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December 2015

   The 3rd Annual Author Fair was held at Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library on Saturday afternoon, December 12, 2015. District 1 members Evie Green and Agnes Kazminski greeted authors and attendees at a Kansas Authors Club table in the atrium as they entered the library. Authors signing books in the book room included ten Distrcit 1 members: Annette Billings (who was among the six authors who read from thier work during the event), Sheila Dalrymple, Aimee Gross, Reaona Hemmingway, Janet Jenkins-Stotts, Duane Johnson, Esther Luttrell, Ken Ohm, Barbara Waterman-Peters, and Max Yoho. Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawarence, also signed copies of her books. This event was free and open to the public. 12/28/2015
The Galvanized Yankee, by Roy Bird   Roy Bird, District 1, Auburn, is regionally known as a Kansas librarian, historian, and author. His latest children's picture book, The Galvanized Yankee, is now available online. Roy's earlier large print collection of stories for older readers, In God We Trusted: Pioneer Stories from Kansas, available from the same publisher. Please contact Roy with questions or to discuss author visits. 12/28/2015
 To Leave a Shadow, by Michael D. Graves  Michael D. Graves, District 2, Emporia, had his book, To Leave a Shadow, published by Meadowlark in November. It is available in print and as an e-book at Pete Stone hadn't always been a private eye. He'd lost his dairy business at the toss of a coin when the depression hit. His children grew up, as children do, and his wife left him for a chinchilla farmer. He had learned to like his solitude. When Mrs. Lucille Hamilton walked through his door searching for her missing husband, Pete was the only one who believed her husband's death hadn't been a suicide. 12/20/2015
Lawrence Extravaganza  The Lawrence Extravaganza was held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at Rock Chalk Park, Lawrence. Among authors attending were Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence; Annette Billings, Dstrict 1, Topeka; Maureen (Micki) Carroll, District 2, Lawrence; Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence; and, front center, Mark Scheel, District 2, Mission. 12/20/2015

November 2015

    Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville; Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka; and Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, met the public and signed copies of their books on NOTO Art Walk Friday, November 6, 2015, at Mike Redford's Finders Keepers in Topeka. Mark featured his most recent novel, The ET Murders. Esther signed copies of her several murder mysteries in print, and Ronda featured her newest book of poetry, MoonStain. 11/7/2015
    Joyce Markley, Disrict 5, Wichita, had a staged reading of her play Three Roads to Beyond performed on November 1, 2015, at St. James Episcopal Church, Wichita. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted. TJoyce Markleyhe play focuses on the Hammerschmidts, a farm family in southcentral Kansas, in the early 1950s. The family of seven face the challenges of a rapidly changing world. This "partially-staged production" involved actors in costume doing dramatic readings of the script, with minimal furniture and props. The playwright was present at both readings. The production was staged by Guild Hall Players, an award-winning community theatre group. and featured roles in a wide range of plays and musicals. The production was directed by Dr. Phil Speary, artistic director of the Guild Hall Players and a dean at Butler Community College. Joyce Markley is a playwright who has written extensively. Productions of several of her scripts have been presented at community and high school theatres in the region. Three Roads to Beyond is the third play of a trilogy. The other two plays, The Supper Table and Dovetail, have also been successfully produced in Kansas. 11/19/2015

