"Ice Dancer", a poem by D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., appears in the new Winter 2021 issue of Sheila-Na-Gig online. This is his third consecutive appearance in Sheila-Na-Gig online. Dean met the editor, Hayley Mitchell Haugen, at a SpoFest Zoom reading---so come to the SpoFest Zoom reading on Tuesday, the 7th, as you never know who you might meet! The link below goes directly to Dean's poem, but be sure to read the entire issue.
Please join D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr., as co-host for SpoFest on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, at 6 PM. Featured poets include: Patrice Melnick, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, and Alise Versalla, James Bryant (Mine Host), Rick C. Christiansen (Eye in the Sky), and Robert L. Dean.
At this event, you'll meet folks from all over the country (and a few from around the world). SpoFest is a poetry community created by James Bryant, a resident of Sedalia, MO.
BONUS: A drawing for a signed copy of Robert L. Dean Jr's book At the Lake with Heisenberg.
An open mic for participants to read their poetry will be available after the feature program, so have something ready to read. Two options are available for attending this event. The Zoom option is recommended.
D5 members traditionally have a social and read-around as the program for the December meeting. This meeting is when we elect our officers for the next year. Please attend either via Zoom (You'll have to provide your own snacks.) or in person (Consider bringing a treat.).
Prose limits: under 5 minutes
Poetry limits: piece(s) can be read in under 5 minutes
Prose & Poetry same author limits: under 5 minutes
This should be fun for both in-person and Zoom attendees.
REMINDER: KAC dues need to be paid by December 31.
Pay your dues by visiting the KAC website here.
Kansas Authors Club D5 meeting is in-person or on Zoom. The in-person location is at Asbury Church 2801 W. 15th N, Wichita, Saturday, December 11, 1:30-3:30 PM. We meet in the Fireside room which can be accessed through the southwest door of the church. If you cannot attend at the physical location, meet with us via Zoom by clicking on the button below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Lois Ruby who presented to D5 about writing young adult literature will be at Watermark Books Saturday, December 4 at 1 PM. She has 23 published books and lived many of her adult years in Wichita.
The November D5 meeting was called to order at 1:30. President Connie White asked treasurer Ray Racobs to give a treasure’s report.
Vice president Gretchen Eick introduced the speakers Huascar Medina and Annette Billings. Their presentation consisted of reading and reciting their poetry in such a manner it felt like a poetry conversation. It was a creative and entertaining program. The presentation is available for viewing on YouTube on the Kansas Authors Club channel. Use the button located at the bottom of the minutes. We encourage you to watch it at your leisure.
Following the presentation, a short business meeting was held. Connie expressed a desire that new people consider serving in one of the D5 board positions: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, web manager, and membership chair. We would love to see you in person (or via Zoom). Please bring a short composition to share.
The December meeting is traditionally a social gathering with treats and a read around. The next meeting is December 11.
Huascar Medina, the Poet Laureate of Kansas since 2019, and Annette Hope Billings are presenting during the D5 meeting this Saturday. You won't want to miss experiencing the creativity of these gifted people.
D5 will meet on Saturday, November 13. We meet in person at Asbury Church on 15th Street and St. Paul Street. Enter through the southwest door. The meeting will start promptly at 1:30. The presentation is the first thing on the agenda. There is no need to preregister if you are attending in person.
For those of you who will attend via Zoom, click on the registration link below.
Huascar Medina, the Poet Laureate of Kansas since 2019, has been nominated to serve on the National Council on the Arts by President Joe Biden. Medina is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. His message is one of poetry as truth and finding empathy. He desires to be seen as another person. Not as a person of color, not as a Hispanic male, not a Latino, but as a Kansan living in Kansas.
Annette Hope Billings is an African-American Kansas poet, playwright, actress and nurse. She has written two collections of poetry, one-act plays, and numerous short stories. Annette’s readers have dubbed her “Maya of the Midwest,” a moniker she allows with all due humility and gratitude. She is known for her performance delivery style.
D5 will meet on Saturday, November 13. We will meet in person at Asbury Church on 15th Street and St. Paul Street. Enter through the southwest door. The meeting will start promptly at 1:30. There is no need to preregister if you are attending in person. For those of you who will attend via Zoom, click on the registration link below.
We have an opportunity to have a Christmas-themed Writers of the Wheat event on Friday, December 3rd at the Sunflower Plaza at 417 E. Gilbert, Wichita to sell our books. Writers of the Wheat is a loosely organized group of Kansas writers who have either independently or traditionally published books. If you know of a published Kansas author/poet, please tell them about the event. Shopping bags with a Writers of the Wheat sticker will be available at the entrance. A small admission fee will be charged. Each author/poet should have “bling” at their table. (individually wrapped candy, bookmarks, pencils, pens, magnets, etc.) Hopefully, at least fifty author/poets will participate. At the end of the night, customers will have a bag of goodies and hopefully some of our books.
Organizers need a headcount for people interested in bringing their books and/or manning a pay station. More detailed information will be given to interested people. Contact Tracy Edingfield. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Sullivan began writing short stories in kindergarten and continued on to write longer works as she got older. Her strength is writing contemporary romance, and one of her manuscripts was on the list for three out of five rounds of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
After eight years of educational sign language interpreting and a progressive hearing loss, she has transitioned to the role of a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing for Wichita Public Schools; she is a student of the Texas Woman’s University’s online Deaf Education master’s program.
When she isn’t writing, teaching, or studying, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, or her two cats, Pickles and Banana. She is an active participant in Beer & Spirituality, a local discussion group and ministry that explores spiritual questions and doubts for those who aren’t too sure about church.
Currently, Nicole is venturing outside of her typical contemporary romance and exploring the science-fiction genre with a space opera that is prepped to be her 2021 NaNoWriMo project.
Friends of the Winfield Public Library invited D5 member Ann Fell to talk about her writing journey at their October 11 meeting. Ann shared her lifelong quest to learn how to be a writer in a packed on-site event. Her speech was titled, “Sonatas and Songbirds: Past, Present and Future.” In it Ann shared her past, present, and future hopes for writing.
From being an avid bookworm as a child, to finding a niche in literary circles, her heart has always been set on free-lance writing. As a young adult, articles appeared in KANSAS!, family magazines, and trade journals in the piano service industry while she worked diligently on her first novel. Tragic family events sidelined her dreams for several decades. She is now writing again.
Ann advises, “It’s never too late to follow where your heart leads, but be prepared for a detour or two.”
Ann has published four books in the last ten years.
In the Shadow of the Wind
Grandma Georgia's Recipe File
Sonata of Elsie Lenore
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