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RECENT MEETING:Sat., Jan. 14, Lawrence Public Library (lower level@ 707 Vermont St., Lawrence, Ks, from 3 to 5 p.m.Weso and Low books
Be prepared to enjoy recipes from Thomas Wesco's book Good Seeds.
   January is generally a planning meeting. Please send requests to present and presentation ideas prior to that meeting.
This event is free and open to the public of all ages.

Land Memory: The Story of Two Memoirs are presentations by former Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low and Thomas Pecore Weso, will share short readings from both's recent memoirs and both will discuss writing and publishing challenges they faced while developing, writing, revising, and publishing. Bring questions and your own stories!

In his unique memoir, Good Seeds: A Menominee Indian Food Memoir, Thomas Pecore Weso takes readers on a cook's journey through Wisconsin's northern woods. With a rare perspective as a Native American anthropologist and artist, Weso mixes a poignant personal story with the seeThomas Pecore Wescods of Menominee cooking traditions. He tells stories that connect each food—beaver, trout, blackberry, wild rice, maple sugar, partridge—with colorful individuals who taught him indigenous values. Miller's Tale Blog writes, "'As Weso grew up, his uncles taught him to hunt bear, deer, squirrels, raccoons, and even skunks for the daily larder:' These recollections are what I loved most because they are filled with love and warmth, with respect for heritage and pride."
   Thomas Pecore Weso is a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin. He is the author of many articles, personal essays, and a biography of Langston Hughes, with coauthor Denise Low. Weso has a master's degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Kansas and teaches at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He is a speaker for the Kansas Humanities Council library program Talk about Literature in Kansas and copublisher of Mammoth Publications. He is also an artist, with paintings in collections throughout the Kansas City area.
   In The Turtle's Beating Heart: One Family's Story of Lenape Survival, Denise Low brings to light deeply held secrets of Native ancestry as she recovers the life story of her Kansas grandfather, Frank Bruner (1889–1963). She remembers her childhood in Kansas, where her grandparents remained at a distance, personally and physically, from their grandchildren, despite living only a few miles away. As an adult, she comes to understand her grandfather's Delaware (Lenape) legacy of persecution and heroic sDenise Lowurvival in the southern plains of the early 1900s. In this moving exploration of her grandfather's life, the former poet laureate of Kansas evokes the beauty of the Flint Hills grasslands, the hardships her grandfather endured, and the continued discovery of his teachings. KirkusReviews calls The Turtle's Beating Heart: "An engagingly written mix of research, reportage, and memoir, infused with the passion of discovery."
   Denise Low, 2007-9 Kansas Poet Laureate, is award-winning author of 25 books, including Jackalope, fiction, and Mélange Block, poetry. Her memoir The Turtle's Beating Heart is from the University of Nebraska Press's American Indian Lives Series (Jan. 1 2017). Low is past board president of AWP. She blogs, reviews, and co-publishes Mammoth Publications, which specializes in Native books. She teaches in the Baker University School of Graduate and Professional Studies in addition to professional workshops across the country. She taught at Haskell Indian Nations University, where she founded the creative writing program. She has Delaware (Lenape/Munsee) heritage. Visit Low's web site.

For additional information, please contact local club president Ronda Miller - coachingforliferonda@yahoo.com

All D2 meetings are free and open to the public of all ages. For additional information contact: D2 President Ronda Miller

KAC District 2 meetings are on the second Saturday of each month, 9:30 AM-noon, unless otherwise detailed. Meetings are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.. Membership in the club is $25 yearly.

​An informal gathering of writers meets in Emporia on the evening of the third Monday of each month. Time and place ​may vary. For details on the Emporia Writers Group, please contact Tracy Million Simmons.

All times and locations are subject to change. Generally, meetings are from 9:30 AM - 12 PM and are followed by a meal. 

ALL those interested in writing are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Member News:

Sept. News: Ronda Miller
News: Maril Crabtree | Jillian Dunlay
News: Cathy Callen | Vicki Julian
News: Hazel Hart | Tom Mach

Do you have Member News for District 2? Contact Carol Yoho with web site content.

Upcoming Events:

Maril Crabtree  Maril Crabtree, District 2, Mission, announces publication of her first full-length poetry collectionFireflies in the Gathering Dark, by Maril Crabtree, Fireflies in the Gathering Dark (Kelsay Books, 2017). She will read with Alarie Tennille at the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series, Johnson County Resource Library in Overland Park, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 6:00 pm. Sample poems may be viewed at her web site or as linked from her author page at amazon.com6/14/2017

Do you have an event to announce? Contact Carol Yoho with web site content.

BIG TENT READINGS: Stories and Poems in Three Acts
Fourth Thursdays of Every Month

7pm at The Raven, Lawrence

2017 Meeting Wrap-ups:


Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 2
for 2017:

Ronda Miller
Mike Hartnett
Hunter Alexandra Williams
Diane Palka

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