Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kansas Voices IS NOT Kansas City Voices

Just a reminder! The 24th annual Kansas Voices statewide writing contest entries must be postmarked by March 15!

Both divisions have adult and youth categories (18 years & under), in poetry and prose (short story). All Kansas writers are encouraged to enter. To be eligible, writers must live in Kansas. There is no requirement for subject matter and all entries are judged based on literary merit.

$1000 in prize money will be awarded: $275 each for first prize poetry and short story in adult division, first prize for poetry and short story in the youth division is $100 each, and $250 total will be given for Honorable Mention awards.

Winners will be honored and invited to read their work at a special presentation at Winfield Arts & Humanities Council, 700 Gary, Winfield, on May 4, 2013. A full dinner will be served. Cost is $9 per person and reservations required by April 26, 2013.

You may call 620-221-2161 or write to the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, 700 Gary, Suite A & B, Winfield, KS 67156 for guidelines, entry forms and/or dinner reservations. The guidelines and entry form may also be downloaded from our web site: www.winfieldarts.com.

Entries must be unpublished stories or poems accompanied by an official entry form and a $3.00 entry fee for each submission.

This contest is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors: Winfield Consumer Products, CornerBank, Cowley College of Arkansas City and Bob & Nancy Love of Wichita. Kansas Voices is also underwritten by Winfield Convention and Tourism.

Kansas Voices and Kansas City Voices are two totally separate writing opportunities. Kansas City Voices is an annual magazine of the arts, published by Whispering Prairie Press. Deadline for submission to the 11th issue is also March 15. Guidelines are available at www.wppress.org

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DEPICTION OF LEGAL WORLD IN POPULAR CULTURE

A University of Kansas professor has published a book collecting depictions of lawyers, judges and legal professionals in popular culture from one of the format’s golden ages.

Michael Hoeflich, John H. and John M. Kane Distinguished Professor of Law at KU, has published The Law in Postcards & Ephemera 1890-1962. The book collects postcards, holiday cards, cigarette cards and real photo cards he’s collected over a period of 10 years.

“I’m fascinated by the way people view the legal profession,” Hoeflich said. “It’s not as simple as ‘people love their own lawyer but hate all other lawyers.’ The postcards were picked partly for their humor and partly for their design. But I hope lawyers, legal historians and others will give it a look because it does give a representation of attitudes about lawyers throughout history.”

From the University of Kansas news, more at http://news.ku.edu/2013/02/27/book-examines-lawyers-legal-field-popular-culture.

DAY, GABBARD, KLARAS AT THE RAVEN

Stuart A. Day, Patrick Gabbard and Katie Klaras will be the featured readers at the Raven Book Store BIG TENT program at 7 pm on Thursday, February 28.

Day is Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas, and editor of the Latin American Theatre Review.

Gabbard is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. Klaras is a senior at KU working on her poetry thesis.

The Raven is at 6 E. 7th in Lawrence, www.ravenbookstore.com.

'CELEBRATION OF BOOKS' AT KU

LAWRENCE – The Hall Center for the Humanities is pleased to host the 11th annual Celebration of Books published by humanities, social sciences and arts faculty in 2012.

The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 5 in the Hall Center Conference Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The Celebration will recognize the 35 faculty members who published 37 books in the humanities, social sciences and arts last year. Their works explore such varied topics as lowrider car culture, British rock humor, American intentional communities, antievolution controversies and the geography of the Internet, representing the depth and breadth of humanities research at the University of Kansas. The celebration will feature a reception and a display of books.

Three featured faculty authors will make brief presentations on their work and take questions from the audience.

Kij Johnson, assistant professor of English, will discuss At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Small Beer Press, a sparkling debut collection from one of the hottest writers in science fiction: Her stories have received the Nebula Award the last two years running. These stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs and even that most capricious of animals, humans, and have been reprinted in "The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror," "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year" and "The Secret History of Fantasy."

