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Contact me for a workshop, class, event or programming.  My topics: creative practice, poetry, and arts.  My goal is for your audience to have new insight,  energy, and direction. Contact me.

Guest Lectures
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators-KS/ MO, "Picture Books for Hire," Jun 2023

  • The Writers Place, "Intro to Children's Book Writing," KC, MO, Aug 2023

  • CUMC KC Historic Jazz District, "The Come Back- Artists and Poest," Kansas City, MO April 2023

  • Sketcbox Auxillary, KCAI, The Dawn of Your Inner Creative Artist, OP, KS 2023

  • Emporia State University, “Podcasting & Voice," Emporia, KS 2022

  • Swordfish Toms Speakeasy Poetry Presents "Night Forest: Poems to Read at Twilight" KC, MO 2022

  • Joco Library Writers Conference, "Chatting about Chapbooks," KS Nov 2022

  • Joco Library Writers Conference, "Place & Power in Narrative Poetry," KS Nov 2022

  • Writer's Place Reading, "Night Forest Poetry Reading," KC, MO 2022

  • In Our Own Words, Writers Place & KC Public Schools, "Poetry, You can write it!  KC, MO 4th graders, 2022

  • Greenville University, "Teamwork & the Arts," UNIV 401 Students, Greenville, IN 2021

  • Park University AAUW, "Women’s Creativity," Panel Discussion. Parkville, MO 2012

  • Hamline University, "Picture Book Plot and Rhythm," St. Paul, MN 2011

  • Hamline University, "The Subconscious Writing Process." MFA students, St. Paul, MN 2011

  • KC Examiner,  "Earth Day Featured"  Guest Speaker on Three local Radio Stations, 2010


We know that in the art world, when we are doing art for the right reasons, there is no competition! There is enough for each of us because no other person has our voice or can create our art the way we each can. With Polly’s mentorship, I have watched artists grow, expand and push themselves to be the best they can be! 

Heather C., Gallery Owner

Thank you for sharing at the Artist Gathering, Polly! I think you inspired all of us. It was one of the best gatherings we’ve had. 

Gloria Heifner, Gathering of Artists

I just want to tell you that the insight that you shared at the conference... has profoundly changed my life. I am still pondering that concept and it's having a deep ripple effect through all areas of my life. I am eternally grateful. THANK YOU!!!

Nanci Stoeffler, Conference Panel

It was fun yesterday being with everyone at the Sketch Box  Auxilliary.  I'm grateful to hear Polly present.  I love her spirit …She's quite remarkable. 

Cheryl Moran, President

The reviews from the writing conference are in. You were one of our faculty favorites!

Helen Hokansen, JoCo Library Committee Chair

Because of excellent project scope and project development, positive and honest critiques... you are awarded the project partner supreme! I’ve done 10 semesters of experience first [practicum course] and this group was one of my top...what a joy to see them grow individually and bond as a team even with the hassle of the pandemic. Thank you for your leader ship and Guidance.

Dr. Jane Bell, Greenville University

Dear Mrs. McCann, Thank you for coming to visit and sharing your "poums." 

Dario, Kingergarden Student

Kierra B., 7th Grader

I was stuck in a place where I had no idea how to publish my novel. You inspired me to continue writing and maybe publish a book one day. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Kierra B.

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