News for All Members
Stan Hamilton, District 2, Lawrence, 83, died in this town he'd lived in since 2004 upon retiring after a 47 year career in Washington, D.C. in journalism and in trade association and government positions.
Stan earned his degree in Journalism in 1955 from University of Kansas. He got his start in journalism as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. His published books included Machine Gun Kelly's Last Stand and Transportation U.S.A..
He was a longtime member of the board of governors of the National Press Club of Washington, and was a member of both Kansas Writers Association and Kansas Authors Club.
Stan was a unique character. He was quick witted with a sharp sense of humor. He was young at heart, a lifelong learner, enjoyed people, and had friends of all ages. Stan was a storyteller. Family, friends and neighbors were extremely important to him.
You may read his entire obituary online. His Celebration of Life is pending. 5/31/2017
M. Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, 82, died on April 22, 2017. He had been under hospice care and died of kidney failure. His memorial service celebrated his life as a husband, father, machinist, labor union member, world traveler, volunteer, and as the beloved author of poetry, humorous fiction and coming-of-age stories set in Kansas.
A long-time member of Kansas Authors Club, Max had his work published in a variety of Midwest literary journals including The Midwest Quartely, The Little Balkans Review (whose editors nominated his short story, "The Passing of the Old Snnokertorium," for a Push Cart Prize) and in many issues of Washburn University's Inscape. His poem "1942" was published in 2011 by then-poet-laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, in the book Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems. Several other of Max's poems were also published on the Kansas Poems & Poetry web site.
Max had five novels published. They were The Revival, Tales from Comanche County, The Moon Butter Route, With the Wisdom of Owls, and Me and Aunt Izzy.
Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious was his published collection of poetry, essays and short stories.
Both The Revival and The Moon Butter Route won KAC J. Donald Coffin Awards. The Moon Butter Route was also selected by the Kansas State Library as a 2006 Kansas Notable Book. Max is the only Kansas author to have two titles, The Moon Butter Route and The Revival, chosen for the Kansas Center for the Book's "Favorite Kansas Books" list. (Other books from this list include Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Robert Day's The Last Cattle Drive, and L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.)
Max was honored at the KAC state convention in Wichita with a 2013 KAC Achievement Award for his career as a writer.
At the time of his passing, he was honored with a story in the Topeka Capital-Journal, "Max Yoho, Topeka author, remembered for his creativity, zest for life," by Angela Deines, published May 1, 2017, the day of his memorial service.
His obituary, with photo tribute and a video of his memorial service, is available online.
Max also has a page on the Map of Kansas Literature web site and a Wikipedia page. 5/28/2017
Kevein Rabas, District 2, Emporia, is the new Poet Laureate of Kansas
Kevin is a poet, jazz musician, and professor who teaches poetry and playwriting at Emporia State University. Kevin is chairman of the university's English, modern languages and journalism department. He has authored seven books of poetry and fiction. Read more about Kevin, his inspiration and his work: "New Kansas poet laureate, a Shawnee Mission NW grad, was inspired by journalist mom," by Anne Kniggendorf, special to the Kansas City Star. Also, read about Kevin and about how to book him as a speaker in your community on the Kansas Humanities Council web site. 5/17/2017
Read a listing of 2017 Kansas Notable Books on the Kansas State Library web site. 5/14/2017
LeNore Stumpf, District 1, Topeka, formerly of Axtell, died at the age of 84 on March 9, 2017. She was a long-time member of KAC.
LeNore was born March 15, 1932, in Baileyville, Kansas. Survivors are husband of 64 years, Walter, children Barbara (Elias) Pimentel, Elaine (Richard) Hatch, Richard (Evan) Stumpf, Brenda (Mike) Leonard, Dan (Diane) Stumpf, Roger (Kim) Stumpf, 14 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, siblings Mary Mueting, Rozella Ronnebaum, Kathleen Gravenstein, Albert Kuckelman.