Adrian Lewis, professor of history, will discuss The American Culture of War: The History of U.S. Military Force from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom, Routledge Press, which presents a sweeping, critical examination of every major American war of the late 20th century: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the first and second Persian Gulf wars and Operation Enduring Freedom. Lewis deftly traces the evolution of U.S. military strategy, offering an original and provocative look at the motives people and governments used to wage war, the debates among military personnel, the flawed political policies that guided military strategy and the civilian perceptions that characterized each conflict.

Iain Ellis, full-time lecturer of English, will discuss Brit Wits: A History of British Rock Humor, University of Chicago Press, which shows how and why humor has been such a powerful catalyst and expressive force in the work of key subversive rock humorists. Distinguishing rock humorists from rockers who are merely sometimes humorous, Ellis trains his attention on those whose music and persona exude defiance—beginning with the Beatles, the Kinks and Pink Floyd; and continuing through the Smiths, the Slits and even the Spice Girls—to investigate the nature of rock humor and the ways in which these groups have used it to attack prevailing social structures.

For those who wish to attend, please RSVP to the Hall Center at (785) 864-4798 or hallcenter@ku.edu.

From the University of Kansas news.

CURE FOR CABIN FEVER

Get those keyboards humming.

Details of the Kansas Authors Club, District Two annual writing contest are available at www.kansasauthors.org. Click on the Districts Link, and scroll down to District Two. Click on District 2 News. Look for the graphic of the flyer on the upper right. Click on the link for an enlarged version.

Please understand that the District Two 2013 writing competition is NOT the state wide KAC writing competition, which will open later in the year. Deadline for the District Two writing contest is April 1. There will be some differences in guidelines.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TOM MACH'S TALKS IN LEAVENWORTH

These events have been cancelled because of snow conditions.

Author Tom Mach sends along this invitation:

I've been invited to speak about how the suffragist movement comes alive in Angels at Sunset at the Carroll Mansion Museum) at 1128 5th Ave in Leavenworth, KS. at 10 AM on Saturday, March 2. Admission is free.

I will also be doing a book signing at the Book Barn at 410 Delaware St in Leavenworth on March 2 at 11:30-1:30 pm.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Daniel R. Anthony, a pistol-packing newspaper editor, shot it out in the street on at least three occasions, once wounded so badly that his sister dropped her speaking tour and came to Leavenworth to nurse him back to health. While Susan B. Anthony was in Leavenworth she ran his paper and gave a boost to Kansas suffragettes. It's easy to feel Susan B. Anthony's presence, both in the Carroll Mansion Museum, and in The Book Barn, once an undertaking parlor.

BOOK INSPIRES ART GALLERY

Travelers on Interstate-70 between Topeka and Junction City will be pleased to find in Paxico the Prairie Ghost, a gallery of native art inspired by a book.

The name of the gallery is drawn from Prairie Ghost: Pronghorn and Human Interaction in Early America, written by Richard McCabe and published by the University Press of Colorado in 2004. A major contribution to ethnozoological literature, the book has been praised for its unique reporting on the prehistorical and historical relationships of Native People and wildlife.

The gallery carries a wide selection of Native American and wildlife art, pottery, hand-painted silk ties and scarves, notecards, bronzes, decorative decoys, and oh yes, books.

Before you visit, you can take a look at the website at http://www.prairieghostgallery.com/index.html

And books, too!

PAUL DICKEY TO READ AT PSU

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series will welcome poet and fiction writer Paul Dickey to Pittsburg State University on Thursday, February 28.

Dickey will read from his newest work, Wires Over the Homeplace, a collection of poetry. He is the author of two previous collections, They Say This is How Death Came Into the World and What Wisconsin Took. Dickey has also written several one-act plays and one full-length play, The Good News According to St. Dude. Besides writing, Dickey teaches philosophy at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE.

Dickey will read from his work at 8 p.m. in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Following the reading, there will be a reception in the Heritage Room of the student center, where Dickey’s books will be available for purchase.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the PSU English Department and the Student Fee Council.

