Center News and Events
OCTOBER 28-29, 2017
THEME: THE HAUNTED PLAINS
EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY
KANSAS CITY CAMPUS
8400 W. 110TH ST., SUITE 150
OVERLAND PARK, KS
Award-Winning Horror Writers Kick off Ad Astra Writers Conference
Award-winning authors Dale Bailey and Mort Castle will be the keynote speakers at the Ad Astra Writers Conference the weekend of Oct. 28-29 at the Emporia State University-Kansas City campus.
Bailey, a North Carolina writer and English professor, won the award for his short story, “Death and Suffrage.” It’s about a presidential campaign manager faced with a zombie-driven recount. He has also been nominated for a Nebula Award, for “The Resurrection Man’s Legacy,” and for a Bram Stoker Award for his first novel, The Fallen. His other novels are House of Bones and Sleeping Policeman. His stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and Pulphouse. His work has been described as in the “weird menace” variety, combining elements of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
Castle, deemed a “horror doyen” by Publishers Weekly, is a Pushcart Prize and Bram Stoker award-winning writer. He’s editor or authored 17 books, including New Moon on the Water. He’s written more than 600 shorter works, for publications ranging from Twilight Zone to Poe’s Lighthouse. He teaches fiction at Columbia Chicago College.
Other faculty include widely respected horror editor Don D’Auria, who will help participants with their pitches; Dr. Kevin Rabas, an ESU faculty member and current Kansas Poet Laureate; and Mark L. Groves, a Kansas City area horror writer and creator of the Black Buttons anthologies. Also on hand will be Julianne Couch, an Iowa writer who will talk about marketing and the business of writing; folklorist and Kansas Notable Book award-winning author Jim Hoy; and ESU faculty member and author Max McCoy.
Registration is $97 if received by Oct. 1, and $117 after. Registration will also be taken at the door, space permitting. Registration also covers lunch on Saturday and admission to an open mic event that night.
A limited number of manuscript critiques from our faculty are available for an additional $60. The critiques will consist of a private 20-minute conference, and notes, from the faculty member.
Manuscript samples, of no more than 10 double-spaced typed pages, must be received by Oct. 1.
The samples should be sent to:
Ad Astra Writing Sample
c/o Max McCoy
Director, Center for Great Plains Studies
Campus Box 4040
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5451
To download the brochure, with full conference information, please visit the following link:
To register, please visit the following link:
You may also register by mailing a check for to total amount to the address above. If you have questions, please contact the center at 620 341-5574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our conference hotel is the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Ave., just a few blocks east of the ESU-KC campus. We have a block of rooms reserved at the special rate of $105 per night. The deadline for reserving rooms at this special rate is Sept. 29. You may make reservations by following this link:
You may also call the Marriott directly at (913) 451-8000.
Participants may also choose to enroll, in advance, through Emporia State University, in EG 596: Studies in Literary Traditions, for college credit of one to two hours. Additional work will be required, with one of the ESU Ad Astra faculty members. Regular tuition and fees will apply. For more information, please contact the Center for Great Plains Studies at email@example.com. The Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism at ESU also offers intensive and degree-track instruction in literature, creative writing, and journalism. For more information on these and other programs, please contact the department chair, Kevin Rabas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ad Astra Conference is sponsored by ESU’s Center for Great Plains Studies, with support from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism; and the staff of the ESU-KC campus.
Friends of the Plains Dinner
The annual Friends of the Plains Dinner is just around the corner. Join us April 7, 2017 for dinner and guests Gary & Margaret Kraisinger as they discuss their years of research about the Chisholm Trail. Tickets are $30/ea and reservations can be made by calling the Center at 620.341.5574.
WELCOME to SPRING Semester 2017
Our office has moved to Room 307 White Library (formerly the Honors College)
Center Hours for Spring 2017
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
*Appointments can be made by emailing email@example.com or calling 620-341-5574
WELCOME to SPRING Semester 2016
Center Hours for Spring 2016
Monday 1:30 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday 1:30 - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 - Noon
Thursday 2:30 - 6:30 PM
Friday by appointment*
*Appointments can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 620-341-5574
SAVE the DATE - Spring Friends of the Plains Dinner
The Spring Friends dinner is set for Friday, April 8, 2016. Check back for more details about our engaging speaker this year!
