Roy Beckemeyer Reading at Raven Bookstore Lawrence KS Oct 2016

Roy J. Beckemeyer is a retired aeronautical engineer / Boeing Company executive. In his post-professional life, he has been a  scientific journal editor, a researcher who has studied extant dragonflies and Paleozoic fossil insects. He has described and named from fossils more than twenty new species of Paleozoic insects. He is also a nature photographer, writer, award-winning poet, and poetry and literary reviewer and editor and has done book layout and design. His poems have appeared over half a dozen anthologies and many print and online journals. His debut poetry collection, Music I Once Could Dance To (2014, Coal City Press) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book. He recently co-edited Kansas Time+Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry (2017, Little Balkans Press) with Kansas Poet Laureate Emerita Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Amanuensis Angel (Spartan Press, 2018) is a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry inspired by abstract and impressionist artists’ depictions of angels. His full-length poetry collection, Stage Whispers (2018, Meadowlark Books), won the 2019 Kansas Authors Club Nelson Poetry Book Award. Later in 2019, his fourth book of poetry, Mouth Brimming Over was published by Blue Cedar Press. His most recent book, The Currency of His Light (Turning Plow Press, 2023) made its debut at the 2023 Scissortail Creative Writing Festival in Ada, Oklahoma.

Beckemeyer’s work has been nominated for Pushcart (2015, 2020, and 2024) and Best of the Net (2018, 2023) awards and was selected for Best Small Fiction 2019. He won the Jim Stone Memorial Poetry Award in 2013 and 2014,  the 2014 Beecher’s Magazine Poetry Award, the 2016 Kansas Voices Award,  and was Kansas Authors Club Poet of the Year in 2013 and 2015-2019.

Roy Beckemeyer was on the editorial board of River City Poetry and was a co-editor of Konza Journal. He taught eight-week Poetry Workshops for senior citizens two or three times a year from 2011 through 2019 at LifeVentures. He has served as State President of the Kansas Authors Club (2016-2017) and has held numerous positions at the district level.

Beckemeyer began writing poems to his high school sweetheart, Pat, now his wife of more than 60 years. They have lived in Kansas for over 50 of those years, and have traveled widely, from Antarctica to Kamchatka, Belize to Vanuatu. He blogs at