Monday, February 25, 2013

ALEXANDER, HARRIS: HOMETOWN APPETITES

On a cold, cold day, while you’re waiting for snow, it’s comforting to have a good book to read. Cook books are the best, and while you’re reading about tantalizing, appetizing foods, why don’t you just sashay out to the kitchen and stir up some muffins or cookies or biscuits.

I found a lot of mouth-watering recipes in Hometown Appetites: The Story of (Kansas’ homegrown native) Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer who Chronicled How America Ate. Written by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris.

There are recipes galore in the book, but I used a basic recipe I have posted to the inside of a cabinet door, to which any number of variations can be added. So, while I delve into the life history of Clementine, I will soon be smelling the irresistible aroma of ginger-peachy muffits. Well, they’re not muffins, they’re not biscuits, they’re just mounds of dough plopped into an oven-hot cast iron skillet. I’ve got the timer set, but the real test is when the scent begins the fill the kitchen.

Clementine was born on a Kansas farm near Manhattan, and after a stint at the Manhattan Daily Chronicle was soon writing for the New York Herald Tribune and This Week magazine. Her fascinating beginnings and her rise to a national reputation is told by Alexander and Harris. It took some sleuthing, but the result is a compelling story that will catch the interest of any Kansan who loves to eat.

WARNING: Do not read this book without something delicious to eat and drink. Or even better, pick out one of the recipes in the book and head for the kitchen.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW REVIEWS THE RENGA

Hi, Renga mates, here is great response to our renga project: The Midwest Book Review: Small Press Bookwatch, February 2013.

Poetry does not have to be a solitary voice in the darkness. To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices" is a collection of poems in the form of the Renga, a variation of the Haiku that embraces collaboration. All from Kansas, they discuss their home and the lore that has formed over the ages around the state. "To the Stars Through Difficulties is a unique assortment of verse, highly recommended. A Sample, by Ignacio Carvajal: We dig into the clay/with a hope that is almost fear of finding/what we know to be impossible./Kansas knows what water is. It too knows/how to burn, how to evaporate/what we think we know,/what we think we are,/where we think we come from./We may call for more hands, but not even/archeologists can tell what we may find.

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/feb_13.htm#Poetry.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, editor

Mammoth Publications

1916 Stratford Rd., Lawrence, KS 66044

9780983799597, $18.00, order from http://www.mammothpublications.com

Saturday, February 23, 2013

CHAPBOOK: VOICES: LOST AND FOUND

Kansas Plains is pleased to receive this message from Jan Duncan-O'Neil:

I will be reading from my chapbook Voices: Lost and Found on March 1st (Friday) at the Ecletive Art Showroom and Studios in Topeka (900 NW Kansas Ave.) for their First Fridays Series. This unique place features art from over 50 arts--everything from paintings to furniture and clothes. I am thrilled to have been asked to read. Hope to see some of you there!

Jan Duncan-O’Neil

See also http://www.thelivesyoutouch.com/touchjournal/Publications/Duncan-ONeal.html.

ROY BIRD TO SPEAK ABOUT EISENHOWER

The Gridley Branch of Coffey County Library will host “The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower,” a presentation and discussion by Roy Bird at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5.

Young Dwight Eisenhower learned to work hard at an early age. In addition to his daily chores, he worked various jobs from selling vegetables laboring as a farmhand, and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery. He managed these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities. This talk will explore how Ike’s Kansas work ethic prepared him for military and presidential greatness.

From the Emporia Gazette. More about the story at www.emporiagazette.com

Roy Bird is the author of Little Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower's Abilene Boyhood. The book was illustrated by Gwen Battis, and published by http://rowepublishingdesign.com. The Gridley Library is at 512 Main Street.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

POET LAUREATE DEADLINE TOMORROW

The Kansas Humanities Council invites Kansas poets with a strong interest in public engagement to apply to serve as the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Kansas. A new program for the KHC, the position of Poet Laureate will help promote the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans.

Completed applications are due in the KHC office by 5:00 PM Friday, February 22, 2013. Guidelines at http://kansashumanities.org

The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term beginning in April 2013. Activities will include audience discussions, special engagements, and a statewide project of his or her design that advances the reach and impact of poetry in Kansas.

