D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., is one of the "and friends" readers at the Shiela-Na-Gig Presents reading (featuring Barbara Costas-Biggs) on Thursday, June 30th at 7 PM Central Time via Zoom. All of the selected readers were chosen from the Summer 2022 issue of Shiela-Na-Gig Online, of which Dean is one. Advance registration is required for the Zoom link. Details and registration can be found here:
D6 member, Janet Kelley, will be at Crow & Co. bookstore in Hutchinson, KS on Tuesday, July 5th at 5 pm, to share her book, TAINT. It's a novel set in Kansas and dealing with sexual assault. Come hear about the genesis of the story and Janet's writing process. Proceeds from the book are donated to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that works with LGBTQ teens in crisis.
Now that the time for entering our literary contests have closed, what's next?
Kansas Authors Club Awards of Merit Nominations are due July 15! (The yearbook deadline says July 1 - we have extended it.)
Awards for achievement in writing, service to Kansas Authors Club, or a special accomplishment are presented to deserving Kansas Authors Club members at the Annual Conference. Nominations should be sent no later than July 1st (changed to July 15 in 2022) of the year to be considered. Forms may be sent either by e-mail or by regular postal mail. Award winners will be selected by ballot by a committee of Kansas Authors Club members chosen by the Awards Chair. The Awards Chair will present the names of those members nominated to a selection committee before reporting final results to the KAC board as soon as possible after the deadline for nomination.
Please give careful consideration to your reasons why the nominee is worthy of an award and list them below. If this person is to be considered for the achievement in writing award, then please list publications of the person’s writing, either published and/or self-published. For the service award, list what services were done both on the district and state level, how long the person held an office, etc. For the special accomplishment award, list when, where, and what this was, and describe the accomplishment.
You may add more details on attached pages. Contact the Awards Chair if you have questions. Nominations may be made by any individual member of the Kansas Authors Club, by a group or a district.
Member Awards Chair
My lastest poetry chapbook, Since Corona Ruined Our Trip to the Library, is available for pre-order through Finishing Line Press.
Here is what District 2 Member Kevin Rabas had to say about it:
Beth Gulley is a writer of profound insight, someone who can see both the catastrophe and the miracle in almost anything. These poems are proof. In them, there is a cat that rides thirty miles on the motor of a car being towed. There is an asteroid that almost hits earth on a beloved’s birthday: “Your birthday will still be sweet / without the explosion.” This is the world of Aimee Bender or Judy Budnitz, but it is also our world, as Kansans—or your story, wherever you live.
–Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2017-2019, More Than Words
Finishing Line Press has extended the pre-order period for D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr.'s forthcoming chapbook, "Pulp," featuring cover art by Martha Wherry, up until the press date, which is July 8th, 2022. Those of you who have already ordered, thank you! Those who haven't, now is the time to do so, in order to insure the book gets connected up with Ingram Book Group for distribution. Book orders will ship at the time of printing (about July 8th). Multiple copies ordered receive a shipping discount. The poems in the collection try to capture a bit of the sensibility of the old pulp mags from the 1920s-1960s, like "Black Mask," "Spicy Detective," etc. The title poem is about the inventor of the process of making paper from wood pulp, Cai Lun, a first century C.E. Chinese inventor, who Martha has depicted on the cover, apparently looking at things to come. Dean is always looking to try something different, and this one was fun to put together! Link to order is here:
Tracy Million Simmons (state president) and Kristine Polansky (state vice president) were able to deliver books to and tour the Kenneth Spencer Research Library in May.
The Kansas Authors Collection at Kenneth Spencer Research Library in Lawrence, includes the Kansas Authors Club Library. Memorabilia stored there, including books published by Kansas Authors Club members, has been collected by the club since 1907.
The collection was initially housed at the home of George Morehouse, an officer of the club. In the 1920s and 30s, part of the collection was displayed at the Kansas Free State Fair in Topeka, and became a permanent display at the Mid-West Exposition, which became the Kansas State Fair. In intervening years, the collection was housed at the Salina Public Library and at the Topeka Women's Club. The club's arrangement with Spencer Research Library began began in 1986.
Simmons and Polansky visited to clarify the arrangement. Books that have been submitted by members to the clubs book contests each year will be donated to the collection, as well as annual yearbooks and newsletters. This is a non-circulating collection, available for research and viewing upon request.
History of the collection is detailed in Donald Stewart Pady's History of the Kansas Authors Club, 1904-2014 (page 99-102) The publication is available for online viewing by members on the "member pages" of this website and for purchase here.
Dan Close joined Kansas Authors Club in 2009. He was a member of District 5 and served as D5 Vice President in 2020, and on the state convention committee in 2019. He served as State Prose Contest Manager in 2017-18, and was the State Vice President in 2018. He served as presenter and panel member at several KAC state conventions and was a frequent contest member.
Dan received his B.A. in Journalism from Wichita State University in 1981. He worked as a reporter and journalist for fourteen different newspapers, and gained his M.A. in Communication from WSU in 1993. He had been an editor at The Wichita Eagle prior to taking a position as Associate Professor in the Elliot School of Communication at WSU. Dan's career included radio broadcasting, public relations, advertising, photography and design. He has written award-winning fiction and poetry, and was adviser of the WSU student paper, THE SUNFLOWER for sixteen years. He was a DART Fellow at Columbia University in New York in 2011.
August 29, 1958 - May 28, 2022
Carol Yoho (D1), Duane Johnson (D1 and 2020-21 State President), and Tracy Million Simmons (D2 and 2022 State President) finally managed to meet in person to celebrate a second successful virtual convention. (Click here for highlights from the 2021 Convention.) Missing: Thea Rademacher (D1).
News for the 2022 Convention, to be held in person in Lawrence, Kansas, with a virtual component, is pending announcement... soon. Meanwhile, members can go ahead and reserve a hotel room and purchase advertising in the convention program.
MEMBERS: Purchase a quarter page advertisement before July 8 for only $25!
How to Submit News:
If you have news of writing events that would be of interest to all Kansas Authors Club members, or if you are a member (dues current) who would like to announce an achievement, please submit your news via this form.