
accessible through a link on the Library's "Witness and Response" online exhibition at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/911/
Visitors to the site can share their recollections of that day by answering three questions:
- Where were you on September 11, 2001, when you heard the news?
- What is your strongest memory of that day?
- How do you perceive that the events of September 11, 2001, have affected this country and/or you personally?
The interactive site will also allow visitors to browse through the submissions of other contributors.
The impact of the events of September 11, 2001, is still unfolding. The recollections of ordinary Americans during the aftermath will prove invaluable to future generations of researchers attempting to analyze these events and their bearing upon the history of the nation.
to be included in News for All Members on the KAC website or in the next State
Newsletter may be submitted to Tracy Million Simmons or
to Carol Yoho via e-mail.