Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Announcing the Winner of The Birdy Poetry Prize - 2020

What a fantastic collection of poetry manuscripts we received for our second year of The Birdy Poetry Prize. Thank you to each and every poet who shared their work with us. It has been an honor and a pleasure.

The winner of The Birdy Poetry Prize for 2020 is:

Selected Poems: 2000-2020
JC Mehta
Hillsboro, OR

Note from the Judge:
“This Selected group of poems illuminates some harsh realities regarding identity. There are poems that smack a consciousness sideways. The poems have a real grit to them. For the reader, each poem will be an eye-opening experience.”

Poet/Professor Stanley E. Banks

Woman with patterned head scarf and large red earrings.
JC Mehta - The Birdy Poetry Prize Winner, 2020
(photo courtesy of JC Mehta)

JC Mehta’s Selected Poems: 2000 – 2020 is comprised of two decades of writing with an intense focus on space, place, and confession in post-Colonial America. Edited and curated by Brenna Crotty of CALYX journal, Selected Poems reflects one poet’s journey as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation through a search for identity and peace.

Congratulations also to our finalists and semi-finalists. Each of these manuscripts is deserving of recognition.


Kansas Poems
Brian Daldorph
Lawrence, KS

Once and Future Selves
Melissa Fite Johnson
Lawrence, KS

When to Ask for Rain
Tyler Robert Sheldon
Baton Rouge, LA

Praise the Lord and Pass the Medication
Brenda White
Emporia, KS


The House that Grief Built
Ramona Vreeland McCallum
Garden City, KS

Head of a Gorgon
Reaegen M. Pietrucha
Gainsville, FL

This World, Not the Next
William Sheldon
Hutchinson, KS

Memory’s Gate
Pamela Yenser
Albuquerque, NM

Man in front of microphone.
Stanley E. Banks (photo by Kevin Rabas)

The poet Stanley E. Banks grew up around 12th and Vine in Kansas City, and was the first in his family to go to college. Now he’s an artist in residence at Avila University, where he teaches others to express themselves through writing. In his own work, Banks captures the music, misery and hope of a youth spent in the urban core. The first 25 years of his poetry is collected in the book Blue Beat Syncopation, published by Bookmark Press.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Meet Meadowlark Intern, Hannah Tharp

Meadowlark is fortunate to get to work with students from Emporia State University. We are pleased to introduce our spring 2020 intern, 
Hannah Tharp.

Hannah is a senior at Emporia State University majoring in English with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a current member of Alpha Sigma Alpha, a sorority at Emporia State University. In the past, Hannah has worked for The Flint Hill Review as a student editor. She is interested in having a career in the publishing and editing field as a fiction editor. Through her internship at Meadowlark Books, she hopes to gain experience and learn about the business of publishing from the ground up. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Meet Meadowlark Authors in February

Meadowlark authors are keeping busy! Here are several options for meeting a Meadowlark author in person this month.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 3:00-5:00pm
Mike Hartnett is a panel member discussing
Writing Program for Douglas County inmates
at Kansas Authors Club, District 2 Meeting
Lawrence Public Library

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30pm  Feb. 13, 6:30pm* date changed due to weather
Ruth Maus, Valentine Reading
Beck-Bookman Library
420 West 4th Street, Holton, KS

Saturday, February 15, 1:00pm
Ronda Miller presenting with Kellogg Press
When Poet Meets Editor: Books Happen
Kansas Authors Club, District 1 Meeting
Topeka Public Library

Saturday, February 22
Roy Beckemeyer and friends at
Eighth Day Books, Wichita
2838 E. Douglas Avenue

Feb. 13, 6:30pm* date changed due to weather

Monday, December 16, 2019

Ruth Maus Reading at Barnes & Noble

Ruth Maus enjoyed a warm reception at Barnes & Noble in Topeka on Saturday, December 14. Ruth read from Valentine, a finalist in the 2019 Birdy Poetry Prize competition. Valentine is available to order wherever you buy books. 

Barnes & Noble
Meadowlark Books
or purchase direct from the author

There’s a feistiness to Ruth Maus’s Valentine that I love—not irreverence or contrarianism for its own sake, but a dissatisfaction with dominant perspectives. Look at the world again from this angle, the poems insist: How does it feel to be a fossil? Don’t people play possum, too? What makes you think Humpty Dumpty wasn’t a girl? Maus poses these sneakily metaphysical questions and then proceeds to answer them, with brio and poise, in the most extravagantly musical language.

-Eric McHenry, author of Odd Evening, Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2015-2017

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Ruth Maus featured on WIBW

Ruth Maus has been getting some wonderful coverage of her book of poetry, Valentine. Her interview with Ralph Hipp on The Red Couch Show, WIBW, aired on Friday, November 15.

The WIBW news piece on her launch party can be found here. Her book was also featured in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Ruth will be at The Great Writers Right Here book fair at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Saturday, December 7, from 10am - 1pm.

On Saturday, December 14, 2pm, she will be signing books at Barnes & Noble in Topeka.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

You are Invited! Book launch for Valentine in Topeka, October 22

Cover Image: Valentine, poetry book by Ruth Maus

Tuesday, October 22nd, 5:15 p.m.
the Rita Blitt Gallery, Washburn University
“Wry and rue---it sounds like the recipe for a craft cocktail. But those are really the main ingredients in Ruth Maus’s sly wise and expansive book . . . Most of her poems are short—and a lot bigger than they seem, poems marked by gallows humor and a poker face, and with just a twitch of a tell that reveals how much lies beneath their surface.”
-- Michael Gorra, author of Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

“Witty and contemporary, Maus’s poems are an energetic delight. She seems to blend the magic of the folk tale with the cutting crackle and static of modern life. The results are like blasts from the radio, when you turn the dial—each unique, each with something different to say.”
--Kevin Rabas, author of Like Buddha-Calm Bird, Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2017-2019