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December 2014

    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, will have her fifth annual sixteen chapter serial story for Newspapers in Education published beginning on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. The story will run for eight weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Hays Daily News, the Salina Journal, the Hutchinson News, the Ottawa Herald, and the Garden City Telegram.
    Titled "Henry and the Pony Express," it is set in Kansas in 1860-61 when the Pony Express was in operation. Henry Neal, tall for his age, is twelve when he becomes the sole caretaker of his twin sisters, age five. When he is forced to give them up, he sets out to be an express rider, hoping the well paying job will earn him enough to regain custody of his sisters so he can take them back to family in Ohio.
    Last year's story was about a girl and her family living in Lawrence in 1863 when Quantrill and his men raided the town, looting, burning, and killing in the name of the Confederacy. The story the year before, featured two boys from New York who come to Kansas on the Orphan Train.
    The first two NIE stories are now chapter books for children from approximately 8 to 12 years. Adding ten more chapters to the original sixteen and a title change, Boeve's first story, about twins who go back in Kansas history via a time machine, is now titled Echoes of Kansas Past. This book won the KART award. (Kids Are Readers Too.) The second story, now in book form and published in 2014, retained its original title, Wishing You Home. Set in 1945-46, it is about a boy whose father sees combat in Germany and returns, after the war, a changed man. The Kansas Press Association noted that the serial story, "Wishing You Home," won third place in the Midwest Management Association's contest for the Newspapers in Education program. 12-27-2014
    Cathy Callen
, District 2, Lawrence, submitted her poem, "Let's Hear It for Salt," composed for the "Salt if thE Earth" theme of the 2014 KAC Convention in Hutchinson, to the Hutchinson Salt Company. Cathy is pleased they liked the poem enough to share it with the public on the Media Gallery page of their web site, with credit for Cathy and a link to Kansas Authors Club web site. 12-23-2014
Great Writers, Right Here was an event held at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium, on December 6, 2014. Kansas Authors Club District 1 had a table in the atrium of the library, set up to introduce our 110-year-old organization to the public and fellow writers. The sixteen KAC members who shared space at event tables included Brian Allen, District 1, Topeka; Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita; new member Roy Bird, District 1, Auburn; Cathy Callen, District 2, Lawrence; new member Mike Graves, District 2, Emporia; Yvonne Evie Green, District 1, Topeka; Aimee L. Gross, District 1, Auburn; Jeff Guernsey, District 4, Salina; Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka; Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence; Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia; Kevin Rabas, District 2, Emporia; Mark Scheel, District 2, Mission; Dennis Smirl, District 1, Topeka and Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka. 12-7-2014
Writers A Library atrium
Writers B Yvonne Evie Green sits at the Kansas Authors Club table
Ronda Miller records her poetry    Duane Johnson, District 1, Topeka, arranged the audio recording of poems as recited by Kansas poet-authors of the work. The recordings will be used on an upcoming CD titled View from Smoky Hill: "It's Kansas!" Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence, and Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 president, Wichita, recorded poems on December 6, 2014. Duane Johnson and Dan Pohl, District 5, Moundridge, recorded their segments on December 13, 2014. Photo is of Ronda Miller recording. 12-19-2014
    Susan Kinney-Riordan, District 4, Salina, has learned that her poem "Ocarina" won fourth place in non-rhyming poetry category of the 83rd Annual Wirter's Digest Writing Completion. 12-27-2014
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, read poetry and assisting in a workshop for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on November 22, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, Lawrence. This event was free & open to all. 12-3-2014
    Deb Stover, District 5, Wichita, got coverage on ther writing in the article, "State of Romance: Deep South romanch heats up in Mississippi," by Kim Lowe, Special for USA Today, published on December 11, 2014. The aricle says, "Deb Stover masters time travel with Another Dawn and The Bargain." 12-16-2014
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, shared Christmas memories as recorded in her memoir My German Christmas on December 2, 2014, at the Iola Library. She was also a guest of Friends of the Independence Library on December 9, 2014, at the library and spoke about her Christmas memoir on December 10, 2014, at the Chetopa City Library. 12-3-2014

