"I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." —Henry David Thoreau
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It's finally here—The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers—edited by Vernon Rowe,
Maryfrances Wagner, David Ray, and Judy Ray, and released this November by
Whirlybird Press. The editors' concept was to bring together contributions and
excerpts from writers with a Kansas City connection.
The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers
poems, stories, and memoir
selections from 95 writers who have lived or worked in the Kansas City area,
many of whom have earned widespread recognition in this country and internationally.
Poet David Ray, one of the anthology's editors, said, "I'm sure this book will have widespread appeal far beyond
its geographic limits. Both the contributors and editors should be proud of
includes selections by Ernest Hemingway, James Tate, David Owen, Robert Stewart, Hilary Masters, Dan Jaffe,
Frank Higgins, Stan Banks, C.W. Gusewelle, Bill Trowbridge, Richard Rhodes, and
Also, it's not a little humbling to be able to add that an excerpt from my current
work-in-progress, a memoir of my late son Francis's life, is included in this