October 2015

Valley View Farm, by F.C. Appelhanz    F.C. Appelhanz, District 1, Holton, launched his new book of poetry, Valley View Farm, on October 23, 2015, at Creative Corners Gallery & Gifts, Topeka. 10/26/2015
    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, Roy Beckemeyer with Mary Brownbackwas featured for his writing on page one of the September, 2015, issue of Active Age Magazine. The article, titled "Dancing title replaces Geomorpology," was by Amy Houston. Roy also submitted a photo of himself receiving a "Kansas Notable Book" medal for his book of poetry, Music I Once Could Dance To, from Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback at the Kansas Book Fair, held at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka on September 12, 2015. 10/9/2015
    Annette Hope Billings, District 1, Topeka, did "Storytime for Children" on September 23, 2015, at Overbrook Public Library, Overbrook. This event was free and open to the public. Annette performed her poetry on September 26, 2015, on the Legacy Stage at the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, Topeka. Her reading was a part of this fair's ten-year anniversary program. Annette also made a presentation from her book, A Net Full of Hope, for Kansas Writers Inc at Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, on October 24, 2015. 10/26/2015
    Annabelle Corrick, District 1, Topeka, had her poem "Haiku To a Mouse," a haiku sequence about saving a mouse from a pool, published in The Poet's Art--a quarterly anthology, Issue 55. Also, Annabelle's story "Checked Out" was a semi-finalist in the Mark Twain House and Museum Royal Nonesuch Awards competition. 10/20/2015
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, signed copies of her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, at Wolfe's Camera Shop, Topeka, at First Friday Art Walk on October 2, 2015. Wolfe's also debuted a new photo exhibit "Ag & Life on the Flint Hills" that evening, and ed award-winning 4-H photos from Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties. June also gave a brief overview of her memoir at Meriden/Ozawkie Area Chamber of Commerce, Meriden, on October 15, 2015, and gave a book talk about her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, at the Friends of the Carbondale Public Library Annual Meeting, Carbondale Library, on October 18, 2015. June's talk was titled "How Promising to Love, Honor But Not Necessarily Obey Led Me Into the World of Cox Pies." June also shared her story at General Federation of Women's Club, also known as "Shakespeare Club," at the Waterville Public Library on October 22, 2015. 10/27/2015
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Merry Christmas, with story by Vicki Julian    Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence, was interviewed by Marcia Epstein for the Internet radio program, "Talk with ME." The conversation focused on Vicki's writing and two poems, one of which was written for the Lawrence Trinity Lutheran Church stewardship campaign. Also, Vicki's story, "My Christmas Fantasy," appears in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul: Merry Christmas edition, released October 20, 2015. 10/27/2015
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had a story, “Assisted Living,” published in a new anthology titled By Invitation Only. The book was edited and compiled by author Sonny Collins. The book may be purchased as an ebook at Amazon or in paperback at Lulu Press. 10/9/2015The Day Someone Special Arrived, by Esther Cox
    Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, has created a storybook for her granddaughter's first birthday—also available on Amazon! The Day Someone Special Arrived is a read-to-me storybook for parents who want to make sure their child knows exactly how very special he/she is! (Esther writes children's books under her maiden name, Esther Cox.) 10/26/2015
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, signed copies of her newest book of poetry, MoonStain, on October 12, 2015, at Hastings Books, Lawrence. Ronda's book was also among "7 books by noteworthy Kansas authors to read this fall and winter," a listing in KansanNews, posted by Mysha Phelps. 10/19/2015
    Peg Nichols, District 2, Olathe, shared a childhood memory in the column "Memories Are Forever" by Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, in KawValley Senior Monthly, v. 15, no. 4, October, 2015. p. 31. "Birds and Bees and Sock Monkeys, Oh My!," tells of Peg's remorable encounter with a sock monkey on display in a needlework craft show when she was age six. This story is available to read online (scroll to p. 31). 10/9/2015

