Tom Sullivan, President, was going to be an engineer, until halfway through engineering school when he succumbed to a fascination with language and literature. It eventually enlarged into a BA in English literature, which then metastasized into work as a copywriter and proofreader. To cope with these developments, Tom wrote about William Blake and aesthetic theory in his master’s thesis. After a stint in Mongolia with the US Peace Corps, Tom returned to Kansas City and went into business in 2011 as Sullivan Wordsmithing. Tom specializes in academic and technical editing and working with ESL authors. In more than a decade of working with words, Tom has engaged topics from engineering and computer science to theatre criticism and philosophy. He has worked on book manuscripts, theses and dissertations, academic journals, web copy, advertising copy, marketing materials, and more. Tom is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Visit sullivanwordsmithing.com to see more of Tom’s work.
Barbara Kietzer Roberts writing includes a novel, essays, short stories, and flash pieces, several of which have won awards from the Missouri Writers Guild, St. Louis Writers Guild, Kansas Authors Club, and most recently, the Johnson County Library’s ‘Building a Better World’ contest. She is published in Well Versed (Columbia Writers Guild), for her short story Tempest, and poetry. She is also a contributing writer for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Her novel, BIND, for which she is seeking representation, won first place in the Missouri Writers Guild, First Chapters-Mystery contest. She’s a member of the Kansas City Writers Group and Missouri Writers Guild. She earned a B.A. from the University of Missouri, and M.B.A. from Rockhurst University. You can see more of her work at www.barbarakietzerroberts.wordpress.com Twitter: @BarbKRoberts1; Instagram: @BarbKietzerRoberts
Edwin Frownfelter, Treasurer, is a lawyer and writer. He serves as editor and principal author of the email newsletter of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which circulates monthly to a mailing list over 70,000. He is the author of an independently published novel, Ghost Writer (2014), and has received awards in formal poetry and flash fiction in the Whispering Prairie Press writing contest. He has given presentations before literary festivals on copyright law and Internet resources for writers. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Chelsea Muzar recently graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She’s been writing since high school, where she received her first award from the Prairie Land Writing Project at Missouri Western State University. Published in print and on the stage, Chelsea’s fiction merges the uncanny with the familiar. She’s currently drafting her debut novel.
Ken Buch is an artist, playwright, poet, and writer. His writing has been featured in Evolving Magazine. His paintings were part of a group show at VALA Gallery and published in Kansas City Voices. He attended a playwrights’ intensive workshop through the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in Kansas City and wrote and performed two plays in the KC Fringe Festival. He is the president of the board of directors for the Kansas City Friends of Jung and presents lectures and workshops on depth psychology locally and for other Jung societies. His programs include introductory classes on Jung’s psychology, the psychology of religion, creativity, and depression. He was a programmer and in the IT field for over 20 years. He holds a BS in chemical engineering and a PhD in aerospace engineering. You can see some of his work at kabuch.com.
Sandy Leppin, Secretary, is an award-winning scenic designer, artist, and writer. She is an Artist INC fellow, a recipient of the Mordecai Gorelik Excellence in Scenic Design award, and holds two commendations from the Kennedy Center ACTF. Her past credits include productions with the Tony-winning Alabama and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, and inclusion in the World Stage Design Toronto exhibition. She was a contributing author to Kansas City Voices Volume 14.
Lindsay Rice is a writer, tutor and creative individual who loves to share the joy and challenges of writing. She returned to Kansas City in 2013 after living in several U.S. cities, Canada and Japan. Lindsay has been writing poetry and prose since middle school and won a National Scholastic Writing Award. She studied poetry and fiction at The University of Iowa, and her poem, Elementals I was recently published in The Green Hills Literary Lantern. In addition to working on poetry and her first novel, she tutors middle school and high school students in academic and creative writing: www.lindsayriceassociates.com. Lindsay is thrilled to be a part of Whispering Prairie Press.
Spencer Cramer, Vice President, is an award-winning short story author and screenwriter. He has received acclaim for many of his short screenplays, and his short story Robin was featured in Kansas City Voices Volume 14. Spencer holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and is a member of the Kansas Writers Association. You can see selected works at his website thecolossus.blog.