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December 2011

     Eight members of District 2 sold books at the annual Holiday Bazaar in downtown Lawrence, KS on November 20, 2011, at the Community Building. Participants are Annola Charity, Danyelle Ferguson, Sally Jadlow, Vicki Julian, Carole Katsantones, Jack Kline, Tom Mach, and Ronda Miller. This is the third year for KAC to have a presence at this event. 12/30/2011
     Millie Horlacher, District 7, Colby, read "No Banana Banana Bread" from her book, Seasons of Salt: Meditations, on the Christmas Eve program for KANZ (public radio station out of Garden City). The station covers the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern Colorado, western Kansas, and SE Nebraska. The program aired at 7:00 PM and was re-broadcast on December 30, 2011. 12/30/2011
God's Little Miracle Book II, by Sally Jadlow      Sally Jadlow, District 2, Overland Park, is pleased to announce the launching of her second miracle book, God's Little Miracle Book II. It is available in paperback and e-reader formats. The book contains 27 true stories. One is from a United Airlines Captain on 9/11 over the Pacific. Another is from a lady who was supposed to die in a few days with a strange brain condition. A third one involves a man adrift in a tiny life ring in 40 degree Alaskan waters in 30 foot waves. The book id available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 12/30/2011
     Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichtia, collaborated with Paul Jackson on a musical version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The play had a three week run in December, 2011, at the Forum Theatre in Wichita. 12/30/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an article, "Soldiers and Angels," published in the The Best Times, a Johnson County newspaper for seniors, November, 2011, issue. 12/13/2011
     Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, spoke on December 2, 2011, at the Firehouse Coffee Shop in Chanute at a day long seminar on creative writing, poetry and prose. The event was attended by appromiately forty students of Chanute schools, grades 8 through high school freshmen. Grant led the group from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 12/14/2011
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, read his poem "1942" and various other poems from his collected work, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious at readings from Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, a collection honoring Kansas Statehood Sesquicentennial, in Manhattan's Stricker-Nelson Gallery on Nov. 4, at Lawrence Public Library on Nov. 6, at Pittsburg State University Student Union on Dec. 8, at Topeka and Shawnee Co. Public Library on Dec. 11, and again at Lawrence, at the Jewish Community Congratation, on Dec. 13, 2011. 12/14/2011

November 2011

Begin Again, edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg     Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, has his poem "A Kansas Farmwife's Snow Song" published November 19, 2011, at the "150 Kansas Poems" blog of Caryn Merriam-Goldberg. Roy and fellow poet Diane Wahto Roy read poems in Wichita at Eighth Day Books on November 3, 2011, and at Watermark Books on November 5, 2011. Selections were from Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, the collected works of Kanasas poetry published in early November by Washburn University's Woodley Press. The book includes work by from 93 poets, 15 of which are KAC members. 11/21/2011
    Sylvia Colombo, District 1, Topeka, author of I Danced With Crazy Horse signed books on November 5 and 6, 2011, at the "Spirit Mind and Body Fair" at the Kansas Expocentre, Topeka. This work is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy. 11/21/2011
Seasons of Salt, by Millie Horlacher     Millie Horlacher, District 7, Colby, had her book of meditations, Seasons of Salt, selected as part of the United Methodist Women's Reading program. The book was selected by a committee in New York City, and is now published in the national UMW Reading List catalog, categorized under "spiritual growth." The book is printed in large print. Millie reports she is now working on her second book. 11/30/2011
     Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichita, announces the release of his chapbook of poems, Roadmap to Hope, Poems from the Heartland. Copies can be ordered directly from the author by contacting him. 11/18/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has a story published in the new Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness story collection. The story is "The Girls On The Bus." Nancy's story "Halloween Confessions" was published in the October, 2011, issue of The Best Times, the senior newspaper in Johnson County. 11/25/2011
     Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, had his play, Brain Trust, performed on stage by the EMU Theater at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, on October 31, 2011. 11/3/2011
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Henry VIII’s 'Achievement': What was the Dissolution of the Monasteries?” published in the November/December issue of The Catholic Answer Magazine. She promoted that article with radio interviews on the Son Rise Morning Show (November 10) and Kresta in the Afternoon (November 15). She also made a presentation to the Wichita Metro chapter of the Serra Club on November 15, 2011. 11/30/2011
      Gail Martin, District 5, El Dorado, had her memoir, My Flint Hills Childhood….Growing Up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, discussed by Phil Johnston on his Greenwood County history program,n KOTE-FM radio, on November 3m 2011. Gail's book won the Kansas Authors Club's 2010 Ferguson Kansas History Award. 11/30/2011
    Traveler, by Mary Alice Parmley Mary Alice Parmley, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her new book for children (ages 1-8), Traveler, on October 29, 2011, at Crestview United Methodist Church, Topeka. This gentle narrative, with radiant full-color illustrations, bring to life the Christmas story told from the view of Traveler, a little dog with soft ears, bright eyes, and a gentle loving heart. Traveler experiences the miracle and magic of the birth of Jesus and finds friendship and love with new friends. Also find Traveler at Stanley Flowers, 1300 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS 66611. 11/3/2011
     Roderick Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, had his poem "The Deserted Farm" published at the "150 Kansas Poems" blog of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 24, 2011. This poem is included in Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, a collection honoring Kansas Statehood Sesquicentennial, published by Washburn University's Woodley Press. 11/25/2011
     Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, had her poem "Finding the Scarf" published at the "150 Kansas Poems" blog of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on November 22, 2011. This poem is included in Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, a collection honoring Kansas Statehood Sesquicentennial, published by Washburn University's Woodley Press. 11/25/2011
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had his poem "1942" published at the "150 Kansas Poems" blog of Caryn Merriam-Goldberg for Veteran's Day: 11-11-'11. This poem is included in Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, a collection honoring Kansas Statehood Sesquicentennial, published by Washburn University's Woodley Press. 11/23/2011