September 2015

   Betty Berney, Person of the Year, 2015 Betty Berney, District 6, Phillipsburg, was named Phillips County Historical Society "Person of the Year" at a celebration held August 20, 2015, at Heritage Hall, Fort Bissell Museum in Phillipsburg. The event was hosted by Ruby Weihman and Connie Cox. On display were Betty's awards in song writing and poetry, plus historical articles in print and published books. A framed painting done by Betty was also displayed. The table included a bouquet of sunflowers, a gift from Betty's family. Read about this event and see additional photos online. 9/30/2015
   Annette Hope Billings, District 1, Topeka, shared her poetry at "Words Save Lives," at Lawrence Creative Maker Space, Lawrence, on September 10, 2015. Annette was also involved with the "Visuals of Poetry" opening reception at Two Wolves Studio, Topeka, on September 4, 2015. There Annette shared a poem written in response to Barbara Waterman-Peters' painting "Rapunzel" and Barbara shared a painting she created in response to Annette's poem "Apples, Peaches, Pears and Poems." Annette Billings, NOTO readingCollaborations of other poets and artists were also displayed. The event was part of the NOTO First Friday Art Walk, a free, public event.
  Annette also performed poetry at "Art Is an Invitation to Activism" at a League of Women Voters of Shawnee County fundraising event. Other readers are poet Leah Sewell and Denise Low, former Poet Laureate of Kansas. This event, attended by invitation only, was held on September 12, 2015, at NOTO Arts Center, Topeka. 9/22/2015
Brady, Woman's World, 9'15   Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, was surprised and pleased to see space given in Woman's World Magazine, September 14, 2015, to a short essay she'd submitted about a nice surprise she received on her 60th wedding anniversary.9/5/2015
Pinterest logo   Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, has started a new Pinterest board on the topic of "Books Wonderful Books." Early entries include many books by Esther and fellow KAC members. Have a look her book choices at Pinterest. 9/21/2015
   Sally Jadlow, District 2, Overland Park, is teaching a six-week creative writing class for Kansas City Writers Group beginning September 10, 2015 at Country Club Christian Church, Kansas City, MO. Registration was required to take this class. 9/12/2015
StoryMasters, by Gordon Kessler   Gordon Kessler, District 2, Overland Park, announces publication of his new writer's help book, StoryMasters: Advanced Notions in Novel Writing. Novice to seasoned storytellers—hone your skills! In this, the eighth edition of Novel Writing Made Simple, retitled as StoryMasters, you'll discover a list of important concerns, while delving deeply into your stories as well as your own writer-self to release what needs said—the things that cause readers' emotional adventures to roil and burn in their chests, as the images your words conjure dance and throe in their minds. The book is available in paperback and downloadable editions. Visit the book's site on Kindle for details. 9/8/2015
   Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, is subject of a feature article, Tom Mach in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly"Mach publishes new book for young readers," in The Kaw Valley Senior Monthly magazine, V. 15, No. 3, September, 2015, pp. 6 & 7. The Invisible Twins was published in Spring, 2015, and tells the tale of twin girls who decide to try out a formula their grandfather has developed that makes things invisible. After all, the two boys who live down the street have been teasing them a bit too much and need to be taught a lesson, and invisibility provides the perfect means to get back at them. This article can be read online. 9/2/2015
   Ronda Miller, District 2 President, Lawrence, read poetry on August 29, 2015, for The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest—Kansas Branch, Lenexa. Ronda also shared her poetry at "Words Save Lives," at Lawrence Creative Maker Space, Lawrence, on September 10, 2015. This event was free to the public. In addition, Ronda co-chaired the 12th "Power of Words Conference," sponsored by the Transformative Language Arts Network, September 18-20, 2015, at Unity Village, MO. Annette Hope Billings, District 1, Topeka, also shared her poetry at the Unity Village event. Ronda also shared a childhood memory in the column "Memories Are Forever" by Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, in KawValley Senior Monthly, v. 15, no. 3, September, 2015. p. 35. In "A Gift of Voice," Ronda shares some painful childhood memories, making the point that she survived these hard times and empathizes with others who have had challenges in their lives. This story is available to read online (scroll to p. 35, on the right side of two-page spreads). 9/22/2015
    Mark Scheel, District 2, Mission, has his new book, The Pebble: Life, Love, Politics and Geezer Wisdom, The Pebble, by Mark Scheelavailable now on Amazon. The book being "an eclectic blend of different genres—reviews, humor, politics, current-event commentary, fiction, poetry, memoir, excerpts, opinion, short stories, satire—the [blog] series offers the reader a wide array of choice in taste and perspective. Virtually a little something for everyone... And for the aspiring writer, a good bit of advice and wisdom is there for the taking...." Mark is tossing a "literary pebble" into the "big lake of literature" hoping to make a few ripples. 9/29/2015

August 2015

Women and Young Ladies of Poetry   Annette Billings, District 1, Topeka, presented her poetry at
2nd Annual Women & Young Ladies of Poetry on August 14, 2015, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. This event was free and open to the public. 8/18/2015Tom Mach, Lawrence Magazine, September 2015
   Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, promotes his newest book, The Museum Muse: Poems about the Celebration of Life, in Lawrence Magazine, the Fall, 2015, issue. Tom and his books are shown on page 22, and the a digital copy of the magazine can be read online. 8/23/2015
Voices on the Prairie, by Rick Mcnary   Rick Mcnary, District 5, Potwin, had his first novel, Voices on the Prairie, published by Black Rose Writing. An article about the book's release was printed in the Butler County Time Gazette on August 5, 2015. 8/30/2015
   Ronda Miller, District 2 President, Lawrence, had her poem "Inverted Tulips" accepted for publication in the September, 2016, issue of the I-70 Review literary magazine. Ronda's poem "Still, I Wait" ran in The Lawrence Journal World on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Ronda presented poetry from her latest book on August 25, 2015, on "Talk With Me," a radio program hosted by Marcia Epstein. 8/27/2015
Thomas Johnson, by Joe Vaughan    Joe Vaughan, District 2, Prairie Village, announces publication of his historical biography, Thomas Johnson's Story and the History of Fairway, Kansas, published by Two Trails Publishing Co. Inc., Independence, Mo. Much has been written about the Mission, but this is believed to be the first book focused on Rev. Johnson who is the namesake of Johnson County, Kansas, and established Shawnee Indian Mission (SIM) in 1830. Rev. Johnson was a key figure in Kansas entering the Union as a "Free State" on January 29, 1861. Shawnee Indian Mission is both a Kansas and National Historic Site located in present-day Fairway, Kansas. Read the JOCO piece by Bob Sigman of The Kansas City Star about Vaughan's book, published June 16, 2015. Never Waste Tears, by Gloria Zachgo8/31/2015
    Gloria Zachgo, District 4, Salina, has been awarded the indieB.R.A.G. Medallion for her latest novel, Never Waste Tearsa journey with Rebecca, Nathan, Hannah, Carl, and Sarah to homestead on the lonely Kansas prairie, where they pave the way for generations to come. 8/28/2015

