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Someday This Will Be Useful to You (As a Writer)

We’ve all heard it: Write what you know. Famous authors have made their careers writing novels and ongoing series about the worlds they work in, especially in the crime and thriller department. But you don’t have to be Kathy Reichs or Robert Ludlum to use your own life experience to enhance your writing. Scenery and Set Dressing. Searching for the… Read more »

Writing Under the Rainbow: The Expanding Horizons of LGBTQIA+ Fiction

The last five years have seen an expansion in LGBT+ awareness, advances (and setbacks), and media representation. There’s been a similar boom in the LGBT+ book world, from genre fiction to indie and self-publishing. Even the mainstream publishing world has sat up and taken notice, releasing many new LGBT-focused titles each year. As a published author of LGBT+ fiction and… Read more »

Allan Chow — Artist Profile

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Allan Chow, born April 22, 1979, is a Malaysian-born landscape painter who currently resides and owns a studio in the United States. Allan received his BFA in Illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute. Mentored by illustrators, Allan worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer during his twenties while he experimented with paint after dark. His natural attraction to… 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 »

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 »

Have you ever seen a 100 pound catfish?

Rolland Love, former editor of Kansas City Voices, presents “Lewis & Clark’s Silas Goodrich, Expert Fisherman” at The FISHTANK theater during the Fringe Festival July 19, 20, 21, 22.  You’re sure to hear something exciting and different when Rolland tells the stories at the Black Box Theater.  Learn more at:  http://www.kcfringe.org/artist.php?ID=54