Meet the Kansas City Voices Editorial Staff-Annie Raab

Annie Raab joined the magazine in 2013 and is the youngest member of the Kansas City Voices team. She has been taking her writing seriously since 2010, when she was pursuing her education at the Kansas City Art Institute, and more seriously every year since. She graduated KCAI in 2012 with a BFA and double major in Sculpture and Creative Writing. Her writings have been published in Vauban Inc, Gobbet Mag, Alice Blue Review, The Bohemian, KC Studio, and in conjunction with La Esquina’s guest curated show “Have I Been Here Before”. Annie draws influence from across the board, ranging from Hemingway’s shorter pieces and French absurdist philosophy, to the Central American magical realists and David Attenborough nature programs. Consequently, many of her stories are about people and animals in unusual situations. She is an avid reader and usually has 5 or 6 open books lounging around her apartment at any given time, casually hers for the taking.

Annie writes and resides in a studio apartment in Midtown Kansas City, MO, breaking to cook and play fiddle and drink coffee. She lives with two rats, some plants, and plenty of incoming sunlight, so it’s no wonder she doesn’t get out much. If you do see her out, she’ll be recognizable by her librarian-esque appearance and immediate disappearance. Some of her writings can be found on her blog, http://annieraab.wordpress.com

**Annie joining the staff was an unexpected surprise, and we couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.  She brings a new perspective to the prose department.  Don’t let the glasses fool you, she may look librarian-esque, but she has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to fight for a good piece.

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April Event @ The Writers Place

Kansas City Voices , an arts and literary magazine, presents an afternoon with writers Eve Ott, Alaire Tennille, and John Peterson, Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00pm-4:00pm, The Writer’s Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO.

EVE OTT: Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in :The Same, Imagination and Place Press,  I-70 Review, The Whirleybird Anthology, Kansas City Voices, Redbook, Thorny Locust, Rebirth of Power, and others. Her poetry collection, Album from the Silent Generation, was recently released by Aldrich Press. She’s a member of The Riverfront Reading Series Committee and The Writers Place.

ALARIE TENNILLE: Alaire’s poem,“The Quilters of Gee’s Bend” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2010, she published a chapbook, Spiraling into Control, The Lives You Touch Publications. In 2014, Alarie celebrates her first full-length poetry collection, Running Counterclockwise, Kelsay Books: Aldrich Press. Her work appears in The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers and in numerous journals including Margie, Poetry East, Coal City Review, I-70 Review, English Journal, Wild Goose Poetry Review, and Southern Women’s Review. She serves on the Emeritus Board of The Writers Place.

JOHN PETERSON: John has worked as a social worker, a newspaper reporter and photographer, a marketing writer, and currently as a freelance copywriter. John Peterson’s poetry and fiction have been published in numerous small journals, including Poet & Critic, The Wapsipinicon Almanac, I-70 Review, and KC Voices.  He has two poetry chapbooks, Two Hands and Peace Among the Violets.

 

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Meet the Kansas City Voices Editorial Staff-Pat Daneman

My husband died last year.  One of these days that won’t be the first thing I choose to tell about myself, but right now it is the most essential thing.  Barry and I met when I was 17.  I am 60 now.  Over the last 7 months, I have been learning how to live by myself.

Last summer, when my grief was very raw, I got into a habit of starting every day outdoors with a cup of coffee and a book of poetry.  I wasn’t sleeping well, so sometimes I had to wait for the sun to rise before I could start reading.  Some of the books I read had been sitting on my shelves untouched for years.  Friends recommended some.  I found others at used bookstores or the library.  Each one gave me perspective on my feelings and a reassuring sense that there was still balance and light in the world.

But why is my morning routine worth writing about?  A poet and poetry editor who reads books of poetry?  Not amazing.  But, I’m afraid it is, a little.  I am ashamed to confess that reading a collection of poetry from cover to cover was not something I used to do very often.  I have been a voracious reader of poetry since I began to write it, but I went online for Poetry Daily and Writers Almanac or flipped through literary journals and anthologies like the Best New Poets and The Best American Poetry, mainly looking for names I recognized.  I would begin a book and end up just picking my way through it—a few poems at the beginning, another couple at the end, maybe letting a page fall open to one in the middle.  But that was more like snacking at a tasty buffet than sitting down to a good meal.  No surprise that when I tried to put together a book of my own, I had no clue how to do it.  So I hereby apologize to all those poets whose care and work I disrespected.  And I beg all of you who are poets, if you aren’t in the habit of reading complete books, please, start, ASAP.   Before you know it, you’ll be rereading and memorizing, bending down the corners of pages, writing love notes and hate notes and new poems in the margins.

Let me share with you just a few of the books I have read since last summer.

David Ferry’s Bewilderment won the National Book Award in 2012.  It is a rich and difficult book of original work and translations.  These weave together into a profound, spiritual interpretation of loss, memory and grieving.

Kathleen Sheeder Bonnanno wrote Slamming Open the Door after the murder of her daughter.  I don’t know how she did it, but she makes us feel her rage, sorrow and strength without stirring in an ounce of self-pity.

Paula Meehan is Irish.  Her Painting Rain is full of landscape and weather and old and new mythology.

My friend Kamila Aisha Moon published her first book last fall.  She Has a Name is the story of growing up with an autistic younger sister.  It is about love and family, the burdens of love and family, and the miraculous gifts that every one of us brings to our relationships with each other.

Master of Disguises by former poet laureate Charles Simic is wry and wicked.  His style is deceptively understated, making these poems perfect for reading over and over as you ask yourself, how did he do that?

