August 2nd at Pioneer Bluffs

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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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