October 2011

Seance in Sepia, by Michelle Black    Michelle Black, District 2, Spring Hill, has a new mystery novel, Séance in Sepia, published in hardcover by Five Star/Gale. Action begins in Weston, Missouri, with the purchase of a Victorian photograph at an estate sale. Research on the photo's origin leads to a notorious 1875 murder trial in Chicago. Publishers Weekly said: "In Black's complex, skillfully told stand-alone...the smooth prose moves subtly between historical and modern investigative voices, leading the reader to muse on how love has changed over the centuries." The first two chapters can be read on Michelle's website. 10/31/2011
    Gary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, introduced his new book, Africa, Africa, by Gary Clarkeon October 2, 2011, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and also spoke about his book on October 13, 2011, at Watermark Books in Wichita. For decades, Gary led photography safaris all over Africa and has built a wealth of knowledge about the people and animals of Africa. Beautifully printed, Africa shares his experiences and humor about the wild, the beauty, and the unexpected. See also: "Clarke's book captures beauty of Africa," appeared in the Topeka Captial-Journal on August 27, 2011. 10/14/2011
    Virginia Hays, District 5, Wichita, past KAC president and current board advisor, Wichita, talked about KAC in the Potpourri section at LifeVentures (formerly East Wichita Shepherd's Center) on October 4, 2011. Her talk was "Kansas Authors Club, The Joy of Writing." LifeVentures, a nonprofit, interdenominational organization in Wichita, is for those 55 and older who are interested in "a place to keep knowing and growing." 10/14/2011
    Sara Orr Jones, District 5, Wichita, KAC publicity chair and newsletter editor, co-taught an eight-week class with author Katie Funk Wiebe, retired professor from Tabor College, at LifeVentures from Sept. 13 to November 1, 2011. The series of classes "Stories & Genealogy: Family History at Its Best" offered guidelines for blending genealogy research with a written recording of a family's personal history and ancestral biographies. 10/24/2011
     Norm Ledgin, District 2, Stanley, has launched a unique blog featuring a weekly word game, reminiscent of the Wit Twister that appeared in the now defunct Saturday Review. Norm's games are original. Members may access them weekly without logging in at his blog and enjoy the challenge.
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, made a presentation to the students at the WSU Newman Center on October 12, 2011, followed by a book signing for Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. 10/31/2011
    Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his new novel, Me and Aunt Izzy, at Hastings in Topeka, October 15, 2011. 10/27/2011

September 2011

    Several KAC members took part in a poetry reading on September 9, 2011, at The Raven Bookstore, 8 E. Seventh St., Lawrence. Among the ten poets featured in Tallgrass Voices:Poems from Members of the Kansas Authors Club were Cathy Callen, Brian Daldorph, Anne Haehl, Jamie Heller, Nancy Hubble, Sally Jadlow, Tom Mach, Ronda Miller, Kristine Polansky, and Mark Scheel. 9/30/2011
     Duane L. Herrmann,District 1, Topeka, has his poem "Family Plow-ing" displayed on a Poetry Trail in Duane L. Herrmanndowntown Wichita. After a national survey regarding the quality of life in 500 U.S. cities rated Wichita near the bottom, one resident, Richard Shodorf, was stirred to action. He sponsored several trails that looped through downtown, each with a different and unique theme. The process took three years, but signs marking the trails are now up. The Kansas Poets Trail opened in July and loops around Century II auditorium to the Intrust arena and back.This trail consists of fifteen poems from Kansas poets. Poets include Gordon Parks and William Stafford. A poem by Dr. Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, is also included along the Poets Trail. 9/15/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had a childrens's story published on September 4, 2011, at Knowonder! ezine. "There's A Dragon In The Library" can be read online. The ezine presents one new story each day and runs a contest for Readers Choice each month as well as an Editors Choice award. Another of Nancy's stories for children, "Where's Pete?," was published September 13, 2011, and can be read at the ezine site. This is a good market for those who write children's stories as they publish a new one every day, so they're looking for submissions. Nancy reports that she also won Honorable Mention in the September contest at for her story, "Family Gatherings--A Labor Of Love."9/18/2011
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, appeared on a two-hour live radio interview/call in show called “The Good Fight” on August 27 to promote her book, Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. In the month of September, she continued with her series of interviews on the “Son Rise Morning Show. 9/30/2011
The Nestorian Alliance, by Michael R. Watson     Michael R. Watson, District 5, Wichita, has released his debut novel, The Nestorian Alliance, A Jack Trader Adventure. The book is a 1952 adventure tale that takes the reader from Durango, Colorado to the mountains of eastern Turkey in search of Noah's Ark. Read about this book at his website, The novel is available as an eBook at, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. It will soon be available at
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his new novel, Me and Aunt Izzy: Doing Time at the Jesse JameMe and Aunt Izzy, by Max Yohos Hideout and Coal Mining Company, on September 31, 2011, at LloydZimmer Books of Topeka. This humorous fiction, set in the "Little Balkans" area of SE Kansas, tells of eleven-year-old Jefferson Davis Johnson, sentenced to a summer of "moral rehabilitation" under the watchful eye of his great-aunt, Queen Isabella of Spain Johnson. A relic of the "roaring twenties," this stern matriarch may have her own ideas about what a boy should learn. Books are available at Kansas locations listed at Dancing Goat Press as well as online at and 9/31/2011 The Rocking Horse, by Gloria Zachgo
     Gloria Zachgo, District 4, Salina, has her first novel, The Rocking Horse, self published. Her book tells the story of a family’s struggles and heartbreak when a child disappears and resurfaces twenty years later. A news release is available through NewsWire. The paperback is available at and the paperback and Kindle version are available at 9/16/2011

