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Monday, May 8, 2023

2023 Birdy Poetry Prize Event Recording

Whether you missed it or want to relive the fun, this year's Birdy Poetry Prize event recording is now available! Thank you to everyone involved, and congratulations again to all semi-finalists, finalists, and Zachary Lundgren for his winning poetry collection, Turkey Vulture!

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Meadowlark Book Received Eric Hoffer Book Award First Runner-Up in Legacy Fiction


Opulenece, Kansas, by Julie Stielsra, was selected as First Runner-Up in the Legacy Fiction category, which is fiction of any type published more than two years ago - because "unlike many in the industry, [they] think good books last more than a single season."

See the 2023 Award List

Monday, May 1, 2023

Congratulations Zachary Lundgren - WINNER of the '23 Birdy Poetry Prize!


It is with great excitement that we share the announcements for the 2023 Birdy Poetry Prize with you! 

The winning poetry collection for our annual Birdy Poetry Prize is Turkey Vulture by Zachary Lundgren! Congratulations! 

About the Winner:
Zachary Lundgren was born in California and received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida. He has been published in several literary magazines and reviews, including The Columbia Review, The Wisconsin Review, Clockhouse, Beecher’s Magazine, and The Louisville Review. He received his PhD in rhetoric and composition from East Carolina University and now resides in Denver, Colorado. 

We are also happy to extend a warm congratulations to our finalists and semi-finalists! 

A recording of our announcement event, which took place on Friday, will be shared soon. Watch our featured Meadowlark readers, Zachary Lundgren, Alison Hicks ('21 winner, Knowing Is a Branching Trail), Jonathan Greenhause ('22 winner, Cupping Our Palms), Brian Daldorph ('20 finalist, Kansas Poems), and Ruth Maus ('19 finalist, Valentine) read, and hear why our 2023 guest judge, Melissa Fite Johnson, chose Turkey Vulture to win this prize. 

Zachary will receive $1,000, publication, and 50 copies of his book. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Opulence, Kansas, short-listed as finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize


We are pleased to announce that Opulence, Kansas, by Julie Stielstra, has been shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize. Congratulations, Julie!

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

You're Invited! Local Writers Read, April 8th


Learn About Our Readers

Jerilynn Jones Henrikson

Like First Citizen William Allen White, Jerilynn is proud to be from Emporia. Her schooling is of this place. Here, she met and married her husband, Duane Henrikson, also an Emporia native. Their four children were raised here, and two of them have returned to raise their families here. One of her seven grandkids attended ESU. Jerilynn says she’s addicted to this town, this prairie and its sky. She is also addicted to words and the stories they build. She taught Language Arts at Emporia High School for 20 years, and after retiring in 2003 began tending to her desire to be a writer. She has written eight children’s picture books, a humorous memoir, and two historical fiction YA novels, including her award-winning Meadowlark book, A Time for Tears

Julie Sellers

Julie Sellers was born and raised in the Flint Hills near the small town of Florence, Kansas. Those great expanses of tallgrass prairie and reading fueled her imagination, and she began writing at an early age. After living in several states and countries, Julie is happy to make her home in Atchison, KS. She has published three academic books, and her creative prose and poetry have appeared in publications such as 105 Meadowlark Reader, Wanderlust, Kansas Time + Place, and more. Julie was the Kansas Author’s Club Prose Writer of the Year in 2020 and 2022. In the Kansas Voices Contest, she was the Overall Poetry Winner in 2022 and the Overall Prose Winner in 2017 and 2019. Her collection Kindred Verse: Poems Inspired by Anne of Green Gables (Blue Cedar Press) was released in 2021. Her debut novel, Ann of Sunflower Lane, was released by Meadowlark Press in 2022.

Duane L. Herrmann

Duane L. Herrmann’s family has lived in Kansas since the 1860s. His poetry celebrates the prairie and life on the prairie. He is an internationally published, award-winning poet and historian and the author of 11 books, including Family Plowing, a poetry collection published by Meadowlark in 2019. This book consists of new unpublished poems, published but previously uncollected poems, and some poems from previous collections, many revised. In addition to writing, he has carried baby kittens in his mouth, pet snakes, and has conversations with owls, but is careful not to anger them! Duane is an important voice in poetry, honoring the Midwest, its culture, its wildlife, and its people.

Lisa Stewart

At 54, Lisa Stewart set out to regain the fearless girl she once had been. Hot, homeless, and horseback, she snapped back into every original cell—riding her horse, Chief, 500 miles home. On an extraordinary homegoing from Kansas City to Bates and Vernon Counties in Missouri, Lisa exhausted herself, faced her past, trusted strangers, and stayed in the middle of her frightened horse to learn, perhaps for the first time, that this world was out to protect her. You can read all about it in her memoir, The Big Quiet, published by Meadowlark in 2021.

