Diane Wahto, KAC D5 president, author of Leap of Faith and co-editor of 365 Days, and Ronda Miller, KAC D2 president and state KAC vice president, and author of Moonstain, will read their poetry at The Feast, 1 p.m., Jan. 21, 2017, CityArts, 334 N. Mead, Old Town, Wichita, Kansas. A question and answer period and an open mic will follow
Due to the predictions of dangerously icy weather on Saturday, January 14,the January District 5 meeting is canceled. The program on writing letters to the editor is postponed until February 11th. We hope to see everyone then. Please stay safe and warm.
The recent predictions of possible ice storms this weekend have prompted the following message about meetings in the case of dangerous weather.
We will do our best to have the January 14 meeting as planned; however, if the roads are icy, please be safe and remain home. We do not want anyone to be in harm's way trying to make it to the District 5 meeting.
The next District 5 meeting will be January 14, 2017. The date that was originally posted was an error. I regret any confusion this has caused.
--Cindi Kerr, D5 Website Editor
On January 14th with the inauguration six days away, three successful editorial writers will share their strategies for writing letters to the editor that get published: Diane Wahto, a poet who taught English Composition at Butler Community College before her retirement; Dr. Prem Bajaj, Associate Professor Emeritus in mathematics and statistics at Wichita State; and Michael Poage, author of 9 books of poetry and instructor in WSU’s Intensive English program.
Diane is the current president of District 5 KAC and Prem is a past president. Following their comments members will write their own letters, sharing as time allows. Come prepared to write!
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th St. N., Wichita KS 67226.
Enter the drive at 7373 East 29th St N. (just west of Rock Rd on the south side of 29th Street).
Follow sign arrow to the Visitors Center parking.
From the visitors' parking lot enter the Welcome Entrance adjacent to that lot. This month only the meeting will take place in the Auditorium rather than the Lakeview Room.
Come early for treats and socializing.
D5 Board Members: There will be a short Board Meeting prior to the meeting, 12:30-1:00.
The members of KAC District 5 will vote for 2017 Board members during the December meeting. Be sure to attend the meeting to honor the D5 Youth Award winners and vote for the 2017 D5 Board members.
The following members have volunteered for these positions:
President: Diane Wahto
Vice-President: Gretchen Eick
Secretary: Connie White
Treasurer: Ray "Griz" Racobs
Public Relations: Roy Beckemeyer
Membership List: Conrad Jestmore
Website Editor: Cindi Kerr
BkMk Press has announced two book contests, the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. These contests are awarded annually to collections of poetry and short fiction in English by a living author and offer $1,000 and book publication from BkMk Press for each winner.
Contest details can be found at the website here. Submission deadline is January 15, 2017.
Literary Event in Wichita: A great poetry reading: Raylyn Clatcher's The Feast! A monthly poetry gathering at CityArts, 334 N Mead, Wichita, 67202, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, 1:00-3:00 pm. Featured poets will be Annette Billings and Eric McHenry, Kansas' poet laureate.
The reading is free and open to the public. Open mic and Q&A to follow. Those of you who attended the KAC Convention in Lawrence back in October know how great these two poets are. Those who missed them have a second chance here. Hope to see you there.
For more information, check out the events page on Facebook, here.
Submitted by Roy Beckemeyer, KAC State President
KAC dues reminders have gone out to all KAC members. If you have not paid your dues for 2017, please pay them by December 31, 2016 to remain current. New members who paid for their membership at the KAC Annual Convention are paid through 2017. The annual dues helps to pay for the KAC Yearbooks, newsletters, and KAC Annual Convention.