The minutes from the District 5 February meeting are posted here. Highlights from the meeting include discussions about the D5 Blog and the State Prose contest as well as descriptions about the writing program for the month. If you missed the meeting or have forgotten a detail, go check out the February 2017 D5 Meeting Minutes.
The Feast poetry reading takes place this Saturday, February 18, 2017, at City Arts, 334 N. Mead, Wichita.
Featured poets on Saturday are:
Dennis Etzel, Jr. lives with Carrie and the boys in Topeka, KS where he teaches English at Washburn University. He has an MFA from the University of Kansas and an MA and Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Kansas State University. He has two chapbooks, The Sum of Two Mothers (ELJ Publications 2013) and My Graphic Novel (Kattywompus Press 2015), a poetic memoir, My Secret Wars of 1984 (Blazevox 2015), and Fast-Food Sonnets (Coal City Review Press 2016).
Britny Cordera is the youngest published poet at the University Nebraska of Omaha. Recently she received her BFA in creative writing through UNO's Writers Workshop. Her poetry can be found in the Pinyon Review, Prairie Margins, Peacock Journal, and others. In 2016, Cordera was nominated for a pushcart prize, and in 2015 her maiden voyage––Wingmakers––was published by Pinyon Publishing. Known in Omaha as the Old Market Poet, she is often set up with her Corona 3, in the Old Market district, sharing her work with the world.
Come join us on Saturday, Feb. 18th at CityArts to hear these fabulous poets read their work!
There will be an open mic following readings by the featured poets."
KAC District 5 member, John Howell, passed away January 22, 2017. His obituary can be found at http://kotn.org/John-Obit-Larksfield.pdf.
In lieu of flowers: Kansas State Library, Capitol Building, Room 312-N, 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1593; Kansas Sampler Foundation, 978 Arapaho Rd., Inman, KS 67546. Tributes to www.dlwichita.com.
Memorial service at a later date.
Our next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 11, 1:30-3:30 at Larksfield Place on 29th Street between Woodlawn and Rock Roads North. Park in the lot and walk in the main entrance, through the dining room to the room at the far left.
Back by popular demand the program will be, "WHY I LOVE TO WRITE" Bring your favorite opening sentences of a novel to share--several sentences only, not the entire page. After sharing these powerful words, we will write our own powerful openings and analyze how to pull readers in with the first paragraph.
Like last year, we will then use Dove chocolate candies, each containing a love message that will be our individual writing prompt. Using the prompt we will write one or more sentences with a Valentine theme based on the prompt we received. Humor is good!
Vice President Gretchen Eick will also report on the line up of programs for the year.
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.
KAC meetings are free and open to the public. Come early for treats and socializing.
The 2017 KAC Contest Guidelines are now available. Submissions start soon, so check out the guidelines and start writing!
Winners will be announced at the 2017 KAC Convention in Coffeyville October 13, 14, and 15, 2017.
District 5 member, Robert L. Dean, Jr., has had his poem, "At the Lake with Heisenberg," accepted for publication by I-70 Review. The publication will be available September 2017.
The Kindle version of Sam Majdi's third book, The Nobel Laureates in Literature 1901-2014, is available free of charge on the following dates:
Friday, January 20, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
On those days, you can purchase the Kindle version of The Nobel Laureates in Literature 1901-2014 for free by going to the Amazon page here.
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.