PERSONAL NOTE: I have no doubt that there is a multitude of very talented Kansas poets who are quite capable of filling this role (some I know personally), but it will be a hard act to follow, considering that Caryn Mirriam Goldberg has kept the program going through very difficult times. When she began her "two-year" tenure in 2009, little did she know she would still be the poet laureate until 2013. When the new poet laureate is named, Caryn can breathe a very deep sign of relief.

See Caryn Mirriam Goldberg's blog in the blog roll at the right -- Writers About Writing.

"A Bullwhacker's Life" BY JIM GRAY

On Monday, February 25, 6:00 pm, the Wamego Lublic library will host “A Bullwhacker’s Life Freighting Supplies over the Plains,” a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray. Bullwhackers traveled the Kansas frontier freighting supplies and shaping a profession now enjoyed by today’s long-haul truck drivers. Traveling the Santa Fe, California-Oregon, and Smoky Hill Trails, commercial and independent bullwhackers walked beside their ox-drawn wagons, courting danger with every trip.

This presentation examines how fortunes could be won or lost and how bullwhackers tested their skills at peaceful negotiation as they passed through lands controlled by prairie bands of Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, and Comanche peoples. Only through tribal blessing were the bullwhackers allowed safe passage.

“A Bullwhacker’s Life Freighting Supplies over the Plains” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions about Kansas—our people, places, hopes, and dreams—that offer insight into what it means to be a Kansan over time and across generations.

www.wamegopubliclibrary.com

Jim Gray's Page.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GARY JACKSON AT KCMO LIBRARY

Gary Jackson, native of Topeka, is scheduled to read from his prize-winning book of poetry, Missing You, Metropolis, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 21, at the Kansas City, MO, library, 14 W 10th street.

Weather permitting.

Monday, February 18, 2013

KANSAS RENGA COMES TO WASHBURN

THE SCHEDULED RENGA READING HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE OF PREDICTED STORM WARNINGS FOR THURSDAY.

To the Stars Through Difficulties was a year in the making, a continuous word portrait of this wonderfully crazy state of Kansas, created by 150 diverse poets with 150 different visions of the state we live in.

Several Renga poets will be reading at 4 pm on Thursday, February 21, at the iRead Lounge at Washburn University, 1700 SW College Avenue, in Topeka. On the list are Karen Barron, Tom Averill, Izzy Wasserstein, Iris Wilkinson, Deborah Altus, Matt Porubsky, Lydia Lane, Gail Sloan, Lisa Hase-Jackson, Lydia Lowe, Elizabeth Black, Thomas Reynolds, Denise Low, and maybe others, reading in chronological order.

Not every poet is going to be at every reading, but you can fill in the missing portions by ordering the book from www.mammothpublications.com.

ENDURING CHILDREN'S SERIES

Starting with Milk Comes From a Cow? Dan Yunk of the Kansas Farm Bureau has penned an enduring series of children's books.

Other books in the series are The Soil Neighborhood, Farmers and Ranchers Care About THeir Animals!, Celebrate Wheat, and Growing Up Strong. Readers can follow the travels of Kailey as the city girl visits the farm. "These educational books offer a fun way for young people, parents and teachers to learn more about agriculture."

The books can be ordered individually or as a set from www.kfb.org. Also available with lesson plans.

HE'S NOT LEAVING THE BOOK WORLD

There are major changes coming for Zimmer Books and Maps, but rest assured, Lloyd Zimmer is not leaving the book world. See his facebook announcement below (shamelessly copied).

It is with a multitude of emotions that I am announcing a major change in my life and the operation of my bookstore at 117 SW 6th Ave. After nearly 12 years, I have decided to close this location, and to consolidate operations in my home at 3001 SW Munson Ave. I will continue to buy and sell quality books, maps, and ephemera, though by appointment ONLY at that address. My phone numbers will remain the same (Business: 785-354-8899; Home: 785-235-9689; Cell: 785-207-6449), as will all online contact information (lloyd@ksbiblio.com). This decision was made for many reasons, though in part so that I may spend more time with loved ones and to scout further from home on a regular basis for the quality material my customers are seeking.

