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The Writers Place Reading Series: Roy Beckemeyer, Ronda Miller, and Alan Proctor

  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

Roy Beckemeyer's poems have recently appeared in Beecher's, The Midwest Quarterly, Kansas City Voices, The North Dakota Review, Mikrokosmos, Coal City Review, I-70 Review, and The Bluest Aye. His poems have been in several anthologies, including To the Stars through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga, (Mammoth Press, 2012). His debut collection, Music I Once Could Dance To, published in 2014 by Coal City Press, was recognized as a 2015 Kansas Notable Book by the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book. He won the 2014 Beecher's Poetry Award and was a 2016 Pushcart nominee. He is currently President of the Kansas Authors Club.

Ronda Miller is a life coach who specializes in coaching those who have lost someone to homicide. Her body of work includes two books of poetry, Going Home: Poems from My Life and MoonStain (Meadowlark Books in 2015) a poetry CD, View from Smoky Hill: It's Kansas! and a documentary, The 150th Reride of The Pony Express. Her novel, Girl Who Lives in a Glass Bowl and her memoir, Gun Memories of the Stone Eyed Cold Girl should be released in 2016. She is district 2 President of Kansas Authors Club, previous KAC state poetry contest manager, 2011 - 2015, and state VP of KAC as of 2015.

Alan Proctor’s poetry, fiction, and/or creative non-fiction have appeared in New Letters, Chautauqua, Kansas City Voices, I-70 Review, Crosstimbers, Off Channel, and Hanging Loose among other journals. Alan was twice a Reader’s Digest national poetry finalist, and a winner in the Whispering Prairie Press 2012 Rex Rogers Formal Poetry Contest. His e-novel Adirondack Summer was released in 2013 and his hybrid memoir, The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate was published by Westphalia Press in 2015. 

Aaron Henson is a creative writing minor at UCM where he also studies literature and sociology. His poetry has appeared in The MacGuffin and Straight Forward Poetry.