July 2015

   Several KAC members took part in "Writers of the Wheat Literary Festival," held July 10, 2015, at Sunflower Plaza, Wichita. This event hosted fourteen authors. Each writer provided a 15-minute reading. KAC District 5, Wichita, KAC members included Diane Wahto, Kelly Johnston, Joe Comb, Conrad Jestmore and Bonnie Tharp. Ann Fell, District 3, Winfield, and Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, also took part. Other writers involved were Tracy Dunn, T.M. Hunter, Candice Gilmer, Lyn Perry, C.A. McJack, James Young and Anita C. Young. Each author was asked to mail out postcards for the event and each brought cookies!7/11/2015Roy Beckemeyer at Pioneer Bluffs
   Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, and Vice President of KAC, and Kim Beer, both of whom had work published in the 2014 issue of Kansas City Voices literary journal, were featured readers at a Whispering Prairie Press event held at Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green on July 11, 2015. Roy also proudly announces that his book of poetry, Music I Once Could Dance To, has been selected as a Kansas Notable Book for 2015. 7/27/2015
   Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita; Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence; and Diane Wahto, District 5, Wichita, read and signed books at Watermark Books, Wichita, on July 24, 2015. 7/28/2015

Roy BeckemeyerRonda MillerDiane Wahto

    Annette Billings, District 1, Topeka, performed a recitation of her poetry from her new collection of writing and poetry, A Net Full of Hope, at Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence on July 5, 2015. A booksigning followed the Sunday service. She also did a book reading/signing at Gravity Gallery and Shops, Topeka, at July's NOTO Art Walk. Because of the Independence holiday, the event was was held on a second Friday, July 10, 2015, rather than on the usual First Friday. Annette Billings with her Literary Arts "Arty" awardAnnette also provided pre-concert entertainment by sharing her poetry at the Kyla Jade Concert, a fundraising event supporting Women Empowerment/Topeka, at Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center on July 17, 2015. She also recited her poetry at KC Fringe Festival at Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, MO, on July 19, 2015. Finally in July, Annette was honored with the "Literary Arts" award at the fifth annual Arty Awards Dinner and after-party, a fundraising event for ArtsConnect of NE Kansas. The event was held on July 25, 2015, at Topeka Performing Arts Center. Annette joined fellow KAC member Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, in receiving Arty literary honors. (Max received the "Outstanding Artist, Literary Arts" award, at the group's first annual gathering in 2011.)Chicken Soup for the Soul, Inspiration for Nurses, Barbara Brady 7/28/2015
   Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, has three short stories published in this new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses. Barbara's three stories included are "Change of Heart," "Fishing for Help," and "Ms. Picky." The book is available in Kindle and paperback versions. 7/3/2015
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, spoke at the Abilene Public Library June Hilbert speaks at Abilene Public Library, July, 2015 on July 25, 2015. Her presentation was "'Whither Thou Goest'—How Promising to Love, Honor But Not Necessarily Obey Led Me Into the World of Cow Pies!" and featured her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cowpie at a Time. 7/29/2015The Invisible Twins, by Tom Mach
   Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, spoke and signed copies of his children's book The Invisible Twins, on July 25, 2015, at the Creative Corners Gifts & Gallery in Topeka. Tom also hand out free copies of his magic booklet, which kids can use to do their own disappearing tricks. Also, on July 25 Mach was interviewed by Topeka's WREN radio. 7/24/2015
   Ronda Miller, District 2 President, Lawrence, performed two poetry selections in concert at The Writers Place with River City Orchestra and Kacico Dance Company for "Riverfront Readings for the KC Fringe 2015: Music + Dance + Poetry." This 21st Century Progressive Jazz Collaboration was held at the Todd Bolender Center in Kansas City, MO, on July 25, 2015. Ronda read first among the poets in performance. Watch her recite "Ramadan" (minutes 2:06-4:42) and "Inverted Tulips" (minutes 4:42-7:45) in this 54:36-minute event video. 7/28/2015The Orchid Garden, by Janet Jenkins-Stotts
   Janet Jenkins-Stotts, District 1, Mayetta, chatted with visitors and signed copies of her new murder mystery, The Orchid Garden, on July 11, 2015, at The World Cup coffee house in Topeka. Janet's novel weaves madnss, mystery and murder, set in Topeka, KS, and Southern China. 7/13/2015
   Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, past Poet Laureate of Kansas, had her poem "Striptease" published in North American Review (NAR), issue 291.2, in Spring 2006. It was a finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize. Since then, the poem has taken on a life of its own and Wyatt recently wrote an article about the amazing path her words have taken, with links to online mention of its journey into the present. 7/31/2015
Carol Yoho, 1950s    Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, shared a childhood memory with Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, which he included in his KawValley Senior Monthly column, "Memories Are Forever," v. 15, no. 1, July, 2015. p. 31. "Memories of My Sunday Afternoons," tells of Carol's visits to her uncles' NE Kansas farms in the 1950s. This story is available to read online (scroll to p. 31, right side of page layout). 7/1/2015

