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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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 info@pioneerbluffs.org www.pioneerbluffs.org

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 lynn@pioneerbluffs.org.

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, ShambhalaSun.com, 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 www.dawndowney.com.

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, http://mthupp.wordpress.com. 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 jasonpreu.wordpress.com.


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

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