WSC Press

402.375.7118  |  CONTACT
SOCIAL
Facebook

CALENDAR

No events listed at this time

Kloefkorn Series

photo

 

The Kloefkorn Series cuts across every genre, snatching books that embody creativity, originality, and a new way of looking at something. Traits we look for in every book we read, and find less often than we wish. All of our authors have at least one foot in the Great Plains, whether they like it or not.

 

photo

William Kloefkorn

William Kloefkorn, who died in May, 2011,  gracefully and generously granted us permission to use his name for our book series. Proclaimed Nebraska State Poet in 1982, William Kloefkorn is the author of more than thirty books, including Drinking the Tin Cup Dry (1989), Restoring the Burnt Child (2003), and Out of Attica (2008), to name a few. His writing frequently celebrated rural life and the landscape of the Great Plains. Kloefkorn was also the first-place winner of the 1978 Nebraska Hog-Calling Championship and an emeritus professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University. And, as Tim Black said, William Kloefkorn is the grandfather of every Nebraskan poet.

 

The Kloefkorn Series was conceived by Cynthia and Timothy Black for the complete honor of their friend William Kloefkorn. This creative maelstrom is always and forever dedicated to them.

 

 

 

Book Descriptions

 

Connecticut Shade by Timothy Black (#1 in Kloefkorn Series)

REVIEW

Connecticut Shade, described by Jim Peterson as a 21st Century meta-Howl, is the first book in the WSC Press Kloefkorn Series, named in honor of Nebraska State Poet William Kloefkorn. Timothy Black's Connecticut Shade is part narrative fiction, part autobiography, part series of prose poems, and part script waiting to be staged. Connecticut Shade attempts, says William Kloefkorn in his Foreword, to depict a version of psychological Hell that defies depiction. Black is also author of the chapbooks Angels, Devils, Lullabies and 30pieces.--Alicia Karli

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Tim Black's Connecticut Shade is a 21st Century meta-Howl. Written as an antidote for writer's block, it unleashes an interior satirical rampage through the drug-afflicted, sex-crazed American Dream gone sour. An assault on hollow materialism, it is also an attempted re-unification of the schizoid American psyche. Like William Carlos Williams' Paterson, this book is about the microcosm of the disillusioned, disassociated individual as well as the macrocosm of our fragmenting culture of vanity and greed. It is a funny and deadly serious quest for a path of unflinching honesty that can lead to deeper values. Black holds nothing back. If you're a fan of political correctness, then stop and back away from the text. otherwise, fasten your seat belts, buckle your chin straps, and get ready for a ride you'll not easily forget. --Jim Peterson, Author of Paper Crown.

 

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: WSC Press; Second edition (February 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976651378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976651376

 

 

Roadside Prophet by Grizz McIntosh (#2 in Kloefkorn Series)

REVIEW

Grizz McIntosh is a joy to read. He writes from an America that I salute, a place at once beyond some far meridian and close as the next barstool. These poems are filled with insistent moons, monuments to Crazy Horse and the 'desperate steps' of the Cheyenne, 'rural routes' and 'raging slabs,' fake cowboys and real Indians, 'road scholars' and 'roadside prophets.' He's a poet who catches the mystery of frontiers in this present between 'highpowered eisenhower sex drive' and a 'future that has room/for the unexplained/and inexplicable.' And he does this in series of almighty riffs that come to my ear with both energy and grace. McIntosh rolls up on a poem like a styling man his Saturday night. --JV Brummels, Author of City at War

 

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Roadside Prophet is a chronicle of road trips, mind trips and cross-country mayhem. The great thing about roads is potential. The street right outside your house can ultimately take you to the Arctic Circle or the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego. It's all connected by roads. As different as we all are, we're all connected even if it's only by the streets and highways that bind us together. -- Grizz McIntosh

 

Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: WSC Press (April 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982382804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982382806

 

 

Jeweled Fragments by Ron Vick, Sr (#3 in Kloefkorn Series)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

There are various reasons why people attempt to escape reality, whether it is pain and suffering or feeling trapped in their lives. This collection of short stories, written by a new author and presented here for your reading pleasure, will transport you to other realms and let you escape, however briefly, to another place. What can you expect on your journey through this book? Dreams of Reality is a semi-modern sword and sorcery story with elements of an alternate universe theme. For Love of Humanity Not has the flavor of Battlestar Galactica and cyborgs with attitude. The interdimensional Library story is, well, interdimensional... read it and you will understand. The Iridium Incident offers you a look into a first contact scenario and an underappreciated hero with morals. Terran Insurrection gives us a look at humanity s recovery from a nearly apocalyptic future with another first contact scenario, but with less than friendly aliens. Strange New Beginnings was the first story the author wrote when he decided to see what kind of writer he could be. Somewhere in the back of his mind, with apologies to Captain Pike and the crew from Star Trek TOS, it has similarities to the episode Menagerie.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ron Vick Sr., originally an automotive mechanic from Wyoming and various other states, changed careers in the early 90s and became a counselor. After earning a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A.E. in Mental Health Counseling from Chadron State College, he moved with his wife Janet and two children to northeast Nebraska. He currently resides in Wayne, Nebraska where he has worked at Wayne State College for the last thirteen years as a counselor, academic advisor, and international student advisor. In his spare time, he develops web sites (ronvick.com) and writes science fiction and fantasy and the occasional academic article for publication. To date he has had three articles published in the peer-reviewed journals of the Nebraska Counselor, the Journal of Counseling and Values, and the Journal of College Counseling. During his tenure at WSC he has taken a couple of writing classes and serves as the advisor for the WSC Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, which hosts an annual convention in the spring called WillyCon (willycon.com). He has several short stories written and the start of a book (or two). Vick has won a couple of local writing contests associated with WillyCon, and sold one story titled For Love of Humanity Not that is online at AfterburnSF. Much of his writing is centered on locations in Nebraska and the names of his characters often are associated with one or more of his five grandchildren. This collection of short stories is his first published book.