June 2015

    Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita; shared poetry at Ad Astra Books and Coffee House on June 6, 2015, in Salina, along with Duane Johnson, District 1, Topeka Dan Pohl, District 5, Moundridge; and Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence. All were on hand to promote the spoken word poetry CD View from Smoky Hill: It's Kansas. Ronda, Dan and Duane also recited poetry at the Manhattan Public Library on June 14, 2015, in promoting their CD. 6/19/2015
    Annette Billings, District 1, Topeka, was interviewed by Maria Vasquez Boyd on "ArtSpeak," on KKFI Community Radio 90.1 FM, in Kansas City, MO, on June 3, Annette Billings, ArtSpeak, KKFI radioAnnette Billings, Once More for Gwendolyn2015. Annette was one of four interviewees on the program. She spoke about her passion for writing poetry and recited two poems from her poetry collection, A Net Full of Hope. The interview was taped and can be heard on the KKFI web site: 30:12-38:09.
  Also, Annette planned and hosted an event, “Once Again For Gwendolyn,” on June 7, 2015, in recognition of the birth of Topeka-born poet Gwendolyn Brooks. The gathering was held in Gwendolyn Brooks Park, 37th and S. Topeka Blvd.,Topeka., on a lovely Sunday evening. Attendees were encouraged to bring Gwendolyn Brooks' poetry to read, or poetry of their own to share. Annette organized both this year's event and last year's first memorial birthday celebration.
  Annette spoke on the writing process and share her work with Stormont Vail Writer's Club on June 10, 2015, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, dedicating her presentation to the memory of Glenda Taylor, Washburn University art department chair, who died recently in a bicycling accident.
Annette Billings Metropolitan Community Church, Wichita  Annette also took part in a reading/book-signing on June 13, 2015, at First Metropolitan Community Church of Wichita. Again, Annette featured work from her new collection of poetry, A Net Full of Hope. On June 14, 2015, Annette read selections of her poetry during a fundraising CoffeeHouse event at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lawrence, and she was one of eight invited readers at "Celebration of Queerness," on June 19, 2015, for Gay Pride Month at The Writer's Place, Kansas City, MO. Finally, Annette was workship service speaker at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Topeka, on June 28, 2015.
    Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence, did a poetry reading on KLOE AM radio, Goodland, on June 19, 2015. She read from her newest book of poetry, MoonStain. On June 20, 2015, she also read her poetry at Quincy Gallery in St. Francis, Kansas. 6/20/2015
    Town Crier Bookstore in downtown Emporia held its annual Author Extravaganza in Emporia on June 6, 2015. Members taking part in this year's event included: Annette Billings, District 1, Topeka; Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita; Mike Graves, District 2, Emporia; Hazel Hart, District 2, Emporia; Reaona Hemingway, District 1, Topeka; Sally Jadlow, District 2, Overland Park; Ronda Miller, District 2, Lawrence; Kevin Rabis, District 2, Emporia, and Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia. 6/12/2015

Town Crier Author Extravaganza 2015

Max Yoho, 2006 Kansas Notable recipient   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had his career as a Kansas author featured in a recent episode of “Around Kansas,” a television program produced by AGam in Kansas and broadcast on KTMJ-TV 43 in Topeka, on KSCW-TV 33 in Wichita, and on KSNF-TV 16 in Joplin, MO. Show hosts were Frank Chaffin and Deb Goodrich. The Yoho segment (minutes 6:15 to 10:30 in a 30 minute program) was broadcast on June 17, 2015, and featured details of Max's personal history, plus synopses and reviews of his six book titles: The Revival; Tales from Comanche County; Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious; The Moon Butter Route; With the Wisdom of Owls and Me and Aunt Izzy. Yoho won KAC's J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award in 2002 for The Revival, and won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award again in 2007 for The Moon Butter Route—his novel which also recieved a Kansas Notable Book designation in 2006, the first year of these recognitions were bestowed by the Kansas State Library. At the KAC convention in Wichita in 2013 Max was awarded a KAC Achievement Award for his career as a fiction writer. Max's "Around Kansas" video feature was also released on Facebook as a 4:15-minute independent segment. 6/19/2015