August 2011

     Tallgrass Voices, Poems from Members of the Kansas Authors ClubHill Song Press has published a book of poetry, Tallgrass Voices: Poems from Members of the Kansas Authors Club. Many of the poets are members of District 2, but the book includes poetry by other KAC poets as well. District 2 members Tom Mach, Brian Daldorph, and Cathy Callen were mentioned in the "Go" section of the Lawrence Journal World, "Tallgrass Voices exhibits diverse range of Kansas poetry," on August 1, 2011. Tom Mach's poem, "Pieces of the Past," and Brian Daldorph's poem, "The Far Ridge," were published as a part of the article. The book is available at The Raven and Hastings in Lawrence, or directly from the publisher. 8/9/2011Chicken Soup, No. 4 for Barbara Brady
    Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, has her story, "Never Too Old," included in a new Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart. Her work is included among "101 stories of Inspiration, Humor, and Wisdom about Life at a Certain Age," and is her fourth story in the Chicken Soup series. 8/4/2011
     Audrey M. Collins, District 6, Hutchinson, announces self-publication of her memoir, A Notebook Chronicle, the story of her first marriage which covers the years from 1938 to 1942. High points are recorded from items her husband kept in a little notebook during their adventures in the Depression. Books can be purchased by contacting Audrey, whose mailing address is in our 2011 Yearbook. Audrey is still writing a column in the Waldron Place Assisted Living monthly newsletter. She has resided here for over two years. 8/10/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had an article, "Seven Ways to Sell Yourself to Readers," published at the Institute of Children's Literature newsletter, August 4, 2011. The tips work for all writers, not just those who write for children. 8/4/2011
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, attended The Catholic Writers Guild Live Conference August 3, 4, and 5, held in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show at the Valley Forge Convention Center in Valley Forge/King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. On Thursday, August 5, she made a presentation describing her experiences marketing her book, Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. She also appeared on Kresta in the Afternoon , broadcasting live from the EWTN booth at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show on Thursday, August 5, at 5:20 p.m. The show is archived here. 8/9/2011
     Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka, and Don Pady, District 1, Topeka, announce publication of their novel, Hidden Gold: Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills, by Mennonite Press, Newton, KS. This fast-paced adventure of the connections between past and present is sure to change the minds of those who steadfastly believe that "dead men tell no tales." Books can be purchased by contacting Ken Ohm, whose address is in our 2011 Yearbook. The book is featured at 8/10/2011

July 2011

Begin Again, 150 Kansas PoemsFifteen Kansas Authors Club members had work accepted by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, current Kansas Poet Laureate, for publication in celebrating the Kansas Sesquicentennial:150 Kansas Poems. A list appears below of members who've had work currently published (with links to poems) or will be published before the end of this year. Links will become available here as work is published through the remainder of 2011. Mirriam-Goldberg is working with Washburn University's Woodley Press on a collection of this work, to be published later this year. The web site includes a search engine. Look for the work of KAC members and other Kansas poets. A number of Kansas poets with work chosen are also featured on the Washburn University “Map of Kansas Literature.” 7/17/2011

Roy J. Beckemeyer D5 Wichita Apr. 5

Nov. 19
“We Discuss the Geomorphology of Life”
"A Kansas Farmwife's Snow Song"
Elizabeth Black D2 Lawrence Mar. 23 “Ebenfeld Churchyard”
Anne Haehl D2 Lawrence    
Nancy Hubble D2 Lawrence Apr. 12
Apr. 30
“Begin Again”
“There! There”
William J. Karnowski D4 Wamego Feb. 4
Mar. 1
“The Sod House Green”
Robert N. Lawson D1 Topeka Jan. 18 “Somewhere Near Abilene”
Gary Lechliter D2 Lawrence Dec. 16
Nov. 8
"Oz Revisited"
"The Night We Heard the Whipperwill"
Lee Mick D6 Cawker City Sept. 26 "Having A Ball"
Ronda Miller D2 Lawrence Sept. 10 "Creek Play"
H.C. Palmer D2 Lenexa Mar. 19
Jul. 1
“Crow Speaks His Mind”
“After Driving Cattle in the Flint Hills”
Kevin Rabas D2 Emporia Jan. 10 Feb. 16 “We Read”
“Kissing Bea on the Prairie”
Mark Scheel D2 Shawnee Mission Jul. 7
Jul. 14
"Prairie Idyl”
Roderick Townley D2 Shawnee Mission Nov. 24 "The Deserted Farm"
Wyatt Townley D2 Shawnee Mission Apr. 17
Apr. 24
Nov. 22
“Centering the House”
“Inside the Snow Globe”
"Finding the Scarf"
Max Yoho D1 Topeka Nov. 11 "1942"

