Launch Party

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 – 4 pm – 5:30 pm-Kansas City Voices Volume 12 launch at the KCMO Public Library, Plaza Branch (4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64112). Talent to be announced.  Pick up your pre-ordered copies of Volume 12 at the launch!

Come celebrate the release of our 13th volume of Kansas City Voices at the Kansas City, Missouri Public Library in the Plaza. We host one every year to give the public a chance to meet the artists and writers that contribute to and are involved in Kansas City Voices. Whispering Prairie Press board members and Kansas City Voices editors will be there as well. We always have a great time, and this upcoming issue is sure to be our best yet.

Please join us for this annual event. Bring your friends, family, artistic neighbors, creative mentors, culture enthusiasts, Kansas City lifers, out-of-towners, aspiring artists/writers, young poets, old poets, painters, designers, pet-portrait artists, food-truck drivers, imaginary friends…everyone!

This event is open and free to the public.

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2014 WPP Annual Contest Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. We saw some really great work this year, and it made our judges’ jobs very tough.  The contest is also one of our biggest fundraisers throughout the year and your participation is integral to the publication of Kansas City Voices.

Congratulations to all of the talented writers and artists!



Spinster’s Claw – Claire Brankin


George  - Johne Richardson


The Other Side  - Cynthia Bjorn

Honorable Mention

Angel of the Trees – Richard Disney

Flash Fiction


K in the Dirt – Craig Workman


Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Carly Colombero


Das Leben ist Gut – Marilee Aufdenkamp

Honorable Mention

My Merry Widower – Robert Mundy

Complaint Line – Beau Ahrens

Dead Spider Curl – Chip Houser

Churned Earth – Chip Houser



Mentor – Jeffrey Schneider


Ghost House – Laura Ruth Loomis


A Faded Photo from the Seventies – Eve Ott

Honorable Mention

Well-Heeled Life – Dee Dee Chumley

Broccoli Dance – Susanna Solomon



Bridges and Doors (A Sestina) –  Lee Ann Russell


Who Says Neatness Counts? – Lee Ann Russell


Floating Like Undiscovered Continents –  Anita Ofokansi

Honorable Mention

Letting Go: A Cento – Teresa Sutton

Ruby – Roy Beckemeyer

Hails from Corpus Christi – Jose Araguz

Setting Up A Fender Rhodes Seventy-Three – Ken Eberhart

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August 2nd at Pioneer Bluffs


The Pioneer Bluffs Foundation 695 Kansas Highway 177 Matfield Green, KS 66862 (620) 753-3484

Literary magazine presents readings, discussion at Pioneer Bluffs 

A community dialog will feature several published authors at an upcoming Prairie Talk at an historic ranch.

At 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, four authors will read selections of their works from Kansas City Voices magazine at Pioneer Bluffs, Matfield Green. Authors Janet Sunderland, Jack Kline, Lisa Daly, and Tom Averill will also discuss writing and how to have your literary “voice” heard in publications such as Kansas City Voices.

Kansas City Voices is a periodical of art and writing, published annually by Whispering Prairie Press, offering an eclectic mix of fiction, essays, interviews, articles, poetry and art by writers and artists from every region of the United States and beyond. Exceptional creations from established and emerging voices are showcased in the publication and at talks like this throughout the Midwest.

Janet Sunderland’s work has appeared in a variety of venues including The Rockhurst Review and three recent anthologies. Her poetry chapbook, At the Boundary, was published in 2013. Sunderland, of Kansas City, Missouri, is also a professional actress, a member of Screen Actors Guild, and an adjunct professor, teaching Public Speaking and Writing.

Jack Kline, of Louisburg has earned the Goldie L. Case Creative Writing Award from the University of Kansas, the Ozark Creative Writers Showcase Award—its highest honor—as well as other awards. Kline’s stories have appeared in the Star Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and recently selected for inclusion in an upcoming edition of Canyon Voices Literary Magazine. His collection of stories, Blowing Carbon, is available on Amazon and in discriminating bookstores.

Lisa Daly, of Kansas City, Missouri, has won first place in the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc., contest and second place in the WOW Women on Writing contest. Daly’s debut novel, Mystery Ink: A Novel Way to Die, was released January, 2014.