The store closure is effective immediately, though I will be in and out much of the following two months as I pack and remove items from the downtown address. Should you see me inside working, feel free to come in and say hi/goodbye, but NO merchandise will be for sale at this time.

Coming soon to 117 SW 6th Ave., will be Oddfellows: Fine Books and Collectibles, Brandon Rison, Proprietor. This will be a wonderful book store fitting well into the downtown Topeka community. Please visit Brandon when Oddfellows opens and give him your fullest support.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

LEDGIN RETURNS WITH JEFFERSON SERIES

Author Norm Ledgin will present his popular three-part Osher Lifelong Learning Institute series on Explaining the Perplexing Thomas Jefferson again, this time in Ottawa. Dates for the sessions are April 6, 13 and 20.

Norm Ledgin is author of the nonfiction book, Diagnosing Jefferson, and the historical novel, The Jayhawker, depicting the 1850s Kansas-Missouri Border War. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University and has enjoyed a long career in journalism. His soon-to-be-published historical fiction, Sally: Mistress of Monticello, is based on the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. From the Osher website, www.osher.ku.edu.

BARTOCCI, TIGCHELAAR AT TUESDAY POETRY SERIES

Barbara Bartocci and Jeff Tigchelaar will present the program at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 19, for the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park

From The Writers Place website: Barbara Bartocci is the author of nine published books, including two national award winners. Three of her books were excerpted in major national magazines, and one was optioned for a CBS-television movie. Nobody's Child Anymore: Grieving, Caring, Comforting when Parents Die (Ave Maria Press) is one of her best-selling books. She has been a frequent contributor to such national consumer magazines as Readers Digest (21 bylines), Family Circle, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Self, Woman’s Day, many others.

Jeff Tigchelaar is a stay-at-home parent in Lawrence, Kan. His poems appear or are forthcoming in journals such as Pleiades, Flyway, Flint Hills Review, Coal City Review, Fugue, Rhino, North American Review, The Southeast Review, and Kansas City Voices, as well as in anthologies including Verse Daily and Best New Poets 2011. His work received a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and the 2010 Langston Hughes Award in Poetry.

REMEMBERING GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

Tommy Terrific will honor George Washington Carver in a program at 10 am on Tuesday, February 19, at the Kansas City, MO, Central Library, 14 W 10th Street.

From the library's website: In honor of Black History Month Tommy Terrific will be performing a magic show about the African-American scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. The show will feature magic tricks related to Carver’s promotion of peanuts, sweet potatoes, and much more. Tommy will explore the products, In honor of Black History Month Tommy Terrific will be performing a magic show about the African-American scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. The show will feature magic tricks related to Carver’s promotion of peanuts, sweet potatoes, and much more. Tommy will explore the products, inventions, and accomplishments of Carver, also known as the “Wizard of Tuskegee.” This show is appropriate for children of all ages.

As a young man, Carver lived in Olathe, and other places in Kansas.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

EICKHOFF, BARNHART: THE BIG DIVIDE

Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart will talk about their new book, The Big Divide, "this line in the dirt", at 2 pm on Sunday, February 17, at Constitution Hall in Lecompton in the Bleeding Kansas 2013 series of programs.

The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War sites in the Missouri­-Kansas Border Region, is the result of 16 years of travel across "one of the least visible and most contentious borders in American history." Read more at www.quindaropress.com

RED ROCKS -- SUNDAYS AT THE SITE

Join us in the visitor center at the home of the William Allen White family for this popular three-week series inspired by the family’s legendary hospitality. If a member of the family was on the porch of their Emporia home, anyone was welcome to stop in for a visit. Treats from the kitchen of the White women will be served after each presentation. From the Kansas Historical Society.

At 3 pm on Sunday, February 17, Beverley Buller, author of the William Allen White biography From Emporia and the Mary White biography Prairie Peter Pan, will present Journey for Barbara: the Whites Adopt a British War Orphan as the second of three programs. The William Allen White home is at 927 Exchange Street in Emporia.