Congratulations to A Distant Home, by George ParisKansas Notable Book List logoKAC Flyover People, by Cheryl Unruhmembers George Paris, District 1, Topeka, and Cheryl Unruh, District 2, Emporia, for having their books picked as "2011 Kansas Notable Books" by Kansas Center for the Book. Paris's A Distant Home, tells of a young farm wife and mother who struggles with poverty and tense family relations in western Kansas in the 1920s. Flyover People is a collection of several dozen of Unruh's columns that appeared in the Emporia Gazette extolling Kansas's landscape, culture and people. 7/8/2011
     Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, siged copies of the four books that make up his series of political thrillers, Vivid Hues, at Barnes & Noble, Topeka, on July 22, 2011. 2011 Well Versed, includes work by Edna Bell-Pearson7/30/2011
     Edna Bell-Pearson, District 2, Shawnee, had her short story, "Isla Aguada," and an essay, "Going Home Again," recognized with honorable mention awards in the annual writing contest sponsored by Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writer's Guild. Both are to be published in their 2011 Well Versed anthology. 7/22/2011
     Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, announces a reprint edition of his study, The Better Brother: Tom & George Custer and the Battle for the American West, Turner Publishing Company, in July, 2011. Roy takes us inside the relationship of two brothers whose intense rivalry in hunting, military skills, business, and even romance would span from their boyhood farm to their heroic end at the Little Bighorn, where they were, as always, together. This edition is available at 7/23/2011
     Ron Feasel, District 1, Topeka, announces publication of a new e-book, Memoirs of an Outer Space Alien, downloadable for 99¢ at Smashwords. An Alien from another world is forced to land on Earth. He is forced through a worm hole and comes to Earth to survive. This novel can also be downloaded as a Kindle book. Ron's crime fiction, Moral Dilemma, is also downloadable for $1.99. 7/2/2011
     Sylvia S. Colombo, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her book, I Danced With Crazy Horse, at the Metaphysical Mini Fair on July 16-17, 2011, at Crestview Shelter House, Topeka. This work is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy. 7/15/2011Flashligh Memories includes story by Nancy Julien Kopp
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, is First Place winner in "Father's Day" category of a Women Memoirs writing contest. Her story, "Driving With Dad" is available on-line. Nancy also had her story, "My Path To Books" in Flashlight Memories, published by Silver Boomer Books. This collection of stories and poems is about the reading experience in childhood. It can be purchased on It was previously published at 7/2/2011
     Dorothy Masters,Dorothy Masters District 4, Harveyville, held the last session of Cat Tales writers' group on July 21, 2011. Cat Tales had met monthly since Apr. 2004, first at the Electric Cat Restaurant in Paxico, then at Summerset Hall Cafe in Dover. Various KAC members have attended Cat Tales over the years. Congratulations are due to Dorothy for a long, successful run of this writer's group. 7/22/2011
     Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, has a new e-book, An Innocent Murdered, downloadable from Smashwords An Innocent Murdered, by Tom Machin various formats. Detective Gunnison suspects that Officer Perez may not have murdered Father O'Fallon despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Tom was also among several writers interviewed on "KPR Presents" on KANU radio, July 24, 2011. Tom's novels Sissy! and its sequel, All Parts Together, were chosen earlier this year as 150 "Favorite" Kansas Books by Kansas Center for the Book in celebration of the Kansas Sequicentennial. KANU offers an audio download of this interview. Tom also won KAC's 2003 J. Donald Coffin Book Award for Sissy! Both works of fiction are set in the Civil War era Lawrence, KS, area. 7/25/2011
     Todd Mildfelt, District 2, Richmond, was featured in an article by Jan Biles, "Route to freedom:Richmond teacher pens children's book about Underground Railroad," in the Topeka Capital-Journal, "Connected" section, "Franklin County Closeup," on July 31, 2011. Todd's book, Wagon Train to Freedom is based on an actual Underground Railroad trip in the summer of 1860. The book is available at the Kansas Museum of History Girft Shop, Topeka. 7/31/2011
     George Paris, District 1, Topeka, is featured in a delightful Seven Question Interview in Topeka Magazine, Summer 2011, p. 44. 7/27/2011
     Cheryl Unruh, District 2, Emporia, wrote about her experience attending District 2's First Annual Writers’ Retreat at The Lumberyard Arts Center, Baldwin City, on July 9, 2011. Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, 2010-2011 Kansas Poet Laureate spoke about “Finding Our Ground:Writing as an emotional, spiritual and artistic practice.” Cheryl's column, "Flyover People," appears regularly in the the Emporia Gazette and her blog is available on-line at Flyover People Daily News. 7/20/2011

