Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Excerpt: "Lilac and Sawdust," 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize Finalist


Shipping in November - Watch for December Book Launch details!

Order at the Meadowlark Bookstore.

ISBN: 978-1-956578-00-3

Retail: $16.99

"The two men at the center of this book (Jerry and Jeff) are both extraordinary and ordinary, and the poems chart their lives carefully, in great detail, with a loving gaze. The books lets us get to know them, as if they are dear friends, and the writing sparkles, written by someone with clear eyes, clear head, and a clear heart. This book will endear you to it too."  

–Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2017-2019, More Than Words

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Everlasting Everlasting: Book Launch Video & Reminders

Last month, Meadowlark Poetry Press made its debut with Everlasting, Arlice Davenport's second poetry collection! We celebrated via Zoom, as we often and happily do these days, and now you, too, can be a part of the celebration whenever you want! Below, you will find an "everlasting" video of the launch event to watch whenever you want, wherever you want. Thank you to all who attended the event, have bought or will buy the book, and support Meadowlark in other ways! 


Order Everlasting Here!


We invite you to write a review!
It's a great way to help Everlasting gain more visibility and to support Arlice.
Plus, who doesn't love to tell people about a good book they've recently read? 

Goodreads & Amazon are great places to start posting your reviews.

Thank you!


Remember to check out Arlice's poetry website, regularly updated with new poems:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A Peek Inside "Gravedigger's Daughter"

 The first shipment of books is on the way! Order your copy today or plan to join us for our first in-person book launch in more than a year! 

Gravedigger's Daughter: 

Vignettes from a Small Kansas Town

by Cheryl Unruh

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 1:00pm

Lyon County History Center and Museum

711 Commercial, Emporia, Kansas

Presentation and Book Launch 

For our Wednesday excerpt, we share a few poems from Cheryl's new book. Enjoy!

Praise for:

With Gravedigger’s Daughter, Cheryl Unruh has created something so fresh and inviting--a memoir in lean vignettes. Each is moving on its own, and also part of a compelling portrait of a childhood in an isolated town with a dwindling population. Unruh’s details are too specific for sentimentalism, but places and people are observed with a loving gaze that also feels wise and honest. Her father, especially, emerges as both haunted and quietly heroic. What a beautiful book. 

—Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone


Cheryl Unruh is one of the great chroniclers of life under the Kansas sky, a travel guide into the hearts and minds of people minted on the prairie. A long-time columnist for the Emporia Gazette, Unruh’s “dad poems” in Gravedigger’s Daughter remind me of another Kansas journalist, Elfriede Fisher Rowe, who published micro-narratives about people and events in Lawrence. In her new collection, Unruh creates not only an archive of the relationship with her father, but through those remembrances paints the history of Pawnee Rock, her hometown, one four-paragraph brush stroke at a time.

—George Frazier, author of The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Book Launch Invitation: Gravedigger's Daughter

 Please Join Us

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 1:00pm

Lyon County History Center and Museum

711 Commercial, Emporia, Kansas

Presentation and Book Launch by Cheryl Unruh

Fall through a portal in time with Cheryl Unruh’s vignettes. Wrapped in the comfort of childhood's small-town embrace, grow deeper in understanding of a gentle, working-class, artist-father. Breathe deeply and recall life's seasons: pedaling your universe on a bicycle, loitering with your friends at the local post office, contributing to the local economy with the purchase of that one, small padlock.

Gravedigger's Daughter is more than a story of the author and her father. It is a reminder of the relationships we all have, more than skin deep, an examination of the complexities of the people we love and care for. It is a love letter to the individuals who always exist at our very core.

Order your copy today!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

New Book Announcement & Excerpt

Meadowlark Poetry Press is off to a hot start, folks! Thank you all for your support, so far. We love poetry, and we are happy you do too!

To keep things kickin' (ow!), our upcoming MPP book for you is...

We will have plenty more to tell you about Bart Edelman's newest collection later (did I hear someone say book launch event?), but for now, enjoy a poem from each section--Yellow, Red, Black, White.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The Big Quiet: One Woman's Horseback Ride Home Garners Awards

 Lisa D. Stewart, author of The Big Quiet: One Woman's Horseback Ride Home, was the recipient of two book awards this past weekend. At the annual convention of the Kansas Authors Club, The Big Quiet was awarded the "It Looks Like a Million" Design Award.

The "It Looks Like a Million" Book Award focuses on the aesthetics of a book published by a Kansas Authors Club member. The book is judged on cover design, interior formatting and design, and overall look and feel of the book.

Stewart's book was also selected for the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award by the Kansas City AAUW.

Lisa will be speaking to the Johnson County Parks and Recs book club on Tuesday, October 26, to kick off their reading of The Big Quiet.

Contact Meadowlark if you are interested in having one of our authors speak to your book club or organization.  

Purchase a copy of The Big Quiet in the Meadowlark Bookstore, or wherever you prefer to buy books. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

HAPPY BOOKIVERSARIES! Stage Whispers & Family Plowing

Our Meadowlark mission to to bring books to readers that allow them to explore, connect, and discover. While the content holds its own, it's also our job to share resources with you that allow you to explore, connect to, and discover our authors. 

To help celebrate the September bookiversaries for Stage Whispers by Roy Beckemeyer and Family Plowing by Duane Hermann, below (hyperlinked) are some of the places you can read poems from these books, learn about and connect with the authors, and more. Bon voyage!

Stage Whispers by Roy Beckemeyer (2018)

Roy Beckemeyer's Website

Book Webpage

30-Page Sample on Issuu

Video of Publicist Linzi Garcia Reading an Excerpt

Map of Kansas Literature Entry

Nelson Poetry Book Award

Kansas Authors Club Author Talk

Goodreads Author Page

Leave a Review: Amazon, Goodreads

Order Stage Whispers Here!

Family Plowing and Other Prairie Poems: New and Used by Duane Herrmann (2019)

Duane Herrmann's Website

Book Webpage

13-Page Sample from Bahai Library

Chicken Creek Road

Poets & Writers Entry

Map of Kansas Literature Entry

More About Duane

Additional Poetry: Origami Poems Project, Soul-Lit

Leave a Review: Goodreads, Amazon

Order Family Plowing Here!

If you have more resources for these authors, feel free to stick them in the comments! Happy bookiversaries!


Do you have a poetry manuscript you're ready to publish? 

We invite you to submit to the Birdy Poetry Prize, open through Dec. 1!