Roy Beckemeyer, KAC State President, has had two poems accepted for the latest issue of the literary journal Coal City Review (Volume 38, 2016, edited by Brian Daldorph), and one poem in the latest issue of I-70 Review (Summer/Fall 2016, edited by Gary Lechliter, Maryfrances Wagner, Greg Field, and Jan Duncan-O'Neal). In addition, his photograph of a truck traversing I-70 near Oakley, Kansas against a colorful morning sky was chosen as the cover image for this issue.
KAC District 5 is a Community Partner at the 14th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival, October 12 - 16, 2016.
District 5 will have the opportunity to distribute our newsletters and talk about KAC before the independent documentary, Author: The JT LeRoy Story. The documentary will be shown twice, Friday, October 14 at
10 a.m. at Roxy's and Saturday, October 15, at 10 a.m. at the Historical Museum.
Information about the film and tickets is available on the Tallgrass Film Festival website at the following link: http://prod5.agileticketing.net/WebSales/pages/info.aspx?epguid=d07750e5-7707-406d-96c0-dfb24ecefdf0&evtinfo=56090~e24d5882-3c39-4d57-abe2-8c30889a0e4b&.
The Tallgrass Film Festival is an annual event which takes place in Wichita, Kansas every year. This year, over 190 independent films from 33 countries will be available to the public.
Writers! The deadline for the Kansas Authors Club State Writing Contest is quickly approaching. Submissions will be accepted until midnight, June 15. That's this Wednesday.
The rules and guidelines are available on the poster pictured (click to enlarge). Good luck and see you at the Convention!
Kansas Authors Club members won several awards in the 2016 Kansas Voices Writing Contest for both poetry and fiction.
Roy Beckemeyer, President of KAC and Publicity Chair of District 5, won several awards in the 2016 Kansas Voices Writing Contest. His poem, "Staying Warm," won 1st place in the Adult Free Verse category. And his poem "Cerebellum's Fire," won 1st place in the Adult Traditional Poetry category as well as the overall 2016 Kansas Voices Poetry Award. The awards included cash prizes that totaled $400.
He said "I have been entering the Kansas Voices contest for the past several years, and had never received an award before. This speaks, I would say, to the need for perseverance in your writing. Keep trying, keep on submitting. I am very happy to have won this year, but believe me, also quite humbled. I encourage everyone to enter Kansas Voices in 2017, which will be the 28th year of the contest."
Grace Becker of D5 won 1st place and an Honorable Mention in a Short Story Fiction, and Diane Wahto of D5 won two Honorable Mentions in Traditional Poetry and one in a Free Verse.
KAC members Tyler Sheldon (Emporia) won an Honorable Mention in poetry and Annable Corrick (Topeka) won 1st place in Mystery and an Honorable Mention in Adult Writing for Youth.
Congratulations to every writer who submitted entries to the 2016 Kansas Voices Writing Contest and congratulations to the winners.
A complete list of winners is available online on the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council website.
Kansas Authors Club District Five held its December Meeting Saturday the 12th at the Rockwell Branch Library. The December Meeting includes a read-around by members, and this year, as in last year, KAC Youth Contest Award Winners were invited to come to the meeting and read their winning entries. Seven young people attended and impressed us all with their writing and reading skills.
From left, Vasuma Chaparala, who read her 1st ("One Simple Wish") and 2nd ("Global Peace") place winners in the Grades 7-8 Non-Fiction Contest, Sarah Chocron, who read her Honorable Mention winning Grades 5-6 Fiction entry, "To Change the Past"; Amit Bhosale, who read his 2nd place entry in the Grades 5-6 Non-Fiction category, "Today's Robots"; Arya Bhosale, with his 3rd place entry in the Grades 3-4 contest, "Lessons from My Mistakes"; Sabarish Ravi, who received two Grades 3-4 Fiction Honorable Mentions for "Sae Ranger" and "Nothing To Do," and a 3rd place award for his poem "If I Were a Seed"; Oshada Koraleggedara, who took 1st place in Grades 1-2 Fiction with "Shark Adventure"; Nithish Aravinthan, who was recognized as KAC Youth Writer of the Year for 2015, took four awards in Grades 1-2: 2nd place in FIction with "The Haunted House," 1st and 2nd places in Poetry with "The Coconut Song" and "Boo! Scared You!" and 3rd place in Non-Fiction, "What Makes Us Better People."