Topeka's BIG READ: THE GREAT GATSBY

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is the Topeka/Shawnee County Public Library BIG READ for 2013.

From the library's website: The Great Gatsby, considered the “Great American Novel,” has been adapted for the big screen four times in the 20th Century, with a new version coming to theatres in May. Kirk Curnutt offers you a multimedia presentation Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1pm in Marvin Auditorium about the book, its many adaptations and the intriguing life of author F. Scott Fitzgerald. More at www.tscpl.org

Sunday, February 10, 2013

INTROVERT? EXTROVERT? HOW CAN YOU TELL?

Susan Cain writes on Facebook: This is Susan Cain, inviting you join me on The QUIET Book Tour! While in Kansas City, I'll be visiting Unity Temple on The Plaza to discuss my book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. (at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 12.) Ticket information from Rainy Day Books.

Cain will be back in Kansas City, MO, at 10:45 AM ON Saturday, February 23, at the Kansas City Convention Center. Go to for Cain's website. Unity Temple on the Plaza at 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY FOR elementia

elementia, the Johnson County teen art and literature magazine, is releasing its 10th issue. Our 10th anniversary reception will feature an introduction from noted young adult author Walter Dean Myers. Join us as we congratulate the 43 authors and seven artists featured in the special 10th anniversary issue. From the Johnson County Library.

The elementia reception at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 12 at the Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park, will feature an introduction by Walter Dean Myers, reading by the published authors and a performance of an excerpt of Walter Dean Myers's novel Street Love.

THE DEENS SET A GOOD TABLE

Apparently the talent for good cooking runs in the family. Bobby Deen, son of Paula Deen, brings his cooking expertise to the Midwest. The author of From Mama's Table to Mine, Deen will host a dinner inspired by his cookbook at 6:30 pm on Monday, February 11.

Son Bobby's recipes are low-calorie, Southern comfort-foods. It's probably 'way too late to make a reservation, but you can read about it, and the book, at www.rainydaybooks.com

PILLOW FAIRY AT SHAWNEE BOOKS

Marcia G. Riley will be at Shawnee Books and Toys at 10:30 am on Friday, February 15. From their newsletter: Marcia’s new picture book is called The Pillow Fairy. It’s a wonderful story with colorful illustrations and a great message for kids! She will be reading the book and then signing copies!

More about the book at http://thepillowfairy.net. Shawnee Books and Toys is part of a store network, with a website at www.bookandtoy.net , but you’ll find more about the Shawnee location on Facebook, Shawnee Books and Toys .

Saturday, February 9, 2013

PLUNKETT: THE KANSAS-COLORADO LINE

They had no electricity, no running water and lived in houses made of sod. These are just some of the challenges faced by early homesteaders in southwest Kansas, according to 75-year-old Alma Lou Plunkett of Syracuse, who recently had her first book published.

Titled The Kansas-Colorado Line: Homesteading Tales of Several Families, a Memoir, the book shares the history of her and her late husband Howard Plunkett's family's homesteading history.

Read more of Angie Haflich's article in the Garden City Telegram.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

ICC TO HOST POETRY READING

Over a dozen poets from Kansas are coming to Independence Community College to read from To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices, edited by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, at 7:00 p.m., February 8 in the ICC Library. This moving tribute to the arts and culture of Kansas focuses on our state motto (“To the stars through difficulties”) through the use of the renga, a 700-year-old Japanese form of poetry in which each writer adds new lines to the poem.

Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg developed the project as part of her website, www.150KansasPoems.wordpress.com, to help lift up and share the literary arts in Kansas. Throughout 2012, new sections to the renga appeared at the website every two to three days, giving subscribers and visitors to the site the poetry equivalent of regular sequels. Mirriam-Goldberg says, “The renga draws together descendants of pioneers, lovers of dogs or cats or both, attorneys and people who've spent time in jail, old hippies and young activists, social workers and psychologists, mothers and grandfathers, mathematicians and dancers, college professors emeritus and current students, authors and editors, ministers and mediators. In our poetic conversation, we celebrate Kansas and make community with others and with readers.”

