The Roys’ Bios
The author of Transapparent, a literary novel; Library Dog, a youth novel; Truth War, 2017 Stageplay 1st place; and editor of the anthology HWG Journal#2; Roy Stucky lives in rural Kansas.
A KAC member since 2016, Stucky has been awarded 17 places and 16 honorable mentions in poetry and prose in KAC’s annual state literary contests. Roy was Prose Writer of the Year in 2017 and in 2019.
Stucky uses his bachelor’s in Management Information Systems as a network administrator. Much of his writing is lyrics for the band Mirror Covenant. Roy's author page is at mirrorcovenant.com/author.
In addition to being a reading addict, Roy has been a tractor driver, Mensa member, roofer, photographer, logger, alternative energy retailer, computer programmer, cabinet maker, chess pretender, house painter, dairy farmer, inventor, hunter, web designer, and “a frightful bore who excels at the latter.”
Roy Stucky can be contacted at
and (316) 833-2504 in Pretty Prairie.
Roy Beckemeyer has authored four poetry books, Mouth Brimming Over (2019, Blue Cedar Press), Stage Whispers (2018, Meadowlark Books, 2019 Nelson Poetry Book Award winner), Amanuensis Angel (2018, Spartan Press), and Music I Once Could Dance To (2014, Coal City Press, a Kansas Notable Book). He serves on the editorial boards of the online journals Konza Journal, River City Poetry, and Heartland! Poetry of Love, Resistance, & Solidarity. Roy and his wife, Pat, live in Wichita, Kansas.
Beckemeyer joined KAC in 2010 and has held positions in District 5 and state levels, including KAC President (2016-2017). He has been awarded 47 places and 22 honorable mentions in poetry and prose in ten years of entering KAC’s annual literary contests. He was Poetry Writer of the Year in 2013 and 2015 through 2019.
Roy is retired from nearly 30 years with the Boeing Company and has a Ph.D. degree from KU. In his retirement years he has traveled extensively, edited two scientific journals, conducted research on the systematics and distribution of dragonflies, and is an authority on the Paleozoic insect fauna of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama; he has named over 20 new species of fossil insects.
Roy Beckemeyer may be contacted at
and his author’s page may be found at
"THE KAC ANNUAL LITERARY CONTEST: A FULL-SPECTRUM WRITING WORKOUT" - Excerpts from the handouts:
"Contest-winning is a consequence of the systematic writer-training the Contest provides. Contest-winning is thus a long-term proposition. Year after year you submit as many of your strongest entries in as many categories as possible. This is the simple and obvious fact that works you never enter cannot win. If a piece did not win, ask yourself why. Compare it to one of your winners. Look for weaknesses. In winners, look for strengths. Use these close inspections of your writing as the basis for revision, for rewriting."
Want to hear more? Come to the February meeting. Free. Visitors welcome. Q&A after the presentation. Writing Tips. Writing Prompts.
- Kansas Authors Club District 5 Monthly Meeting is open to the public.
- When: Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 1:30-3:30 p.m.
- Where: Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th St. N., Wichita KS (just west of Rock Rd. on the south side of 29th Street). Park in the Visitors lot and enter the Welcome Entrance walking left through the main dining room to the Lakeview Dining Room.