2015 Tallgrass Registration is OPEN
Download the brochure HERE
2015 Tallgrass Writing Workshp
Save the Date
The Annual Tallgrass Writing Workshop returns to the ESU campus this year on June 6 and 7. Stay tuned for author line-up announcements, registration information, and all the great session titles participants have come to expect from this emerging and mid-career workshop.
Annual 2015 Friends of the Plains Dinner
Save the Date
April 17, 2015 is the Annual Friends of the Plains Dinner. This year the Friends organization will be joining with the Kansas History Association for a joint dinner and program. Dr. Jim Hoy will share news of the Center and provide the program featuring the F.M. Steele photo collection housed in the Center's archive. Watch your email and mailboxes for more information. To add your name to the Friends list please contact email@example.com or call us at 620.341.5574.
SPRING 2015 Great Plains Classes Now Available
The Spring semester class selections attributable to Great Plains Study are now available online for your review by clicking HERE. Enjoy!
FALL 2014 Center Hours
The Center collections are located in room 407 of William Allen White Library. During the fall 2014 semester our hours are as follows:
2014 Tallgrass Writing Workshop
June 7 & 8
Registration is now open for the 2014 Tallgrass Writing Workshop to be held June 7 & 8 on the ESU campus. Workshop faculty include critically acclaimed children’s author, Myron Uhlberg; poet and recipient of Great Plains Alliance’s Great Books of the Great Plains, William Sheldon; prolific author and singer song-writer, W.C. Jameson; Kansas Notable book author, Jim Hoy; ESU Creative Writing Program director, Amy Sage Webb; radio, television, and print journalist, Patsy Terrell; and literary agent and founding partner at Foreword Literary, Gordon Warnock. Rounding out the list is ESU faculty member and three-time SPUR Award winning writer, Max McCoy.
2014 Friends of the Plains Dinner
April 18, 2014
The annual Friends of the Plains dinner will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 in Webb Hall of the Memorial Student Union on the Emporia State Campus. A hosted reception will begin at 6:00 PM with dinner at 6:45 PM followed by a conversation with Dave Kendall at 7:30 PM.
Dave Kendall grew up on a farm along Clarks Creek in Morris County, Kansas where his ancestors settled in 1857. HE attended public schools in Herington, Kansas and completed a bachelor's degree in cultural geography at the University of Kansas in 1975 and returned to finish his master's degree in media anthropology in 1983.
Dave is currently the Executive Producer at KTWU, the public television station licensed to Washburn University in Topeka. Since 1987, he has served as the host of Sunflower Journeys, a weekly series exploring the historical, social, environmental, and cultural dimensions of Kansas. Dave visited with the Friends of the Plains in 1997 and is looking forward to the return.
Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling the Center at 620-341-5574 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 15, 2013
2013 Tallgrass Writing Workshop
Registration is now open for the 2013 Tallgrass Writing Workshop to be held June 1 & 2 on the ESU campus. Workshop faculty include film journalist and screenwriter, Courtney Joyner; poet and recipient of Great Plains Alliance’s Great Books of the Great Plains, William Sheldon; suspense novelist and former FBI Agent, Mark Bouton; Kansas Notable book author, Jim Hoy; ESU Creative Writing Program director,Amy Sage Webb;radio, television, and print journalist, Patsy Terrell; fiction writer, essayist, and author of Wildwordsrightnow online blog Jeremy Wild; and novelist and creator of The Velvet Podcast, Caleb Ross. Rounding out the list is ESU faculty member and three-time SPUR Award winning writer,Max McCoy.
January 16, 2013
2013 Annual Friends of the Plains Dinner
April 5, 2013
The annual Friends of the Plains dinner will be held Friday, April 5, 2013. We will begin at 6:00 p.m. with
a hosted reception in the newly remodeled Colonial Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the Emporia
State University Campus followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and a conversation with author, Robert Day.
Robert Day was born in Shawnee, a suburb of Kansas City, in 1941. He grew up there
before it was all one big suburb. He finished his B.A. and M.A. degrees (the M.A. in 1965) at the
University of Kansas, and then went to teach at Fort Hays State University. From there he took
a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University Arkansas and began working in the English
Department at Washington College, where he is currently writer in residence. He returns
to Kansas for the summers, living in Ludell, a small town in Rawlins County. Kansas remains
the setting of much of his fiction. Day’s works include The Last Cattle Drive, Speaking French
in Kansas, and The Committee to Save the World.
His forthcoming collection of stories will be published spring 2013
Reservations for the Annual Friends Dinner can be made by calling the center (620)341-5574, emailing email@example.com or downloading the online form returning to the Center by April 1, 2013.
