Roy Beckemeyerwas born in Illinois in 1941, earned a BS in engineering in 1962 and served in the United States Air Force. He moved to Wichita, Kansas, in 1966 and has made the state his home ever since. He received an MS from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. from The University of Kansas, both in engineering. He worked almost 30 years for Boeing, retiring in 1997.
He and his wife have traveled extensively, and have been to every continent. He has also traveled all over the state of Kansas for the past 40 years, learning the state's ecological regions, bird life, and insects. During his retirement he has been a research associate of the Natural History Museum at KU, specializing in the study of the dragonfly fauna of Kansas, and has become an authority on the Paleozoic insect fossils of Kansas and Oklahoma. In addition to publishing scientific and historical papers on those subject areas, he served as co-editor of theTransactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciencefrom 2005 through 2011, and editor of theJournal of the Kansas Entomological Societyfrom 2009 through 2014.
He has written poetry most of his life, but began a period of sustained and consistent writing in 2009. His work has appeared in a variety of mostly regional literary journals, including Gazebo, Beecher's Magazine, Kansas City Voices, The Midwest Quarterly, Straylight, The North Dakota Quarterly, Nebo, Mikrokosmos, Coal City Review,andThe Bluest Aye,as well as in the anthologiesBegin Again: 150 Kansas Poems(Woodley Memorial Press, 2011), andTo the Stars through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga (Mammoth Press,2012). He was the Kansas Authors Club poet of the year for 2013, and won first place inBeecher's2014 Poetry Contest. His first book of poetry was published by Coal City Review and Press in 2014.