Kansas Authors Club logo Kansas Authors Club
Benefits Officers Membership Districts

Hot Links
side bar






Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2006
Junction City KS • District 4 hosted

Courtyard Marriott

[graphic dot]Workshop Presenters
[graphic dot]Convention Program Schedule

[graphic dot]2006 Youth Contest Results
[graphic dot]2006 Book Awards
       J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award,
             Trudy McFarland
, Diary of a German War Bride

      Ferguson Kansas History Book Award, Stephen D. Coats, Ph.D,
           Gathering at the Golden Gate: Mobilizing for War in the Philippines, 1898

       Nelson Poetry Award, Matthew Porubsky, voyeur poems
[graphic dot]2006 Karnowski Youth Poetry Award Winners
[graphic dot]2006 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest Results
[graphic dot]2006 Kansas Authors Club Awards of Merit
[graphic dot]
2006 Convention Photos

Jonathan Holden, Kansas Poet LaureateJonathan Holden, appointed first Kansas Poet Laureate on July 1, 2005, has been recognized as one of America's foremost poets. He is a University Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Jon Holden has won numerous awards, with prizes ranging up to $20,000. Twice he has received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. In 1995, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa chose Holden's poetry collection, The Sublime, for the Vassar Miller Prize.
     Jon Holden has published 17 books, all monographs, in addition to more than 190 poems published in professional journals. In 1986, he received the Kansas State University Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2000, he was a member of the committee that selects the Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry.
     Holden earned his bachelor's degree in 1963 in English from Oberlin College, his master's degree in 1970 in English with creative writing from San Francisco State College, and his doctorate in 1974 in English from the University of Colorado. He has been at Kansas State University since 1978.

2006 Convention Program Schedule

  Hospitality Room open
Early registration
Youth Contest Awards

Mary-Lane Kamberg, Contest manager
3-minute limit per reader
Book Room/Silent Auction Open
State Board Meeting
Workshop Block One :
    Critique Group
"How to Sell/Publish Online"
"Great Beginnings; Romantic and Otherwise"
Sandra Detrixhe, Moderator
Nancy Julien Kopp
Linda Madl, Romance writer
  Lunch on your own
Workshop Block Two:
    "How to Sell/Publish Online'
"Your Setting Is More Than a Stage'
"How to Write About Kansas History"
Nancy Julien Kopp
Linda Madl, Romance writer
Roy Bird, KS history writer
  Workshop Block Three:  
    Poetry Writing Workshop "Athletes of the Mind"
   — bring paper and pencil to this workshop
Critique Group
"Current Trends in Publishing Among KS Authors"
Jonathan Holden, KS Poet Laureate

Sandra Detrixhe, Moderator
Roy Bird, KS Center for the Book
  Awards Banquet:

Nelson Poetry Award
J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award
Ferguson History Award
KAC Service Awards

Raymond Nelson
Karen Sells Brown, KAC VP
Pat Ferguson
Cynthia Ross, Awards Chair
Keynote Address Jonathan Holden, Keynote Speaker
Rosemary Time
General Business Meeting of Kansas Authors Club
    and election of 2207 officers
Pastor Hal Jones, Eskridge Baptist
Don Pady, KAC Archivist
—All members are encouraged to participate
  Sunday Workshop :  
    "Writing a Hometown Newspaper Column" LeNore Stumpf
Buster & Betty Jenkins, live music
      Karnowski Youth Poetry Awards
KAC Writing Contest Awards
Invitation to Convention 2007
William J. Karnowski

Susan Kinney Riordan, Poetry Contest Mgr.
Margaret Shauers, Prose Contest Mgr.
District 5 Members

2006 Karnowski Youth Poetry Award Winners:
1st: Mason Johnson, Burlington, "I Killed a Man"
2nd: Madeline Roger, Baldwin City, "Stronger than Me"
3rd: Shane Johnston, Topeka, "Grandma's Kitchen"

2006 Kansas Authors Club Awards of Merit:
Achievement: Richard Paul Tanos, District 3 , Coffeyville
     Twelve published novels, active in District 3
Achievement: Helen Long, District 4 , Manhattan
     Active in District 4, contest manager, history, drama
Service Award: Christie Breault, District 5 , Benton
     Youth Contest manager and Writers in the Schools chair, stories for children,
     fiction, non-fiction, poetry
Service Award: Karen Sells Brown, District 1, Topeka
     State vice-president & newsletter editor, instrumental in planning the
     2004 Centennial Convention, District 1 president, editor, poet
Special Accomplishment Award: Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe
     Published seven books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, Youth Contest manager and
     Writers in the Schools chair, KC Writers Group,k Summer Youhg WRITERs Camp
Special Accomplishment Award: Joann Williams, District 2, Princeton
     District 2 president, fiction, non-fiction
Special Presentation,Outgoing President: Doris Schroeder, District 6 , Hutchinson

Youth Awards

Because of the exciting, but a bit overwhelming response to this year’s Youth Contest Awards presentation, the location of the awards presentation were moved from the convention hotel to the 4-H/Senior Center Building near the fairgrounds in Junction City. —See Winners' List

Invitation to Wichita, 2007 conventionPresentation, Invitation to Wichita, 2007

The 2007 KAC Convention will be October 5, 6, and 7, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Select in Wichita.
“Pen Life As Art, Write from the Heart”
Details will appear here as they become available.

The 2008 KAC Convention will be October3, 4, and 57, 2008 at the Dodge House in Dodge City .
Details will appear here as they become available.

Return to Top of Page

KAC Centennial Convention 2005
2005 Writing Contest Results

KAC Centennial Convention 2004
2004 Writing Contest Results

KAC Convention 2003
2003 Writing Contest Results

KAC Convention 2002
2002 Writing Contest Results

J. Donald Coffin Award
Ferguson Kansas History Book Award
Nelson Poetry Award

Return to Top of Page