LeNore was known for her work as a journalist. She joined KAC in 1986 as a member of D1 and in 1990 transferred to D4. She lived in numerous states and overseas as her husband was in the service, making her experiences varied. She had a colorful writing career as columnist and author.
In 2002 her novel Branded With Love was published by PublishAmerica. In 2005 she received KAC's J. Donald Coffin Award for her book Life, I Think, Is Like a Watermelon, a collection of 90 humorous columns, many of which originally appeared in the Marysville Advocate. At the 2006 state Writers Conference in Junction City, LeNore was a workshop presenter. Her topic was "Writing a Hometown Newspaper Column." and in 2008 Writers Conference in Dodge City LeNore won a KAC "Award of Merit" for Life Achievement, when she was noted for her career as "columnist and published author."
LeNore's complete obituary is avaiable online. 3/10/2017
John Reid Howell, District 5, Wichita, died January 22, 2017, at the age of 76 from cancer. Born July 31, 1940 in Jennings, OK, to Robert Norman and Doris McChesney Howell. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan Helena Gay Howell; son Robert Edward Howell; sister Elizabeth (Betty) Shaw and cousin Virginia (Ginger) Haden.
John was an army veteran, mathematician, teacher, computer scientist and website designer. He moved to Wichita in 1979 to work for NCR and later Boeing where he became a specialist in Artificial Intelligence. Also while at Boeing he was an "Executive on Loan" for two and a half years to the Kansas State Library, creating more than 300 websites for Kansas communities. He also is the author of the website Kansas on the Net. Between 2005 and 2009 he helped his wife produce the publication Kansas Traveler. John's obituary is available online. Memorial Service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers consider a donation to Kansas State Library, Capitol Building, Room 312-N, 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1593, or The Kansas Sampler Foundation, 978 Arapaho Rd., Inman, KS 67546. 2/1/2017
Timely information: 2017 News & Yearbook Guidelines (3 pages, select as a downloadable PDF file)
Annola M. Charity, District 2, Lawrence, passed away on September 16, 2016. She grew up in Lawrence Kansas and attended Kansas University as an art major. Annola spent some time in the Air Force, and has raised two children. Her own life/spiritual journey presented her with the opportunity to study and learn about how life presents itself and how we can learn to live it. It was her desire to share this information with others, and she was known for her public speaking skills.
A memorial gathering Celebrating the Life of ANNOLA M. CHARITY, will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the Thatcher Funeral Home, 2004 E 23rd Street, Lawrence, from 2-4PM. Please, join family and friends to enjoy food (courtesy of Unity of Lawrence), some of her artwork & lifetime photos all in remembrance. Read more about Annola on Wordpress. Presentation online video. 9/29/2016
"J.K. Rowling Announces E-Book Series, 'Pottermore Presents'"
by Alexandra Alter, NYTimes
On Aug. 17, 2016, Ms. Rowling's publishing platform, Pottermore, announced a coming e-book series set in the wizarding world. These digital anthologies will collect Ms. Rowling's short stories and other writings from her website, and will include some new stories about Hogwarts characters. 8-18-2016
Kansas authors should know about a brand-new, free-to-use State Library-sponsored publishing platform called "Kansas Self-Publish @ Your Library!"
The new Kansas program is a part of Library Journal's established SELF-e national platform: http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/where/. All submitted Kansas works will beavailable to the public online via Kansas libraries, and will also be reviewed by Kansas librarians and Library Journal''s librarians. The most favorably-reviewed works have the opportunity to be highlighted at both the state and national level. Examples of nationally featured submissions are at the Library Journal links at the end of this message.
Kansas authors will be able to self-publish their works as downloadable e-books free of charge, contract, or negotiation. There will be no royalties involved for authors, nor does the State Library receive any sort of income through submissions or downloads. However, we expect the arrangement to be mutually beneficial to Kansas authors who desire visibility for their works, and Kansas readers who are interested in new material, especially from local sources. Authors will not have to forfeit financial opportunities - in the event a work becomes popular and is picked up by a commercial publisher, the previously uploaded e-book can be removed from the platform.
