Announcements & Celebrations

The latest Member News:

Poet Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin’s recent work accepted for publication includes:
“On Creativity,” Gyroscope Review.
Contributing poet interview, Gyroscope Review.
“Selective Memory As a Future Topic For an Elegy,” New Verse News.
“Poem Saved For Parts,” Gyroscope Review.
“The Misspent Youth of Lula Lou,” Troubadour: An Anthology of Music-inspired Poetry (Picaroon Poetry Press, Sheffield, U.K.)
“Throwing the Bones,” Gyroscope Review.
“The Only Tear in Detroit,” Unbroken Journal
“Inaugural Address,” Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017)
“There’s a Clinic in Frankfurt,” Gyroscope Review.
“Why Kim Won’t Go Out at Night,” Picaroon Poetry.
“Response to the Stranger Who Wants to Know Where I Live,” Gyroscope Review.
“A Statue of a Guy on a Horse Makes Good Rip Rap,” New Verse News

Barbara Marshak is also a member of Women Writing the West and her short story VOICES is one of five Finalists in the LAURA Short Fiction Contest. The WWW Conference is being held this October in Tucson, Arizona, where the winners will be announced.

Gayle Irwin and Bonnie Sargent both had a story published in the latest Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Dog Did That? book. We think it is pretty amazing that two authors from the least populated state in the nation each had stories accepted in a book that receives submissions from all over the country!  

Corinna German‘s poem “To The Seventeen-Year-Old Boy Who Vandalized the Holocaust Memorial” was published in A Quiet Courage, a journal of micro-fiction and poetry on August 28, 2017. Also, her poem “The Sweetwater Drainage” will be published in the Fall 2017 issue of High Plains Register.

Art Elser had two poems published in the Summer issue of The Avocet, “Rain After Years of Drought” and “Prairie Morning Challenge.” His poem “October 24th, 1962, 3:45 AM.” a poem about the Cuban Missile Crisis, was accepted for publication in Passager. Two poems, “We Called It Crossing the Fence” and “Tara’s Call of the Wild,” were also accepted for publication in High Plains Register

Barbara Townsend‘s third novel, Tarnished Gold, was published July 21, 2017. The novel is available in paperback and various ebook formats on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. In 1933 Wyoming, Em Olson struggles to operate her beloved family hotel after her father’s abandonment and her mother’s death. A new lodger, a handsome geologist searching for gold, brightens her lonely life. He makes discoveries of murder and swindles embroiling the family hotel and her father’s gold mine. Stressed to the breaking point, she must examine her past to find her father’s killer and decide her future while the man she has grown to love prepares to depart on his next assignment.Steve Gardiner recently published a book (with John Jancik) called Highpointing for Tibet: A Journey Supporting the Rowell Fund which is an account of eleven years of climbing mountains around the US and in several other countries as a means of increasing awareness of the situation of the people in Tibet. They also raised money to support The Rowell Fund for Tibet, an organization that gives grants to Tibetan writers, artists, and musicians.

Steve Rzasa has recently had two books released: Man Behind the Wheel, a near future science-fiction mystery; and Multiverse, a collection of short stories. Both are available on Amazon: – Man Behind the Wheel; – Multiverse.

Julianne Couch is the author of a Kansas Notable Book for 2017. Her non-fiction exploration of contemporary small towns is titled The Small Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-first Century (University of Iowa Press). The Kansas State Library awards “Notable” status to 15 books annually. Books either have some relevance to Kansas, or are written by authors with Kansas connections. In this case, it is both. Julianne will be part of the awards event at the State Capital in Topeka and be a featured author at the Kansas Book Festival, in September.

M.W.Gordon, author of the award winning Macduff Brooks Fly Fishing Mysteries, has released a the ninth episode of Lucinda and Macduff Brooks’ adventures. Toxic Trout turns to deaths associated with an abandoned Montana gold mine toxic waste spill that kills thousands of trout in Mill Creek and the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley. The Brooks find themselves unintentionally drawn into the problems caused by the mine spill. Toxic Trout is the first of the series available in hardbound as well as softbound and an e-book.

Mike and Kathy Gear have eight releases scheduled in the coming twelve months:
SUN BORN in mass market paperback from Tor Books – Aug. 29, ’17
COMING OF THE STORM in trade paperback from Gallery Books – Nov. 8, 2017
MOON HUNT in hardback/e-format from Tor Books – November 29, 2017
FLIGHT OF THE HAWK in hardback/ e-format from Five Star Press – Jan. 16, ’18
DONOVAN: OUTPOST in hardback/ e-format from DAW Books – Feb. 9, ’18
MAZE MASTER in hardback/e- format from St. Martin’s Press – Spring ’18
THIS SCORCHED EARTH in hardback/e-format from Forge Books – April ’18.
DONOVAN: ABANDONED in hardback/e-format from DAW Books, Fall ’18.

Kimberly Brown self-published Appalachian Diary: One family’s story of tragedy and redemption during the Harlan County, Kentucky, coal strikes, a new book that is available on in paperback and for Kindle.

Su Child and Contemporary Indian Awareness reported on KODI a summary of this summer’s Indian events. Upcoming collaborations between groups include wonderful educational programs on American Indians from Cody museum’s annual Solstice Powwow and a July-August Contemporary Indian Art and Media exhibit in the Cody City Hall Foyer. The National Museum of the American Indian has shipped 400 past issues to distribute in Cody’s downtown for participating shops to provide to tourists and residents alike.

Cork Kelly won gold medals in the 50-, 100- and 200- meter breaststroke events in the 80-84 ages group at the Western Iowa Senior Games in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He has now competed in six states: Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Hawaii and Iowa. He trains at the Pinedale Aquatic Center, where he is the poet in residence.

Judy Matheny signed a publishing contract for a middle grade novel/screenplay/musical that will be coming out in the spring through Savant Publishing/Aignos branch.