November 2014

    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, won the Jim Stone Memorial Poetry Prize for 2014; this is the second year in a row he has been awarded this honor. The award is given by the Springfield Writer's Guild (Springfield, MO). Roy also won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and an Honorable Mention in the 2014 SWG Poetry Contest. 11-13-2014
    Annabelle Corrick, District 1, Topeka, had her short story, “The Molds of August: A Late-Summer Mystery,” published in Well Versed: Literary Works 2014. The award-winning annual anthology is a product of the Columbia Chapter, Missouri Writers' Guild. It includes fiction, poetry, nonfiction and some pictures. 11-4-2014
    William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, KAC State President, had his poem, "The Sod House Green," published in the Fall edition of The Journal. The featured poem shared the page with a magnificent photo by Steve Rasmussen. The Journal is a publication of The Kansas Leadership Center, where a web edition can be viewed by selecting the Fall 2014 edition, page 80. 11-30-2014
    Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her novels at Finder's Keepers, at NOTO's First Friday Art Walk, Topeka, on November 7, 2014. She was featuring her NOTO murder mysteries. Readers were offered digital photos of themselves taken with book character Deb Bisel, who was wearing her magenta gown—just like in the novels! 11-10-2014
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, gave a program at the Coffeyville Public Library on November 6, 2014. The program focused on her new book, Tales of a Small Kansas Town. She discussed how she came to create this work, and read a couple of the tales. She also gave a program on her book My German Christmas on November 10, 2014, at the Thayer City Library, where she talked about memories of her childhood Christmases in Germany and read from her memoir. 11-13-2014

October 2014

  The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library held the book launch for the 2014 Community Novel Project on September 28, 2014. This is the third year for the Library's Community Novel Project. For 2014, two novels were written: The adult novel, Superimposed, written by twenty-four authors, and the young-adult novel, Spirits of Oz, written by eleven authors. District 1 authors include Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka; Dennis Smirl, District 1, Topeka; and Janet Stotts, District 1, Mayetta. The 2014 Community Novel Project won the Arty Award for Literary Arts at the 2014 ARTSConnect Arty Awards fundraiser held at the Topeka Performing Arts Center on August 30, 2014. Those interested can read the novels online. Printed copies of the novels will be available for sale at the library in December at the Local Authors Fair. 10/8/2014
2014 Community Novel Book Launch bookmark2014 Arty Award for Literature2014 Young Adult novelists2014 adult novelists
    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, and Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, had their poem "It's Kansas!" published in the Winfield Courier on October 18, 2014. The poem can be read online. In the print version of the newspaper the poem is on page 8, as part of the Public Forum. Also in October, Roy had two poems, "jack, 1941-1958," and "Ways of the Wind," appear in the 2014 issue of Kansas City Voices. 10/21/2014
   Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, signed books on October 16, 2014, at Creative Corners Gallery & Gifts, 115 SE 6th St., Topeka. Mark's books include his recent The ET Murders in which the FBI hunts an alien serial killer. Jan Harzan, executive director of MUFON (world's largest UFO group), recently called the book "a riveting who-done-it thriller." Mark also signed copies of his popular non-fiction book, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI. 10/17/2014
   Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence, had her article "Lawrence author has full life despite having multiple sclerosis" printed as a special to The Lawrence Journal-World on October 20, 2014. The article covers her symptoms diagnosed as multiple scleroisis and what she has learned about life in coping with her illness. The piece also includes a nice photo of Vicki with her plaque, an Award of Merit, for her service to the club as state Financial Chair. Vicki received the honor at the recent 2014 KAC Convention in Hutchinson. 10-20-2014
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has a story, “Top Dog,” published in a new anthology, Not Your Mother’s Book on Cats, available for sale since October 7, 2014, on Amazon. 10/14/2014
    Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of her books at Trisha Lynn's Twisted Sister in Topeka's NOTO Arts District on Friday, October 3, 2014. Esther's novels include Double Jeopardy - 2 NOTO Mysteries, Invitation to a Murder, The Haunting of Leigh Maxell and Murder in the Movies. 10/8/2014
    Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta, had two novels, a book of poetry, three chapter books and three picture books available for sale at the Holton Fall Fest, Holton Court House, on October 11, 2014. 10/13/2014
    Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, had her short story, "Virtual Farm," published by Page & Spine online literary magazine, September. 2014. 10/8/2014
    Topeka's newspaper provided coverage of KAC writing honors by District 1 members. "Topekan named top prose author: Dennis Smirl among four Topeka winners in Kansas Authors Club," Topeka Capital-Journal. Also cited were these District 1 members: Annabelle Corrick, Duane Johnson, and Sarah Langley. Article provided a link to all KAC 2014 writing contest winners. 10/16/2014Tales About a Small Kansas Town, by Ursula Turner
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, announces publication of her new accounting of life in Coffeyville, KS, Tales of a Small Kansas Town. She has organized her work into five parts: people, places, organizations, events and stories. Each tale has a picture to go with it. Books are available in some Coffeyville area stores and museums. Readers may also contact Ursula about purchasing the book. 10/10/2014

