Cocktails (cash bar): 5:45 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
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About the Kansas Author Dinner | Featured Authors | Beneficiaries | Past Authors
The Kansas Author Dinner is the signature fundraiser of the Wichita Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. This annual event is a fun evening of dinner and program with notable Kansas authors.
This event is open to the general public and money raised helps benefit local literacy programs.
￼David A. Nichol is a critically-acclaimed leading expert on the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Nichols has published three books on the Eisenhower Presidency: A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution, Eisenhower 1956: The President’s Year of Crisis – Suez and the Brink of War, and Lincoln and the Indians: Civil War and Politics, which still remains the authority on Indian policy during the Civil War. He retired from academia in 2003, formerly serving as the vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Southwestern College from 1992 until his retirement. He was a professor of the economics and management division at Southwestern College and later vice president for development from 1985-1992. He received his PhD in history from the College of William and Mary in 1975. Nichols currently lives in Winfield, Kansas.
Wyatt Townley is the Poet Laureate of Kansas, a nationally known poet, and a fourth-generation Kansan. Her work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured in US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, and published in journals ranging from The Paris Review to Newsweek. Her books include three collections of poetry: The Breathing Field, Perfectly Normal, and The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award. The confluence of poetry and poetry-in-motion has shaped Wyatt’s life. Formerly a dancer, she has taught yoga for over 30 years and is the founder of Yoganeticsâ, a therapeutic system practiced in ten countries. Wyatt is married to poet and children’s author Roderick Townley. In her two-year term as Kansas Poet Laureate, she has visited forty communities in all six geographical sections of the state with some sixty programs. Her mission is two-fold: to bring people home to poetry, and poetry home to people.
Lindsey Yankey grew up in rural Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas’ illustration program in 2009. She has published two children’s books, Bluebird and Sun and Moon, both featuring her own beautiful illustrations. Beyond just her books, Lindsey’s illustrations have been featured in group and solo shows all over the world, including a UNESCO poster competition in Paris, France in 2010 where she received an honorable mention. Most recently, Yankey’s work was selected for print edition at the 2014 American Illustration 33.
Lindsey credits her creativity and fondness for drawing flowers, trees, and animals to her rural Kansas upbringing. She currently lives in Lawrence, Kan. with her husband, cat, and dog.
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