Looking Forward at Whispering Prairie Press

Dear Friends and Allies of Whispering Prairie Press,

It’s been a year of exciting changes and additions to our board. We’ve had many successes this year–new additions to our executive board, new and talented volunteers, a new contest, our first art show, numerous public readings, events, and fundraisers, and of course the publication of Kansas City Voices Volume 13. Most likely, if you’re reading this, you’ve seen Whispering Prairie Press through a lot of trial and triumph, because many of our supporters and friends are true believers in our mission to champion artists and writers. In fact, many of our supporters are artists and writers who have found their entrance into the literary community after being involved in Whispering Prairie Press and Kansas City Voices in some way, either by having their work published in the magazine or by attending one of our many public events. You have let us support and advocate for you, now we are asking you to advocate for us.

Come 2016, we at Whispering Prairie Press have made it our mission to develop and grow our executive board into a more efficient and sustainable operation. All of us on the board–four strong, determined women–have agreed to postpone our Kansas City Voices operations until the executive board of directors on Whispering Prairie Press can fill all its needs. This means we do not currently have the means to publish Kansas City Voices, Volume 14. To do this, we will need help from the community.

Our grants fund a large portion of our daily operating costs, and because of this generosity we have been able to keep our open submission period free and pull off the astonishing rarity of paying each of our contributors. Our editorial board consists of ten dedicated individuals that consider and read or view each submission with a true love for the arts–all of them are volunteers. Our grants are not able to pay for their time and energy spent on this task, but we are determined to change this if Kansas City Voices is to continue. Each year, they commit to your submissions and your success by giving Kansas City Voices their valuable time and energy. Without our editors, Kansas City Voices would not survive. However, before we can focus on the editorial side of things, we need a bigger board of directors. We need dedicated and hard working volunteers to help us sustain the nonprofit so we can continue our mission to support and recognize talented artists. 

If you or someone you know would be a good fit for our passionate and hardworking team–if you, like us, want art and individuality to succeed, if you want print publications to never go out of style, if you want an accessible and well-constructed export from Kansas City–please send yourself our way.

Being a small working board means our tasks are many but our manpower is few. We could never have gone this far without our community behind us, but now it’s time to launch Whispering Prairie Press into a new age of productivity, fueled by your love and support.

Thank you,

Jessica, Jen, Janet, and Annie

Board of Executive Directors

Whispering Prairie Press



What we need:

Calendar Manager –  Someone who manages google calendar, sends out notices of events and just keeps all of that up to date on our website.

Correspondence Secretary – Managing email primarily.

Data Management/Salesforce – Help us better utilize SalesForce with managing constituent data and ensuring updates are made when needed.

Donor Relations – handle donation acknowledgements and coordinate with President on donor communications.

E-book Conversation Specialist – we would love to explore this in more depth but need someone to really own this project. Research best options for proceeding, skills needed to implement, make recommendations and then implement.

Sales – Help us create a sales strategy for Kansas City Voices. Then oversee the management of that strategy. Report to the board regularly.

Social Media – Work with us to develop over all social media strategy. Help manage the implementation, through individual execution as well as coordinating others who currently have admin access.

Treasure/Quickbooks – Someone who can serve as Treasurer of the Board and do our quickbooks.

Web Editor/Blogger – as part of overall communications strategy help manage the blog and coordinate guest posts.

Events Coordinator – We need someone to be the point person for events. They don’t have to attend all of them but need to ensure we are doing all the items needed for successful well attend

Strategic Planning Expertise

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Deadline: November 30th

Love music? Love poetry? Love prizes? The 2015 Troubadour Poetry Award is your chance to submit your poems inspired by modern Troubadours! Send us your entry by November 30th for a chance to win $1,000.

Troubadours Poetry Award-Poems inspired by today’s Troubadours. Love Van Morrison? Prefer Nora Jones? No form restrictions. Must be inspired by a musician and/or lyrics of the troubadour/story-telling tradition. 1st prize $1,000, 2nd $500, 3rd $250. Closes November 30th. $25 entry fee for three poems. Submissions accepted via submittable at https://whisperingprairiepress.submittable.com/submit

Here Comes Trouble

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Volume 13 Launch Party!

Celebrate with us on October 11th the release of Volume 13!

Sunday, October 11th, 2015 – 4-5:30 pm-Kansas City Voices Volume 13 official launch.  The Plaza Branch of the KC MO public library, downstairs in the conference area.

We have some wonderful readers lined up: Glenn North, Tammy Littlejohn, Dawn Downey, John Peterson, Annie Newcomer, Jen Leeper, Gladys Haughton, and Alan Proctor.

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Congratulations to our Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone for participating in Whispering Prairie Press’s annual contest! Our judges had a lot of fun reviewing your terrific submissions, and we are excited to share the results.