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May 2015

    Annette Billings,District 1, Topeka, read selected poems from her newly-published book of poetry, A Net Full of Hope, at a CD release party for Heidi Hawkinson-Penny. The CD is Rejoice and Be Glad: A Musical Journey. The event was at Central Congregational Church, Topeka, on May 8, 2015. Annette read her poetry and signed books on May 9, 2015, at First Metropolitan Community Church, Wichita. 5/11/2015
    Annette Billings,
June Hilbert, and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, were featured writers at a reading on May 2, 2015, at Creative Corners Gallery & Gifts, Topeka. Authors, each members of Topeka's "A Table for Eight" writers group. Severl authors, including Duane L. Herrmann, read from their published works of poetry/prose. Val Ireland, who has not published books, featured copies of her writing in hand-out form. Also, Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had her photography featured at Creative Corners through the month of May, 2015. 5/11/2015
A Table for Eight
Mark Bouton, KWCH interview    Mark Bouton, District 4, Havensville, writes detective fiction supported by his experiences as an FBI agent, lending color and authenticity to his fictional plots and characters. In 1995 Mark helped break the case of the Oklahoma City bombing. During the 20th anniversary of this horrific event Mark shared on-site memories of his role on video. His story has been made available at Wichita's KWCH-TV web site. 5/13/2015Inscape, Volumne 40, 2015
   Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, had her poem "Boyhood House" published in the current issue of Washburn University's literary magazaine, Inscape, 2015, Volume 40. Copies are available for sale at the Washburn University Bookstore, both on campus and online. 5/15/2015
    Dr. Phil Corbin, District 1, Topeka, announces his new web site, He invites members to visit the site, with links to more information about all seven of Corbin's book titles in print, and links to online sources where books can be purchased in print or downloaded as Kindle books. 5/30/2015
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, was guest speaker at the United Methodist Women's Annual Spring Tea on May 6, 2015, at Grantville United Methodist Church. June talked about her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. Her book relates her experiences and (mis)adventures as a city girl who married a part-time farmer and moved to his farm some thirty years ago. 5/11/2015
Case of the Howling Husky, edited by Esther Luttrell     Esther Luttrell, District 1, Topeka; has edited and published Case of the Howling Husky: Six Great Detective Stories, a Kindle book now available for download on Two other KAC members have written stories included in this collection. They are Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta, and Michael D. Graves, District 2, Emporia. Other authors include in this collection are Marsha Henry Goff, Ian Hall, Marcus Jay and Peter Shianna. 5/29/2015
    Pete Walterscheid, District 3, Coffeyville, who manages "Open Mic" events, invited 2015 D3 writing contest winners to read winning entries at "Open Mic" at on May 8, 2015. "Open mic" sessions are held at Coffee and Company in Dearing. 5/29/2015
    Max Yoho and June Hilbert, both of District 1, had their books-in-print featured at the 2015 Designers' Showhouse Boutique, 3130 SW Shadow Lane, Topeka, April 25-May 17, 2015. A percentage of each book sold was donated to the non-profit Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas. 5/29/2015

