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2016 Poetry Categories
Poetry Contest Manager: Wendy Devilbiss , D2, Emporia

Poet of the Year: Roy J. Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita

Classic Forms — Judge, Tim Lantz
Tim Lantz earned his MA in English from Illinois State University (where he was a Sutherland Fellow for his poetry) and a BA in English from Central Michigan University. Currently a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student at KU, he enjoys writing hybrid forms between poetry and essay.

1st: "Melancholia: Class Photograph" – Roy J. Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
2nd: "Sure Footing" – Marilyn B. Page, D2, Lecompton
3rd: "Winter Meets" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence
HM: "In Waves" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence
HM: "n Answer to W. B. Yeats" – Diane Wahto, D5, Wichita

Poetry, Classic Forms
Marilyn Page (2), Ronda Miller (HM), Diane Wahto (HM), Roy Beckemeyer (1)


Whimsey — Judge, Tim Lantz
Tim Lantz earned his MA in English from Illinois State University (where he was a Sutherland Fellow for his poetry) and a BA in English from Central Michigan University. Currently a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student at KU, he enjoys writing hybrid forms between poetry and essay.

1st: "So Much Depends" – Roy J. Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
2nd: "Xenophobic Alphabet" – Pat Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
3rd: "Invitation" – Roy J. Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
HM: "Sycamore Cascade" – Kelly Johnston, D5, Wichita
HM: "Potholes" – Melvin D. Epp, D5, Whitewater

Poetry, Whimsey
Pat Beckemeyer (2), Roy Beckemeyer (1), Melvin D. Epp (HM), Kelly Johnston (HM)


Song Lyric — Judge, Kelley Hunt
Kelley Hunt is a widely acclaimed singer songwriter, touring recording artist and producer. Her ability to make music "with its righteous roots intact" is traced to a passion for blues, gospel, soul and roots R&B. Hunt's credits include over 1800 North American and international live performances, six appearances on American Public Media's award-winning radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," scoring and song placements in indie and major studio feature films and six acclaimed albums including her most recent release "The Beautiful Bones" in 2014, the fourth she has co-produced. She continues to record and tour internationally and to lead songwriting workshops, including the "Brave Voice - Writing and Singing For Your Life" retreat and workshops co-hosted with author and former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

1st: "Long Way from Laredo" – Roy J. Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
2nd: "Prometheus Addicted" – Roy Stucky, NM, Pretty Prairie
3rd: "Sonic Dreamscape Voyager" – Roy Stucky, NM, , Pretty Prairie
HM: "Winter Blues" – Roy J. Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
HM: "Albatross"– Roy Stucky, NM, Pretty Prairie

Poetry, Song Lyric
Roy Beckemeyer (1 & HM), Roy Stucky (2, 3 & HM)


Free Verse Judge, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg teaches at Goddard College, where she founded Transformative Language Arts, an MA program on social and personal transformation through the written and spoken word. She is the author of 19 books, including five collections of poetry. She earned her BA in History from the University of Missouri, and received both her MA in Creative Writing and PhD in English from the University of Kansas. Caryn has made her life's work a tapestry of language, healing, and community building. She served as the Poet Laureate of Kansas 2009-2013, and leads community writing workshops widely, particularly for people living with serious illness. With singer and songwriter Kelley Hunt, she leads Brave Voice writing and singing retreats. She blogs at the Huffington Post and at her website, .

1st: "Curb appeal" – Barton Wilcox, NM, Wichita
2nd: "Live maple" – Barton Wilcox, NM, Wichita
3rd: "Moon Break on Night Flight" – Kristine A. Polansky, D4, Manhattan
HM: "Giant Steps" – Kevin Rabas, D2, Emporia
HM: "Invasion of the Wind Snatchers" –Kristine A. Polansky, D4, Manhattan
HM: "From a Chair at the Café" – Barton Wilcox, Wichita
HM: "Scar" – Tyler Sheldon, D2, Emporia
HM: "Hanover Dig" – Jean Jackson, D2, Lawrence

Poetry, Free Verse
Barton Wilcox (1 & 2), Kristine A. Polansky (3 & HM), Jean Jackson (HM)


Japanese Forms — Judge, Maggie Childs
Maggie Childs is an Associate Professor and Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas. She earned her BA in History from Gettysburg College and her MA in Japanese from Columbia University. She studied abroad in Kyoto Japan while working on her dissertation and earned her PhD in Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Rethinking Sorrow: Revelatory Tales in Late Medieval Japan, a translation of stories told by nuns and monks on the circumstances leading to their religious vocation.