An O. Henry Award story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Writer-in-Residence at Washburn University of Topeka, KS. His novel, rode, was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards. His recent work, Garden Plots, consists of poems, meditations, and short-short stories about gardens, gardeners, garden design, and the human relationship to nature. His next novel is due out in August, 2014. 2


For those wishing to arrive around noon, a picnic lunch will be available. Lunch reservations are requested. There is no charge for the Prairie Talk or lunch, although donations are greatly appreciated. The Kansas City Voices magazine will be available for sale during the event. For information or to make lunch reservations, contact Executive Director Lynn Smith at (620) 753-3484 or

Pioneer Bluffs, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the original homestead of the Rogler Ranch and now a nonprofit organization with a mission to respect the land, preserve history, and engage community. It is located one mile north of Matfield Green or 15 miles south of Cottonwood Falls on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177. #

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July 27th: Gardens of Delight

Kansas City Voices invites you to a reading at Gardens of Delight by three of our fabulous contributors. Dawn Downey, Theresa Hupp, and Jason Preu will take the stage on Sunday, July 27th, 2:30-6pm at Gardens of Delight, 4821 N. Helena Ave KCMO in Parkville. As Always, there is no cost to attend.

Dawn Downey is an essayist, who draws inspiration from everyday situations. Topics under her scrutiny range from her pursuit of the perfect purse to her search for the meaning of life. Her essays have been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Skirt! Magazine,, and Kansas City Voices. Her work has earned awards from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Northern Colorado Writers, Oklahoma Writers Federation and the Missouri Writers Guild. She recently published a spiritual memoir titled Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation. Visit  her online at

Theresa Hupp writes novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Kansas City Voices, and blogs at Story & History, Theresa is on the board of The Writer’s Place and is a member of the Kansas City Writers Group, Missouri Writers Guild, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., and several critique groups. She is currently working on a historical novel about the Oregon Trail. Theresa is also an attorney, mediator, and human resources consultant, and a member of several charitable boards and committees.

Jason Preu, a writer who does not live in Brooklyn, appeared in Vol. 8 of Kansas City Voices. You may occasionally find him hemming and hawing at


Please join our wonderful readers and Kansas City Voices for this lively event!

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Free Marketing Seminar

Join us Wednesday, June 18th 1:30-3:30 for a free marketing seminar conducted by Kimberly Beer. She will show you how to grow your practice or small business using email and social media. If you are a recently published or aspiring author, this is a great chance for you to get a leg up on promoting yourself! Register today at:

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Meet the Kansas City Voices Editorial Staff-Ellie Kort-Art Editor

Ellie Kort is a native of Kansas City. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas in 2001. She currently works as a graphic designer for Creative Converting in Indianapolis. Ellie says her work has been most inspired by artists Frank Stella, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Antoni Gaudí, Hung Liu, Chuck Close, André Saraiva, Jonathan Saunders, Margaret Killgallan, Barry McGee, and Banksy. She attributes her love of art to her mother, the “picture lady” at her grade school.

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May 16th @ Mysteryscapes

Kansas City Voices invites you to a reading this May, featuring Phyllis Westover, Lisa Daly, and Jack Kline. Join us on Friday, May 16, 6-8 pm at Mysteryscapes, 7309 W. 80th St., Overland Park, Ks. 66204.

Phyllis Galley Westover’s writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and six anthologies.  She received Boulevard’s Fiction Award, and she was a finalist for the Iowa Award in Literary Nonfiction. Two documentary films she wrote aired on public television. Her children’s book, Sold to the Highest Bidder, was published in 2013. 

Lisa Daly is a licensed clinical social worker who spent sixteen years counseling families before focusing on a career in writing. Her story, “Road to Dreamland”, was published in Kansas City Voices Magazine in 2010. She won first place in the OWFI Contest for one of her short stories and second place in the WOW Women on Writing Contest for another story, that one being published online. Her debut novel, Mystery Ink: A Novel Way To Die, was published by Goldminds Publishing and released January 31, 2014. Lisa lives with her husband and their six-year-old daughter in Kansas City. You can find her on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and her website:

Jack’s short story “Dirty Dishes” received the Ozark Creative Writers Showcase Award, its top honor in 2009.  His work has garnered other awards and has appeared in The Kansas City Star Magazine and in Kansas City Voices: a periodical of writing and art. In November, 2009, High Hill Press of St. Louis released a collection of Jack’s short stories - including the award winners.  The book, titled Blowing Carbon, is available on Amazon and in discriminating bookstores.


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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,

**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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