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Local & Regional Resources for Writers

Ketchupedia is an outreach of Flying Ketchup Press ® began in 2020 a grassroots network to connect the Kansas City & regional writers community through weekly blogs, a writer's word of the day podcast, a live poetry radio show, and two annual poet-in-residences including open mics, classes, and events to allow regional artists to explore motivation, creative goals, and advocacy. Our editorial mentorships create an exponential artist-tree effect- making room for poetry and story, as a space for personal narrative that empowers, heals, and unites diverse audiences.

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Groups for Writers:

Venues for Readings/ Poetry slams and Open Mics:

Anchor Island Coffee, Troost, KC, MO

All Sorts Open Mic, 2nd Fridays by PH Coffee

Arsyn Spitfire @ Rhyme House, Oen Mic Thursdays 1000 E. 9th St. 

Blendwell Cafe, Independance MO

Common Sense Reading Series Kansas City Art Institute

Interurban Art House

Jump Start Art Open Mic, 4TH Mondays, Quaker House 4405 Gillham 

KC Japan Festival

KC Poetry Slam

Louder than a Bomb- Youth Poetry Slam

Music and More

Non Profit village 313w31

One Mic Stand, Third Thursdays

Parkville Coffee

Poetic Underground Open mic

River Front Reading Series, monthly friday night reading

SpoFest First and Third Saturdays

Swordfish Toms, First Sundays poetry reading series

The Blue Room  18th & Vine Poetry

The Black Archives

The Rhino

Visual and Audio Literary Artists, second Wednesday online

The Writers Place Reading Series Third and Fourth Fridays

Unity Village, First Thursdays


Regional Books Stores:

Ad Astra- Salina, KS

AfterWord Tavern Shelves in Crossroads KC, MO

Black & Brown

Bliss Books & Wine

Flagship Books

Rainy Day Books, now Make it KC in KS

Renegade KC Coffeeshop and Bookstore

Prosperous Books-local poetry books, KC, MO (near Westport)

Steels Used Books, Used, Rare Vintage, Gladstone, MO

Spine Book Store & Cafe, St. Louis, MO

The Green Door Bookstore now called Monarch Books OP, KS

Three Wishes Book Store, KS

The Raven, St. Louis, MO

The Rabbit Hole- North KC, MO future Museum of the Children’s Book Exploratorium

Watermark Books in Wichita, KS

WiseBlood Bookstore & Records, Midtown KC

Magazines/ Media/ Journals/ Publishers

365 days FB group and Annual Publication

785 Topeka/ also a radio station, and lit magazine

ArtSpeak Radio KKFI- every Wednesday at Noon Maria Vasquez Boyd

BookMark Press UMKC

Kansas City Voices: Whispering Prairie Press-An annual publication with an eclectic mix of fiction, essays, interviews, articles, poetry, and art. We seek exceptionally written and visual creations from established and emerging voices.

New Letters UMKC 

Northlandia Magazine

OneKC Radio

Spartan Press

Sprung Formal Kansas City Art Institute Lit Journal

Story Center Education and Press Woodneath MCPL Library Liberty, MO

VALA Gallery Local Future Literary Arts Journal, Penny Thyme


NonProfits & Events for Writers Artists and Small presses:

Midwest Booksellers

CharlotteStreet Foundation

Community of Literary Magazines and Small Presses

Digital Summit Event


Fountain Verse Poetry Festival

MAAA MidAmerica Arts Alliance

UMKC Small Business Center

JOCO Libraries (14 branches) supports local area Poets and more!

KC SourceLink

KC Women in Film and TV

KC Writers Workshop

Kansas City, KS Libraries

KCPL (10 branches)

MCPL (40 plus branches)

National Novel Writing Month 

Osage Arts Retreat

Poetry Foundation 

Summer Writers Institute: St. Louis

Woodneath Library Center



Resources for Artists

Local Writers Suggest These Presses for Submissions:

BkMk Press

Clash Books

Coal City Review

Creative Writers Opportunities

Flint Hills Review 

Flying Ketchup Press

I-70 Review

JoCoWrites Blog- monthly contests on submittable 

Little Balkans Review

Main Street Rag 


New Letters (UMKC)

Prairie Schooner

Press 53


MeadowLark Press

The Missouri Review

The Poeming Pigeon

The Skinny Poetry Journal:

Thimble Literary Magazine--Any poet can submit online!

Spartan Press & Gasconade Review

Sprung Formal KCAI


Suspect Press

Thorny Locust

Classes Certifications Conferences

Community Ed through Parkhill Schools,

Community Ed NKC Schools

Communiversity UMKC Community Ed Classes

Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Library Annual Library Conference 2020

Kansas City Public Library 

KCAI Degree in Creative Writing

KCAI Community Ed Classes

MCPL Library Annual Local Authors Fair

Metropolitan Community College

MCCKC Writing Courses

MidAmerican Nazarene University

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, Free Course

Poetry Workshop in KC-- every Tuesday 

Park University

Woodneath Library Center The Story Center- Story Certification

Writing Help KC


Several Open Books


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