Books &  EVENTS

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“Flourishing….Unexpected” writes Julia Spicher Kasdorf, poet and author of Shale Play about the poetry of Polly Alice. Puss ‘N Boötes is Polly’s third book of narrative poetry and a companion book to her first two collections, Kinlight (2017) and Tea with Alice (2019) both by Flying Ketchup Press. 

In this new collection, Puss ‘N Boötes: Dark Poems, Polly Alice plunges her readers into dark dreamscapes and ushers in folk tale characters as flickering stars to light the way through a dark night. Meet Characters like The White Cat, Dorothy of Oz, Red Riding Hood, Gerda & The Snow Queen, Castillo, Eve. Polly threads the theme of the Spring constellation, Boötes, the hunter shepherd, to explore the theme of coming out of a time of darkness and into the light.

“When I wrote these poems 2018-2019 I saw a theme of cats and constellations so I did the artist thing and decided to embrace the connection. To me, the best women's empowerment metaphor for sharing my journey in poetry was in 17th-century folk tales: The White Cat and Puss in Boots. I hope these lyrical stories demonstrate the deep subconscious of our fierce maternal natures and ever upward growth of buried talents, treasures, and dreams-- I want to push our inherited conversations of power away from masculine ideals to a more feminine vision: creativity over control, beauty over usefulness; journey over results; acceptance over isolation; and the spirit of intuition and collaboration over it all.

More books below...

Puss 'N Boötes: Dark Poems

thanks to KKFI 90.1 & VALA Gallery

for my pre-release celebration  May 14, 2020

 

Please Join me for an online event!

Reading & Book Launch

Riverfront Reading Series 

Online November 13, 8 pm.

Out of the Dark

Friday the 13th

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Puss 'N Boötes: Dark Poems

thanks to KKFI 90.1 & VALA Gallery

for my pre-release celebration  May 14, 2020

 

Please Join me for an online event!

Reading & Book Launch

Riverfront Reading Series 

Online November 13, 8 pm.

Long Story Short Workshop

 

Three Workshops this November with JoCo Library Writers Conference as well as a local author fair with MCPL library through the StoryCenter at Woodneath branch.

 

To request a workshop, contact me. Or sign up for a monthly workshop by being a member. 

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ON GOODREADS

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Poetry Collections Released from Flying Ketchup Press ® 

Kinlight: Homegrown Poems

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TEA WITH ALICE: HEIRLOOM POEMS

2019

What better way to condense life down to its bright moments of wonder and dark questions in the night. Polly's lyrical poems, cast in her family’s Midwest narrative, explore faith, loss, and the American Heartland's post-farm generations. She takes readers from the empty lots in old Kansas City to a Pennsylvania Farm Family in the 20s, and don’t forget granny “that shot the wolf.” Three generations of stories retold in free verse. With quilted stories of earth and light, Polly Alice shares the story of life in the middle of the map and the search for Home. “Tea with Alice” is a companion to “Kinlight” her first collection of autobiographical poems.

"I hope you enjoy this book, Tea with Alice. Alice, after my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who all provided no end of mystery to my life, along with a few family stories, love of family, and the desire to hold life close with hardworking hands."

Poetry Books I've Edited

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Goodreads is a great place to make bookshelves of books you've like to read or books you've already read! Write reviews and get recommendations. Follow authors. It's a lot of fun and for book readers, a place to feel proud of all your literary accomplishments. For fans, a great place to find out more about what your authors have written, connect, converse, collect. Enjoy!

THE VERY EDGE: POEMS

In English, Spanish, and French:  International Poets & Artists

The Very Edge is an intense collection of urgent and inspiring poetry that brings together writers in English, Spanish, and French. Co-edited by Polly Alice McCann and Araceli Esparza, it celebrates thirty-six contemporary poets such as New York poet, Anne Whitehouse, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina. Let them take you on a journey across border towns and prairies to the top of the Swiss Alps; fly from the waters of the Amazon to Manhattan rooftops into an arid land where you can sit at the table and hear stories woven from the frayed edges of our hope. With art direction by designer, Kēvin Callahan, this book features several artists including the work of textile designer and photographer, Samantha Malay, and incredible meditative portraits by award-winning artist, Mano Sotelo. Read more on our blog or our The Very Edge story page. 

