Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Two Kansas Writers Win 2011 Writers Exchange Award

. Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I am full of Kansas pride at the news that not one but two writers from Kansas won the the 2011 Writers Exchange Award, receiving prices that include all-expense-paid trip to New York to meet with publishing professionals!

Congratulations to José Faus of Overland Park, Kansas, and fiction writer Sanda Moore Coleman of Wichita, Kansas!

José Faus, a native of Bogota, Colombia, received degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in studio art and creative writing. He maintains a studio in downtown Kansas City and has exhibited in the metropolitan area. He also has been involved in a series of mural projects in Kansas, Missouri, and Mexico. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and editor of Kansas City Hispanic News. His writings have appeared in the anthologies Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland and Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland, as well as in forthcoming issues of Dicho Magazine and Present Magazine. He is a board member of the Writers Place and Nuevo Eden and president of the Latino Writers Collective.

Sanda Moore Coleman received an MFA in creative writing from Wichita State University in 1990. Since then, she has been a feature writer and voice talent for Brite Voice Systems, an assistant editor for Image, a music reporter, copy writer, a teaching fellow at Harvard University, and the arts and community editor for The Martha's Vineyard Times. She is presently a freelance writer and editor in Wichita, where she lives with her husband, William Coleman, and their nine-year-old daughter, Madeleine.

Read excerpts of the winning manuscripts by Faus and Coleman at

Congrats again you two. You rocked it.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo


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