Roger, fondly known as "Mr. Emporia" for his passion in discovering historical facts about the town and its people, has been an active member of the Emporia Writers Group since 2012.
Roger Heineken grew up in rural Atchison County and has lived his adult life in Emporia. He earned a BFA in Art and retired from a career at Emporia State in the Student Affairs Division.
Roger is fascinated with local Emporia history, particularly the legacy of William Allen White. While some call him a historian, he prefers “storyteller.” Heineken mostly writes creative nonfiction but dabbles in fiction prompted by facts and experiences.
His work has been published in several issues of 105 Meadowlark Reader and has received recognition in past KAC contests. He enjoys being part of the informal Emporia Writers Group.