STORYTELLERS OF THE GREAT PLAINS COALITION
LAURIE OSWALD ROBINSON
KATHY BURKEY WIENS
After involvement in college office, church administration, Christian education, fund development and then retiring, Kathy now enjoys a writing effort especially about family history. Coping with breast cancer gave her a new perspective about legacy and where God wants her to invest her time. She asks: “In a troubling environment, how can we use writing gifts to impact others in a fruitful way?”
Katherine Burkey Wiens lives in Newton, She was an early childhood educator for 28 years, teaching both children and adults. In 2013 her childhood memoir, Bars, Dumps, and Other Childhood Hangouts was published. Along with presentations about her book, Kathy also offers workshops to help faith communities value and nurture children. She has just completed a graduate degree in Clinical Counseling from Emporia State University. Writing interests include writing memoir and church dramas. Kathy sees writing as an important tool in the healing journey.
Barb is a lover of literature and fascinated with the never-ending give and take between our development as a human race, and our ability to dialogue about and share ideas with not only those around us, but with those separated from us by space and time. She loves the history of words themselves, and believe they have stories of their own.
Barb is a wife, mother, grandmother, Christian, advocate, teacher, reading specialist, and a writer. Writer comes last not because it is the least significant to her, but because it is fed by, and an expression of, the others.
“There is nothing more amazing to me than to be in the room when a child who has been struggling to read finally figures it all out,” she says. “Watching that light bulb glow and flare is what reading, and writing, is all about.”