June 2011

Vivid Hues series, by Errol Anderson     Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of the four books that make up his series of political thrillers, Vivid Hues, at Hastings Books and Music, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka, on June 19, 2011. Errol's several titles are available also on 6/28/2011
     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, his nonfiction book, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI, available on Kindle (amazon) at $5.99. He is also converting his novels to e-books and into mass market pocketbook sizes. Those include Max Conquers the Cosmos, Max Unlocks the Universe, and Cracks in the Rainbow. Mark has some hardback copies of my latest novel, The Second Savior, available at half price. Mark's e-mail is available in our 2011 KAC Yearbook. 6/28/2011
     Sylvia Colombo, District 1, Topeka, author of I Danced With Crazy Horse, signed books on June 25 and June 26, 2011, at the Lawrence Metaphysical Fair at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Lawrence, Ks. This work is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy. Her books are for sale on-line at Kansas Originals Market. 6/29/2011
River of Murder, by Conrad Jestmore     Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichita, had his mystery River of Murder published as an ebook by Smashwords Publications. It is available to sample for free, or to purchase and download to your computer, Kindle, or Nook at Smashwords. It should also be available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites within a few weeks. 6/14/2011
     Carole R. Katsantoness, District 2, Lenexa, is Board member of KC Voices, a periodical of writing and art. She is also Activity Planner for 2011 and is planning more events in their five part series. 6/28/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, was a guest blogger at WOW! Women On Writing website on June 3, 2011. Her post was titled "Why Did I Wait?," an essay about not putting off the desire to write too long.   6/28/2011
Zortz Finds Gold, by Joyce Long     Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, had her third Zortz book, The Misadventures of Zortz, Book Three: Zortz Finds Gold, published in March. This story takes place in Telluride, Colorado where Zortz helps the police to capture an escaped convict.  Book One is The Read Me, and Book Two is Zortz Saves Black Friday. Books may be purchased from  Joyce has been busy with speaking engagements where she encourages people to write their memoirs.  6/28/2011
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, made a presentation to the Young Catholics of the Wichita Diocese at their “Theology on Tap” meeting in Old Town, June 14, 2011. She sold and signed copies of her book, Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation. She also conducted two radio interviews on the Son Rise Morning Show, broadcasting from Cincinnati, Ohio. 6/30/2011
     Wyatt Townley, Distrcit 2, Shawnee Mission, was featured with her husband, Roderick, in "Love & Literature," the cover story in The Best Times, June, 2011, issue. 6/30/2011
     Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville spoke at three joint events about their writing. Events included the Yellow Brick Road Festival, in Sedan, on May 28; Neodesha Library, on June 4; and Sedan Library on June 24, 2011. Ursula spoke of her memoirs of growing up in WWII Germany, Sirens I and Sirens II and her books about local SE Kansas history. 6/28/2011
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his newest novel, With the Wisdom of Owls, at SouthWinds Gallery, Topeka, on June 15, 2011. Max's books are also available on-line. 6/29/2011

May 2011

     Edna Bell-Pearson, District 2, Shawnee, had her article, "Living Off the Land," published as a cover feature in Grit (Odgen Publications) in the May/June, 2011, issue. An excerpt is posted on Edna's blog. Her entire article can be read on the Grit web site. 5/14/2011
     Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her books at Hastings Entertainment, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka, on Saturday, April 30, 2011. 5/14/2011
     William J. Karnowski, Distrcit 4, Wamgeo, won recognition in April's “To the Stars” poetry contest, sponsored by the Kansas Arts Commission, with work chosen by Caryn Merriam-Goldberg, current Kansas Poet Laureate. “Ice Storm” was published as a April 15, 2011, contest winner. 5/1/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, was asked by Konza Internet Radio to record microphonesome of her stories for their "Book Nook" show. Each week three new stories are grouped and published together for download. She had recorded thirteen stories by the end of April, 2011. Interviews can be streamed at the Book Nook page (choose the link under "Short Stories"). The new station broadcasts from Manhattan, KS, and is operated  by the University for Man and affiliated with Kansas State University. Nancy's story "Grandma, Raspberries and Cream" won Honorable Mention in the Memoir category of the KAC writing contest in October, 2010. Nancy's article, "It's Memorial Day, so take time to remember and give thanks," appeared in the Kansas City Star on Memorial Day, 2011, in the "As I See It" column on the Op-Ed page. Nancy also had an essay, "The Rewards Of Hospital Volunteering," in The Best Times, a Johnson County, KS newspaper for seniors, June, 2011, issue. 5/30/2011
     Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, recently had his short story collection, Stories To Enjoy, positively reviewed by Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer for Midwest Book Review Bookwatch, April, 2011, edition. 5/14/2011
     Gail Martin, District 5, El Dorado, is preparing her third book for printing by This one is about her aunt, Bertha McGhee, who spent many, many years caring for children and preaching the gospel at the Jesse Lee Home in Alaska. Gail continues to edit the Welcome page for, a web space where anyone can join, then post writing samples. Gail's memoir, My Flint Hills Childhood, Growing up in 1930s Kansas, won the 2010 Ferguson History Book Award at the KAC convention in Lawrence in October, 2010. 5/16/2011
     Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, had an article and photos published in Home Education Magazine, the May-June, 2011, issue. “Wonder Woman: Our First History Teacher” reviews the flow of a season's historical studies with her children and how it all started with a comic book about Wonder Woman. She happily adds this personal piece to the list of 67 hospital profiles written for the magazine HCE Exchange in 2010 and 17 written so far in 2011. She has also kept busy in the last year writing newsletters and press releases for the Emporia Farmers Market. 5/14/2011
     Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, took vacation in New England, where he grew up, and spoke to students at Wheeler High School, North Stonington, Connecticut, on April 29, 2011, about his books and writing in general.  5/5/2011
     Joann Williams, District 2, Princeton, had her memoir essay, "The Pampered Bride," chosen as a winner in a Johnson County Libraries' writing contestd, in honor of National Library Week, April 10-16, 2011. The memoir won third place, out of 135 entries, and tells the story of her neice's wedding—a traditional ceremony she attended with family in India. 5/16/2011
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was honored as "Outstanding Literary Artist" with a 2011 "Arty" Award by ArtsConnect. A reception was held at Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy on May 5, 2011. Max was among eleven award recepients Max Yoho, 2011 Arty Awardrecognized for arts support, education or creative accomplishments. Max also signed copies of his books at Lloyd Zimmer Books and Maps, Topeka, at "First Friday Art Walk," on May 6, 2011. Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, showed her Kansas Plains photography work at this event, which featured both Yohos. 5/14/2011

