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Polly Alice McCann

Managing Editor

At the heart and soul of Flying Ketchup, Press ® is our managing editor, Polly Alice McCann, who is responsible for key elements of the publication process and who makes sure our authors receive ongoing support. Polly has been a professor, writer, curator, and illustrator for over twenty years. Her family has been in publishing and the book business since the 1970s. Growing up was spent mostly taking art lessons or hiding under the book table at many publishing events. She began writing novels and short stories when she was introduced to NaNoWriMo in 2006. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul in 2011. She often says, "Poetry saved my life." As a leader of many SCBWI groups for writers and illustrators, she saw writers and publishers process a great deal of change in the business over the past decade. She said, "Sure I'd love to stay in my studio and just do my own thing, but I can't let a generation of good literature go to waste. It's time to create a new 21st-century publishing model that works for today's writers. It's time to catch up."