September 2014

The Kansas Book Festival, held on September 13, 2014, at the State Capitol building, Topeka, featured several District 1 KAC members. June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, made an afternoon presentation inside the Capitol building about writing her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. Other authors selling books at the festival included Michael Jamison, District 1, Topeka; Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka; and Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta. 9/15/201
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, gave a talk and signed copies of her book, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time, at the fall meeting of the local chapter of Family Campers and RVers (FCRV), on August 30, 2014, at the KOA Capital City Campground in Topeka. FCRV is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting family activities in a nature setting. 9/3/2014
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has a story, "Freedom and Forgiveness," published in a new Chicken Soup book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life. The book is available on Nancy also has an article in the International Student Ministry Newsletter, August, 2014.  The newsletter is called “The Doorstep.” Her article is titled “Couple Sows Seeds," and can be read on page 3 of the September-October issue. 9/30/2014
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, read her poem "U.S.A." by invitation on the internet radio show Epiphany on September 14, 2014. Ronda Miller, Lawrence Journal-World, August 21, 2014On September 17 Marcia Epstein read Ronda's poem "Unspoken Bonds" on her internet radio show, Talk With Me. (The show moved to this partner station of TheVoiceOfLawrence on September 2.) Shows are archived and available to listen to via SoundCloud. "Unspoken Bonds" was also published in the September 7, 2014, edition of The Lawrence Journal World. Ronda read her poetry at the Busker Fest, downtown Lawrence, on August 22, 2014. Ronda's photo and an announcement of the event, was published in the August 21, 2014, edition of Lawrence Journal-World. Ronda also performed in a poetry SLAM competition on September 10, 2014, at The Oread Hotel, Lawrence. This event celebrated "The Power of Words: National Suicide Awareness Day." Ronda also had her poem "MoonStain" featured on the Best New Poems home page for seven days, where poetry fans could read and judge it for a poetry contest. After seven days, the poem was moved to the archives, where it will remain. 9/18/2014
    Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, joined Emporia Green Bike, by Tracy Million Simmons, Kevin Rabas and Mike Gravesauthors Kevin Rabas and Mike Graves in hosting a launch party for their new novel, Green Bike, on September 6, 2014, at Town Crier Bookstore, Emporia.Green Bike follows the lives of three couples, using the McGuffin, or shared symbol, of a classic Schwinn bike to link parallel tales. The three authors wrote their tales of the novel independently, but collaboratively, reading each other's work as the story progressed. The book (available in print and as ebook) will be available at Town Crier in Emporia, as well as online bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Read more at 9/7/2014
   Deb Stover, District 5, Wichita, has released six new books and three reissues since relocating back to Wichita. The titles are: Time's Embrace, Another Dawn, Almost An Angel, A Moment in Time and The Bargain from Millington House. Maid Marian And The Lawman was released by BelleBooks. These and other titles are available in digital format from all online booksellers. Time's Embrace, The Bargain, and Maid Marian and The Lawman are also available in print. 9/15/2014

August 2014

    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 President, Wichita, and VP of KAC, read from his first book of poetry, Music I Once Could Dance To, on July 31, 2014, at Watermark Books and Cafe, in Wichita. The joint signing event also included Wichita poet Michael Poage. Roy also read at The Raven Book Store, Lawrence, on July 29, 2014, where he was joined by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, reading from her new memoir of her time as Kansas Poet Laureate, Poem on the Range, also a Coal City book. 8/23/2014
    Jack Kline, District 2, Louisburg, shared in a community dialog, Prairie Talk, on August 2, 2014, with three other authors. The authors read selections of their works from Kansas City Voices magazine at Pioneer Bluffs near Mattfield Green in Chase County. Other authors involved included Janet Sunderland, Lisa Daly, and Tom Averill. They discussed writing and how to have your literary “voice” heard in publications such as Kansas City Voices. 8/26/2014
    Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta, now has nine books available on There are two original novels: The Haunting of Emily and Widow's Walk; a book of poetry: Pastel Penwheels; three chapter books for children: The Keeper of Names, Ride Like The Wind, The Power Flower; and three picture books: Margie Blue Pockets, I Make My Own World, and Adventures of the Little Yellow Duck. Anna announces a new Weebly web site about herself and her writing. Visit GypsyCatPublications online. 8/29/2014
Anne McCourtie, 9 books
     Diane Wahto, District 5, Wichita, was a featured reader at the Peace Poetry Reading held on August 19, 2014, at the R Coffee House, Wichita. Sponsored by People of Faith for Peace, the event also featured poet Michael Poage and singer Tom James. Closing the event was an open mic period where others read, including Judy Hatteberg, District 5, Wichita, and Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita. 8/23/2014

