Poet Friends of JP

Jason Preu

Jason Preu is amazing on so many counts, the least of which is having my same initials and loving Ozark mythology as much as I do! His work with Lit KC podcast is leading the KC charge to illuminate that wonderful scene, and he is the fearless leader of KC's Small Press Poetry Fest: FountainVerse, coming Oct 2018!

Samantha Slupski

Samantha Slupski is a poet, FountainVerse collaborator, Executive Director of the weekly poetry open mic sequence in KC Poetic Underground and Slammaster for Kansas City Poetry Slam as well as a tremendous advocate for mental health, Slupski is a true force of goodness in the world.

Tyler Robert Sheldon

Tyler Robert Sheldon is a poet, musician and has a really impressive resume, but what I'm always remembering is the quick wit, the honest words and the stunning amount of love he puts into everything he does.

James Benger

James Benger's poems are a quiet and incisive explosion of intimacy. He plumbs depths of poverty, addiction, love and family with unmatched skill. He sees and expresses without aggrandizement or pity. His poems are must reads for everyone.

DC Lozano

DC Lozano is a radical feminist, political agitator and fantastic human.  She has worked as a union organizer, written for progressive newspapers, taught self-defense classes to women & children, & trained large retail companies on de-escalation techniques. last year, dc read 140 books. 

Sheri "Purpose" Hall

Purpose is part poet, part community activist, part slammaster and pure spirit. Rarely has a person caused more catharsis and support for this little mostly-atheist. Her contributions to KC poetry are beyond accolades, she has made a real difference.

More Poet Friends!

Shawn Pavey

Shawn Pavey is a gracious, hilarious curmudgeon poet with excellent taste in whiskey and guitars and terrible taste in cars. We share a song together, listen here! Shawn's work for KC poetry has transformed many young poets lives and he is such a generous human.

Jesse Kates

Jesse Kates has more than just awesome glasses, he's a wonderful poet, musician, performer and friend of Prospero's. Say hi next time you see him and listen to his band, The Sexy Accident.

Mark Matzeder

Mark Matzeder is a brilliant and sardonic human with an immensity of knowledge about the esoterica of the universe. It's a great pleasure each time I get to spend time with him and you cannot miss when he performs.

Zophia McDougal

Zojha is more than a poet, they also are a fellow resident and a visual artist and an AMAZING installation/performance artist. They're dog is my dog's best friend!

MG Salazar

MG Salazar is clearly super-human. This person does more, better than most people can even dream up, and all while working their ass off and never taking any slack!

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a poet, author and someone gifted me a scholarship to their online master class. Thank you, "anonymous" ;) !

Poetry Presses & Organizations friends

Spartan Press

Spartan Press doesn't currently have a website, but they're totally going to fix that. Jason Ryberg just doesn't have time because he publishes a book a week!

NightBallet Press

Dianne Borsenik is the brains and beauty behind the illustrious NightBallet Press. If you are looking for some amazing chap books from some of the best indie poets around, this is one-stop shopping.

Crisis Chronicles

John Burroughs relentlessly supports poets local to his Ohio home and beyond. He is the rare gem of subtlety, humor and piquant emotional vulnerability in his poems and his selections for his press, Crisis Chronicles.


KC's Small Press Poetry Festival, happens October 12, 13 and 14 of 2018. FountainVerse brings KC local poetry scenes together with national and international presses for a weekend of amazing contemporary work.

Osage Arts Community

OAC is a non-profit artist in residency program in the northern Ozarks which has hosted over 140 artists and is very active in the rural community surrounding them, as well as huge poetry supporters!

Belle Book & Candle

Belle Book & Candle is a radical venture is Belle, MO ... a business which sells only indie press books, does tarot and reiki readings and hosts amazing events for creatives from all across the nation!

Poetry Presses & Organizations friends

Prospero's Books

20 years in the indie bookstore circuit aint nothing to sneeze at and Prospero's can brag that brag. Difficult, fascinating, controversial, and some of my oldest friends.

Flow STL

Flow STL is: " We're a close team of writers, teachers, and scholars who believe in the power of individual creativity to connect people. We work together to build strong communities by fostering meaningful writing and storytelling experiences." 


Ezhno is a real Ezhno, but that doesn't mean he isn't some super-genius hurrying off to a quick grave. He's one of the best developmental editors I've ever met and you'd be lucky to be on his press EMP, especially if you don't mind terrible design and spelling errors.

The Music & More Foundation

TMMF has been actively promoting poetry in KC for as long as I can remember, and hosts frequent poetry extravaganzas at the Nelson Atkins Museum.

Uptown Arts Bar

Arts Bar is home to dozens of original, live performing arts events each month, and home to a very well-attended poetry open mic which happens each Wednesday night at 9 pm.

Thimble Lit Mag

Thimble Lit Mag is one of the best looking online poetry magazines around but also is posted here just to shout out at the editor Nadia Wolnisty, who is one of the best poets writing today.

Other Awesome Friends

Jessica Conoley

Jessica Conoley is a human of singular bravery and fiercest humor. Working in the YA fiction field and a well-renowned public speaker, there are few folks out there more dedicated to writing and cultivating wonderful projects.

Valorie Engholm

Valorie Engholm is one of the most tremendously fantastic humans I've ever met. She is running now for Green Party political positions, and also has a band to knock your socks off, The Electric Orchids, and I keep waiting for that memoir, cuz ya'll will be so entertained!

Justin Williams

Justin Williams better be hilarious because comedy is his job! And he is, also he's just charming and he looks great with a whiskey in his hand.

Michael Scott

Muchfoolishness is a tremendous painter, poet, activist and human and one of my favorite people to message back and forth with. Here's an excerpt:

" we have the momentary priveledge of being poets "

Jessica McGan

Jessica McGan makes heckin rare sketchbooks and is always there for a laugh outside of the bookstore.

Sharon Rodriguez

Innergy Photography is the work of my dear friend, Sharon Rodriguez, who documents marginalized folks with her photography documentary. Her current focus has been homeless in Olathe and Johnson County, the wealthiest county in KS.

More Other Awesome Friends

Alison Erazmus

Alison Erazmus is a photographer and curator extraordinaire. Her installation at OAC Gallery was brilliant and inspiring, she's also a generous and insightful commentator on art.

Shawn Saving

Black Site record label is a "cooperative created by Kansas City musicians interested in supporting regional punk and rock bands release their recordings on a physical medium. With the world around us becoming a deluge of digital l’s and 0’s, transient as a trust fund crust punk on a cross country excursion, tangible art is critical to maintaining connections to our past, our sense of place, and who we are as a people. "