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April 2015

A Net Full of Hope, by Annette Billings    Annette Billings, District 1, Topeka, author of a new book of poetry, A Net Full of Hope, read at the Second Annual Poetry Fair, April 19, 2015, at the Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence. Approximately 20 authors participated, with readings throughout the event. Also, Annette was among featured poets reading at "It's A Poetry Thing," celebrating National Poetry Month at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, on April 21, 2015. Additionally, Annette was guest for a poetry reading and interview at Access TV of Salina on April 25, 2015. Her interview was part of a new series, "Froze in Poetic Prose." At the request of KU English professor Brian Daldorph Annette spoke on writing and read from her book, A Net Full of Hope, to two of his Introduction to Poetry classes. 4/30/2015
    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, discussed her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time, and signed copies of her work on March 28, 2015, at Clay Center Carnegie Library. June appreared at the Alma Branch of the Pottawatomie-Wabaunsee Regional Library on April 16, 2015. Her blog on the event indicates that she was excited to see her "name in lights" at the bank building in downtown Alma during her visit! June also appeared at the Belleville Pulbic Library on April 25. Her book relates her experiences and (mis)adventures as a city girl who married a part-time farmer and moved to his farm some thirty years ago. 4/25/2015
Topeka's First Friday Poetry Walk, April, 2015It's Kansas, Duane Johnson    Duane Johnson, District 1, Topeka, and Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence, read their poetry at Downtown Topeka's First Friday Poetry Walk on April 3, 2015. Duane and Ronda presented their work at NexLynx, 123 SW 6th Av. Duane Johnson, NexLynx, April 2015They were promoting Johnson's first in a series of spoken word poetry CDs, View from Smoky Hill: It's KansasRonda Miller reads at NexLynx. Poets Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, and Dan Pohl, District 5, Moundridge, are also on the CD.
  Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, by Max YohoCarol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, readpoetry by her husband, Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, published in Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious, at the Quincy Street Conference Center, 707 SE Quincy, as part of this same First FridayPoetry Walk. A number of other area poets read their work at various downtown venues during the evening's festivities. 4/6/2015
    Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, invites you to share your fondest memory on his blog, After your work appears on his blog, it may also appear in a future issue of Kaw Valley Senior Monthly magazine. Check out the blog for more details. 4/4/2015
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4 president, Manhattan, won Honorable Mention in the Creative Nonfiction category of the 26th Annual Kansas Voices Contest, sponsored by the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council. The title of her winning story is "Christmas Spirit—Lost and Found." 4/17/2015
MoonStain, by Ronda Miller    Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence, announces that a new book of poetry, MoonStain, will be published by Meadowlark Books, a division of Chasing Tigers Press. The book can be ordered online. Select "Buy for $12.00" on the Meadowlark web site. If you wish to have an autographed copy, just contact Ronda. Ronda also had her poem "Charlie" published in the Lawrence Journal-World on April 19, 2015. Ronda also took part in a non-traditional, immersive multi-media performance of Allen Ginsberg's still-timely, still-radical poem (A) "Howl" (from Kansas) at the Helen Foreman Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium in Lawrence on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Other readers at the event included: Topher Enneking, Brianne Grimmer, Jim Picard, Garret Tufte, Iris Appelquist, Heather Lofflin, Lizz Weiler, Trenton Lee Tiemeyer, Andrea Laws, Karl Dean, Michael Tahmasian and Mark Hennessy. Musical interpolation was by chrononauts Godzillionaire: Michael Dye, Ben White and J Parr. Publicity for the performance came with an advisory to parents, "This poem contains adult language." 4/28/2015
    Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, presented her final presentation as Poet Laureate of Kansas, supported by The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), at the Koester House Museum in Marysville on April 30, 2015. The event is titled “Coming Home to Poetry.” 4/30/2015
    Diane Wahto, District 5, Wichita, had her poem "Canticle" accepted for Mikrokosmos, the Wichita State literary journal. This year's editor put out a call for alumni to submit. Diane and other writers whose work will appear in the journal held a launch party and reading on April 24, 2015, at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. There was a reception and a poetry reading. 4/25/2015

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March 2015

    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, spoke about "My Experiences, Misadventures and Farm Fresh Filosophies" on March 21, 2015, at Morrill Public Library, Hiawatha. June also sold copies of her memoir, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. 3/19/2015
   Duane Johnson, District 1, Topeka; Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence; Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita; and Dan Pohl, District 5, Moundridge, had their new poetry CD, View from Smoky Hill: It's Kansas, a spoken word project, featured in a newspaper article, "CD project Kansas poets: Debut recording features 60 poems," by Jan Biles, Topeka Capital-Journal. The article mentions that Johnson will be featured speaker at the KAC District 1 meeting on Sat., Mar. 21. 3/9/2015
Thanks to My Mom, includes Nancy Julien Kopp    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, has work published in
a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book released March 17, 2015. The book's title is Thanks To My Mom: 101 Stories of Gratitude, Love, and Lessons, and her story is "Mom's Recipe For Life." 3/19/2015
Ronda Miller framed poem   Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence, was commissioned to write a poem for The Kansas Riverkings Museum, 8 East 6th St., Lawrence. The museum is located on the entry deck of Abe and Jake's Landing. This photo shows Ronda's poem, "Above the Kaw," framed and hanging in the museum. Museum founder Barbara Higgins-Dover is also the museum's curator. She is a KU graduate who has written and published work that includes children's books, plus articles in Lawrence Magazine and Eye on Kansas online magazine, published in Manhattan Kansas. 3/4/2015
   Wyatt Townley, District 2, Shawnee Mission, presented herself as Poet Laureate of Kansas in three Western Kansas events. Tthe topic was "Coming Home to Poetry"—what is it, where is it, and how does it intersect with poetry?The first was at Hutchinson Public Library, Hutchinson, on February 27, 2015. At this poetry reading/reception Also, Wyatt read at Ashland Library on March 3, 2015, and at the Liberal Memorial Library, Liberal, on March 4, 2015. 3/14/2015

