MacQueen’s Quinterly: Poetry & Hybrids: Robert L. Dean, Jr.: Borrowed Time
D5 member Robert L. Dean, Jr. has a poem in the new issue of MacQueen's Quinterly, issue 7, March 2021. The poem is titled "Borrowed Time." A link to the poem page is included here. Dean has been in every issue of MacQueen's Quinterly to date. Be sure to check out the rest of the issue also!
MacQueen’s Quinterly: Poetry & Hybrids: Robert L. Dean, Jr.: Borrowed Time
The D5 monthly meeting was called to order at 1:37 by president Connie White. The program was presented by Cindy Roupe and Eric Norris about Kansas Notable Books. The two presenters gave attendees an overview of how books are chosen, including who makes up the committee and the requirements for books to be considered for the honor.
Following the presentation, there was a brief business meeting. Information was given about the 2021 Convention in Topeka on October 8-10, and the writing contest from April 1-June 15. Next, the D5 Facebook page was discussed. Gretchen Eick and Amy Ackerman agreed to be co-administrators.
The meeting concluded with a read-around of pieces based on the prompt “A positive discovery I have made due to the COVID lockdowns.” The meeting was adjourned at 3:33
Amy Ackerman, secretary
Cindy Roupe and Eric Norris will speak March 13 at 1:30. After a question and answer session, a read-around will take place. Click on the button below to register for the meeting. We hope to see you there.
Following the presentation by Eric Norris and Cindy Roupe, D5 president Connie White will conduct a short business meeting. The remaining time will be spent in a read-around.
Topic: A positive discovery I have made due to the COVID lockdowns.
Prose word limits: 500 words (under 3 minutes)
Poetry limits: piece(s) can be read in under 3 minutes
This should be fun. Exercise your creativity and word-smithing skills.
If you have not registered for the March 13 D5 meeting at 1:30, please click the button below.
Ann Fell launched her latest book this month. Undoubtedly a divergence from her previous books--hardly suspense fiction and there’s not a single piano in its pages--Grandma Georgia’s Recipe File was a fulfilling project in several ways.
Fell explained, “It was heartening to go back and spend time in memories with my grandmother, to read her letters again, and discover how my life fits into family and regional history. When contemplating the future, it’s helpful to remember where we came from, the pillars that support us.”
In the downtime of COVID restrictions, Fell discovered healing through memories. Designing and publishing a book of family recipes to surprise her grandmother’s granddaughters, (now all grandmothers themselves) was good medicine. Beyond that, she took advantage of this opportunity to engage in a learning experience on formatting books for publication, a skill she highly recommends to anyone who is bitten by the writing bug. “It’s not as hard as I always thought,” she said.
The idea of publishing family recipes is one she also recommends. “It’s astonishing how much positive attention this book release has received.” Everyone loves a family cookbook, even if it doesn’t originate in your family. In a very real way, our stories are told by the food we prepare, share, and eat.
Copies of Grandma Georgia’s Recipe File can be ordered from Ann or through Amazon by clicking the button below.
District 5 recently held a writing contest for Tracey Anderson’s gifted Sixth-grade English classes in Derby. Judges were Connie White, Gretchen Eick, Sandee Taylor, Amy Ackerman, Taylor Stuckey, and Ray aka "Griz" Racobs. We used two judges for each of three genres: flash fiction, short story, and poetry. We wanted the kids to see how different judges vary in their evaluations. We awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and some honorable mentions for each genre. Griz and Connie presented the kids with their awards (gift cards or cash and certificates, and spent an hour with each group talking about our experiences as writers. The kids were eager to talk, and asked us to come back next year. We would encourage the districts to reach out to the schools in this manner. We will be asking more D5 members to join in the judging next year. We received Derby school water bottles filled with candy, and thank-you cards handmade by the students.
What is Kansas Notable Books?
Do you have questions about the State Library of Kansas? Ask Eric Norris, Kansas State Librarian.
Eric Norris and Cindy Roupe will be talking on Zoom about Kansas Notable Books March 13 at 1:30
Cindy Roupe is the Director of Reference for the State Library of Kansas, a position she has held since 2005. In 2008, Cindy assumed the duties of coordination of the Kansas Notable Books program at the State Library. During that time, she has worked with over 200 Notable Books committee members and delivered 13 years of Notable Books lists. That’s 195 books!
To register for this Zoom meeting, click the button below.