September 24, 2012
April 23, 2012
2012 Tallgrass Writing Workshop
Registration is now open for the 2012 Tallgrass Writing Workshop to be held June 2 & 3 on the ESU campus. Workshop faculty include author and Kansas Public Radio commentator, Thomas Fox Averill; writer and researcher, Dr. James Kearney; motivational speaker and inspirational writer, Linda Apple; Kansas Notable book author, Jim Hoy; ESU Creative Writing Program director,Amy Sage Webb;essayist and weekly columnist, Cheryl Unruh; and novelist and creator of The Velvet Podcast, Caleb Ross. Rounding out the list is ESU faculty member and three-time SPUR Award winning writer,Max McCoy.
February 28, 2012
Friends of the Plains Dinner
April 13, 2011
The annual Friends of the Plains dinner will be held Friday, April 13, 2012. The event will kick-off at 6:00pm with a hosted reception at the Emporia Granada Theater followed by a buffet dinner from the Flying W Ranch, and guest speaker, Erika Nelson. Nelson is an independent artist, educator, and director of World’s Largest Things, Inc. Erika explores the back roads of the United States in search of the odd and unique in her mobile museum, The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Version of the World’s Largest Things. According to Nelson, “I gather stories of people who build outsider art environments, as well as vernacular architecture…the connection to community and visual explorations combine in this presentation, Folk Art in Kansas.” For additional information or to make dinner reservations please email Susan Brinkman on or before April 3, 2012.
April 5, 2011
2011 TALLGRASS WRITING WORKSHOP
Registration is now open for the 2011 Tallgrass Writing Workshop to be held June 4 - 5 on the ESU campus. Workshop faculty include senior agent with Andrea Hurst Literary Management, Gordon Warnock; author of more than 60 books, W.C. Jameson; poet, memoirist, and novelist, Laurie Wagner Buyer; Kansas Notable book author, Jim Hoy; and Amy Sage Webb, director of the ESU Creative Writing Program and professor of American literature. Rounding out the list is ESU faculty member and three-time SPUR Award winning writer,Max McCoy.
March 3, 2011
Friends of the Plains Dinner
April 1, 2011
The annual Friends of the Plains dinner will be held Friday, April 1, 2011. The event will kick-off with a hosted reception in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the ESU campus at 6:00 P.M. followed by a buffet dinner, entertainment, and door prizes. Jennifer Haugh, editor of Kansas! Magazine( www.kansasmag.com/ ) is our guest speaker for the evening. Ms. Haugh will share the history of the magazine and discuss the roll of the magazine for the future. For additional information or to make dinner reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 9, 2010
Center Celebrates 150th with Inaugural Exhibit
The inaugural exhibit in the Emporia Arts Center gallery will feature the works of seventeen Plains Photo Project artists. The show, Iconic Kansas, was curated by National Geographic photographer, Jim Richardson and is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood. The images examine culture, wildlife, landscape, weather, and life in the Great Plains. Iconic Kansas is a joint venture between the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Emporia Arts Council with funding from the Katherine K. White Foundation.
The exhibit will open January 18, 2011 and run through March 2, 2011. A reception will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, January 19. Mr. Richardson will be on hand to comment on his selections for the show. Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor of its sister publication, TRAVELER Magazine. Richardson has photographed more than 25 stories for National Geographic. In addition to his color photography, Richardson has built a distinguished body of black-and-white documentary work about rural Kansas life..
The Plains Photo Project began in 2007 as an online gallery for images related to all aspects of the Great Plains. The gallery is a repository for scholarship of the life and culture of the Great Plains region. It is maintained by the Center for Great Plains Studies. The variety of images whether historic, scientific, nostalgic, or simply beautiful, reflect the breadth of Great Plains life and culture. Amateur and professional photographers, researchers, scholars, dwellers and visitors are always welcome to submit photographs to the Center for inclusion in the online gallery. The wide range of individuals represented on the site give a unique depth to the flavor of life in Kansas and the Great Plains.
Around this same time in 2007, the Emporia Arts Council began the enormous undertaking of a capitol campaign to build a new multi-million dollar arts center. Four short years later, the EAC dream of a new center is now a reality. Again, the breadth and depth of community members coming together to create such a grand space in which to celebrate the arts gives the casual passerby a marvelous glimpse of the flavor of life in this Kansas community.