July 2014

    Prem Bajaj, District 5, Wichita, had his letter-to-the-editor, "Writing helps teens," published in the Wichita Eagle on June 28, 2014. Prem thanks The Eagle for starting a teen writing board, providing an opportunity for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the 2014-15 school year to voice opinions on various issues. He also mentions the KAC Youth Writing Contest in his letter. 7/4/2014
Music I Once Could Dance To, by Roy J. Beckemeyer    Roy Beckemeyer, President of District 5, Wichita, and Vice President of KAC, has had his first book of poetry, Music I Once Could Dance To, released by Coal City Review and Press of Lawrence, KS. Roy read from and signed copies of his book at the Astra Arts Festival in Independence, KS, on July 7, 2014; he read first at Turbos Sports Bar and Grill and later at the Independence Pharmacy that evening. Also in July, Roy won an Honorable Mention in the poetry category of the Whispering Prairie Press 2014 Writing Contest with his poem "Ruby." 7/11/2014
    Yvonne Evie Green, District 1, Topeka, had her letter-to-the-editor, The meaning of 'independence,' published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on July 4, 2014. It's message is heart-warming. 7/4/2014
    Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, had a book signing at Hastings in Manhattan, on July 12, 2014. Reaona's newest novel, Prairie Angel, focuses on a victim of amnesia who finds her life in danger with few clues as to why she is being stalked. 7/17/2014
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her story "Grandma, Raspberries and Cream" published at HeartTouchers ezine. This same story won third place in the Memoir Category of KAC Adult Writing Contest of 2013. 7/4/2014
    Joyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, and Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, participated in a panel discussion on "Self-Publishing" at the Astra Arts Festival on July 5, 2014, at Independence Community College in Independence, KS. On July 6, 2014, Ursula signed copies of her books as part of the festivities. The signing was held in the Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame. 7/11/2014
    Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, introduced her seventh novel, Double Jeopardy, Deb Bisel and Esther Luttrellduring the First Friday Art Walk at the WREN radio station, Topeka, on July 11, 2014. The book's two separate tales are both set in the in the NOTO Arts District of North Topeka. The author only thinly disguises the identity of popular radio and TV personality Deb Bisel and WREN disc jockey, Jack Diamond, protagonists in her story, threading real Topeka residents and real places through the plot. Bisel, who co-hosts the morning television program, "Around Kansas," and Diamond were on hand to help greet the public. For more information on her writing visit Esther Luttrell's web site. 7/19/2014
    Ronda Miller and ChrisTopher EnnekingRonda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence, had a poem chosen by Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, whose is Kansas Poet Laureate, as part of "HomeWords American Cinquain," a home and body series. Ronda's Cinquainran appeared in syndicated newspapers across Kansas the first week in July. Also, ChrisToper Enneking performed a duel poem with Ronda at Red Tail Readings, an event at the train park gazebo in Lawrence on the evening of July 4, 2014. Ronda read two additional poems, "U.S.A." and "Kansas," at that event. Also, Ronda now has her own page of poetry published on the "Kansas Poet" website. 7/16/2014
    Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, sold a story to Good Times magazine, to be published in the October, 2014, issue. She also won one of three cash prizees from Hometown Memories Publishers (out of 330 submissions) and will have her work published in Dust Storm Days and Two-Holers: Tales from the good ole days just before Christmas. Doris continues writing for the Hutchinson News ("Remember When"), the Rural Messenger ("Remember") and her monthly church paper. 7/17/2014