Cindy Roupe is the Director of Reference and Eric Norris is the State Librarian for the Kansas State Library. They will speak about Kansas Notable books and the Kansas Book Festival. Annually a committee of academics, librarians, and authors of previous Notable Books identifies 15 quality titles from among those published the previous year, and Eric Norris, the State Librarian, makes the final selection. Books must be either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List gives visibility to contemporary writers in Kansas and encourages readers to enjoy their best writing. For 20 years, September has brought the National Book Festival to Washington, DC. One notable book is selected from Kansas' award winners to be highlighted at this festival and an event honoring Kansas writers is held in Topeka. Learn more from our speakers!
Following a question and answer session, a brief club meeting and read-around will take place. Pieces are limited to less than 500 words. The suggested topic: A Positive Discovery I Have Made Due to the Covid-19 Lockdowns.
NOTE: This is a Zoom meeting. To register for this Zoom meeting click the button below.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE PROGRAMS WILL BE PRESENTED ON LINE.
WE WILL START AT 1:30 WITH THE SPEAKER FOLLOWED BY Q&A FOR THE FIRST HOUR OR SO, FOLLOWED BY WRITING TO PROMPTS RELATED TO THE SPEAKER’S PRESENTATION. HAVE YOUR PENCIL/PEN AND PAPER OR WORD DOCUMENT READY—YOU CAN OPEN A WORD DOCUMENT AND WRITE WHILE YOU ARE ON ZOOM.
Register to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org____and you will be emailed the Zoom link to click to participate.
March 13— Cindy Roupe and Eric Norris respectively direct the Kansas Notable Books and Kansas Festival of Books programs and will speak about how Kansas writers can be involved in them.
April 10— Amy Sage Webb teaches at Emporia State and judged KAC’s 2020 Flash Fiction contest. She will speak about writing effective flash fiction followed by a writing exercise for participants.
May 8—Prisca Barnes directs Storytime Village and has written a children’s book on The Dockum Sit-ins, the first successful student-led sit-ins of the civil rights movement which happened in Wichita in 1958. She will speak about writing racially inclusive books for kids, followed by a writing prompted exercise for participants.
June 12— Marilyn Johnson is on the KAC Board and chairs Writers in the Community as well as being a member of KAC’s Convention Planning Committee. She has published a Middle Grade Fantasy novel Little Magpie and the Wild Pony Hunt. Current works include a Science Fiction short story Celestial Tourist and and her Time Keeper Trilogy. Book I, Time Dancer, Books 2 and 3, Jitterbug Dancer and Weaver Dancers, now being completed. The science fiction series is a Time Travel/Historical Fiction genre. Marilyn will speak about WRITING SYFY/FANTASY: TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS. Her tips are from well-established authors published with traditional publishing houses. Topics include Character Development, Identifying Your Reader Base, Anchoring Your Story, Fight Scenes and Write Your Truth.
July 10 Lois Ruby is the author of 21 historical novels for young adults, including Steal Away Home, which was named an IRA Young Adults' Choice and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) and adopted as part of their the curriculum by school systems in Tennessee and Georgia. Before she turned to writing, she was a young adult librarian for the Dallas Public Library. She lived for 30 years in Wichita, KS.
August 14--Julie Sellers, KAC ‘Best Prose Writer 2020. on writing more effective prose including fiction for specific niches and markets. Her 2021 book, Kindred Verses, will especially appeal to Anne of Green Gables fans who span the world.
September 11—Gretchen Eick, professor of history emerita and author of two scholarly historical books and four novels, (speculative fiction and historical novels) will speak on Reading, Researching, and Writing Historical Settings and Subjects.
October 9-- Annette Billings and Huascar Medina, Writing and Performing Poetry for the Soul. Medina is Kansas poet laureate and Billings a beloved spoken word artist. (Medina is not yer confirmed)
November 13--Chelsea Monroe-Cassel, author, artist, and designer (www.InnattheCrossroads.com) designs beautiful cookbooks that include luscious photos, images, and recipes from popular video games and classic works of fiction. Her Official Cookbook for The Game of Thrones was her first big success, followed by World of War Craft, Star Wars, etc. She will speak to us from her 200+ year old Vermont farmhouse.
December 11 Holiday Party and read-around.
January 12-- (TO BE CONFIRMED)
The D5 February meeting was called to order at 1:40 by president Connie White. The speaker was Tracy Million Simmons from Meadowlark Press. Following an overview of Meadowlark Press, she presented different methods for authors to get published, and the pros and cons of each method. There was then a question and answer session for further clarification about the specifics of publishing. Several out of district guests attended this informative meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 3:22.
Amy Ackerman, secretary
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