KAC District 5 member, Sam Majdi, has designated one last day for his readers to obtain the Kindle version of his third book, Nobel Laureates in Literature, free of charge.
On Saturday, December 12, readers can click on this link to download the Kindle version of the book.
PLAY READING OF NEW SCRIPT BY KANSAS PLAYWRIGHT
The Guild Hall Players, an award-winning community theatre group in Wichita, is presenting a partially
staged reading of the new script THREE ROADS TO BEYOND by Kansas native playwright, Joyce Markley,
at 2 and 7 pm on Sunday, November 1.
The play focuses on the Hammerschmidts, a farm family in southcentral Kansas, in the early 1950s. They are a family of seven who face the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Mr. and Mrs. Hammerschmidt are loving parents of three sons and two daughters, all of whom are experiencing their individual growing pains. Buddy has just returned from Korea and is engaged to be married to an Australian girl he brought home. Frank is learning how hard it is to grow from being a carefree boy to become a responsible young man. John is trying to cope with the consequences of an accident that will change his future. Ann is becoming a young woman and facing the unknowns of
possible romance. Margie is the littlest and beginning to experience the larger world around her.
The reading will feature fourteen experienced actors from the Wichita theatre community who have played leading and featured roles in a wide range of plays and musicals. The production is being directed by Dr. Phil Speary, artistic director of the Guild Hall Players and a dean at Butler Community College.
Partially staged readings of new scripts involve actors in costume doing dramatic readings of the script with minimal furniture and props. The practice is increasingly popular in the region as a means of giving actors, playwrights and audiences more exposure to promising new plays.
Joyce Markley is a playwright who has written extensively. Productions of several of her scripts have been presented at community and high school theatres in the region. THREE ROADS TO BEYOND is the third of a trilogy. The other two plays, THE SUPPER TABLE and DOVETAIL, have been successfully produced in Kansas.
THREE ROADS TO BEYOND will be presented at the Guild Hall at St. James Episcopal Church 3750 E.
Douglas in Wichita Nov. 1 at 2 and 7 pm. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted.
The playwright will be present at both readings. For reservations, call 316-683-5686.
The 2016 Kansas Authors Club state officers were selected by a vote of the members at the 2015 KAC Convention this past weekend. Please join us in congratulating these individuals and thanking them for their service.
KANSAS AUTHOR'S CLUB OFFICERS FOR STATE BOARD 2016
1. President: Roy J. Beckemeyer
2. Vice-president: Ronda Miller
3. Recording Secretary: Maryann Barry
4. Asst. Recording Secretary: Anne Shiever
5. Financial Secretary: Vicki Julian
6. Treasurer: Cathy Callen
7. Yearbook Editor: Tracy Million Simmons
8. Web Site Manager: Carol Yoho
9. Newsletter Editor: Reaona Hemmingway
10. Archivist: Don Pady til Dec 2015--need Officer to fill position
11. New Member Chairman: Gloria Zachgo
12. Youth Contest Chairman: Jerilynn Henrickson
13. Poetry Contest Mgr; Wendy Crowley Devilbiss
14. Prose Contest Mgr: Michael D. Graves
15. Publicity Chairman: Anne Shiever
16. Awards Chairman: Diane Wahto
17. Writers in the Community: Raj R. Bajaj
18. Parliamentarian: Doris Schroeder-
The nominee list for KAC State Board and Officer positions is complete with one exception, that of archivist. Don Pady, outgoing archivist, will stay on board through December 2015 to aid whoever takes on this key position.
Are you interested in history? In writing? Step forward and volunteer. Contact Nominating Committee Chair Doris Schroeder (email@example.com or 620-662-0197).
Your Club needs you!
Roy J. Beckemeyer
KAC State Vice-President
The nominating committee chair for KAC state-level officers and board members has a full slate for 2016 except for three positions:
Youth Writing Contest Manager
Adult Poetry Contest Manager
Adult Prose Contest Manager.
The transition in 2015 to an internet-based system for entering, using Submittable, has made the managers' jobs much easier.
If you are willing to take on one of these rewarding positions, please contact Doris Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for considering this.