The State Library has additional materials available for instruction and/or promotion to authors, and for anyone who is interested in more information, you may contact Brian Herder.
The Kansas Authors Club is a natural choice for the State Library to begin promotion of this brand-new program.
Links to the Library Journal website describing the platform Kansas uses are:
Links to the Kansas portal of the same program:
State Library of Kansas
State Capitol, Room 312-N
300 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Lost Writers of the Plains is a radio series airing on public radio in Nebraska. KHCC ( Hutchinson, Wichita, Salina, Manhattan, and Great Bend) and KCUR (Kansas City) are planning to air it too.
Lost Writers features eight authors who once were poised for fame, but who for various reasons have been forgotten by contemporary readers. An author who had a stroke when she got a bad review, a stark realist censored by an anxious dean, a scholar of African American poetry at a time when almost no one else was; these and more are the lost writers. All have a strong Plains connection in their life and writing; two are Kansas authors. Playwright Zolley Lerner headed the Resident Theater in Kansas City before finding fame (of sorts) in Hollywood, and was a popular leader of the small community theater movement in the 1930s; and Margaret Haughawout, who lived in Pittsburg and mentored a generation of Kansas writers, including Ray Heady, a longtime editor at The Kansas City Star.
There is also a companion ebook, which unlike most ebooks—simply scanned versions of print books--is designed to be interactive. It offers adult non-fiction and fiction as well as literary criticism completely integrated with sound, video and images. Aimed at a general adult audience, it tells the story of how social barriers and roles have changed along with our tastes in literature.
Contemporary Kansas authors should be fascinated by the world that Lost Writers of the Plains opens to them. For those without iPads, there is a website too. Contact Wendy Katz, Project Administrator, Plains Humanities Alliance, Wkatz2@unl.edu, 402-430-2272, for further information. 6/18/2015
Poetry: Who Needs It? Opinion by William Logan, The New York Times, 6-14/2014
Our web site storage has been moved for the first time in over ten years. Start with www.kansasauthors.org — or try: http://www.kansasauthorsclub.stjamesday.com/
Our thanks to Tracy Million Simmons for sharing hosting space with KAC at no charge--as Blue Skyways did, for the past decade plus. Blue Skyways will go away by May 30, 2014, wiping out support for all their previous users--state funds being the issue. 4/18/2014
How to e-books change the reading experience? NYTimes, 1-4-2014
The Digital Public Library of America, launched in mid-April, 2013, is a free, open-source resource that makes a number of digital collections and archives across the country available in one place. It launched as a series of partnerships with the Smithsonian, the National Archives, New York Public Library, the University of Virginia, Harvard, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Mountain West Digital Library and others. All of the text, photos, videos and audio contained in the DPLA can be searched, or browsed by place or time on the its website. Read more about the new site at the Huffington Post. 4-20-2013
"Good Fit for Today's Little Screens: Short Stories." The Internet may be disrupting much of the book industry, but for short-story writers it has been a good thing.— by LESLIE KAUFMAN, NYTimes, 2-15-2013
Kansas Authors Club is an official Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. When members seek donations from the public, donors should receive a receipt for their donations. A PDF copy of a receipt that may be used is attached here. 1/7/2013
Q&A Session with a Small Publisher. You can do it, if you really want to!
Publishing Without Perishing, from NYTimes, by David Streitfeld, 1/2/2013
Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, is setting up a KAC Google Calendar showing events from all seven KAC Districts and other author/writer events throughout the state.
