Regional Publication with Kevin Rabas

Attention, writers! On August 23rd, from 9-1, we’ll host a fantastic line-up of speakers at our library’s first Local Author Workshop. Join us for a day of immersion in the world of publishing, marketing and promotion.

The program is diverse, looking both at traditional publishing platforms as well as ways authors can forge their own paths to success via self-publishing, and everything in between. Each event at the Local Author Workshop will offer a chance for attending authors to ask questions, and at the conclusion of the day, leave armed with information and resources to help get their work in front of readers.

kevin rabas 2014 b&wSuccessfully placing work in regional publications can help you build your resume and establish your name as a writer. Kevin Rabas is an award-winning poet and an experienced editor who will explain the intricacies of regional publication. Rabas manages and co-edits Flint Hills Review, a national literary magazine with a regional focus, and serves as manuscript editor for Woodley Press at Washburn University, which is dedicated to publishing books by and about Kansas and Kansans.

Rabas has been honored with a Langston Hughes Award, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, and the Salina New Voice Award. He’s also been nominated for four pushcart awards, and his second collection, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, was a Kansas Notable Book and a Nelson Poetry Book Award winner. We’re so honored to have him speak from his experience as a writer and editor for our event!

Check out our post on Kevin Rabas’s third collection of poetry, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar, to learn more about Kevin’s work and to read an original interview with the poet.

We’ll be featuring our speakers in blog posts throughout the week. Watch for a post on New York Times bestselling author Harriet Lerner up next. Check out the event blog for full speaker bios and program descriptions.

Sign in begins at 8:30 in the library’s Marvin Auditorium. Call 580-4540 or send a message to to register, or just show up at our library’s Marvin Auditorium on August 23 ready to learn and be inspired. Free coffee and breakfast will be available while supplies last, and speakers will be on hand with books for purchase and signing from 12:45-2 p.m. Tell everyone you know on facebook and real life, this event is too good to be missed!

Miranda Ericsson

Miranda loves to talk lit! Her favorite reads are poetry, literary fiction, and speculative science fiction, and she's passionate about promoting great literature written by Kansas authors. She works with library programs that support and engage writers in our community, so ask her for more information about the Local Writers Workshop, Great Writers Right Here author fair, and Community Novel Project. Miranda is also a member of the library's Genealogy Team and Fiction Team, facilitates TALK book discussions, and co-leads the Bean There, Read That book discussion group.