April 2011

     Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg; Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence; Cheryl Unruh, District 2, Emporia; and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, all attended a "Meet the Authors" event hosted by Kansas Originals Market, Wilson, KS, on April 10, 2011. 4/10/2011
     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, shared a booth with William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, at the Wamego Tulip Festival on April 16 and 17, 2011. Both signed copies of their books. The event was held at Wamego Park.  Bill Karnowski read a selection of his poems as part of the celebration. 4/30/2011
     Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, has her story, "Comeuppance," pubished in the new Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul available now in bookstores or on-line. 4/1/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had two articles published in Ozarks' Senior Living, March, 2011, issue. One is "Finding My Irish Roots" and the other one is "Amelia Earhart—An American Heroine." Nancy also won first place in one of three categories in a contest sponsored by Women's Memoirs with her entry "Kissing The Blarney Stone." The story has been published previously at and 4/1/2011
     Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, has a new blog called "Prose & Verse World," where Tom will be contributing his ideas for writing fiction and poetry. Tom had his poem "Another Sunrise" published in the April 3, 2011, Lawrence Journal World—also readable online at Tom's new blog. 4/5/2011
     Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, announces that the first printing of her book Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation sold out and was reprinted late in 2010. The book is now available in eBook formats at,, and the iBookstore app. Stephanie also has a blog. 4/30/2011
     Kaye McIntyre of Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, Kansas, recorded several Kansas Authors Club (KAC) poetry contest winners last October at our convention in Lawrence, reading their winning entries. She included some of the poems at the end of "KPR Presents" broadcast on April 3, 2011. Authors Club members whose voices were broadcast include Kristina Polansky, District 4, Manhattan; Evie Green, District 1, Topeka; Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, and Diane Palka, District 2, Overbrook. 4/22/2011
     Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, had her poem, "Renunciation," taken by artist Roger Shimomura to The Smithsonian Institute along with his papers about the Japanese American Internment. April is Poetry Month and Ronda has poems posted at the Lawrence Journal World web site on April 2, 2011. More of Ronda's work online includes her blog and a poem inspired by a photograph. 4/2/2011Spider Face, short fiction by Kevin Rabas
     Kevin Rabas, District 2, Emporia, announces publication of his first collection of short fiction, Spider Face, published by Lulu, 56 pp., $11.95. Kevin, known as a poet, won the 2010 Nelson Poetry Award of Kansas Authors Club for his second book of poetry, Lisa's Flying Electric Piano. 4/30/2011
     Ray "Grizzly" Racobs, District 5, Wichita, took second place in the "memoirs" category of the latest Kansas Writers Association Prose and Poetry Contest with "What's Up With That." He also captured first place in the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.'s seasonal magazine,  The Reporter, with his short story, "Keep on Walking." This work related to a photo posted. 4/1/2011
     Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, had a piece in Capper's Magazine Heart of the home section, "Remains patient and calm." She also had two articles published in Kansas Senior Times, April-May, 2011, issue: "To run or not to run" and "A bittersweet Memorial Day." Doris continues to write an every-other weekly column "Remember When" in the Taste of life section of The Hutchinson News. She also does a weekly column "I remember" for the Rural Messenger. 4/1/2011
     Wyatt Townley, Distrcit 2, Shawnee The Afterlife of Trees, by Wyatt TownleyMission, won "Professional" category awards with two poems published during April's “To the Stars” poetry contest, sponsored by the Kansas Arts Commission and chosen by Caryn Merriam-Goldberg, current Kansas Poet Laureate. “Centering the House” was published as a April 8, 2011, contest winner and “Snow Globe” was winner of the April 15, 2011, contest. Both poems are included in Wyatt's collection of her poems, The Afterlives of Trees, available at her web site. 4/30/2011
     Joe Vaughan, District 2, Prairie Village, had his article, "KCKN Radio, A Kansas City, Kansas Legend—1925-2005," published in the Historical Journal of Wyandotte County, Vol. 3:No. 3, 2010, pp 93-103. The work covers history of one of the USA's and Kansas's oldest radio stations. To obtain a copy, send a self-addressed, 9x12" manila envelope and check for $10.00 to: The Historical Journal-Vol. 3, No. 3, Wyandotte County Historical Society, 631 N. 126th Street, Bonner Springs, KS, 66012. 4/1/2011
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, shared his newest humorous novel, With the Wisdom of Owls, at "Sunday Afternoon with a Kansas Author" in the Topeka Room at the Topeka and Shawnee Co. Public Library on April 3, 2011. News video is by WIBW,Channel 13, Topeka. 4/4/2011