The book I’m reading now is Beauty Mark by Suzanne Cleary, with whom I studied at the Frost Festival several years ago.  She is irreverent, heartbreaking, funny and wise.   Beauty Mark won the 2013 John Ciardi prize, selected by Kevin Prufer and published by BkMk Press at UMKC.

There are more I could recommend, but these are the most memorable as I think back to those first sad and lonely mornings and the slowly diminishing sadness in the weeks that followed.    These books are works of art that helped me grieve and made me smile.  They awed me with the complexity and beauty of their language and inspired my own writing.

~Pat Daneman

**Pat helps keep our poetry department running smoothly as our Senior Poetry Editor.  We are grateful for all the hours she spends reading, because it helps us find the best work for our publication.  We are thankful she chooses to volunteer with Whispering Prairie Press, and look forward to reading Pat’s own poetry book one day.

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We’ll see you at Cafe Main

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, we’ve reserved the mic for contributors from past and current issues of Kansas City Voices.

Featuring: Jeff Tigchelaar (Vol 10), Alan Robert Proctor (Vol 7 & Vol 10), Phyllis Westover (Vol 4 & Vol 5), Eve Ott (Volume 11), Rolland Love (Volume 2), Madelyn Camrud (Volume 8), Liane M Dobbins, Melissa Sewell (Volume 9), Timothy Christopher Ryan Volpert (Volumes 9 & 10) & Additional Talent TBA.

Come for the reading, stay for coffee/wine/beer, pizza, baked goods, and atmosphere. Be sure to invite your friends and family so they can marvel at your mad creative skills. It’s also a great chance to meet and catch up with other poets, writers, and artists in the area.

If you’ve appeared in Kansas City Voices and would like to read, message us or email us at info@wppress.org. Please include your name and the Volume # of Kansas City Voices in which your work appeared. Plan on 5-7 minutes of material.

http://www.cafemainkc.com/

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February 18th Reading @ JoCo Library

Kansas City Voices is pleased to be a part of the Thomas Zvi Wilson reading series, hosted at the Johnson County Central Resource Library (87th street in Overland Park) From 7pm-8pm.

Featuring readings by Annie Newcomer, Pat Daneman, and Teri Stettinisch.

Sponsored by The Writers Place and Johnson County Public Library.

Hope to see you there!

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Meet the Kansas City Voices Editorial Board-Alan Proctor

At eight, I wrote my first poem urging mother to stop smoking:

I wish you would, I truly do
Stop smoking that awful brew
Of tobacco, filter, smoke and trash
That simply does nothing but fall to ash…

and so forth in awkward iambs. I was a stutterer – maybe that’s why the rhythm, needed for the rhyme to work, seemed so magical to me. In college an English professor who wrote and taught poetry told me, “Face facts, Proctor. You’re a prose writer, not a poet.” I was devastated. Self-image at 19 is all-important. Being a poet had certain panache, so I persisted. In my late 20s, I wrote a humor column for the Tri-county Advertiser. Humor, someone told me, is the disguise that cynicism wears when it’s having fun. Fun? I was struggling financially with a baby on the way! In my mid-thirties I pounced on a want-ad for an “editor/writer.” I was lucky. For thirty years I wrote fund-raising letters, grants and inspirational speeches for a variety of nonprofit big-wigs. Retired now, I write whatever I want, whenever I want. My advice to aspirants: don’t smoke and write your socks off – poetry, prose, forms unknown, so long (as Frost said) your work “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”

~Alan Proctor

****Whispering Prairie Press counts ourselves very fortunate to have Alan volunteer his time and talent as one of our poetry editors.  Learn more about his work at http://alanrobertproctor.wordpress.com/

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Meet the Staff–Editor Reading @ Uptown Arts Bar

This Friday, January 24th 2014, our editorial staff will each take 10 minutes to read their own work to you. If you’ve ever wondered who’s in charge of reading and accepting your submissions, here’s a chance to get to know them!

Event takes place from 7-9pm at the Uptown Arts Bar (38th and Broadway, across from the theater) in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s free to come (but make sure you tip the bartender!) and our staff will stick around to chat and answer questions.

 

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Volume 11 is here-take a sneak peak

We are very excited to have Volume 11 of Kansas City Voices back from the printers.  For a sneak peak of some of the great work in this issue click on the cover below.
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You can order your copy on-line, or pick up a copy at our Vol 11 Launch at the KCMO Plaza library on Sunday 12/15 from 4:00-5:30 pm.

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Open Mic: Celebration of John Mark Eberhart-9/19/13

In March, we lost a gifted poet and beloved Johnson County Library colleague, John Mark Eberhart. Whispering Prairie Press was lucky enough to have John Mark as a poetry editor for Kansas City Voices in previous years.

In tribute to and celebration of him, Johnson County Library will have a night of poetry and performance. Everyone attending the Open Mic Celebration is encouraged to get up and read poetry, prose or even sing a song. John Mark helped champion an appreciation of art and culture in the Kansas City area; let’s continue his work!

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
7 p.m.
Central Resource Library
No registration required

Free and open to the public. For more information, call (913) 826-4600.

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Thank you ArtsKC

Whispering Prairie Press is extremely grateful to ArtsKC for supporting us.  Not only did they treat our staff to lunch during their 360 tours, they also were generous enough to approve our organization for a grant.

ArtsKC is a great resource for local artists, businesses, and organizations committed to supporting arts development in the KC metro.  We have met some very talented and ambitious people through ArtsKC’s programs.  (As a matter of fact that’s where we met Abby with the Ryan Beye Memorial Foundation which is how we became involved with the C4 Festival. We hope you enjoyed the festival as much as we did.)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with ArtsKC learn  more at:  https://artskc.org/

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