June 2014

Brian Allen featured in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly    Brian W. Allen, District 1, Topeka, and his memoir, My Paradise Lost, are the cover story in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, vol. 13, no. 12, June, 2014. "Allen writes about life in the Panama Canal Zone" is by Senior Monthly editor Kevin Groehagen. The article can be read online, pp. 1 & 3-6. Brian also has a short story, "Lyon Hunting," published in the new issue of Little Balkans Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, from Little Balkans Press. 6/14/2014
    Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, was among Kansas authors taking part in the 8th Annual Author Extravaganza at Town Crier Bookstore, Emporia, on June 7, 2014. With several titles in print, Reaona's newest novel is Prairie Angel, focusing on a victim of amnesia who finds her life in danger with few clues as to why she is being stalked. 6/8/2014
   June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, did a book talk & signing on May 31, 2014 at Ag Heritage Park, Alta Vista. June's memoir is From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. Other events in Alta Vista on May31st included citywide garage sales and The Flint Hills Antique June Hilbert, Ag Heritage Park, Alta VistaShop Hop with participationby antique shops in Alma, Alta Vista, Council Grove, June Hilbert, lobby, Blue Cross Blue ShieldHerington and Lake Wabaunsee at Eskridge.
   June also signed copies of her book at the June First Friday Art Walk in the front lobby at Capitol Federal Savings Bank, 700 S Kansas Av., Topeka, on June 6, 2014. She also participated in the 8th Annual Author Extravaganza at Town Crier Bookstore, Emporia, on June 7, 2014, and was one of three authors featured in "Book Signing Event Pulls From Kansas Roots," by Kathleen Martin, published in The Emporia Gazette. On June 12, 2014, June gave a book talk and Lickskillet Schoolsigning to the Busy Bee Club, a neighborhood women's group at Lickskillet School, north of Overbrook, KS.
  June was also recently interviewed by Ron Wilson, Director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at K-State for "Kansas Profile," a weekly newspaper column and radio program produced by the Institute. Ron also does a column in Grass & Grain, contributes to other ag publications, and was appointed "Cowboy Poet Lariat" by former Governor Bill Graves. The interview was distributed to newspapers and radio stations in Kansas and is available online. 6/14/2014
Snows of Blood, by Conrad Jestmore    Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichita, announces publication in the third novel in his "Jimmy O'Reilly Mystery" series. Snows of Blood is now available in paperback and Kindle formats from Amazon or the links on his author website. The first two novels in the series, River of Murder and Fields of Death, are also available. Fill your summer reading with these quirky, humorous mysteries set in Kansas. Conrad is always available for book club appearances/discussions and presentations. 6/23/2014
    Old Father's Ramblings, by Marilyn Hope LakeMarilyn Hope Lake, District 6, Buddy and the Grandcats, by Marilyn Hope LakeHutchinson, announces that she has two books, Buddy and the Grandcats and Old Father's Ramblings: A Pearl Harbor Survivor's Thoughts on Life, now available on Amazon as affordable eBooks. Buddy has 28 original watercolor illustrations shown in full-color on an iPad, or in crisp black-and-white on a Kindle device. If you download and read Marilyn's books, consider leaving reviews of her work online. 6/7/2014
     Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has a personal essay, "Remember D-Day On The Normandy Beaches," in the June, 2014, issue of The Best Times, a magazine for seniors in the Johnson County area. "Message in the Night" has been published in The Red Squirrel, a magazine for children in China. It's a Civil War story for middle grade kids. 6/16/2014
    Betty Laird, District 2, Lawrence, announces her new collection of poems and short stories with Toast, by Betty Lairdthe tongue-in-cheek title of Toast: A Collection of Poems and Short Stories (Light, Medium, Dark, and Burnt). This book was published chiefly because of the many requests for it; most of the poems have appeared in the Lawrence Journal World, ongoing since 2007. Some are humorous, some will bring tears, and some are pure nonsense. The short stories are a hodgepodge of part-truth/part-fiction that have accumulated in Betty's files over many years. A public reading was held on August 14, 2014, at The Raven Book Store, Lawrence, along with poet Peter Wright. This title can be found at the Raven Bookstore, Lawrence, or ordered online through Amazon. 6/16/2014
Tom Mach reads at The Raven Bookstore, LawrenceRonda Miller reads at The Raven Bookstore    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, and Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, both read their written work on June 6, 2014, at The Raven Book Store, Lawrence. Read "Raven Book Store to host prominent authors in coming days," in The Lawrence Journal World. 6/7/2014
SheWolf, by Terry L. Needham    Terry L. Needham, District 2, Romeoville, IL, announces the publication of a novella, The She Wolf, the adventure of a young man whose dog chases a wolf into the woods...and does not return. The young man goes into the woods alone to find his pet at a time just after sundown, when the full moon rises in direct opposition to the setting sun on a rare night of the Blue Moon, the Indigo Blue Moon. Perhaps this is the time and place he will come upon those who are not from here...but from there. An author's signed copy, at 112 pages, is $11.95, plus $3 shipping, available by messaging Terry on Facebook or sending an order/payment via paypal to his email address, as listed in the 2014 KAC Yearbook. 6/2/2014
Waiting on the Sky, by Cheryl Unruh    Cheryl Unruh, District 2, Emporia, announces publication of Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays. The book is available at Town Crier Bookstore, 716 Commercial, Emporia. Cheryl debuted her book at The Author Extravaganza at Town Crier Bookstore on June 7, 2014. She was featured, along with fellow KAC author June Hilbert, in the article "Book Signing Event Pulls From Kansas Roots," by Kathleen Martin, published in The Emporia Gazette. 6/8/2014Little Balkans Review, V. 6, No. 2
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, has a short story, "Little Balkans Cousine," published in the new issue of Little Balkans Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, from Little Balkans Press. 6/14/2014

