Note: a state board meeting will take place via that same ZOOM link at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 10.
All members are invited to our Annual Meeting. It will take place via ZOOM on Saturday, October 10, at 10:30 am. A link has been emailed to each member via the kansasauthorsclub email.
Note: a state board meeting will take place via that same ZOOM link at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 10.
Sept. 15, 2020 - President Duane Johnson is pleased to announce that the Kansas Authors Club was selected as a recipient of The Literary Arts Emergency Fund grant, awarded by by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine & Presses, and the National Book Foundation. Johnson applied for the grant when it became apparent that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person, annual convention would not be able to take place as usual.
Johnson spearheaded a committee of four to train to host the convention online. With Curtis Becker, Tracy Million Simmons, and Carol Yoho, the organization's October convention will take place virtually, via Zoom webinars, for the first time.
Kansas Authors Club was one of 282 literary organizations that received funding from this grant. The funds are provided to support the software licensing, support services, and training the committee has undergone to bring the convention to members throughout the state of Kansas and beyond.
More about the award can be found at The Literary Hub.
We are currently taking member literary contributions for the 2021 Kansas Authors Club yearbook. Get your entry submitted by October 15 to reserve your page.
"Hilger has gifted us with a WWII historical fiction with a lighthearted side and an enjoyable sweet romance on the side."
— Chanticleer Review
Our Duty follows the shenanigans of Polly and Aggie, student nurses during WW II, as they struggle to graduate. Aggie joins the Army Air Corps where she qualifies as flight nurse. Through her letters the reader learns of the difficulties faced by this under-recognized group of brave women including their initial lack of respect by the military brass. The book is based on real events in the lives of dear people, including my parents, one of Mom’s best friends, uncles and others who became dear friends and blessings in my life.
ISBNs: 9781948604130 (paperback)
SPECS: 320 pages · 6 X 9
CATEGORIES: Military Historical Fiction · World War II · Friendship
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.gerriwettahilger.com
Each chapter is a story unto itself and the book can be read in any order as well as from beginning to end.
There are two sides to these violent events, and, while the focus is on the Euro-American perspective, the contrary perspective of the Native American is also presented. Jeff relies on primary-source documents usually ignored by other authors, but more than that, he carefully sorts out all documents relating to each chapter, while carefully applying critical thinking skills to arrive at the probable truth of each event. Untapped Indian depredation claims housed in Washington, DC give the reader a deeper understanding of the terrors of Indian raids, especially when experienced by new settlers to the region. What emerges represents a bold and new history not found in other published accounts. These chapters reflect more than 20 years of Jeff’s research and writing on the Central Plains Indian War.
This is Jeff’s fourth book on incidents occurring in the Central Plains Indian war. Jeff is a 5th generation Coloradan, but lived in Salina for four years, graduating from St. John’s Military School. He received an MA at Baylor University and a PhD at CU, Boulder, both in philosophy. For the past four years he has resided in Beulah, Colorado. He is a member of the 6th District of the Kansas Authors Club and spoke at the Salina convention in 2017.
The softcover is available next week and the hardcover two or three weeks after that. Caxton Press is offering a new book discount (discount not available on Amazon) and can be ordered at the website of Caxton Press, under New Releases. They are taking orders now for both editions. www.caxtonpress.com/
Additionally, if one wants to purchase a signed and, if requested, inscribed copy, email Jeff for details:
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Anthology 2020: A Collection of Work from Kansas Authors Club District 6, is about to be published. 29 Writers with 49 Literary Pieces, Poetry & Prose, Fiction & Non-Fiction,100 pages.
Pre-orders taken until Sept.1st. Special Pricing for KAC Members. Recommended Donation $10 (plus S/H). Contact Jim Potter - or 620-899-3144
In August, RAEMARK PRESS released a new book by Sedan resident (KAC District 3 member) HAZEL SPIRE. This is Hazel’s fifth published book.