September 17, 2010
Introducing the Hobbs Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Collection
Please join us on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 1pm in william Allen White Library for a reception honoring Julia and the late Edward Hobbs for their donation of remarkable research materials to the Center. Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs spent over 10 years researching the land that is now the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The Hobbs Collection contains over 150 books, 120 reels of micro-film, and numerous primary source materials. Selected items from the collection will be on display and refreshments will be served. Remarks and introductions to begin at 1:20pm.
April 26, 2010
2010 TALLGRASS WRITING WORKSHOP
Registration is now open for the 2010 Tallgrass Writing Workshop to be held June 25 - 27 on the ESU campus. Workshop faculty include distinguished writer and former Doubleday editor, Greg Tobin; author of 14 books, the latest of which is the novel Devil's Keep, Phil Finch; singer-song writer Annie Wilson; Kansas Notable book author, Steven Hind; and former FBI agent and suspense novelist, Mark Bouton.
Rounding out the list are ESU faculty members Max McCoy, his latest novel is Canyon Diablo and Jim Hoy whose forthcoming book is Cowboy's Lament: A Life on the Open Range.
April 15, 2010
ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE PLAINS DINNER
EMPORIA, Kan - The annual Friends of the Plains dinner will be held April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the ESU Memorial Union. The Friends organization supports the mission and yearly activities of the Center for Great Plains Studies. Membership to the Friends organization is $50 and includes dinner for two and yearly subscriptions to Tales Out of School, Heritage of the Great Plains, and the Great Plains Newsletter.For dinner reservations call 620.341.5574 or email email@example.com
The dinner speaker this year is Bob Gress. Bob Gress has photographed wildlife for publications for over 30 years. Over 3,000 of his photos have appeared in books, magazines, posters, postcards, interpretive signs, and educational screensavers. He has coauthored The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots, Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie Wildlife, Watching Kansas Wildlife: A Guide to 101 Sites, Kansas Wetlands: A Wildlife Treasury, and Kansas Wildlife. Bob is director of the Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC) in Wichita Kansas. The GPNC is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, and the City of Wichita Park Department.
February 5, 2010
TALLGRASS WORKSHOP TO OFFER
HIGH SCHOOL WRITERS COMPETITION
EMPORIA, Kan. -The Tallgrass Writing Workshop is pleased to announce the Don Coldsmith Young Writers Award for Kansas high school juniors and seniors. The award honors the life-long achievements of western writer and columnist, Don Coldsmith, by encouraging young writers in their craft. Awards will be presented during the 25th Annual Tallgrass Writing Workshop to be held June 25 – 27 on the ESU Campus.
All Kansas high school juniors and seniors are eligible to enter the competition. A minimum of five double-spaced typed pages of prose, poetry, or fiction will be juried by the workshop faculty. Winning students will receive individual instruction and critique from members of the esteemed workshop faculty and complimentary access to all workshop events during the weekend. Students should send works to Max McCoy, Tallgrass Workshop Coordinator, Box 4019, Emporia State University, 1200 Commercial, Emporia, KS 66801. Deadline for receipt of submissions is May 15 and entries cannot be returned.
Don Coldsmith, a founder of the workshop, was a prolific writer with more than 40 books, 150 magazine articles, and 1,800 newspaper pieces. His syndicated column Horsin’ Around was a weekly staple of good humor, common sense, and the most interesting and often over looked details of life.
Don was the 1990 winner of the Spur Award for best novel, given by the Western Writers of America. He was also a recipient of the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement, named a Distinguished Kansan by Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, and received the Edgar Wolfe Award for his contribution to literature.
Coldsmith died June 25, 2009. He was 83.
The Tallgrass Writing Workshop has a long history of excellence in serving writers at all stages of career development. Participants include teachers, novelists, poets, journalists, historians, and those writing family histories. The workshop is offered by the ESU Center for Great Plains Studies and the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism.
August 15, 2009
A Window on Flint HIlls Folklife:
The Mardin Ranch Diaries 1862 1863
Rarely are detailed glimpses of 19th century life in the Flint Hills available to the 21st century reader. The recently published book, “A Window on Flint Hills Folklife: The Mardin Ranch Diaries 1862-1863,” gives readers just that glimpse on early life in Chase and Lyon counties.
Published by The Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University and edited and introduced by Jim Hoy, Professor, ESU Department of English, the book allows readers to travel back to the days of farming and stock raising, pasture burning, and daily customs during the early settling of the Flint Hills.