May 2014

    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, won First Place in the Beecher's Magazine 2014 Poetry Contest with his poem, "Tree Shadows." His American cinquain was featured, along with one by Elizabeth Schultz of Lawrence, in Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley's "Homewords" project in May. 5/24/2014
Eunice Boeve and Heather Mydosh, first place winners, Kansas Voices    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, had her short story, "Happily Ever After," place first in the Adult Prose division in the 25th Annual Kansas Voices Writing Contest, sponsored by The Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, Winfield, Kansas. Eunice attended the reception held in Winfield on May 3, 2014. This photo is Eunice (left) with poetry first place winner, Heather Mydosh (right). Visit the Windfield web site for a group photo and a listing of all 2014 writing competition winners. 5/22/2014
    Maureen Carroll, District 2, Lawrence, launched her new picture book forchildren on Arbor Day, April30, 2014. The Tree Who Walked Through Time: A Tree Identification Story, published by Anamcara Press, features the colorful illustrations of eighteen area artists depicting sixteen different species of trees that grow in Kansas and regionally. The author and artists are looking for book lovers, tree lovers, and art supporters to aid in their cause of raising $25,000 for children's art education. 5/15/2014
Prairie Angel, by Reaona Hemmingway    Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, signed copiesof her books at Hastings, Lawrence, on May 10, 2014. Reaona's newest novel, Prairie Angel, focuses on a victim of amnesia who finds her life in danger with few clues as to why she is being stalked. Readers can read a review of the book on Amazon, "Fierce Criminals vs. Indomitable Bond of Family Love," by T.L. ("Terry") Needham, District 2, Romeoville, IL. 5/7/2014
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, returned to her hometown to speak at the Friends of the Burlingame Community Library Annual Dinner and Meeting in the Burlingame's Schuyler Museum on May 2, 2014. June's talk followed the library meeting and was open to the public. June also spoke at the Meriden–Ozawkie Public Library, Meriden, on May 6, 2014. Her topic was "My Experiences, Misadventures and Farm Fresh Filosophies." Her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time, was available for sale at both events. 5/10/2014
Not Your Mother's Book on Being a Mom, Kopp    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has a story in a brand new anthology in the Not Your Mother's Book On.... series. The story is "Off the Hook," in Not Your Mother's Book On Being A Mom. It can be seen and ordered at
   Joyce Long, District 3's new president, Cherryvale, was honored Who wrote The Pledge of Alligence, by Joyce Longat the State Capitol in Topeka on May 1, 2014,for her research,work, and published book, Be the Jury! Be the Judge: Who wrote The Pledge of Alligence, claiming that Frank Bellamy of Cherryvale was the original author of The Pledge of Allegiance. Joyce was honored in both houses—by House Representative Jim Kelly and Senator Jeff King. See also: a video interview with Joyce [22:08] on youTube about this subject. 5/2/2014
    Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, presented a "Market Your Book" worshop on April 30, 2014, at McFarland's Restaurant in Topeka. There was a fee to attend, with the option of dining in-house. Esther presented "Smart Marketing: How to Spot A Scam—Contests, Publishers, Agents, and P.R. Services." Topeka writer Brian Allen presented "10 Steps I Took to Sell 1,000 Books." See also: "Local authors to hold 'Market Your Book' workshop," by Ellen Fike, Topeka Capital-Journal, 5/10/2014
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, was the March guest editor for Kansas Time + Space poetry web site. The following two poems by Ronda were recently published online: March 31, 2014, "Winter Witch;" and April 21, 2014, "Coats and Friends."

April 2014

A First Annual Poetry Fair was held at the Lawrence Arts Center on April 26, 2014. Attendees met poets, chatted, and listened to readings at an open mic. Over twenty poets took part and sold copies of their published work. KAC members taking part included Anne Haehl, District 2, Lawrence; William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego; Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence; and Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence. 4/29/2014
Anne HaehlWilliam J. KarnowskiTom MachRonda Miller
Wyatt Townley, Kansas Poet Laureate    A group of thirty-two Kansas poets took part in Washburn University's "William Stafford: Celebrating 100 Years of Poetry and Peace" conference on March 31, 2014. Special guest was Stafford's poet-son, Kim Stafford. Throughout late morning and the entire afternoon poets read work by Stafford and poems of their own, inspired by Stafford. Among those participating were current Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Towney, District 2, Shawnee Mission, and ex-Poet Laureates Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Denise Low-Weso. KAC members taking part included Roy K. Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, and Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence. Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, took photos of the event, which she has posted on Flickr. 4/2/2014
    Roy J. Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, has had three poems published in the new literary magazine, The Bluest Aye, Fall, 2013 , issue. He has had two poems appear on Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's web site, Kansas Time + Place: "After the Storm," which appeared on March 3, 2014, and "Oceans of Kansas," which appeared on Feb. 24, 2014. Roy also has a poem in the print trade portfolio, "Fifty-50," published as a limited edition of 20 issues by Scott and Michelle Brown of the Big Nasty Press. His poem, "The Big Arkansas," was printed and illustrated by artist Lacey Schekter. 4/30/2014
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, spoke on April 15, 2014, at the "Annual Spring Tea," Elmendaro Township Library, Hartford. June's talk was "Adventures in Farm Wifery," events inspiring the writing of her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots—One Cow Pie at a Time. 4/19/2014
    Marilyn Hope Lake, Ph.D., District 6, Hutchinson, will be a speaker for the 2014 KAC Convention in Hutchinson. Her short story "Solitaire" won Second Place for Short Story in the 2014 Missouri Writer's Guild writing contest. The statewide contest was sponsored by the Southeast Missouri Writers Guild. "Solitaire" is a key piece in a series of works, both published and unpublished. Our Mothers' Ghost, comprised of thirteen short stories, emphazises family relations, especially those between mothers and daughters, over four generations from 1924-1999, revealing the shared hopes and dreams, struggles and successes of one mid-western American family throughout the 20th Century. 4/30/2014
    Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, hosted a "BetweenHeaven & Earth" seminar at the Learning for Life Center in Topeka, on Between Heaven & Earth, by Esther LutrellApril 17, 2014. The seminar covered events occurring after the death of Luttrell's son Dean, when she began experiencing an interesting and mysterious phenomenon: "accidental" meetings with others who were grieving. Esther's new book, Between Heaven & Earth, gets to the root of something she closed her mind to for years about love, life and what comes after death. "I confess it took me thirteen years to gather the courage to talk about this subject," says the author. "My mission is to pass on Dean's message to every heart that has ever been broken by bereavement." The seminar was free to the public. 4/28/2014
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, was guest on internet community radio's "The Voice of Lawrence," on Monday, April 28, 2014. He read poems from his new poetry collection, The Museum Muse, and gave away free books via a contest being promoted by the station. 4/30/2014
    Rick McNary, District 5, Potwin, is a new member of KAC, and is a Kansas writer and speaker. He'd like to share his web site with fellow members. 4/30/2014