The reading features Kansas poets Goldberg, Shawn Pavey, Lydia Lowe, Olive Sullivan, Roland Sodowsky, Laura Lee Washburn, Lori Hartness, Daniele Cunningham, Melissa Fite-Johnson, Larry Fleury, Chris Anderson, and Lori Baker Martin. The event is organized by Lori Baker Martin, who says she was moved to bring the reading to Independence because “of Independence's love of the arts, but also because these diverse Kansas voices have the power to uniquely move us and remind us of the beauty and wonder of our state.”

The reading includes poets reading new works beyond the renga, a book signing, and refreshments. For more information, contact Lori Baker Martin at 620-332-5464 or 620-515-7240. From the Independence Community College website at http://www.indycc.edu.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

KANSAS RENGA COMES TO PITTSBURG

To the Stars Through Difficulties"—a reading by Kansas poets will feature Laura Lee Washburn, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Deborah Ball McGeorge, Lori Baker Martin, Roland Sodowsky, Lorraine Achey, J.T. Knoll, Larry Fleury, A. Lorean Hartness, Jeremy Johnson, Allison Berry, Melissa Fite Johnson, Stephen E. Meats, Ken Lassman, Chris Anderson, and Olive Sullivan. The reading in Russ Hall, Room 409, Pittsburg State University, will begin at 8 pm Thursday, February 7.

Get your copy of To The Stars Through Difficulties from Mammoth Publications.

McPHERSON WORDFEST 2013 APRIL 19-22

MacWriters, a McPherson area writing group, and McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation invite you to join us for a weekend getaway to listen, learn, and share about the writing in your life. Enjoy sessions from writing instructors and published authors. Take time to soak in the inspirational beauty of this charming city’s parks and architecture. Nourish your body as well as your creativity with delicious catered meals from some of our excellent local culinary masters. -- From McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation.

KANSAS AUTHOR DINNER FEBRUARY 21

The annual Kansas Author Dinner on Thursday, February 21, will honor three Kansas authors -- Alex Grecian, Stephen Johnson and Roderick Townley -- and will benefit local literacy programs.

Sponsored by Kappa Kappa Gamma, the event will be held at the Wichita Marriott. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Saturday, February 16. Information at The Wichita Alumnae Association.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

KEVIN JONES: A LAMB NAMED EWE

In Kevin Jones’s clever allegory, A Lamb Named Ewe, children will learn the love of the Shepherd through a unique depiction of Jesus and his role in their lives. Jones will be at Hastings Book Store, 1900 W. 23rd in Lawrence, at 1 pm on Saturday, February 9.

Monday, February 4, 2013

JUKES? KALLIKAKS? RAISE YOUR HANDS

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education; Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities; and Associate Director, Beach Center on Disability, at the University of Kansas, is the author of Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature and the Myth of the Kallikaks.

Wehmeyer will speak at 7 pm on Friday, February 8, at the Raven Book Store, 6 E 7th in Lawrence.

(Prominently displayed on a shelf In a library I frequently visited as a child was a book entitled THE JUKES AND THE KALLIKAKS. I was intrigued by the title. When I thought no librarian was looking, I sneaked a peak into the book and tried to figure out what it was all about. I never read the book – in that library children were never permitted to check out any books from the adult section. Just as well. Apparently from Wehmeyer’s book, it was only a myth.)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

POET LAUREATE HAS FOUND A HOME

The Kansas Poet Laureate has found a home – with the Kansas Humanities Council.

A new program of the Kansas Humanities Council, the position of Poet Laureate of Kansas helps promote the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans. The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term beginning in April 2013. Activities of the next Poet Laureate include audience discussions, special engagements, and a statewide project of his or her design that advances the reach and impact of poetry in Kansas.

The Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term beginning in April 2013. Activities of the next Poet Laureate include audience discussions, special engagements, and a statewide project of his or her design that advances the reach and impact of poetry in Kansas.