MADAME ARCHELON’S ART ROOM MYSTERIES is the first in a fictional series about Coyote Creek Elementary School. It takes readers through one school year, as the students help their eccentric art teacher investigate strange happenings in her room. Two pen-and-ink drawings by the author accompany each chapter.
This book is available from Amazon and selected stores, priced at $7.50. Next in the series will be MISS CODA’S MUSIC ROOM MYSTERIES.
“I absolutely loved Madame Archelon's Art Room Mysteries. Hazel (Spire) reveals her keen insight into classroom management and teaching art to children. Humor, mystery and art projects appear in each chapter. This will be a satisfying book for children who read and are read to, and for those who read to children.”
~ Kathy Dentz Keith, retired art teacher
“A delightful romp through the school year in Mme. Archelon’s classroom. Ms. A., I suspect, also taught and mentored Ms. Frizzle, Dora the Explorer, Blue (from Blue’s Clues on TV) and many other lovers of mystery. She’s the teacher we’d all like to have! I guarantee readers will gain a wealth of knowledge in reading this book.”
~ Sharon Koontz, school librarian
Visit Hazel's Author Page on Amazon
We've all been spending a lot more time at home these past few months. What have you been doing during that time? Choose one or two activities and write a SHORT bit of prose or poetry (2-3 minutes) to share with District 5 members at our July meeting, which will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, on Zoom. Your writing prompt is "What I did on my 2020 Staycation."
It's easy to join us. Just download the free Zoom application (if you don't already have it) by going to zoom.us.
You who are members of districts other than D5 need to request the Zoom link from Connie White, President of D5, by e-mailing her at email@example.com. She will confirm your KAC membership and then send your invitation and the Zoom link.
District 7 member, Mark G. Wentling’s new book, Africa Memoir: 50 Years, 54 Countries, One American Life is available through preorders.
Mark Wentling attended Wichita State University. In 1967 he became a Peace Corps Volunteer and served for two years in Honduras. In 1970, he obtained his bachelor’s degree from WSU and continued as a PCV in Togo in 1970. Beginning in late 1973 he was an Associate Director for the Peace Corps in Togo. He then served as the Peace Corps Director in Gabon and Niger.
In 1977, he began working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Niger and later served as its principal officer in Guinea, Togo/Benin, Angola, Somalia and Tanzania. Following retirement from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in 1996, Mark continued to work as an advisor for the Great Lakes Region, then with USAID Missions in Zambia, Malawi, Guinea and Senegal.
He subsequently worked with CARE, World Vision and Plan International in Niger, Mozambique and Burkina Faso. In recent years, he has worked in Ghana, Mali and Angola. His many jobs and travels in Africa, visiting all 54 African countries, contributed to the completion of his latest book, Africa Memoir: 50 Years, 54 Countries, One American Life. Those who know him well say he was born and raised in Kansas but made in Africa.
Mark has published a number of professional articles over the years on Africa's development predicament, as well as three previous books: Africa's Embrace (2013), Africa's Release (2014) and Africa's Heart. In 2017, he published Dead Cow Road: Life on the Front Lines of an International Crisis. This book was awarded by Peace Corps Writers the annual Maria Thomas fiction award in 2018. In 2019, he published Blue Country, which draws on his experiences as a PCV in Honduras in 1967-1969.
Mark currently maintains a home in Lubbock, Texas, but he continues to travel frequently to Africa to work. He has also designed a course in international development for Texas Tech University. He holds a master’s degree in International Agriculture from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the National War College. In 2014, he was awarded by the WSU Alumni Association its annual alumni achievement award.
WE WANT TO SHARE YOUR WRITING 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.
Gretchen Cassel Eick's latest book will be published by the University of Nevada Press fall 2020. They Met at Wounded Knee: The Eastmans' Story is a history and double biography acclaimed by Philip Deloria, Professor of Harvard's Native American and Indigenous Studies Department. Deloria writes "They Met at Wounded Knee brilliantly tells the story of one of the most intriguing couples in American history. Gretchen Eick surehandedly demonstrates the ways that individual lives reveal the structural dilemmas of settler colonialism, representational politics, and the painful entanglements of race, class, and gender."