The plan is to have multiple persons in-the-know serve as event entrants. The goal is to have "what's happening" everywhere within the state in one place where the calendar can be checked prior to events and events will be archived after they are over. The keeper of the KAC web site is hoping to give up responsibility for adding events to particular District News pages because everything will be combined. Members are encouraged to attend anything, anywhere they may find an event of interest. 10/18/2012
Kansas Authors Club Resources for Writers
Please complete this electronic form if you are a Kansas Authors Club member who provides services to authors. 6/13/2011
Kansas Authors Club Speakers Bureau
Do you enjoy speaking about the writing life? Do you conduct workshops or give lectures of interest to writers?
All KAC members are invited to submit their program information and terms of availability to our new Kansas Authors Club Speakers Bureau database, now online.
This database is linked from our KAC web site's Links page. If you want to type in a long address, you'll find the database on-line at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kac/speakersbureau.html
By submitting information to this database, you are confirming that you are a KAC member in good standing and you are willing to be contacted by KAC members and district representatives for inquiries about your availability to speak at KAC events and district meetings. 9/30/2010
Books wanted for Kansas Authors Club Collection
William J. Karnowski, our Kansas Authors Club State Archivist, prepares reviews and synopses of books donated to the Kansas Authors Club Collection in the Kansas Collection at the Spencer Library at the University of Kansas. He delivers books to Spencer Library and encourages members to donate one autographed copy of each of their published books for this collection. Books should be mailed to Don Pady. Questions concerning content of the Archives and the history of the Kansas Authors Club may be addressed to the Archivist.
William J. Karnowski
Kansas Authors Club State Archivist
20500 Pauling Run Rd., Wamego, KS 66547-9372
785-456-7676, send email to Bill —4/7/2016
The Spencer Library includes the Kansas Collection in their online catalog << search by title or author's name. Each title's bibliographic record provides classification letters and numbers, author's name, title, place of publication, publisher, imprint date, number of pages, illustrations (if any), series titles (if listed) and subject headings which include genre(s) of the book. 1/1/2009
Announcing the 39th annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication and second prizes of $1,000 and publication, along with a trip to Tulsa to receive the Awards and take part in their annual writing conference. The postmark deadline for this year's Awards is April 30th, 2017.
The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Past judges include Karen Russell, Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Linda Pastan, and John Edgar Wideman. Past winners include Sue Monk Kidd, Diane Glancy, Daniel Lusk, Felicia Ward, Ruth Schwartz, Angela Flournoy, Robin Coste Lewis, and Gina Ochsner. We're pleased to announce that his year's judges are Jericho Brown (poetry) and Laura van den Berg (fiction).
One of the oldest "little magazines" in the country, Nimrod has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956, dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature. The Nimrod Literary Awards are a special way to reward talented poets and fiction writers.
For more information about Nimrod, please visit their website at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.
Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, invites you to share your fondest memory on his blog, MemoriesAreForever.net. 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. 3/4/15
Mikrokosmos, the literary journal of Wichita State's MFA program, has been publishing outstanding work that has come through our program for over fifty years. They are accepting submissions of work for their next edition:
Manuscript Guidelines: Poetry: 5 page limit,
Prose: 15 page limit
NOTE: the edition is not an "alumni edition" exclusively. Mikro will publish alumni, in addition to faculty, undergrads, and online contributors from mojo. 12/17/14
The Highlights Foundation offers workshops from January to December near Honesdale, Pennsylvania, on the property of the former home of the Founders of Highlights for Children. Workshops include a wide range of programs that offer instruction in writing middle-grade and young adult novels; fantasy, speculative, and historical fiction; nonfiction; poetry; writing and illustrating picture books; writing for the children's magazine, educational, religious, and inspirational markets; and more. Scholarships are available. Visit this non-profit's web site for more details. 2/5/14
'Darker Times Fiction, a monthly short story competition for stories of 3,000 words and less in the horror genre or on the subject of 'darker time.s. All submission information can be found on the website - www.darkertimes.co.uk . It's open to UK and international writers and ends on the last day of each month. There is a £5 submission fee, payable through PayPal on their "Submissions" page. 9/20/2012
Share writing opportunities with KAC members by sending info you discover to Carol Yoho.
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