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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Submissions Now Open!

Send us your ART, PROSE, and POETRY to be considered for Volume 13!

Here are some important reminders to help you when submitting:
-DO NOT send us documents with identifying information! Name, phone number, location…all of that should be OFF the document!
-DO have your word count (for prose) or your line count (for poetry) written on the top of your document
-DO send us images of your art that are 300dpi (so we can print it if we want, and you want that!)
-DO NOT be afraid to send your best work
-DO NOT fear rejection! It happens to all of us
-DO tell your friends about submitting

Thank you! We’re looking forward to an exciting and busy submission period!

-The Editors

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Share your Experiences in “My Voice”

We’ve had a lot of people approach us with positive feedback and encouragement this year. It’s so important to have a dialogue between the community and we’re always excited when the conversations we started (by publishing awesome work and getting people together) comes back around to us!

Whispering Prairie Press is largely funded by grants and donations, with volunteers spending a lot of time to keep it running smoothly. This whole operation is very small, but with big dreams and ambitious goals. It’s very important we be able to accurately describe the impact our publication and non-profit organization has on the community.

If you have had a positive experience–how Kansas City Voices has impacted you or your community–please share it with us! We’re starting to compile your testimonies for the purpose of grant writing and sharing. It would mean a lot to our small staff to receive your unique experience and opinion. Again, this is a volunteer run and operated organization. We specialize in doing a lot with a little, a you can help us do more. 

Please share your experience with us: email whisperingprairiepress@gmail.com with the subject “My Voice” and tell us how we’ve impacted you. You can choose your story to be anonymous or not, and we will honor that decision.

Thank you, all you wonderful supporters! 


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Kansas City Voices and KKFI ArtSpeak Radio

Tune in on December 10th to Kansas City’s 90.1 KKFI FM (at 6-7:30 pm) for their ArtSpeak Radio program. Host Maria Boyd will sit with managing editor Jessica Conoley, and the senior editors Marianne Getchell, Pat Daneman, and Annie Raab to discuss our upcoming submission period and the growing art scene in Kansas City. Don’t miss this awesome program every Wednesday evening, and tune in to support Kansas City Voices!

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Volume 12 Launch Party

Sunday, October 26th 2014, 4-5:30pm

Come celebrate the 12th volume of Kansas City Voices with our contributors, staff, friends, and supporters. Join us at the Kansas City library, Plaza branch (downstairs and follow the hall the way down to the room at the very east end of the building, you can take the elevator or stairs).

Anita Ofokansi, Jeff Tigchelaar, and Kimberly Beer will read their work. Art from Brian Compton will be on display. And, there will be time to meet and mingle with other writers, artists, and art lovers.

You can pick up your pre-ordered and contributor copies of Volume 12. And it’s your first chance to buy additional copies of this vibrant issue.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Our Wish List

Whispering Prairie Press is ready to expand! Our small but dedicated executive board has created this list of basic things we need in order to grow. Please consider donating something, including time and spaces for events, and thank you for your continued support of WPP and Kansas City Voices!


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Alan Proctor at CCMWG

A great chance to hear the one of KCV’s editors present his work:

Alan Proctor (Kansas City Voices Editor and Poet) will present at the Columbia Missouri Writers Guild at Unity Center (1600 West Broadway). Join him on October 18th from 8:30am-4:00pm. Other presenters include Mary Horner, Linda Rodrigeuz, Mary-Lane Kamberg, Gerado Mena, and Terry Allen. For prices and more information, visit www.ccmwg.org.


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Longview Lit Fest

Kansas City Voices will participate in Longview Lit Fest this year. Come down on October 17th from 10am-6pm at:

MCC-Longview Community College
Cultural Arts Center
500 SW Longview Road
Lee’s Summit, Missouri

You can hear some of our own readers and lots of wonderful local voices.

From the website:

The 2014 MCC-Longview Literary Festival will be held on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Cultural Arts Center on the beautiful MCC-Longview campus.

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Ande Parks, author of Union Station. This sixth annual event will feature readings, panel discussions and writing workshops as well book sales and autographs.

We have lined up a wonderful guest list including authors Lewis Diuguid, Steven F. Murphy, Lindsay Martin-Bowen, Carl Rhoden, Glen Sixbury, Marti Verlander and many others. A number of groups including the Dead Horse Society, and Summit Scribes will also be there. Our guest list is constantly growing.

The festival is free to attend. For more information, visit the website. Hope to see you there!

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Thank you Missouri Arts Council!

We have recently received a grant from the Missouri Arts Council so we can continue operating at full speed this year with less financial bumps in the road!

Every time we are awarded a grant, our mission grows stronger and our progress more public. We are so lucky to be a part of the Kansas City art and writing scene, and organizations that provide funding to support the arts are doing so much good for the community. Between all our supportive friends, contributors, donors, and businesses, we truly are lucky to call Kansas City a wonderful place to be part of the arts!


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Thank You ArtsKC!!

A huge THANK YOU to our friends and supporters at ArtsKC for approving Whispering Prairie Press for another grant this year!

It’s amazing what a little extra funding can do to grow a non-profit organization. With the help of ArtsKC’s dedication to funding and growing the arts in the Kansas City area, Whispering Prairie Press is able to fund daily operations and expenses while keeping our events free to the public and paying our contributors. (How many small literary magazines are able to say the same thing?) We are tireless advocates for the arts, and ArtsKC is a Kansas City staple when it comes to supporting and encouraging our mission. Their support truly is crucial for us to maintain a quality product while engaging in the larger conversation. We continue to seek donations from our readers and admirers, who support this completely volunteer run operation, so we may continue to be a part of the art and writing culture.


To learn more about how ArtsKC awards and supports art and culture in Kansas City, visit their website.

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