Eick is the author of Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-72 (University of Illinois Press, 2001/2007) and four novels (Maybe Crossings, Finding Duncan, The Hard Verge: Britain, 2025, and The Set Up, 1984: Britain's Biggest Drug Bust, Classified until 2064 (forthcoming 2020).
Gretchen Eick, District 5 member, has sent the following invitation to writers--
Cora Poage and Gretchen Eick are working on a book project we thought you might want to participate in. We are preparing an anthology of short pieces on death. We think that in this time of pandemic cultures like many of those in the US are totally overwhelmed in large part because they deny death and have little to no experience with it other than in violent television shows and movies.
We want to assemble “takes” on death in a variety of genres: poetry, meditation, self-help, short stories, flash fiction, memories, and insights from personal experiences, from people who work in the death business (mortuaries, hospice, clergy (rabbis, priests, imams, pastors), and from counselors (spiritual, financial and psychological). We want a mix of races, religions, ages, subcultures represented.
Might you have something you have written you are willing for us to consider? Or is your muse prodding you to write something you might share?
Obviously, we will not be able to publish all submissions we receive. We are working with a small press, Blue Cedar Press. We envision a book of 150-200 pages. We invite you to submit your contribution by the end of June to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Death Project” in the subject line. Please send it in a Word document. Feel free to encourage others to submit, too.
There will be no profits to us, to the press, or any of the writers whose selections are included. Any profit from this project will be donated to Doctors without Borders who are working on the frontlines in regions of the globe that are about to be hit by the COVID-19 virus.
Thank you for considering this request.
Stay safe and look for the opportunities that reside in this moment.
Gretchen Eick, professor of history emerita and author, email@example.com
Cora Poage, spiritual counselor and life coach, firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Please submit by the end of June.
Note that this contest is in addition to the state contest. It is not the same contest. All writers living in Kansas are invited to enter, as are Kansas Authors Club members who live in other states.
892 County Road O
Levant, KS 67743
District 7 of the Kansas Authors Club is sponsoring a writing contest for all writers, 18 and older, living in Kansas or members of KAC living in another state. The contest runs from May 1 to August 15, 2020. You do NOT need to be a member of District 7 to enter the contest.
Writers should follow the Literary Contest rules on page 68 of the 2019 KAC Yearbook or can find these rules at https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html
The theme of the contest is “Writing (riding) Across Kansas”. Writers of Prose or Poetry are encouraged to follow the theme but do not have to adhere to it.
The fee for each entry is $5.00, Only typed copies will be accepted: do not send via e-mail. Prizes in the amount of $25, $15 and $10 will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in both prose and poetry. Honorable Mention in each category will receive certificates.
Send entries to: Sheryl Brenn, 892 County Road O, Levant, KS, 67743 phone 785-586-2384. If you’d like your submissions returned, send a self addressed stamped envelope with the appropriate postage. You may send all your submissions in one envelope. Include a cover sheet listing your name and contact information. Do NOT have your name on your prose or poetry submission pages.
CALLING ALL KAC MEMBERS
This is a continuing invitation to any member of Kansas Authors Club to submit a poem or prose, any genre, maximum 500 words to our Covid-19 Quarantine Read-Around. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to Connie Rae White, D5 President, and she will post it at the District 5 website for comments. Let's stay connected while we are staying at home.
Here are the rules:
~ Connie White, President, KAC District 5
Ken Hada, the director of the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival (which was cancelled this year, it would have been this last weekend) and professor at East Central University in Ada, OK, does a weekly podcast called "The Sunday Poems," which are archived at his website. His podcast yesterday was about "walking" poems---or poems about walking---and he included the opening poem, "Along This Road," from my Robert Dean's new book, The Aerialist Will Not Be Performing. Dean's poem is the third in Episode 80: Walking Poems.
Congratulations, Robert Dean, District 5 member! And thank you to Ken Hada for a fine collection of podcasts.