March 2014

Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, March 2014 issue, features Mark Bouton    Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, was featured as a writer in the Kaw Valley Senior Monthly magazine, March, 2014, issue, starting on p. 3. The article, "Former FBI Mark Bouton now writes mysteries," is also available to read online. 3/15/2014
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, has attended several recent book signings of her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. June signed books at the Jefferson/Shawnee County Kansas Livestock Association annual June Hilbert was interviewed on WIBW-TVdinner in Perry on February 20, 2014; at the Regioanl Expo in Hiawatha on March 1, 2014; and Ladies Day Out at the Auburn Civic Center in Auburn on March 8, 2014. The Auburn event was a fundraiser to benefit Gary Adkins, who is undergoing a lung transplant. Vendors donated a percentage of each sale to his account at the National Foundation for Transplants. June also appeared live on WIBW-TV, Channel 13, on 4 PM News with Ralph Hipp on March 24, 2014, and spoke about her farming adventures to Kansas State University's Ag Communications Club on March 28, 2014, on the KSU campus, Manhattan. 3/29/2014
    William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, had his poem "December" chosen as the March 17, 2014 entry for the Kansas Time + Place poetry web site. Diane Wahto, District 5, Wichita, had her poem "After" posted on the site on March 10, 2014; and her poem "Leap of Faith" was published on January 27, 2014. Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 president, Wichita, had his poem "After the Storm" published on March 3, 2014, and "Ka·Santatieh" published on January 11, 2014. March guest web site editor is Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence. Her poem "Wherever Wind" was published on March 4, 2013. 3/19/2014
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had a story, "Dancing With Dad," published in The Best Times, a newspaper for Johnson County, KS seniors, in their February, 2014, issue. Her story is a memoir Valentine story previously published in Good Old Days magazine. It is also available to read online. Nancy's children's story, "Where's My Gramps?", has been published in The Red Squirrel magazine in China. Nancy also has a story, "Off The Hook" included in a new anthology, Not Your Mother's Book on Being A Mom, a book being released April 8, 2014. 3/17/2014
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, was guest speaker on Marcia Epstein's "Talk With Me" March 14, 2014, on (Internet radio) from 10-11:00 AM. Listen to the recorded broadcast online. Ronda discussed her work with homicide coaching and how poetry has helped her heal. Also, Ronda's poem, "Tell God Hi for Me," was published in the Sunday, February 16, 2014, edition of The Lawrence Journal World newspaper. 3/18/2014
    Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, is Ursula Turner at Pittsburg book signingpersevering through medical concerns while functioning as president of KAC District 3, reading poetry at "Open Mic Session" at Coffee & Company, Dearing; speaking at several library events in SE Kansas, and attending book signings. Chemo cap, knitted by Ursula TurnerChemo cap, knitted by Ursula Turner AUrsula and her books were featured in the Coffeyville Morning Sun. Ursula also makes time to knit "chemo caps" to give to local cancer patients. Included here are photos of Ursula and two views of one of the chemo caps she has knitted. Sending you best wishes, Ursula. 3/27/2014

