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2nd Annual Paper Poet in Residence

In 2016 TL Sanders performed a poem we later named “Paper Poet” at Paper Birch Landing Art Gallery’s third ever art opening in honor of visiting National Poet Laureate at the time, Juan Felipe Herrera. When he became the 2019 Poet in Residence little did we know that his amazing performance style and his stunning poetry would evolve into a poetic screen play and an award-winning one man show at Fringe Fest KC with more evolutions in the works including the launch of our new press.

We would like to offer another poet the opportunity to have a full-length collection. Maybe that is you. Would you like to have a full poetry collection published by a traditional publisher? Do you have a full collection of work, something bigger than a chapbook? Something with a cohesive theme, a narrative bent, and a hybrid aspect—art, photography, form, typography, something... “new?” Enter now through Submittable.

Our second annual “Paper Poet in Residence” will be juried by award-winning 2019 poet in residence, Poet T.L Sanders. Poet T.L. Sanders, AKA Àtwist – The Language Artist, is a modern-day renaissance man who lives to build minds and loves to body build. He speaks French. He plays bass. He is a cage fighting martial artist. He educates. Give him a stage, he articulates. Lend him an ear, he motivates. As a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant, a current curriculum director, and former elementary, middle, and high school English teacher, Sanders embraces the value of our shared stories. Whether he is public speaking, teaching, writing or breathing, he has a passion for empowering people.

The 2020 poet in residence will be chosen before National Poetry Month, April 2020. The winning poet will work on one full-length collection with an editor --to be published in time for Fountainverse Poetry Festival in Kansas City, October 2020. Winner must agree to read for at least one open mic at the 2020 event in KC.

Winners of this poetry in residence will receive a $100 for travel expenses and 10 copies of their book. This book will be published in both softcover and eBook editions.

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your bio (and any website or author page link in the letter portion of your submission along with a summary of your submitted collection). All work must be original and submitted by the author.

Selection Committee: Poetry Collections by one author will be evaluated on how they fit the theme of “new” as well as creativity, risk, & craftmanship as a hybrid poetry book. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work is read by our judges anonymously.

Length: approximately 60 to 100 book size pages (60 traditional length poems)

How many poetry collections can I submit? You may submit one manuscript per entry. Each manuscript MUST have page numbers and a table of contents with active links.

Paper Poet by Poet T.L. Sanders

I want to be a writer

This piece of art - Language Art - is for all of us

From the famous to the infamous


devoted to go their hardest





It is my kiss blew

to you who ever wrote, glued, or drew

emotional emojis


overflow overflows oxytocin birthing birth -An ocean

of Extra Strength

Ibuprofen dopamine doctor’s notes

I mean


Doctors’ notes

Love Doctor’s

Sticky notes and

Messages in

Broken bottles

Bottles Broke

in boats

that cried . . . salt water rivers from which we

float or Fall

Fly or fling

Far stars being our guides


The rise of Jedi master’s

mind tricks

Limbic System



Neo, Morpheus, Oracle, and Switch

Red pill Blue pill Trinity you pick

You choose

to mix the two blended: purple pill


knowledge plus bliss

fully brilliant minus ignorance

take away hindrance nicknamed Agent Smith

Agent Smith,

silly rabbit

Mais Tricks

Are for kids…GOATS


get the gist

Greatest. Of All. Time:


For all of time,

I hope you know your poems, pictures, paintings, and photos

were the consoling strongholds

healing cracking parts and broken hearts of the hopeless.

In exchange for pain your word

less writings are inciting peaceful rioting

widening true meanings of what hope is


quote this

from my boldest piece on golden canvas

for the Beethovens interwoven with the writers



You can

paint framed pictures

without cans of paint or picture frames

My camera aims toward the trap singing,

tap dancing,

archiTech N9ne-type writers who weld . . .

Weld wild things wilder than the wildest dreams


talking to you

writers who

forge. . .

Forge forks in the road to allow the not yet writer alternate routes without . . . Knives

Cutting them off

putting words in their mouths

To the painter whose purpose is out



fate’s great adventure

Determined to add

venture past the signs that say




and pounce on the path unpaved

Revising the road’s name from, “Not Taken” to Shakespeare’s Lane, saying “All the world's a stage.”

I want to remain

that writer

A poet who performs off script

Freestyling on topic

To the point that he has polished

Each piece

Like Beyoncé be


each beat

she and Jay-Z


DJ Jazzy Jeff Fresh

Princess, Destiny’s Child I snap



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