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Author's club launches 2004 literary contest

The Kansas Authors Club is accepting entries for the 2004 literary contest.

Writers of every age and genre are invited to submit their best prose and poetry, as well as entries for a special themed contest, "What's Write with Kansas." Dealine is June 19.

Guidelines for youth and adult contest categories can be viewed at www.skyways.org/orgs/kac/contest.html or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Tracy Simmons, 1018 S.E. 41st Terrace, Topeka 66609.

Monetary prizes will be awarded at the centennial convention Oct. 22-24 in Topeka.

The Kansas Authors Club, a nonprofit organization, supports creative, technical, academic and journalistic writers. Membership is not required to enter the contest or attend the convention, but membership inquiries are welcome.

Baldwin poet to sign books, discuss hospice and dying

Baldwin nurse and poet Shannon Musgrave will sign copies of her new poetry collection, "Touch: Poems of Hospice, Healing, Remembrance," from noon to 2 p.m. today at Hastings, 1900 W. 23rd St.

Musgrave will discuss her experiences with death, dying and hospice care. Copies of the book (219 Press, $10) will be available.

"Touch" is also available at Borders, 700 N.H., The Raven Bookstore, 8 E. Seventh St. and the Kansas Union Bookstore, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.

Musgrave also will read at 7 p.m. April 16 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., as part of the 2004 Lawrence Poetry Series.

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