March 2011

     Betty Berney, District 6, Phillipsburg, read her poem, "America," at a Republican meeting at the Dane Hansen Museum in Logan, Kansas, in September, 2010. All the candidates for Kansas electorial races were there—governor, senators, etc.—and gave Betty a standing ovation. The Phillips County Review published a copy of the poem with news covering the meeting. It was a historical poem, from past to present, about America. The Phillips County Review as printed Betty's history of Phillipsburg's 75 year old Community Building, "A Building Put to Community Use." The community is in the process of renovating the building's structure and it has been added to the Kansas Register of Historic Buildings. 3/31/2011
     Elizabeth Black, District 2, Lawrence, had her poem, "Ebenfield Churchyard," published as the March 23, 2011, poem on the 150 Kansas Poems web site, honoring the 150th year of Kansas statehood. 3/26/2011
    Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, spoke to a large crowd at a "Sunday Afternoon with a Kansas Author" event in the Topeka Room at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, on Sunday, March 13, 2011. As a former FBI agent Mark helps readers become human lie detectors by using the tips in his new book How to Spot Lies Like the FBI. KTKA, Channel 49 News, Topeka, published a news video about Mark and his event. 3/22/2011
    Sylvia Colombo, District 1, Topeka, author of I Danced With Crazy Horse, signed books on March 5-6, 2011, at the "Spirit Mind and Body Fair," Topeka Expo Centre. This work is a tribute to the great Lakota Chief Crazy Horse, personal experiences of the author and wisdom of the Spirit Grandmothers of This Galaxy. 3/14/2011
     William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, had two poems chosen by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and published on the 150 Kansas Poems web site in honor of Kansas Sesquecentennial. "The Sod House Green" was published on February 4, 2011, and "Senses" was published on March 1, 2011. 3/30/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her article,"Do This Forever," publish in The Best Times, in March, 2011. This publication for seniors is published in Johnson County, KS. 3/22/2011
     Roberta Seiwert Lampe, District 5, Garden Plain, had her first book, Agnes, self-published in 2006. The book is based on her maternal grandmother's story. Her second novel, The Homestead Trail: Kansas Calls, was published through Tate Publishing and distributed nationally, beginning in early 2010. That story was primarily inspired by her great-grandparents' trek to Kansas.
    Seven of Roberta's stories for children are being published through Tate, and will be available through national distribution this summer. Prairie Dog Pet and Farm Girls' Revenge are already released. Beginning in April, 2011 Two Farm Cats; A Pig Wish; and Air Dog First Class. The Spiders' Web, and a three-book series—Santa Fun, Book One; Santa Fun, Book Two; and Santa Fun, Book Three—will be available for Christmas, 2011. All these children's books will have Audio Access through Tate Publishing.
     Books are available at The Kansas Store gift shop; Turnpike Belle Plaine; Kansas Originals Market; the Travel Information Center, Belleville; the Kansas Station, Yoder; Watermark Books, Wichita; various national book chains; small bookstores; and through
    Roberta's two novels were featured in Kansas Turnpike News for March/April, 2010, and Roberta was interviewed on KCTU, Channel 55, in Wichita. Her work also received press in Kansas south central Active Aging newspaper; the Times Sentinel, Cheney; and various local newspapers.
    Roberta has spoken at Botanica, Wichita Garden; the Authors Day at the Post Rock Foundation, Wilson; to various group meetings; and has had a number of book signings. Articles about her work have been published in Reminisce, Country, Country People, Capper's; Brave Hearts; and Town Square magazines. 3/31/2011Ursula Turner and Joyce Long
     Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, and Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, have had a recent series of team book signings. One was at the Fredonia Library. Another was at Hastings Bookstore in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. On Thursday, March 2, 2011, they were interviewed by KOAM TV, Channel 7's, morning show by host Dave Pylant. On Saturday, March 5, 2011, they did a book signing a Hastings Bookstore in Joplin, Missouri. 3/22/2011
Max Yoho, author of The Revival     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, received notice his humorous novel The Revival has made both the Phase One and Phase Two cuts in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, General Fiction category. Two thousand entries were trimmed to 1000 in the second round. On March 22, 2011, CreateSpace announced the 125 General Fiction entries continuing on to the Semi-Finals. Max's work is among them. Quarter-Finalist excerpts were available for download as Kindle files on The 25 Semi-Finalists will be announced on April 26, 2011. The Revival won the 2002 KAC J. Donald Coffin Award and is available for sale at and other book sellers. 3/31/2011

February 2011

Nine Kansas Authors Club members wrote books chosen for the Kansas Sesquicentennial Celebration list of 150 Best Kansas Books. See book list. Thanks go to Tom Mach, D2, Lawrence, for filtering the list for KAC member- writers. 2/28/2011

Elizabeth Black D2 Lawrence Buffalo Spirits
Tom Mach D2 Lawrence Sissy!
All Parts Together
Ken Ohm D1 Topeka Ducks Across the Moon
Spatzies and Brass BBs
B.D. Tharp D5 Wichita Feisty Family Values
Judith Miller D1 Topeka First Dawn
Edna Bell-Pearson D2 Shawnee Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams
Patricia Walkenhorst D2 Blue Springs Irish Settlers of Kansas
Norm Ledgin D2 Stanley The Jayhawker
Carolyn Hall D2 Shawnee Prairie Meals and Memories

Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams, by Edna Bell-Pearson
     Edna Bell-Pearson, District 2, Shawnee, had her collection of stories, Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams, reviewed in High Plains Journal, on February 19, 2011. 2/28/2011
     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, was quoted in a newspaper article, "The truth about a lie: How can you tell?," in the The Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Mark also gave a PowerPoint talk to the members of the Federal Bankruptcy Court on February 23, 2011, at the Federal Courthouse, Topeka, on how to detect deceit. The talk will be based on his recent book, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI. 2/28/2011
     Ron Feasel, District 1, Topeka, announces that his novel, Moral Dilemma, is now available on Smashwords for download to e-book reading devices. 2/28/2011
     Arlene Graber, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Couple Combines Life, Entrepreneurship," published in East Wichita News, February, 2011, issue. 2/28/2011
     Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichita, had his article, "Reiki for Pets? Go the Distance," published in the Winter 2010-11 issue of the Reiki News Magazine. It details his use of Reiki healing techniques to help animals overcome both physical and emotional trauma. The techniques are also highlighted on his website. 2/28/2011
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her story,"Dancing With Dad," published in Good Old Days magazine, January/February, 2011, issue). The story is also posted on-line, along with the photos used. Nancy also had two stories published in Ozarks' Senior Living newspaper, the January, 2011, issue: "An Itty Bitty Pint Of Blood" and "The New Year Is All Yours." Nancy's story, "Taken By Surprise," is in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Shaping The New You, released in December, 2010. "The Right Prayer" is in a new Guideposts Anthology in the Extraordinary Answers To Prayer series. The book title is In Times Of Change. 2/28/2011
     Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, and Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, held joint book signings. The first was at Magnolia Health and Home, Independence, on January 29, 2011. Joyce featured her two Zortz books: The Real Me and Zortz saves Black Friday. Ursula brought Sirens and Sirens II, memoirs of a German family during World War II. Another signing was held at Hastings Entertainment, Bartlesville, OK, on February 12, 2011. 2/17/2011
     Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, is adding "static" pages to her writers' blog, Kansas Plains People, and is in the process of moving Author Links from the bottom of the home page to separate static pages. She has added a blog list, titled "Writers about Writing," which grows with the newest post at the top of the list. Peg also adds tidbits to a KAC Convention page as they are announced by District 3. She invites members to visit her blog. 2/28/2011
     Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, had his article, "Shelton Beaty American Legion Post No. 18 hosts state forum," and two of his photos featured in the Arkansas City Traveler on Monday, February 7, 2011. 2/8/2011

 January 2011

     Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, will have her kids' time travel story, "There's No Place Like Home," as a series in several Kansas newspapers. The story will run in the Hays Daily News on Mondays & Thursdays, Jan 24-Mar 17, 2011. The Salina Journal & Hutchinson News will run the work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 25 -Mar 17, 2011. The story will run in the Garden City Telegram weekly on Wednesdays, Jan 26 -May 18, 2011. 1/30/2011
     Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, was interviewed live on Red River Radio's "Page Turners, with Meg Collins and Nancy Duci Denofio, on Friday, January 21, 2011. He was second of two interviews done between 7 and 9:15 pm. The program has been archived and is available as streaming audio on the Red River web site. Mark talked about his crime-solving career with the FBI, his role in catching the perpatrators of the Oklahoma City bombing, and writing three crime novels and a new non-fiction book, How to spot lies like the FBI. 1/22/2011
     Arlene Graber, District 5, Wichita, had her article, "Assuring Bang for you Charity Bucks" published as lead article in the East Wichita News, in the November, 2010, issue. She placed first in a writing contest for Heart of America Christian Writers Network annual conference, held in Kansas City, MO, in November, 2010. Her winning article was "Channeling Crisis."  She also placed second in the devotional category of that same contest for "Answered Prayers." Arlene will also have a chaper, "Best Friend, " published in the book Chicken soup for grandmothers, to be released March 22, 2011. 1/30/2011
     Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, spoke at a "Sunday Afternoon with a Kansas Author" event in the Topeka Room at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, on January 9, 2011 and signed copies of her books after her presentation. Reaona has several titles in print, many of them published within the past year.
See article, Topeka Capital-Journal, 1/11/2011
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her essay, "Take a Lesson from Youths," published in the Ozarks' Senior Living Newspaper, December, 2010. It can be read on-line. 1/1/2011
     Marilyn Lake, District 6, Hutchinson, won First Place in the Short Fiction category, Kansas Writers Association's 2010 Contest. The winning story, "Harry's Stone," is a sardonic humor piece that takes place in Kansas. It's a new story, but in a familiar voice for Marilyn's work. She also won Second Honorable Mention in the 2010 contest run by Poets and Friends, a Springfield, MO, group. Her winning free verse poem was "The Simplest Thing." 1/17/2011
     Robert N. Lawson, District 1, Topeka, had a poem chosen by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and published on the 150 Kansas Poems web site in honor of Kansas Sesquecentennial. "Somewhere Near Abilene " was published on January 18, 2011. 1/31/2011
     Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, had her article, "An Army on my Doorstep," published in The Best Times, December 2010 issue. The editor gave it a sub-title of "Pearl Harbor's aftermath through the eyes of a girl." 1/31/2011
     Don Pady, District 1, Topeka, has his article, "Lost and Found," published in Angels on Earth, a bimonthly journal published by Guideposts, January/February, 2011, edition, p. 57. 1/11/2011
     Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, announces that his newest novel, With the Wisdom of Owls, can now be ordered on-line through Barnes and Noble or ordered from their bookstores. 1/1/2011

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