2018 Poetry Collections for FountainVerse Poetry Festival  Flying Ketchup Press ® 

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SWEETENED CONDENSED: POETRY & POTOGRAPHS

Two parts sugar, three parts milk: the life of a writer

Rebecca Grabill. Sweetened Condensed is two parts sugar, three parts milk: the life of a writer and mother of six encapsulated into raw moments of lyrical free verse with the author's black and white photography. Rebecca Grabill's first collection brings her readers home to rural Michigan and into the world of a woman on the path less traveled-- wife, daughter, teacher, author, and mother of six. She writes, "I love words, the music they make, their personalities and scents and textures. Words are like Sendak’s Wild Things, each clamoring for their own Rumpus. I love creating stories by taming a few of those wild and wily words, and I love inspiring others to explore their own creativity."

 

Rebecca is an award-winning author of the picture books, Halloween Good Night (Atheneum, Simon & Schuster), Violet and the Woof (Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins), A Year With Mama Earth (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2019). Her other publications include poetry and essays in a broad range of literary journals. Read more about this project on our Sweetened Condensed Story page or her blog.  

BLUE CITY: POEMS

A Celebration: All in Blue

Blue City Poets: Kansas City-- Illustrated by SAV Art Gallery's Michael Savage with Cover Art by Susan Kiefer. "Blue City Poets" are from the pulse of a starlit Mid-Town roof to the beat of a cicada-humming-July-blue-summer day; from memories of the rolling prairie to the squeaky wheel of the shopping cart on a blizzard-ready night on the Eastside, Kansas City is home to the blues in a dozen ways. Come sit for a spell with like memories, or visit for the first time. These words of Kansas City poets will draw you in with a longing that is as real as it is enjoyable until you agree, 'there is no place like home.' Illustrated with lush, buoyant paintings by Michael B Savage, SAV art gallery. Works by Malcolm Byers, Kēvin Paul Callahan, William Edward Dozier, Melissa Goodnight, Jamie Lynn Heller, Mary-Lane Kamberg, C.M. Millen, Frances A. Rove, Mary Silwance, T.L. Sanders, Taylor Ware. Read more

Short Story  Books I've Edited

2020 Newest Release on Flying Ketchup Press ® 

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TALES FROM THE DREAM ZONE

WONDER   FEAR   DOUBT   REDEMPTION:  Voices in Short Story

New voices in contemporary short fiction reveal fourteen stories of mystery and redemption. Fly away to remembered dreams, or find your second chance through a science experiment gone wrong. See ghostly apparitions, far off moons, and the outer reaches of your subconscious mind. Search the dark for what is true. Travel to another lifetime and come home again. Enjoy this second collection of short stories by Flying Ketchup Press edited and illustrated by Polly Alice McCann featuring authors Patrik Borosky, Brian Burt, Kevin Callahan, Con Chapman, Angelique Fawns, Sandra Gould Ford, Masha Kamenetskaya, Jacqueline Kenny, Leah Kuntz, Ashley Memory, A.A. Rubin, Jeremy Schnee, Alice G. Waldert, Anne-Marie Yerks. Read more on the Publisher's Website or blog. 

2019 Anthology  Flying Ketchup Press ® 

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TALES FROM THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE

New Voices in Short Story

The Goldilocks Zone is the part of a solar system that is suitable for life: not too hot, not too cold. Step into the boots, high heels, spurs, or flippers of unconventional travelers, those who disappear in the blink of an eye, who fight environmental disasters, hide secrets, believe in true love; those who are looking for a new home, and those who will never go home again. This collection features new voices in both fiction and non-fiction and amazing illustrator and professional "doodle-er" Hayley Patterson. Whether sci-fi, fantasy, or absolutely true, each one brings new worlds of wonder and delight. These new voices in short story find the zone for a surprising take on life. And every time, it’s just right. Illustrated by Hayley Patterson and Edited by Polly Alice McCann featuring authors: Alexandra Ames, R.L. Aseret, Amy Bernstein, Brian C. E. Buhl, M.W. Dreygon, Clementine Fraser, Rebecca May Hope, Sol Jacobs, Jerry McCann, Amanda Michelle Moon, Greg Moravec, and Ashley Reisinger. Read more...

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