D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., will be doing a reading from his new book, The Aerialist Will Not Be Performing (Turning Plow Press, 2020), at The Writers Place in Kansas City, Missouri, on Friday, June 19th, 2020, beginning at 7 PM, along with two other fine authors. Dean will be conducting a workshop on Ekphrastic writing the following day, Saturday, June 20th, 2020, from 11-2, also at The Writers Place, titled Finding the Door: writing ekphrastic and how to let yourself into the art.
The Aerialist Will Not Be Performing | IndieBound.org
Emporia, KS – All Hallows’ Shadows, the third book of the Pete Stone, Private Investigator series, is the newest book by Kansas publisher, Meadowlark Books. The book retails for $16.98 and is now available for order.
Author Michael D. Graves (District 2 KAC member) created the character of Pete Stone as a memorial to his grandfather. The first book, To Leave a Shadow, published in 2015, took Graves by surprise when it was recognized as a 2016 Kansas Notable Book. Book 2, Shadow of Death, was released in 2017. The third book, released this month, comes just in time for a debut at the Iola Reads celebration, where To Leave a Shadow was chosen by the organizers in Iola, Kansas, to be the community read book.
Though the character of Pete Stone is fictional, the stories are set in an historically accurate 1930s Wichita. In book 3, Stone has been hired by a Wichita university professor to prove that the suspect in a recent murder investigation is innocent. While Stone begins to suspect the professor and his motives, additional murders bring to the surface clues that suggest the killer isn’t finished.
In the writing of the novels, Graves enjoys placing clues and mementos from his own story. Graves was born in Wichita, and his father is the model for Rusty, the paperboy who makes an appearance in all three novels, and the green bike that Rusty rides is a tip of the hat to Mike’s first published book, Green Bike. Graves enjoys exploring Wichita, studying locations for the Pete Stone novels. He has spent countless hours in Wichita libraries, both public and the university, gathering details for his novels.
Meadowlark books are available to order through any traditional bookstore and online book outlets. Books can also be purchased directly from the authors and from Meadowlark’s web-store at
D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., has two pieces in the new issue of MacQueen's Quinterly. You can find them at the link here, one under "Poems, Lineated," the other under "Prose Poems." MacQueen's Quinterly is the successor to KYSO Flash, both published and edited by Clare MacQueen.
MacQueen’s Quinterly: Contents: Issue 2
Robert L. Dean, D5 member, was recently published in the Ekphrastic Review.
His poem, "When Icarus turns ninety" is written to a painting by Stephen Schroeder. It is one of 42 ekphrastic works in Dean's forthcoming book, The Aerialist Will not be Performing: ekphrastic poems and flash fictions to the art of Steven Schroeder, to be published spring 2020.
Robert L. Dean is the author of At the Lake with Heisenberg (Spartan Press, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flint Hills Review, I-70 Review, Chiron Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Shot Glass, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, KYSO Flash, River City Poetry, Heartland! Poetry of Love, Resistance & Solidarity, and the Wichita Broadside Project. He is a multiple Best of the Net nominee and a Pushcart nominee for 2019. He was a quarter-finalist in the 2018 Nimrod Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. His second book, The Aerialist Will not be Performing, ekphrastic poems and short fictions to the art of Steven Schroeder, will be out in 2020. He is event coordinator for Epistrophy: An Afternoon of Poetry and Improvised Music, held annually in Wichita, Kansas. He has been a professional musician and worked at The Dallas Morning News. He lives in Augusta, Kansas.
Kansas Authors Club has annual contests for unpublished work by adults and youth, as well as published book contests.
The guidelines for 2020 contests have been posted.
Adult Writing Contests
Youth Writing Contests
Clare MacQueen, the editor of KYSO Flash, has started a new online mag called MacQueen's Quinterly. D5 member, Robert Dean, is the featured artist, with five works in the first issue, all ekprahstic poems to the art of Steven Schroeder (the other featured artist in the issue).
Roy Beckemeyer, also of D5, has one poem in the issue, indexed under "Poems, lineated."
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