Olive Sullivan

Olive Sullivan holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine and an MA from the University of Colorado-Denver. A bookbinder, she lives in Pittsburg, KS, where she grew up. She loves taking long walks on the prairie with dogs and traveling anywhere that requires a passport–and almost anywhere that doesn’t. Olive’s Meadowlark books include Skiving Down the Bones, published in 2022, and Wandering Bone, published in 2017.

A’Kena LongBenton

A’Kena LongBenton is a metro Detroit native, who recently moved to Emporia (with her husband, Larry Benton) to teach instructional design and technology courses at Emporia State University. As a Harvard-trained college educator, A’Kena specializes in video productions of classic/cultural literature and other disciplines. She has written for a professional development magazine, academic/literary journals, and print/online educational newsletters in the disciplines of English, language arts, instructional technology, and distance learning. Her work has been featured in a regional criminology college textbook regarding multicultural issues facing America. A’Kena has written an academic-related booklet on public speaking, two books of poetry, and two booklets of short stories using only six words or less. Most of her 20+ writings have been in academia, but A’Kena takes immense joy in the moments when she can write for pleasure. Specifically, A’Kena was asked to write a poetic piece on Summer Palace (an imperial garden created by the Qing Dynasty) when she was teaching college professors in Beijing, China. 

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Two New Books on the Meadowlark Bookshelf: Spring 2023 News from Meadowlark Press

Spring 2023 Book News from Meadowlark Press

A Note from the Publisher’s Desk:

As I write this, we are preparing to debut our second illustrated children’s book at the “Read Across America” celebration at Flinthills Mall in Emporia, Kansas. (March 4, 10am - 12:30) We are so thankful to Emporia’s Mobilizing for Literacy project. They purchased copies of the book in both English and Spanish to gift to young readers on Saturday! This story about a determined little squirrel is a fun read-aloud book, and readers of all ages will be mesmerized by the gorgeous illustrations.

Meadowlark will have our YA and children’s titles available at the event with several authors on hand to visit with young readers and sign books. Julie A. Sellers, author of Ann of Sunflower Lane, will be conducting a free teen writing workshop. Bring your kids! If you are in the area, we’d love to see the whole family. Come celebrate reading with us!

Meadowlark Poetry Press is in the final stages of polishing The Book of Stolen Images, a gorgeous book of poetry by the talented Laura Lee Washburn.

Both books are available for pre-release orders from our website right now. As you are browsing our selection of books, remember that the flat-rate shipping fee of $4 is only charged once per order. So buy a book, or buy a couple of books!

More details below. We appreciate you taking the time to catch up on our news. Thank you for your support of Meadowlark Press. We couldn’t do this without you!

Much love and good reading,

Tracy Million Simmons

Meadowlark Press

Book cover with a young squirrel.

Squirrel needs to find a place to hide his hazelnut before winter comes. In his hurry, he bumps into Cottontail Rabbit, Opossum, Red Fox, and more. This 32-page, full-color children’s book will captivate pre-readers with its illustrations and detail.

Onalee Nicklin is best known for her fantasy or “storybook” pencil drawings, often depicting children as mermaids, elves, or characters in a story. She works mostly with graphite pencils, colored pencils, and sometimes does a little mixed media. “I hope my work inspires people to use their imagination, to dream, to read,” she says.

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In a fantastical neo-classical sense, The Book of Stolen Images speaks novelly toward culture, politics, and collective humanity. This poetry collection recognizes personal yet relatable ordinary and existential experiences, particularly in a timely contextual fashion regarding modern social issues--what makes us feel alive, imperfect, concerned, and inspired to do better. Unique imagery and diction flavor each poem and set this collection apart from other offspring of fairy tales and social commentaries.

Laura Lee Washburn is the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). She is the editor of The Coop: A Poetry Cooperative.

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Top Sellers in January 2023


  1. And I Cried, Too (2017), Mike Hartnett

  2. Ava: A Year of Adventure in the Life of an American Avocet (2021), Mandy Kern

  3. Jigsaw Puzzling: Essays in a Time of Pestilence (2022), Denise Low


  1. Blue Collar Saint (2021), Brenda Leigh White

  2. No Matter How It Ends (2022), E.J. Rode

  3. Cutting Teeth (2022), Ivan Hobson

Top Sellers in February 2023


  1. And I Cried, Too (2017), Mike Hartnett

  2. To Hide a Hazelnut (2023), Onalee Nicklin

  3. The Big Quiet (2020), Lisa D. Stewart


  1. Whistling to Trick the Wind (2021), Bart Edelman

  2. Gravedigger’s Daughter (2021), Cheryl Unruh

  3. Cutting Teeth (2022), Ivan Hobson

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