1st: "whispering breezes" — Pat Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
2nd: "dead Mulberry" – Robert L. Dean Jr., D5, Augusta
3rd: "a gray cottontail" – Yvonne Evie Green, D1, Topeka
HM: "snow, cradled last night" – Kristine A. Polansky, D4, Manhattan
HM: "blustery winds blow" – Yvonne Evie Green, D1, Topeka

Poetry, Japanses Forms
Pat Beckemeyer (1), Robert L. Dean Jr. (2), Kristine A. Polansky (HM), Yvonne Evie Green (3 & HM)


Narrative Verse Judge, Laura Lee Washburn
Laura Lee Washburn is a University Professor, the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Cavalier Literary Couture, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, Red Rock Review, and Valparaiso Review. She is one of the founders and the Co-President of the Board of SEK Women Helping Women. Visit Laura on Facebook.

1st: "Refugee Shores" – Roy J. Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
2nd: "The Favored Wife" – Diane Wahto, D5, Wichita
3rd: "La Veta" – Barton Wilcox, NM, Wichita
HM: "At the Café" – Diane Wahto, D5, Wichita
HM: "Steven Deer" – Janet Stotts, D1, Topeka
HM: "Winter Reverie of You" – Diane Palka,, D2, Overbrook
HM: "Among the Wild Primrose" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence

Poetry, Narrative Verse
Barton Wilcox (3), Diane Palka (HM), Ronda Miller (HM), Janet Stotts (HM), Roy Beckemeyer (1), Diane Wahto (2, HM & HM)


Theme: “Imagine” — Judge, Becca Resner
Becca Resner has been writing poetry since the age of 14 when, in English class, her teacher challenged her to write a collection of poems. She hasn't looked back, and earned a BA in English Literature from Concordia University, NE. In the summer of 2011, she studied abroad in England while attending Emporia State University and wrote a chapbook called Meditation in Travel, about her experiences. She now works for Kansas Talking Books on the Emporia State campus and participates in the Emporia Writers Group.

1st: "Imagine for Me" – Gloria Zachgo, D5, Wichita
2nd: "She Says" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence
3rd: "Imagine Solitary Confinement" – Barbara Brady, D1, Topeka
HM: "Ivory Ghosts" –– Dawne Leiker, NM, Hays
HM: "Wish Seed" – Kelly Johnston, D5, Wichita
HM: "Inverted Tulips" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence

Poetry, Theme "Imagine"
Gloria Zachgo (1), Barbara Brady (3), Ronda Miller (HM), Kelly Johnston (HM), Dawn Leiker (HM)


Special thanks to the following program directors for their help in finding judges, and to Kenzie for her willingness to serve as an alternate judge: Amy Sage Webb, Co-Director, Creative Writing Program, Emporia State University; Anna Neill, Chair, Department of English, University of Kansas; Kenzie Templeton, Lecturer, English/Modern Languages, Journalism, Emporia State University.

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2016 Prose Categories
Contest Manager: Michael D. Graves, D2, Emporia

Prose Writer of the Year: Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka

Adult Writing for a Teen Audience — Judge: Madison Graves
Madison Graves was born in Seattle, Washington in 1998, and her family moved to Kansas in 2000. She lives in Overland Park and graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in 2016. While in high school, she served as business manager and copy editor of the school newspaper which placed third in the state. She also won an honorable mention for one of her political cartoons. She enjoys reading, writing, and art.

1st: "Trey of Hearts" – Conrad L. Jestmore, D5, Wichita
2nd: "Full Moon Over South High" – Conrad L. Jestmore, D5, Wichita
3rd: "The Teacher I Hated – Jack D. Kline, D2, Louisburg
HM: "Midnight Call" – Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka
HM: "All Alone" – Jolene Haas, D3, Madison

Prose, Adult Writing for Teen Audience
Reaona Hemmingway (HM), Jolene Haas (HM)


First Chapter of a Novel — Judge: Janet Anderson-Story
Janet Anderson-Story is a recently retired librarian from Flint Hills Technical College where she'd been employed for nearly 20 years. She holds a Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical antiquities from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Ottawa University. She joins her husband, Douglas, in pursuing lifelong interests that have been on hold while working and raising two sons. These interests include crocheting for various charities, reading, and a renewed attempt to learn Classical Greek.

1st: "Lost & Without" – Christina Zenner, NM, Derby
2nd: "Seven Ways to Break a Curse" – Aimee L. Gross, D1, Auburn
3rd: "Scratched" – Julie Stielstra, D6, Lyons, IL
HM: "Girl Who Lived in a Glass Bowl" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence
HM: "Fire Heart" – Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka

Prose, First Chapter of a Book
Aimee L. Gross (2), Ronda Miller (HM), Reaona Hemmingway (HM)


Flash FictionCara Codney, Judge
Cara Codney has been teaching at Emporia State University since 2006. She has been a voracious consumer of text in any medium or genre from an early age. Despite having lived for a time in both Ohio and New Jersey, she has adopted Kansas as her home and loves the subtle beauty and tranquility of the prairie.

