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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 is a poet, author and someone gifted me a scholarship to their online master class. Thank you, "anonymous" ;) !
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 makes heckin rare sketchbooks and is always there for a laugh outside of the bookstore.
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.
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.
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. "