 

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WSC Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982382812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982382813

 

 

Songs from Our Summer by Max McElwain (#4 in Kloefkorn Series)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Ron Vick Sr., originally an automotive mechanic from Wyoming and various other states, changed careers in the early 90s and became a counselor. After earning a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A.E. in Mental Health Counseling from Chadron State College, he moved with his wife Janet and two children to northeast Nebraska. He currently resides in Wayne, Nebraska where he has worked at Wayne State College for the last thirteen years as a counselor, academic advisor, and international student advisor. In his spare time, he develops web sites (ronvick.com) and writes science fiction and fantasy and the occasional academic article for publication. To date he has had three articles published in the peer-reviewed journals of the Nebraska Counselor, the Journal of Counseling and Values, and the Journal of College Counseling. During his tenure at WSC he has taken a couple of writing classes and serves as the advisor for the WSC Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, which hosts an annual convention in the spring called WillyCon (willycon.com). He has several short stories written and the start of a book (or two). Vick has won a couple of local writing contests associated with WillyCon, and sold one story titled For Love of Humanity Not that is online at AfterburnSF. Much of his writing is centered on locations in Nebraska and the names of his characters often are associated with one or more of his five grandchildren. This collection of short stories is his first published book.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Max McElwain teaches in the Communication Arts Department at Wayne State College. He holds a Ph.D in American studies from the University of Kansas. His books include Semi-Pro and Other Stories, Profiles in Communication, and The Only Dance in Iowa: A History of Six-Player Girls Basketball.

 

 

Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: WSC Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982382839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982382837

 

 

Requiem for the Kid on Grand Piano by Johnny D. Iles (#5 in Kloefkorn Series)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Here, for the first time together, are the incarnations of the “Black Heaven Jazz” band. In this collection of works by Johnny D. Iles, we see the transformations of the “Black Heaven Jazz” characters from their earlier versions in the poem “D Minor” and the short story “Requiem for the Kid on Grand Piano,”to their final resting place on the stage in the play version of Requiem for the Kid on Grand Piano.

 

Iles offers a torrid account of love and passion in his Darwinian tale of adapting and surviving – or dying – because of the inability to do such. But more than all of that, as the author suggests, “Requiem for the Kid on Grand Piano is the epitome of what love can be. This is my ode to the music that gets me through the restless nights. It is my thank-you note to jazz in all of its blue-collared wonder.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johnny D. Iles is a WSC alumni who now currently resides in Scottsbluff, Nebraska— not far from those beautiful Rocky Mountains. He has traded his Eastern Nebraska life of strippers, women with issues, and other debauchery for a quiet life of watching bison and elk graze and collecting fossils and artifacts. When not off in some far flung rock formation with his cowgirl, he is at home with his other seductress: jazz. He still cannot get enough of jazz.

 

 

Product Details

  • Paperback: 58 pages
  • Publisher: WSC Press (April 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982382820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982382820

 

 

Undoing Orion’s Belt by Amy Plettner (#7 in Kloefkorn Series)

REVIEW

Amy Plettner, like Whitman, is a poet of the body as well as the soul. Her poems smell of loam and sage, of trees and rivers. Her lines are organic and muscular, moving with the rhythms of the breath and the seasons. Her poems about family are not out of Rockwell or Hallmark. Hers deal with a genetic cord that s a jump rope hissing like Grandmother s geese. Her family values include fast feet, a mind of one s own, and a good left hook. In a poem entitled Kissing Cousins, in which cousins do some serious kissing, she notes her family Bible was lost by her great-great uncle on Deal Beach, where the scripture was scattered like spilled semen/among the dead. Of her beloved home turf, a Nebraska nature sanctuary, she notes, Grass drapes entrance of badger hole/ hoarfrost gathers elegant lace. Hot inhalation,/ so much breathing between my toes.
-William Trowbridge, author of Ship of Fool

 

Deep-rooted in the visceral and spiritual, Amy Plettner s poems possess an understanding of our hunger for physical contact with the natural world and with each other. Along with the corporeal is a tension between emotional fulfillment and insatiableness that reminds us how primal we are at heart.
-Teri Youmans Grimm, author of Dirt Eaters

 

 

Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: WSC Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982382855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982382851

 

Wayne State College
Our focus is your future
Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Watch us on Youtube
Linked IN
Instagram
Flickr