This Map of Kansas Literature began as a project of Washburn University students who enrolled in a Kansas Literature course titled "Mapping Kansas Literature." Taught three times by Tom Averill of the English Department and Carol Yoho, then adjunct with the Art/CIS departments, the course was designed to combine a standard literature course with the use of Internet and Web technology. The original site was created using Dreamweaver.

Each semester, students began with a hefty list of required books. Their first assignment was to create a web page responding to the work of one of those Kansas writers. Then, they were asked to select another Kansas writer to research for a second web page, to be posted by the end of the semester.

During the past several years, Tom Averill has been lucky to have the help of work-study students Miranda Ericsson-Kendall, Rachel Metzger, and Jordan Loomis. Each has worked hard to create new pages, and to update existing ones, and the Center for Kansas Studies hopes to continue in that tradition.

We are proud to present the pages we've posted so far, but we are aware that many Kansas writers who deserve a presence on our map have not yet been researched and included. We hope to continue to expand our contribution to the understanding of Kansas writers and Kansas. Meanwhile, we have created as many links to as many other websites as we can find. As you follow those links, you will see a wealth of writers who have created, and continue to create, Kansas Literature. 

In 2019, we moved the Map of Kansas Literature to its current platform, supported by a grant from Humanities Kansas.

If you have any questions about the map, or if you deserve a place on the map, or know of someone else who does, don't hesitate to contact Tom Averill or Kerry Wynn at Washburn University: tom.averill@washburn.edu or kerry.wynn@washburn.edu.

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