1st: "Arroyo" – Aimee L. Gross, D1, Auburn
2nd: "Taxonomy of a Lost Kite" – Barton Wilcox, NM, Wichita
3rd: "Five" – Annette Hope Billings, D1, Topeka
HM: "I Had No Mama"– Gloria Zachgo, D5, Wichita
HM: "Brent & the Black Snake" – Kevin Rabas, D2, Emporia

Prose, Flast Fiction
Aimee L. Gross (1), Barton Wilcox (2), Annette Hope Billings (3), Gloria Zachgo (HM)


HumorMonica Graves, Judge
Monica Graves is the Chair of the Health and Human Services Division and Program Director for Dental Assisting at Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, Kansas. She has been with FHTC for twenty years. She enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.

1st: "At the Funeral" – Sally Jadlow, D2, Overland Park
2nd: "The Honeymoon" – Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka
3rd: "Oldies?" – Barbara Kietzer Roberts, D2, Overland Park
HM: "When Harry Didn't Meet Sally"– Annabelle Corrick, D1, Topeka
HM: "There's No Flame Like an Old Flame" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence

Prose, Humor
Sally Jadlow (1), Reaona Hemmingway (2), Ronda Miller (HM)


Memoirs / Inspriational Kathy Bode, Judge
Kathy Bode received her nursing degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma, and a Master's Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. She has been a Registered Nurse for 60 years. She has held various positions in the many fields of Nursing in Kansas, Illinois, Texas and Missouri, and she has taught nursing courses at Washington University in St. Louis and at Flint Hills Technical College for the past 18 years. Kathy spent 14 years in the Philippine Islands (Leyte, Cebu and Mindanao) as missionary/wife with husband, Dr. Richard Bode.

1st: "A Tradition Continue"– Vicki L. Julian, D, 2, Lawrence
2nd: "Missing" – Barbara Kietzer Roberts, D2, Overland Park
3rd: "A Miracle at City Hall" – Ralph Allen, Jr., D5, Wichita
HM: "Changing Traditions" – Arlene Rains Graber, D5, Wichita
HM: "A Tender Awakening" – Yvonne Evie Green, D1, Topeka

Prose, Memoir
Vicki L. Julian (1), Yvonne Evie Green (HM)


Short Story Jeff Illk, Jusge
Jeff Illk served for 3 years in the US Army as a Military Police Officer. He retired from the Emporia, Kansas Police Department after 28 years, and he is currently a Security Guard for USD 253, primarily at Emporia High School. He works part time as a deputy for the Lyon County Sheriff's Department. He is the president of Safe Kids Emporia. Jeff is both the Financial Officer and a member of the Honor Guard for the American Legion Post 5 in Emporia. He is also a member of the Color Guard for the Flint Hills Area Vietnam Veterans. Jeff enjoys reading all types of fiction.

1st: "Zeller's Second Chance" – Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka
2nd: "Homeless"– Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka
3rd: "Dancing in the Stars" – Sue Ann Norlin Seel, NM, Auburn
HM: "Blind Date" – Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka
HM: "Ants in Her Pants" – Conrad L. Jestmore, D5, Wichita
HM: "A Picnic Basket of Woe" – Shannon Smith, D6, Saint John
HM: "The Auction on Silverton Road" – Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka
HM: "A Chance Meeting" – Vicki L. Julian, D2, Lawrence
HM: "Five Days" – Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka

Prose, Short Story
Reaona Hemmingway (1) (2) (HM) (HM) (HM), Vicki L. Julian (HM)


Theme, “Imagine” Roy Briggeman, Judge
Roy Briggeman is the Director of the Intensive English Program at Emporia State University. He has worked at ESU for over thirty years. He and his wife Brandy have three children and eight grandchildren. He is a big soccer fan and has officiated soccer for many years. Roy is an avid reader, gardener, and collector of vintage rock albums.

1st: "Midnight Delivery" – Kristine A. Polansky, D4, Manhattan
2nd: "Final Farewell" – Linda Brower, NM, Ashland
3rd: "Imaginings" – Annabelle Corrick, D1, Topeka
HM: "Nightshade" – Reed Leon, NM, Silver Lake
HM: "Jana's Imagination" –– Reaona Hemmingway, D1, Topeka

Prose, Theme "Imagine"
Kristine A. Polansky (1), Linda Bower (2), Reaona Hemmingway (HM)


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