About Meadowlark

Specializing in Books by Authors from the Heartland since 2014

Meadowlark Books is an independent publisher, born of a desire to produce high-quality books for print and electronic delivery. Our goal is to create a network and system of support for today’s independent author. Our service is to ensure that the stories we love and believe in are presented to readers in a manner that enhances an author’s work.

Mailing address:
Meadowlark Books
PO Box 333
Emporia, KS 66801

Tracy Million Simmons, Owner/Publisher of Meadowlark Books, enjoys reading and writing about the people and places of her home state of Kansas, both real and imagined. She started Meadowlark Books in 2014 with the publication of Green Bike, a group novel, with Kevin Rabas and Michael D. Graves. Since that time, Meadowlark has published books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, including the 2016 Kansas Notable Book, To Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves. The 2016 “It Looks Like A Million” book design award by the Kansas Authors Club, was awarded to two Meadowlark titles To Leave a Shadow and MoonStain, poetry by Ronda Miller. 

The Meadowlark Team

Tracy Million Simmons – Owner/Publisher
A 1992 graduate of the University of Kansas (B.A. Psychology), Tracy began her professional career by putting her writing to work for the international non-profit organization, ORBIS International, where she managed the DC-10 aircraft modification project, wrote letters to help procure aircraft parts and medical supply donations, and maintained a donor newsletter. She then turned to a twenty-year freelance career spanning work with entrepreneurs on newsletters, marketing materials, and website design and published more than 500 articles and essays in niche to national publications. She has worked as an editor and on layout and design for assorted small press publishers and book packagers. Tracy is the 2003 recipient of a mini-fellowship in fiction writing from the Kansas Arts Commission. In 2006, she received an honorable mention in the Kansas Voices Contest. She is the author of Tiger Hunting, the 2013 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award winner from the Kansas Authors Club.

Kevin Rabas – Board Member/Poetry Chair
Kansas Poet Laureate (2017-2019) Kevin Rabas chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism at Emporia State and leads the poetry and playwriting tracks. He has nine books, including Bird’s HornLisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar, also a Nelson Poetry Book Award winner, Green BikeEliot’s ViolinSpider Face: storiesSongs for My Father: poems & stories, All That Jazz, and Late for Cymbal Line. Rabas writes regularly for Kansas City’s Jazz Ambassador Magazine (JAM). Rabas’s plays have been produced across Kansas and in North Carolina and San Diego. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and Rabas is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, and the Salina New Voice Award.

Board Members/Cheerleaders

Rand Simmons is a life-long reader, superb proofreader, and an attorney in Emporia, Kansas.

Evie Simmons lends a hand in Meadowlark Books through work formatting, proofing, and photography.

Maddie Simmons has served as everything from first-reader to cover model for Meadowlark Books.

Kaman Simmons lends his skills in computer graphics and photo manipulation to many Meadowlark Book covers.

Michael D. Graves is the author of Green Bike, along with Kevin Rabas and Tracy Million Simmons, and the author of the Pete Stone Private Investigator series. Book 1 of the series, To Leave a Shadow, was a 2016 Kansas Notable Book. His writing has appeared in Cheap Detective Stories, Thorny Locust, Flint Hills Review, and elsewhere. When life conjures its riddles, he turns to back roads and baseball for answers.

Cheryl Unruh is the author of two books of Kansas essays, Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State, and Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays (Quincy Press). Her newest book is a collection of poetry, Walking on Water (Meadowlark).

Meadowlark Connections
Each Meadowlark Book comes with its own team of collaborators. The following are a few of the go-to members we reach out to when we have a need.

Hazel Hart, Editor
Hazel provides three levels of editing services. We have found her to be an excellent resource and a pleasure to work with. Learn more about Hazel’s services at Hazelhart.com.

Dave Leiker, Photographer
Dave’s stunning images of Kansas consistently take our breath away. His work is featured on the covers of several Meadowlark Books, usually via personal arrangements made with our authors. To contact Dave about studio photography appointments and/or rates and permissions to use his work, visit him at daveleikerphotography.com or prairiedust.net.

Onalee Nicklin, Illustrator
Onalee is the most talented artist we know in real life! She specializes in beauties like mermaids, dragons, and elves! She is responsible for the meadowlark of Meadowlark Books, as well as interior work on some of our books and much of the inspiration that hangs on the walls of the Meadowlark office! Visit Onalee on Facebook.

Meadowlark Interns

Sammy Beck is a senior at Emporia State University, aiming to earn a BA in English with minors in Creative Writing, Art, and Music (oh my!). She enjoys writing in the fantasy, speculative, and romance fiction genres, giving new spins to older fairy and folk tales as well as exploring the notion of "belonging." Along with writing, she has found a love of critiquing, editing, and, now, formatting as she's gotten to learn a lot through Meadowlark. She hopes to expand out from there and get to work in any and all fields of the writing process at some point. (Intern – Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Jessica Jackson is a senior at Emporia State University. She is aiming for a major in English, with minors in Creative Writing and Art. Jessica writes in multiple genres (three very different works-in-progress, all of which need much more work to be done before they are ready to be seen by the public). She aspires to work in the publishing business and is a Marketing Intern at Meadowlark Books. She hopes that in working with Meadowlark that she will be able to gain insight into the publishing business. (Intern – Spring 2018)

Ralvell Rogers II is a fourth-year English major creative writing minor at Emporia State University (ESU). Currently, he is the President of the Black Writer’s Club, an RSO in which Ralvell founded during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to attending classes and working as a writing tutor for the Writing Center, Ralvell is a Marketing/Editing Intern for Emporia publishing company, Meadowlark Books. He was a staff writer/columnist/editor for the ESU student newspaper, The Bulletin for three years, a contributor to the 2017 Quest Magazine, and the youth reflection speaker for the SCLC's 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Kansas City, Missouri. Ralvell has been published by the ESU student literary journal, Quivira, and local journal, Tittynope Zine. In the near future, Ralvell will be a renowned writer and educator. (Intern – Fall 2017)