Completed applications are due in the KHC office by 5:00 PM Friday, February 22, 2013. For information, go to Kansas Humanities Council and click on the link for eligibility requirements and application instructions.

HELENE AYLON AT JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist may not be the longest book title ever, but it has to be close. The author, Helene Aylon, will speak at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 5, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park.

Growing up an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, Helene Aylon spends her Friday nights in a sea of extended family as the Sabbath candles flicker. She dreams of escape but marries a rabbi and becomes a mother of two. Suddenly her world splits apart when she is widowed at thirty. Aylon finds a home in the burgeoning environmental art scene of the 1970s—creating transgressive works that explore identity, women's bodies, the environment, disarmament, and the notion of God. Eventually she asks of Judaism what she never dared to ask as a child: Where are the women?

McHENRY OPENS SPRING ESU VISITING WRITERS

Kevin Rabas and Flint Hills Review invite the public to the opening of the spring semester program of Visiting Writers at Emporia State University at 7 pm on Monday, February 4, to hear Eric McHenry. The free and open to the public event will be in Room 303 of Plumb Hall, and is sponsored by the ESU Creative Writing Program; the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism; Special Events Board; and Performing Arts Board. More about McHenry’s works at http://www.washburn.edu/reference/cks/mapping/mchenry/index.html

Saturday, February 2, 2013

EISENHOWER'S STRANGE POLITICAL MARRIAGE

Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage is narrative history-- an intimate exploration of the personal and public relationship between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. It follows the two men from the time of their first encounter, in the summer of 1950, through Ike’s two, crisihttp://www.jeffreyfrank.com/index.htms-filled presidential terms, when Nixon served as vice president, and, finally, to the early days of the Nixon presidency and the marriage of Eisenhower’s grandson, David, and Nixon’s daughter Julie, just months before Ike’s death. Ike and Dick is based on years of research and fresh interviews with dozens of men and women who knew and worked with both men, including members of the Nixon and Eisenhower families.

More at the author’s website, Jeffrey Frank.

HUBALEK'S STITCH OF COURAGE UPDATED

Butterfield Books Inc. recently updated the book, Stitch of Courage by Kansas author Linda K. Hubalek. This book chronicles the author’s ancestors, Maggie Kennedy Pieratt and Margaret Ralston Kennedy roles in making Kansas a free state 152 years ago last week.

“We think of the Civil War mainly happening in the South, but the feud over slavery flared up between Missouri and the Territory of Kansas with its opening in 1854. It was seven long years of turmoil before Kansas got its statehood on January 29, 1861. And who was taking care of the homestead and family, planting crops, and trying to ward off border ruffians when the men were out fighting or hiding along the creek banks? The women of the family…” said Linda K. Hubalek.

When putting together Stitch of Courage Hubalek found out that her ancestors fought with Beecher Bible rifles, helped with the Underground Railroad, and chased Quantrill after he and his men raided Lawrence.

Hubalek’s other works include Trail of Thread, the Butter in the Well, and the Planting Dreams series, all available from Butterfield Books.

WRITING CONTEST FOR KANSAS KIDS

You need to check into www.kansasbookfestival.com for 2013 updates, as below:

The date of the festival will be September 7 and it will be located on the grounds of and inside the Kansas State Capitol. We’d like to send out a HUGE thank you to our friends at the Kansas Historical Society for their support in hosting us the last two years. It’s because of their great work that we’ve grown to need a larger venue!p> It's not on the festival website yet, but Kansas first lady Mary Brownback announced Friday the start of the Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest.

The governor’s office said the theme for this year’s contest, which runs through April 30, is “Kansas Isn’t Flat It’s ... ” The theme asks students to use their creative minds to set straight the common myth about Kansas. There will be a first- and second-place winner in each grade level division in each of the state’s four congressional districts.

The divisions are grades three to five, sixth to eight and nine to 12. Winners will be contacted by July 31 and announced at the 2013 Kansas Book Festival on September 7.

This is the second year Payless ShoeSource is sponsoring the writing contest.