Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Monday, September 19, 2022
October 7, 2022
6:30 PM CST
Join author Julie A. Sellers & Meadowlark Press on Zoom to celebrate the launch of Ann of Sunflower Lane.
Register to receive a Zoom link at tinyurl.com/SunflowerLane.
Order your copy of the book at meadowlarkbookstore.com.
Meadowlark Press announces the publication of Ann of Sunflower Lane by award-winning author Julie A. Sellers. Sellers’s book is a tribute to the Kansas Flint Hills, booklovers and reading, and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.
Sellers explains that the novel is not an adaptation of Montgomery’s classic novel, but a story of the way books and reading impact readers. “The title character, Ann Alwyn, is an avid reader, and when she comes to live with the grandparents she never knew at Sunflower Lane farm, she discovers a kindred spirit in an old edition of Anne of Green Gables. Her reading of that and other texts frames her experiences as she integrates herself into life on the farm and in the small-town community of Storey, Kansas.”
“Ann of Sunflower Lane is a love-letter to books and reading, and especially to the power of Anne of Green Gables to reflect and to shape life,” says Elizabeth Rollins Epperly, Professor Emerita and founder of the L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Marah Gubar, Associate Professor of Literature at MIT and author of Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature (2009), said, “I love how vividly this book conjures up contemporary rural life in a small town, chronicling how the transplanted Ann comes to terms with her troubled family history by putting down new roots and reinvigorating old ones.”
“I love this character, this book. Readers of all ages will fall in love with Ann of Sunflower Lane,” said Kansas writer Cheryl Unruh, author of Gravedigger’s Daughter: Vignettes from a Small Kansas Town.
Sellers was the Kansas Authors Club 2020 Prose Writer of the Year and the Overall Poetry (2022) and Prose (2017, 2019) winner of the Kansas Voices Writing Contest sponsored by the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council. She is the author of Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables (Blue Cedar Press, 2021).
Sellers is available for readings for interested groups. For more information, visit the author’s website at www.julieasellers.com.
|Ann of Sunflower Lane, by Julie A. Sellers|
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Bart Edelman, author of Whistling to Trick the Wind, was among the Los Angeles-area poets to participate in A Day of Poetry in Los Angeles! Watch him read his poem "In Heaven" in the video below (also linked HERE), timestamp 3:08:16.
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Last month, Arlice Davenport's third poetry collection,
Kind of Blue, came into the world!
Thank you so much to those who attended the book launch party that evening! If you didn't make it, you can still be a part of (nearly) all the fun by watching the recording of the book launch HERE.
Find Kind of Blue (and Arlice's other books)
at the Meadowlark bookstore
or anywhere else you buy books!
Monday, September 12, 2022
Meadowlark Press looks forward to visiting with you at the 11th annual Kansas Book Festival on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Washburn University in Topeka. The event will be hosted by the Mabee Library at the center of campus.
Presentations include author talks, outdoor performances, a book-art exhibit, food trucks, and exhibitor tents. Meadowlark will have our books available for sale, including two 2022 Kansas Notable Titles: Ava: A Year of Adventure in the Life of an American Avocet, by Mandy Kern, illustrated by Onalee Nicklin and Blue Collar Saint, poems by Brenda Leigh White.
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Free Admission and Open to the General Public
9:00AM Kansas Notable Book Awards, Mabee Library Lounge
3:00PM Straight Talk from Kansas Publishers, Mabee Library, Bottom Level
Panel including Meadowlark Press, Blue Cedar Press, Personal Chapters, University Press of Kansas & Flint Hills Publishing
Learn more about the event at kansasbookfestival.com.
2022 Kansas Notable Titles by Meadowlark Press
Friday, September 9, 2022
Mike Hartnett was a retired high school English/Speech teacher and business journalist (magazine columnist and editor and newsletter publisher), winning awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors. He led a memoir-writing group for the Douglas County Senior Citizen Center and was a co-leader of a men’s writing group at the Douglas County Jail.
Mike was the co-author of a play, Worthy of the Name, which was presented at Chicago’s Cultural Affairs Center, and a collaborator of a readers’ theater production, Prose & Cons, Voices From Behind Bars. He was the author of a memoir, And I Cried, Too: Confronting Evil in a Small Town (Meadowlark, 2019).
When I first received Mike's manuscript, it had been more than 40 years in the making. I met a kind and thoughtful man who obviously still carried the weight of the events from his years at Lincoln College. We talked extensively about his desire to publish his book, and his decision to publish it now, finally, in 2019. Almost as soon as he had signed his publishing contract, Mike's wife Barbara was diagnosed with cancer. The pleasure of seeing his book come to life was mixed with the pain of sharing his final years with the love of his life. All our plans for a book launch and book tours were set aside, though the book has done exceptionally well despite all of life's distractions. Barbara passed away in the spring of 2021.
Through Mike, I met the poet Antonio Sanchez-Day (now deceased), and became better acquainted with Brian Daldorph, both of whom became/will become Meadowlark authors. Mike will forever be considered a cornerstone author of Meadowlark Press. He took a chance on me when I was still relatively small and less experienced. His book solidified Meadowlark as a Midwest press, and much enlarged our audience of readers.
In our most recent email exchange a few weeks ago, I shared my delight at the success his book was achieving in ebook format. He replied immediately that he was "doing ok" and shared future events where we might have an opportunity to visit in person. I am very sorry to miss those visits.
Time is often so much shorter than we imagine it will be.
Tracy Million Simmons
Owner/Publisher, Meadowlark Press
Thursday, September 8, 2022
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In honor of this time of year, we will be celebrating myriad aspects of the Birdy Poetry Prize. We begin the celebration with a feature on the 2022 Birdy Poetry Prize judge, Bart Edelman, and the winning manuscript (soon-to-be-book) he selected, Cupping Our Palms by Jonathan Greenhause!
About Bart Edelman:
Bart Edelman's Judge's Statement on Selecting Cupping Our Palms by Jonathan Greenhause as the 2022 Birdy Poetry Prize Winner:
These provocative, trustworthy poems owe their strength to narrators who are not afraid to confront their own sense of awe, misgivings, and incredulity, as it pertains to their various stations in life. The prevailing subject of parenthood, and what it means to shepherd children through the stages of growth, keeps circling in this superb collection–none more so than in “The Perfect Dad.” Long before this final section, however, we witness personal journeys towards reconciliation and how to parent not only a child, but also humankind, on a practical, universal level. Cupping Our Palms has a stirring habit of casting its readers far out into a sea of curiosity and wonder, and, then, rather methodically, reeling or easing its audience back to shore, turn by gradual turn, through its eloquent language and structural change of pace. Compelling as “Beacons of Light,” “Not for Sale,” “Parabolic,” and “Relics” appear, they’re gateways to more profound questions the poet addresses and destiny poses, to all readers. Yes, here are rich, haunting poems, replete with honest voices whose declarations linger, long after the collection is complete–lessons well learned–but never quite at rest.