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Lit Fest Today, Sunday Live with Poet T.L. Sanders, Next Week John Burroughs, Ohio Poet Laureate

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

Hear about what inspires Poet Jen Harris tonight. Listen live on 100.1 FM KONN with producer Richard Parilla and Editor Polly Alice McCann. All previous episodes can be found on Spreaker. Poet Jen Harris (she/they) is a creative entrepreneur based in Kansas City, Missouri. A sought-after performance artist, Harris is the co-host of Confessing Animals Podcast, interviewing seasoned and fresh-faced artists (of every genre) to discuss how to make creativity work within the complexities and challenges of adult life. She is the founder and host of The Writing Workshop KC, whose mission is to nurture creative curiosity and inspire confidence within prompt-based writing workshops.

Featured on NPR, TEDx, Button Poetry & Write About Now Poetry & Queer Eye, and a nominee for the 2021 Advocate Magazine’s Champions of Pride award, Harris is the author of 3 books of poetry and the recipient of numerous accolades. Her firstborn love child, Kansas City Poetry Slam, has been sold-out, monthly, since 2013. Harris’ work is a confessional assortment of first-person accounts of queer life in impoverished America. Find out more on


It's here. Get it at your online retailers Target, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and more. Flying Ketchup Press's first picture book! in Partnership with The Story Tree we published an artful picture book like nothing you've ever seen. Over and above, an ABC book, "What's That Sound?" teaches the letters in the order of the most common sounds with strategic visual concepts and artfully hand-cut illustrations. It's lyrical, poetic and came about when an educator met her students challenges with a song. “When you learn to read, it's like eating ice cream,” says LeAnne Litka, author. Come celebrate with her and get a signed copy of her book at her book launch party September 25th 6 to 9 pm at the First Gallery of Olathe. Listen to LeAnne's live radio interview about her journey to bring an empowering book for kids into the world.

Over and above an ABC book, "What's That Sound?" teaches the letters in the order of the most common sounds with the same strategic visual concepts used by literacy specialists in the field. Using artfully hand-cut illustrations, author-illustrator LeAnne Bauman Litka playfully engages young readers inviting fingers to track from top to bottom and left to right. Uniquely helpful to different learning styles, this book includes smart visual cues to help readers discover beginning, middle, and end sounds. It cleverly illustrates the ideas that some letters represent more than one sound. Simple, neat, this book provides beautiful time-tested objects and characters that become easily recognizable silhouettes so students will connect wounds from everyday spoken words to their partner consonants and vowels. Alone or with guidance, children will enjoy interacting in a fun and engaging new experience as they are rewarded by the increased self-confidence from a foundational understanding of their new letter friends.

LeAnne Bauman Litka: Kansas illustrator and author with a passion for literacy and art. She creates cut-paper illustrations from handmade monoprints with creative color patterns. Maker of llama t-shirts, fairy doors, and other creative endeavors, her favorite thing is her morning studio time. LeAnne studied art and design at Kansas State University before beginning her own studio practice. She uses her art and writing both for personal enjoyment, and to create whimsical, one of a kind, resources for students, parents, and teachers.A mother of four grown kids, she lives in the Kansas City area with her family and her Siberian husky. Look out for more books and ideas in her series of fun and inspiring resources. Find her at


October 16th at 6:30 Central our next online class sponsored by Ketchupedia, our outreach to writers. You are invited to a poetry chapbook workshop. our classes.


This week's Word Power podcast with a word of the day about writing! So how much should a narrator be allowed to speak in fiction? Join Hope Houtwed and Polly Alice McCann in the editing room discussing those writing terms editors throw around. Sometimes writers want to speak to the reader directly. Find out about why and some great examples on how breaking the fourth wall is something certain readers can't get enough of.


Every other Wednesday at AfterWord Tavern and Shelves, a writers meet up and write-in hosted by Polly Alice McCann and Hope Houtwed! Find out more here. 6:30 to 8 pm in the KC crossroads. 1834 Grand Boulevard (parking garage next door).


Flying Ketchup Press ® founded in 2018 to champion new and diverse voices in short fiction and poetry. We publish books, anthologies, podcasts, magazines, and contemporary media. Each year, Flying Ketchup Press produces collections of short stories and poetry by select authors, as well as an anthology dedicated to adult and teen readers. Our dream, to share worlds of wonder and delight.

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-making room for poetry, as a space for personal narrative that empowers, heals, and unites diverse audiences. You can find us at Home | Flying Ketchup Press

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