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Edna Bell-Pearson

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My book, Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams and Other Stories, portraying the strife and struggles of Southwest Kansans during the 20th Century, edited by our esteemed host, Gordon Kessler, was chosen one of 150 Best Kansas Books by the Kansas Sesquicentennial Committee (From books published between 1860 and 2010).

Pablo Picasso once said, “Art is lies that tell the truth.”

Although these stories are fiction, they delve deeply into the realty of life on The Great Plains.

Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams is a saga you'll not easily forget. It is love and trust, hardship and turmoil, life and death from the settlement days forward in Southwest Kansas. Edna Bell-Pearson masterfully brings to life the hard times and the spirited people who lived and died there.—Gordon A. Kessler, author of Brainstorm, Jezebel, Dead Reckoning and Novel Writing Made Simple.

Edna Bell-Pearson’s book, Fragile Hopes, Transient Dreams, is a clear and honest story about pioneer life in southwest Kansas. Her steady voice and compassion for her subject breathes life into her characters and reveals the conflicts and struggles early Kansas settlers faced as they attempted to tame the frontier. You won’t be disappointed.—Troy Boucher author of Prince of the Plains and The Last Kansas Exit.

My short stories, articles, essays and poems have appeared in anthologies and hundreds of  magazines and newspapers nationwide including, but not limited to the following:


American Fitness, Country Woman, Flying, Grit*, KANSAS! Magazine*, Woman’s World, Sunshine, Spokane Woman, Kansas City Star Magazine, The Legend, Looking Back, Arkansas Democrat Magazine and too many senior adult, farm, business and specialized magazines to list.

*Regular contributor to KANSAS! Magazine and Grit for over ten years.

NEWSPAPERS: (Feature Articles, Columns, Essays)

The Kansas City Star, The Spokane Chronicle/Spokesman Review, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Arkansas Gazette, The Arkansas Democrat, The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Kansas City View, The Squire, Johnson County Sun, Kansas City Business Journal, Jonesboro Sun, Dodge City Daily Globe, numerous regional and local newspapers. (Managing Editor and writer for Shawnee Mission Signal, a short-lived Johnson County newspaper. Wrote flying columns simultaneously for two weekly newspapers. Weekly business column for Dodge City Daily Globe. Edited and wrote news and features for weekly page for same newspaper. Weekly “Dateline” column for Jonesboro Sun. News and feature columns for three weekly newspapers. Stringer for various metropolitan newspapers and United Press).

FICTION AND POETRY: (Placed First, Second and/or Honorable Mention in a variety of literary contests.


Wrote TV and Radio scripts, commercial advertising copy, public service announcements, etc.*

*Radio and Television positions held include announcer, continuity director, traffic director, producer, sales manager and station manager.


Newsletters, brochures, news releases, public service announcements, advertising copy for radio, television, newspaper, magazine and direct mail, business letters, sales proposals, radio and TV scripts and commercials, slide show presentations, setting up business, organization and political conventions and conferences, press conferences, etc. Represented clients for venues such as Sports, Boat and Travel Shows, Political, etc.

I am a member of Kansas Author’s Club, Kansas Center for the Book, Author’s Den, Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writer’s Guild and Indie Writer’s Alliance.

Presently looking for a publisher for my book Cul de Sac

Works in Progress (Books) include 17½ Big Steps and Charlie.