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Dear 105 Readers and Writers,
We are proud to announce the following nominations for the Pushcart Prize. We have had so many excellent submissions to the first two issues of 105 Meadowlark Reader, and we are so proud of each and every one of you. Congratulations to the following authors.
Off to See Horses or Disasters at the Rodeo, by Roger Heineken (Issue 2)
The Current, by Jeanette Powers (Issue 1)
Dr. Pumpkin Cutter, by Harland Schuster (Issue 1)
Eastbound, by Karen Stoff (Issue 2)
Balanced in Waiting, by Janet Sunderland (Issue 1)
Winter Guests, by Barbara Waterman-Peters (Issue 1)
More about the Pushcart Prize and Publication can be found here.
Much love and good reading!
Tracy & Cheryl
Issue #2 of 105 Meadowlark Reader is centered around Kansas travel stories that cover 45 counties. Whew! That's an awful lot of time on the road. But we love road trips, and we think you are going to love these stories as much as we do.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to our authors. This issue features 38! How many faces do you recognize here?
Because they are writers, you may recognize their words before you know their faces. We'll help you out.
Thank you to the following individuals for sharing their true Kansas travel stories with us. We look forward to sharing their stories with YOU!
Gretchen Cassel Eick
Marie Baum Fletcher
Michael D. Graves
Monica (Osgood) Graves
Jerilynn Jones Henrikson
Nancy Julien Kopp
LaVern Spencer McCarthy
Julie A. Sellers
Tracy Million Simmons
Olive L. Sullivan
It's here! It's here! Beautifully printed by POD Print in Wichita, Kansas, the first copies of 105 Meadowlark Reader have been delivered to subscribers and/or are on the way to mailboxes across Kansas and beyond. You can pick up your copy from the Meadowlark online bookstore or by shopping with one of the following independent Kansas bookstores.
105 Meadowlark Reader is available at the following Kansas Book Shops:
If your favorite independent bookshop does not yet have a copy, give us a shout and we will make sure to connect with them.
|The cover photo of Issue #1 is by Dave Leiker.|
An extra special thank you to our cover subject, Piper Hayes.
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105 Meadowlark Reader: Issue #1 "Beginnings"
ESU Special Collections and Archives presents:
105 Meadowlark Reader
with Cheryl Unruh and Tracy Million Simmons
Emporia authors Cheryl Unruh and Tracy Million Simmons have created a new literary publication for Kansas. Join us as Cheryl and Tracy discuss the inspiration behind 105 Meadowlark Reader: A Kansas Journal of Creative Nonfiction, the process of collecting submissions, writer response to the new project, and read excerpts from the essays that will be featured in Issue #1, with the theme of "Beginnings."
April 30, 7:00pm
Our upcoming 105 journal is a fantastic way to highlight Kansas writers and to publish their work.
However, this journal of true Kansas stories is primarily for readers. Readers like you. And like me.
Today I’m thinking about what a reader might glean from the stories and
essays in our first issue and in subsequent issues.
You might take away…
*A sense of place. Because these true stories are set in Kansas, you’ll
recognize familiar settings. As you dig into a memoir piece, your own
memories will awaken, perhaps you’ll remember the taste of dust in the
wind, the fishy smell of a farm pond, the crunch of car tires driving
slowly over a sand-covered dirt street.
*You’ll come across storytelling that puts you in the scene with the
writer - hearing a baseball (or tennis ball) smack a glove, or the almost
silent whoosh of a kayak paddle in a Kansas river. When a writer tells
about building a disaster boat with his father and brother, you might
laugh along, but also may remember your own successful or
unsuccessful childhood projects.
*Some of the essays show connection with our personal and public
histories. Through these pieces we begin to see the threads that underlie
various aspects of our lives, the unseen ties that connect us all.
Our first issue will have 35 stories by 35 writers. Thirty-five pieces that
will make you feel at home.
Jump into this river of stories with us! Our introductory subscription rate is available only through March 12th. A year's subscription is your best deal. Click here to subscribe to 105: Meadowlark Reader today!
Update: Charter Subscriber Rate extended to March 12!
Brrrr! It's cold outside, and we are hard at work generating our own special brand of sunshine to share with our fellow Kansans in the pages of 105: Meadowlark Reader. We have more than 30 authors representing a wide range of Kansas faces and places set for our inaugural issue of 105: Meadowlark Reader. We can't wait to share. Take a moment to subscribe at our special, introductory rate.
Tracy & Cheryl
Pre-publication Special Subscription Offer
Our first deadline for submissions came and went, and Kansas writers came through for us. We were quite pleased by the number of entries received for our inaugural issue and we are busy reading and re-reading stories, working to put together the very first issue of 105 Meadowlark Reader.
What can you do while you anxiously await the first issue?
It's December! You know what that means. You have a little over 3 weeks left to get your submission in to 105 Meadowlark Reader. Just think. YOU could be in the inaugural issue.
Are you still trying to decide what to write for 105 Meadowlark Reader? Over the next few weeks, we will be posting prompts to help you brainstorm ideas.
Prompt: quality time spentShare a memory of time spent with a special person in your life. Write about an unforgettable event, or perhaps just the way you carry that person with you still today.