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February 2015

    View from Smoky HillDuane Johnson, District 1, Topeka; Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence; and Dan Pohl, District 5, Moundridge, were interviewed by Channel 6 News on February 14, 2015, upon the release of View from Smoky Hill: It's Kansas, a spoken word project on CD. Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 president, Wichita, and Dan Pohl, District 5, Moundridge, are also included on the CD. Artist Louis Copt accepted a copy of the CD as a special thank you for his cover art, "Adrift." The CD was released during the February program at KAC Distrcit 2's February meeting, held on Valentine's Day at The Legends, Lawrence. The news article and a video story are available online. 2/16/2015
    Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, had her article "Other Things Writers Do" published in the December, 2014, issue of the Publishing Syndicate's monthly newsletter. This group also publishes the Not Your Mother's Book on... anthology series and more. 2/26/2015
 Ronda Miller   Ronda Miller, District 2 president, Lawrence, had her poem "Nor' Easter" published in the Lawrence Journal-World on Sunday, February 15, 2015, in the Books section of the paper. Ronda was also interviewed on Marcia Epstein's internet radio show, "Talk with Me," on February 23, 2015. She discussed KAC writing contests, youth membership, and her work in creating View from Smoky Hill: It's Kansas!, a poetry CD project by Duane Johson, District 1, Topeka. Ronda also discussed The Transformative Language Arts Conference to be held in September, 2015, at Unity Village, MO, and she read a few poems. You can listen to the archived conversation online. 2/23/2015
Leap of Faith, by Diane Wahto    Diane Wahto, District 5, Wichita, joined Kate Kysar, former Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low, and Professor Jeanine Hathway in a reading at Watermark Books & Café, Wichita, on February 19, 2015. Wahto, Kysar, and Lowe were in the Wichita State MFA program in the mid-1980s during the time that Prof. Hathaway was part of the creative writing faculty. Wahto read from her new chapbook, Leap of Faith, which was available for sale at the reading. 2/26/2015

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January 2015

    June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, spoke about "My Experiences, Misadventures and Farm Fresh Filosophies" at a Daughters of the American Revolution Brunch on January 10, 2015, at McFarland's Restaurant in Topeka. June's memoir about her transitition into farming is From High Heels to Gumboots: One Cow Pie at a Time. 1/12/2015
The Sod House Green, by William J. Karnowski    William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, announces publication of his newest book of poetry, The Sod House Green, available as of January, 2015. It is available from and other online book sellers. and will be available as downloadable from Kindle soon.
   Also, Karnowski was recently included in The Map of Kansas Literature, an ongoing project of Washburn William J. KarnowskiUniversity which details the lives and works of Kansas Authors and provides links to a page entry for each author. Washburn English professor and "Author in Residence" Thomas Fox Averill is the driving force of the website, which proves a powerful source of information on all authors listed and multiple links to other sites as well. Fellow Kansas Authors Club members, past and present, featured on the site include: Roy Beckemeyer, Don Coldsmith, Duane Herrmann, Margaret Hill McCarter, Kevin Rabas, Roderick Townley, Wyatt Townley, William Allen White, Grant Williams, and Max Yoho.
   Karnowski's author's page offers his biorgraphy, a listing of his published books, and writing samples of his poetry. Karnowski and samples of his poetry are also listed on Kansas Poets web site. 1/29/2015
Dennis Smirl, Kaw Valley Monthly    Dennis Smirl, District 1, Topeka, was featured as lead story in Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, vol. 14, no. 7, January, 2015, issue. The article, "Dennis Smirl's novels are out of this world," pp. 3-5, can be read within a PDF file of the entire magazine, available online. 1/12/2015
    Gloria Zachgo, District 4, Salina, announces publication of a new historical fiction novel, Never Waste Tears, Never Waste Tears, by Gloria Zachgoportraying the joys and struggles of five individuals who paved the way for future generations. Gloria, a native Kansan, lets her characters each tell how they arrived on the plains of Kansas to develop a new frontier. Each has dealt with opportunities and tragedies in their own way. Those who were strong, didn't waste their tears, but used them wisely to help wash away their grief. Never Waste Tears is available in paperback on CreateSpace and Amazon. A Kindle version is also available on Amazon. Visit Gloria's web site for more information. 1/15/2015

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