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Monday, May 13, 2024

Arlice Davenport Reading at Eighth Day Books in Wichita


After 50 years of writing poetry, Arlice Davenport is not yet finished: “When I contemplate/this insatiable universe/bulging against its borders/I carefully store my tools/and leave the unfinished unfinished.” He takes his cues from “this insatiable universe” in this, his fourth collection of poems, in pursuit of an ever-receding horizon of completion. For decades editor of the Book and Travel sections of the Wichita Eagle, Arlice will read from In Search of the Sublime and his other books Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at Eighth Day Books.

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m.
Eighth Day Books
2838 E. Douglas
Wichita, Kansas

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

You're Invited! Diverse Voices Student Anthology Book Launch Event

Meadowlark Press is proud to announce the publication of Diverse Voices/Voces Diversas, an anthology of student writing from Emporia's own Walnut Elementary School fifth graders. 

Earlier this year, Meadowlark worked with Emporia-based nonprofit House of Morrow to develop a five-week creative writing literacy program. The grand finale of this program is the publication of the students' writing and book launch event.

The book launch event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 7th, at the Clint Bowyer Building. The kids will read their original writings!

Books will be for sale as a fundraiser for Walnut Elementary School and House of Morrow.

Funding this project was made possible by the United Way United for Racial Equity Grant, Emporia Community Foundation, House of Morrow, and Meadowlark Press.

We look forward to having you join us in celebrating this fun and educational experience!

Monday, March 18, 2024

Congratulations, Alicia Rebecca Myers, 2024 Birdy Poetry Prize Winner!

We are overjoyed to announce the winner of the 
2024 Birdy Poetry Prize, Warble by Alicia Rebecca Myers

Congratulations, Alicia!


Alicia Rebecca Myers is a poet and essayist who holds an MFA in Poetry from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Writing Fellow. Her writing has appeared in publications that include Best New Poets, Creative Nonfiction, FIELD, River Styx, Gulf Coast, SWWIM, december, Threadcount, and The Rumpus. Her chapbook of poems, My Seaborgium (Brain Mill Press, 2015), was selected by Kiki Petrosino as winner of the inaugural Mineral Point Chapbook Series, and she has been the recipient of a Kimmel Harding Nelson residency for poetry and a Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference nonfiction scholarship. Warble is her first full-length book.

We would also like to extend a hearty congratulations to our Birdy finalists and semi-finalists!

Meadowlark would like to thank Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for serving as this year's judge.

Here, you can watch the recording of the announcement event, including readings from 2021-2014 winners: Alison Hicks (Knowing Is a Branching Trail), Jonathan Greenhause (Cupping Our Palms), Zachary Lundgren (Turkey Vulture), and Alicia Rebecca Myers (Warble)! Also included are comments on what Caryn found so alluring about Warble. Thank you to all who attended the event and made it a special, celebratory evening!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Welcome to Kennedy Eyberg, Spring 2024 Intern from Emporia State University

We are very pleased to have Kennedy Eyberg on the Meadowlark team this semester.

Kennedy is originally from Coon Rapids, Iowa, but moved to Kansas at the age of eight. She now lives in Shawnee, Kansas, and is a senior studying at Emporia State University as an English major with a minor in Creative Writing. Kennedy loves reading, writing, and biking in her free time, as well as playing her clarinet and guitar when she is home. She is big on hanging out with family whenever she gets the chance to see them, as well as her wonderful puppies, Oreo and Autumn. Kennedy hopes to work in publishing as an editor once she graduates.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Limited Edition: The Adventures of Bottle Calf

This is a Limited Edition, Hard Cover, 9x9 book, that will be numbered and signed by the Author & Illustrator.

The Adventures of Bottle Calf
Written by Ann Vigola Anderson
Art by Sara Long
ISBN: 978-1-956578-47-8 (hardcover)
Retail: $28.99

JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

Author Ann Vigola Anderson takes us back in time to her grandparents’ farm where Bottle Calf was born during an early spring blizzard. With illustrations by the talented Sara Long, this gorgeous book will be your go-to for holiday gift giving and beyond. Grab a copy to reminisce or to share the stories and gorgeous art with your kids and grandkids. You are going to love Bottle Calf!

32 Pages - full color illustrations

Ann Vigola Anderson & Sara Long

Ann Vigola Anderson writes heartwarming stories of her childhood in the 50s and 60s and of her experiences on her grandparents’ far. She shares the joys of an ordinary life and how she has taken on life’s challenges.
Sara Long spent the summers of her youth working on her family’s cattle ranches. She enjoys painting horses, cattle, and all other animals that might have crossed her path.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Now Available in the Meadowlark Bookstore

Our Mothers' Ghosts and Other Stories

by Marilyn Hope Lake

Retail: Paperback $19.99, hardcover $29.99

FICTION / Feminist
FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
FICTION / Historical / General

Forced to extremes in order to escape women’s accepted societal roles, the protagonists in this short story collection—the women of one midwestern river town family—overcome hardship and heartbreak, pain and pressure, in order to burst the bonds that hold them and bring forth a better future for their daughters and sons. Their struggles comprise a panorama of women’s issues that span the twentieth century: social injustice, sexism, discrimination, and racism. These ordinary women experienced it all, and the unique ways in which they dealt with these issues illustrate a past we should all hope to leave behind.

What Reviewers are Saying:

Set in Illinois and Missouri river towns and cities from the early to late twentieth century, these plainspoken stories resurrect the past in all its glorious particulars, without sanctifying or sentimentalizing a mixed heritage of familial love and abuse. It’s all here: romance, rape, domestic violence, segregation, integration, the sexual revolution, political upheaval, and each generation’s backlash against the excesses of the last. Our Mothers’ Ghosts revolves around two archetypal sisters, and Lake takes great relish in revealing the dark impulses of the golden girl Helen and the disruptive innocence of the black sheep Boots. Amid the palpable pleasures of the book’s rich historical detail, there is always the shock of something blunt and honest and new.
—Trudy Lewis, author of The Empire Rolls
Marilyn Hope Lake’s work is very impressive. Lake’s tender prose transports the reader to an earlier, yet not-so-simple time, that reminds us of our past and guides us to a more hopeful future. Her stories have an effect you may have seen in a classic film, beginning with an evocative black and white photograph that suddenly blooms in full, technicolor glory as the narrative springs to life.
—Daren Dean, author of Far Beyond the Pale and Black Harvest
Our Mothers’ Ghosts is a wonderful collection of interconnected short stories that gains in complexity with each story, creating a rich portrait of work and women in twentieth-century America.
Steve Wiegenstein, Author, Scattered Lights, Slant of Light, This Old World, and The Language of Trees

Marilyn Hope Lake writes short fiction, poetry, plays, and children’s picture books. Lake has won many awards for her writing, including First Place in the 2011 Doris Mueller Poetry and Prose Contest for children’s story. Dr. Lake has been published in Rock Springs Review, STIR, Well-Versed: Literary Works, the Gasconade Review, the Mizzou Alumni Magazine, and 105 Meadowlark Reader. Born in a Mississippi River town, Lake’s love of the river shines through her stories. She resides near her family in Missouri with her canine companion, Hugo.