President, Kristine A. Polansky
Vice President, Anne Spry
Secretary, Ann Vigola Anderson
Financial Officer, Chuck Warner (not pictured)
As a writer, Kris Polansky, is best known for her poems, four of which were published in Tallgrass Voices edited by Gary Lechliter. She experiments with various poetic forms, studying how content and form shape each other. She grew up in Western Kansas (short grass country), writing puppet plays and short stories. She took a fiction writing class from James Gunn at the University of Kansas and went on to teach middle school English and social studies ten years before returning to school, the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, where (she jokes) she learned to write creative nonfiction. She has been named KAC Poet of the Year three times, most recently October 2021. Her poem, “Turning Points” won the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Writing Contest, adult division, Manhattan, Kansas. She has served KAC for four years (2010-13) as Youth Contest Manager, 2021 & 2022 as KAC Financial Secretary, 2023 as State President, multiple years as District 4 Treasurer, and continues as coordinator of Manhattan KAC Writing Group and host of KAC's 2nd Tuesday Open Mic (via Zoom). She also serves as a frequent judge for our annual youth contest.
Kristine has a how-to write poetry book as well as a collection of poetry coming out in 2024.
Chuck Warner is a lifelong Kansan. After growing up in Wichita, he has lived in Lawrence since first attending the University of Kansas in the 1960s. With business and law degrees, he embarked on a nearly forty-year career in business and banking. After he retired in 2008, he began writing about his maternal grandfather and in 2019 Birds, Bones, and Beetles: The Improbable Career and Remarkable Legacy of University of Kansas Naturalist Charles D. Bunker was published by the University Press of Kansas. In 2020 his book was recognized as a Kansas Notable book, and also won awards for the best Kansas history and best book layout from the Kansas Authors Club, and was a finalist in the High Plains Book Awards.
Chuck joined Kansas Authors Club in 2019, and agreed to serve on the State Board as our first Financial Officer under the restructuring changes. Chuck's contributions to our financial picture have been much appreciated as he used his time and talent to help us streamline and bring more efficiency to our practices.