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Poetry, Memoir and “Biomythography”

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Poetry and memoir can be alike on some levels, different on others. Jill Bialosky, in “The Unreasoning Mask: The Shared Interior Architecture of Poetry and Memoir,” (The Kenyon Review, Spring, 2013) says “… what the two art forms share are a tone of intimate connection with a reader …” One of the biggest differences is that memoir is thought by… Read more »

Art Trends in Kansas City: What Collectors are Looking For

Shelly Cascio opened brandonjacobs gallery in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri in February 2016. Here at Whispering Prairie Press, Cascio is our go-to advisor for recent art trends in Kansas City and has become our educator in the art collection process. Cascio and her team provide a platform that connects artists and collectors nationwide. We were fortunate… Read more »

Hiring an Editor: Where to Start

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As a professional editor, I routinely receive requests to edit all sorts of materials. However, what these prospective clients mean by “edit” may vary. Do they want me to find the weaknesses of the argument or narrative, or do they simply need someone to correct the grammar? So I often find myself helping them figure out just what type of… Read more »

An Artist’s Life on the Ranch – Kimberly Beer

Kimberly Beer is a writer, photography, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed “creative adventurer.” Beer’s journey as an artist and writer has not been an easy one. “I’m a mixed bag of tricks,” she says, “People who know me as an artist or writer don’t realize I’m an entrepreneur who owns and operates a working cattle ranch.” The demanding hours as a cattle… Read more »

Ken Buch – Artist Profile

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I did not choose to become an artist. At midlife, after 40 years of living in a left-brain-dominated attitude, after earning a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and working 15+ years in the IT and computer programming fields, I inexplicably found myself painting and writing poetry. This uncharacteristic behavior coincided with an equally unbidden urge to revisit my childhood and re-evaluate… Read more »

Author, Publish Thyself!

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The best thing about the current publishing environment is anyone can publish a book; the worst thing about the current publishing environment is anyone can publish a book. Publishing is different from a decade or two ago. The digital revolution has made publishing easier, cheaper, and convenient. There’s an entire galaxy of self-published books. Like the real galaxy, a large… Read more »

Write It Off: Taxes for Creative Professionals

We know April 15th is only a few days away. Some of these ideas might be a bit late in your accounting process, but if you are anything like most of us, a few new ideas and routines to implement for 2016 are always welcome. Both Tom Sullivan and Janet Sunderland, current Whispering Prairie Press board members and long time self-employed… Read more »

Annie Raab: An Exit Interview

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Dear Annie Raab, We are forever grateful for your service. Love, Whispering Prairie Press and Kansas City Voices   Annie Raab has worked with Whispering Prairie Press for three years. During that time she has demonstrated proficiency in her craft with a clear understanding of her role as executive board member, editor, and secretary. We thank her for her service… Read more »

Q&A with Annie Raab- Unabridged

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 Why is it important to write thoughtful rejection letters?  I receive a lot of rejection letters each year, and after a while it can be disheartening, but when you get one that sounds positive and encouraging, it can really change your day. Literary magazines and seasoned writers will tell you not to take rejection personally, but writing and making art… Read more »

Troubadour Poetry Contest: Winners Announced

“Love music? Love poetry? Love prizes?” Over 80 poets, budding troubadours all, answered the call to compete for our Troubadour Poetry Award. The award, established by Milton Siegele, celebrates the union of music, language, and storytelling. When we asked Siegele’s reasons for establishing the award, he said, “Stories meet our most primal need to understand life. Many of the best… Read more »