Whispering Prairie Press
Whispering Prairie Press promotes poetry, prose, and visual art by fostering a community of emerging and established writers and artists. Founded in 1994, we publish Kansas City Voices, a magazine that highlights regional talent and welcomes creative work from around the globe.
Based in Kansas City, Whispering Prairie Press was founded in 1991. Deborah Shouse and Carolyn Riddle, co-leaders of the Kansas City Writers Group at that time, wanted to publish an anthology of writings by the group members. They asked Sally Whitney to be in charge of this project.
Whitney invited various members of The Kansas City Writers Group to be a part of the planning committee. The committee met over lunch following each group session to plan the anthology and vote on names. Suggestions varied, and they chose Whispering Prairie Press, proposed by Chalise Miner. The name was reflected in the first anthology published, and the blurb for this volume reads:
“Every piece in this book is a commitment from people who love words and love to write. This is an anthology which breathes with the freshness of new prairies and haunts with the beauty of dark forest and loves with the grace and playfulness of a knowing soul.”
Whispering Prairie Press has evolved a lot since the early days, going on to publish writers and artists from around the world. Now in our 12th year of publishing Kansas City Voices, the organization has grown to attract and publish a wide audience from around the region and beyond. Our mission to promote and encourage artists and writers would not be complete without the support from our friends and founders. We are entirely volunteer operated and donor supported, and the wisdom passed down to us from the original group has held firm. Without our roots and ongoing support from the community, we would not be where we are today.