1st place Leisure by Rita Guile of Mission, KS

2nd place Untitled Black & White photograph by Meaghan Golden of Glen Falls, NY

3rd place Golden Slippers by Norma Herring of Leawood, KS


1st place Of Light and Time by Justin Hunt of Charlotte, NC

2nd place HOPE by Cathy Callen of Lawrence, KS

3rd place My Dead Florida Mother Meets Gandhi by Francine Witte of New York, NY

Honorable Mention Unalterable Grief by Mary Ann Buller of Coldwater, KS

Honorable Mention Renaissance by Roy Beckemeyer of Wichita, KS

Honorable Mention Zorra’s Lost Earthscape by Lynn Houston of Newburgh, NY

Honorable Mention Deaf Sentence by Ian Watson of Bremen, Germany


1st place Taking Our Time by Jonathan Segol of Saratoga Springs, New York

2nd place Passion Redefined by Dee Dee Chumley of  Edmond, Oklahoma

3rd place What was his name? by Justin Hunt of Charlotte, NC

Honorable Mention Mama’s Meds by Dee Dee Chumley of  Edmond, Oklahoma


1st place Rachael by Mason Boyles of Carolina Beach, North Carolina

2nd place Twins by Edwin Frownfelter of Lee’s Summit, Missouri

3rd place Shocked by Laura Ruth Loomis of Pittsburg, California

Honorable Mention I can only say this once by Gail Ansel  of Palo Alto, California


Congratulations to all of our finalists, and thank you to everyone who participated.  We sincerely appreciate your hard work and creativity!

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Road Trip! (July 11th)

No, this isn’t a college-aged rite of passage. It’s a reading at Pioneer Bluffs!

Join the Kansas City Voices team at this scenic event space for a day of poetry and rolling Kansas Flint Hills. Matfield Green is truly a one-of-its-kind place in Kansas, and a perfect distance away for a Saturday day trip.

Roy J. Beckemeyer and Kimberly Beer will read selections of their works from Kansas City Voices magazine. Following the program, the readers and Whispering Prairie Press board members will discuss writing and answer questions on how to have your literary voice published.

So find us out here on July 11th at 1:30 pm and enjoy some quality readers! Make a reservation and arrive at noon for a picnic lunch.

Find more information here.



(What an attractive group of writers!)

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Help Local Publications

Kansas City has a lot of amazing publications for and by artists and writers. A small group has decided to raise money to host the first ever Kansas City Zine Convention in the beautiful Uptown Theater. If they raise the money, regional writers and artists will participate in the event, expanding our community of small publications to beyond Kansas City.

Help the KC Zine Con and help us support their creative and communal visions!
KC Zine Convention

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Thanks for submitting!

We had a successful submission period this year! We received 845 poems, 232 prose, & 135 art. That’s a lot to sift through, but you will hear back from us shortly. Thanks to everyone who sent in their work!

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Two Weeks Left

There are only two weeks left to submit your PROSE, POETRY and ART to Kansas City Voices! If you live in KC, consider sending us a Highlight Kansas City piece that shows us what you love about KC!

Check out what some of our past contributors have to say about us:

“I continue to be so impressed and welcomed and rewarded by the literary community of writers, artists, and poets who my brother introduced me to so many years ago, and it is always uplifting to be surrounded by like minded people with so much talent. The opportunities to share and learn and grow as a writer are free for the taking in Kansas City. It is an honor to be associated with all of you.”

“You guys rule! Thanks for making Kansas City a better place for arts and writing.”

Wow! What wonderful testimonies from our lovely community. We love seeing everyone at our events, our readings, and of course…in the magazine!! Don’t wait another year to submit your work. We can’t wait to see what you send us!

“The difference between being published and not is postage”

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Join us Friday February 20 at 7 pm at the Uptown Arts Bar

Once a year our talented editors band together to put on a reading. Come out to see what the Kansas City Voices editorial staff has been working on.

Featuring: Annie RaabDana Guthrie Martin,
Dane ZellerDawn DowneyJanet SunderlandJen Wewers McKnight,Jennifer StahlJessica ConoleyStephany Hughes & Teresa Pressgrove Vratil. And we’re even going to have a chance to showcase our talented art editors as well. Ellie Kort and Dean Kube‘s work will be on display while we read.

Please join Whispering Prairie Press and Kansas City Voices for a fun night of friends, arts, and literature.

We can’t thank Jeanette Powers & the Uptown Arts Bar (3611 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO) enough for hosting us!

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Our friend Jeanette Powers has a new book!

Earthworms & Stars by Jeanette Powers
Poetry Book Release Party
Wed, Jan 21
8-9 pm
$10 gets event plus book
Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway KCMO 64111
So many exciting things are happening in KC’s poetry scene, and Jeanette Powers is one of the main instigators. As producer of Poetic Underground, she oversees weekly open mics, and the nationally certified poetry slam, PoUnd SLAM, as well as inviting and hosting nationally acclaimed poets to showcase here in Kansas City. Poetic Underground will also feature at this year’s Folk Alliance Conference.
Jeanette and local book guru, Jason Ryberg, have teamed up to create an ambitious publishing project, Pop Poetry. Thanks to the gracious board at Spartan Press, these two local poets are putting out 12 poetry books in the next 12 months, all of which are Kansas City based verse and spoken word artists.
The first in the series is Earthworms & Stars, by Jeanette herself. This collection features a delightful range of serious and absurd poems and includes some of Jeanette’s newest work, which is designed for competitive poetry events. Last November she won a spot on the first ever KC poetry slam team that will get to compete at National Poetry Slam in August of 2015.
At this event, other PoUnd (POetic UNDerground) poets will be reading selections from Jeanette’s new book, as well as a performance by the Sparkle Pony herself. Entry is $10 and includes a copy of Earthworms & Stars.
Email or call Jeanette Powers for more information about Poetic Underground, PoUnd Slam, or the POP POETRY Series.  poeticundergroundkc@gmail.com 816-808-1252
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