February 2014

    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 president, Wichita, offered an eight-week Poetry winter session in January and February, 2014, at Life Ventures, a non-profit organization providing learning activities for senior citizens.  Sessions were hosted at the East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita. Attendees participated by writing and reading each week in class.  The subject for the winter term was "Poetry and Sound." 2/28/2014
    Eunice Boeve, District 6, Phillipsburg, announces that her new children's story, "In the Shadow of Evil," is being featured in a program, Newspapers in Education, with chapters running in the Tuesday and Thursday papers for eight weeks in January and February, 2014. The newspapers participating in Newspapers in Education [NIE] are: The Salina Journal, The Hays Daily News, The Hutchinson News, The Ottawa Herald, and The Garden City Telegram. Boeve's 2014 story tells of children as victims of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence on August 21, 1863. "In the Shadow of Evil" is the fourth story Boeve has written for this program. Last year's story was about Orphan Train children; the year before, a family during WWI; and the first story was about twins in a time machine. Boeve added ten additional chapters to the original sixteen in the time machine story and it was published in book form last year as Echoes of Kansas Past. This book won the KART Award. [Kids Are Readers Too]. Julie Peterson-Shea who teaches art at the Phillipsburg High School and has provided the illustrations for Boeve's past stories, has also illustrated the scene of Quantrill's Raid for this current story. For more information about the current Newspapers in Education initiative, contact Stephanie Flanagan of the Circulation Dept. at The Salina Journal. 2/1/2014
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, signed copies of her memoir,From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time, at the 24th Annual River Creek Farms Simmental, SimAngus and Angus Production Sale on February 12, 2014, at the Manhattan Commission Company livestock sale barn, Manhattan. June signed copies of her book in the lobby prior to the start of the sales event. 2/12/2014
    Pete Walterscheid, District 3, Coffeyville, hosted "Open mic session" on February 13, 2014, at Coffee and Company, 308 S Independence St., in Dearing. 2/28/2014

January 2014

    The February-March issue of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s TSCPL News, February-March 2014News includes a column by Miranda Ericsson, of the library staff, titled “6 Local Authors to Check Out,” page 2. The list includes five books held by the library. As listed, they include: Thomas Fox Averill’s western novel, rode; Max Yoho’s humorous fiction, Me and Aunt Izzy: Doing Time at the Jesse James Hideout and Coal Mining Company; Gary Krohe’s book of photos of the architecture of Topeka High School, Portraits of Troy; Gary K. Clarke’s memoir of safaris he has led to Africa, Hey Mister—Your Alligator’s Loose; and Isreal Wasserstein’s book of poetry, This Ecstasy They Call Damnation.  Yoho, Krohe and Clarke are all members of District 1, Topeka. Averill is a former member of District 1.  Averill, Yoho, and Clarke have all won the “Donald J. Coffin Award” of KAC for previously published work. 1/23/2014June Hilbert
    June Hilbert, District 1, Topeka, spoke on the topic "I Am a Farm Wife" on January 11, 2014, at the Coffey County Library, Gridley. June's presentation parralleled her experiences as recorded in her recently published memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. "Author June Hilbert will take you on a farm journey that will make you laugh and check the bottom of your shoes." A book signing followed her presentation. 1/12/2014
    Vicki Julian, KAC Financial Secretary, District 2, Lawrence, had a Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, Vicki Julian featurestory focusing on her career as a writer published in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, the January, 2014 issue, pp. 3-5. "Grief leads to Vicki Julian's writing career" was written by Billie David.
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has stories in two volumes of a brand new four-book anthology, Seasons of Our Lives. Each book features stories from a season of the year. "Driving With Dad" is in the Summer volume and "A Special Sibling" is in the Spring volume. The four books feature award winning memoirs written by women. All placed in contests run by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett, and are featured at Amazon. Nancy wrote a blog post about the editors of the books and another about the books themselves. This second blog explains a special bargain price onthe books, starting February 1, 2014. 1/26/2014
    Stephanie A. Mann, District 5, Wichita, had an article published in the January/February 2014 issue of OSV's The Catholic Answer Magazine. "How Can We Hear the 'Voice of God'? Blessed John Henry Newman and conscience" is available on-line. She also hads an article published in the January/February 2014 issue of the Saint Austin Review (print only). Its title is "Pope Benedict XVI's English Catholic Legacy." In November, 2013, her review of author Edward Short's Culture and Abortion appeared in "The Latest Book Reviews" for Homiletic & Pastoral Review. 1/4/2014
    Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, author of Tiger Hunting, winner of the 2013 J. Donald Coffin Award of Kansas Authors Club, has an interview about her book and her experiences as a writer published online in Indie Author Land. The interview, by David Knoku, was published August 17, 2013. 1/27/2014
    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had her article, "Kansas Connections: Buster Keaton Celebration," published in Keaton Celebration, by Carol YohoSpeaking of Kansas, newsletter of The Center for Kansas Studies, Washburn University, in December, 2013, pp. 4-8. Carol's article covered the origins and history of the Buster Keaton Celebration held each fall in Iola, KS. The article also covered location filming of a movie, The Bender Claim—based on notorious Kansas history and starring Keaton's actor friend James Karen, who often attends the Iola celebration. Bill Shaffer, who works for Washburn's KTWU-TV studio as a producer/director, was a movie "extra" during filming near Junction City in summer, 2013. He shared his experiences with Carol for the article. Bill also helps plan the yearly Keaton Celebration. 1/2/2014

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