Salt & Fig Books folksy, narrative, free verse that is down to earth and strangely satisfying. Salt & Fig is the poetry imprint of Flying Ketchup Press ® to develop new and diverse voices in poetry through one anthology a year focusing on international and regional poets, and one solo collection a year connected to a Kansas City artist advocate. Our dream is to salvage lost treasure troves of written and illustrated work—to create worlds of wonder and delight; to share your story. Our first book with Poet t.l. sanders, an award-winning project inspired a film. In 2020, we started our Editor in Residence Biannual Program called "Poet-Tree" to help make the publication of poetry exponential through creating one solo collection, and one editorial mentorship a year. Our poetry is often folksy, narrative, free verse that is down to earth and strangely satisfying. Submit today on Submittable! Contests as monthly writing prompt end the last day of each month through July (this year through October)!.

 

News: Our 2021 anthology Night Forest is coming out soon and Next Year's anthology has the theme Path of Birds, submit today on Submittable! Contests as monthly writing prompts for our year anthology end the last day of each month through July (this year through October)!   In 2021, we started our Editor in Residence Program with poet, Samantha Malay called "Poet-tree" to help make the publication of poetry exponential. 

POEMS IN GLASS: HASNA SAL

OUR 2020-2021 POET IN RESIDENCE COLLECTION, WINNER OF OUR HYBRID POETRY CONTEST
coming soon in Hardback and softcover...

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POEMS IN GLASS is a uniquely original book-part memoir, part revelation. Through the panes, poems, and practice of glass artist, Hasna Sal, you'll find the heart of a poet. "From the pulse of a small city park at dusk, one artist is forever changed." Hasna's insistence that the "artist's role is to bring awareness" sounds simple until you walk the bed of shards, Hasna crosses with the people in her community. From a local doctor and his family in crisis to the invisible victims of trafficking to the weary student in need of spiritual sustenance. Hasna explores both outer and inner sanctum; our personal deepest needs for spirit and light. Illustrated with her brilliantly cast unpained glass art, Hasna's lyrical verse harkens back to the form of Sufi poets, and the warmth of bygone days where color brings visceral emotion and therapeutic energy to the mind and body. Color is the elixir of life, read Hasna's stories and poetry she lets color serenade her narratives through art and verse. Read More on our Poet in Residence Page.

NIGHT FOREST: FOLK POETRY, STORY & ART

FEATURING ARTIST ELKE TRITTLE & POETS, GARY BEAUMIER AND KATHARYN HOWD MACHAN
2021 POETRY ANTHOLOGY COMING SOON

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THE VERY EDGE: POEMS

2020 English, Spanish, and French:  International Poets & Artists

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The Very Edge is an intense collection of urgent and inspiring poetry that brings together writers in English, Spanish, and French. Co-edited by Polly Alice McCann and Araceli Esparza, it celebrates thirty-six contemporary poets such as New York poet Anne Whitehouse, and Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina. Let them take you on a journey across border towns and prairies to the top of the Swiss Alps; fly from the waters of the Amazon to Manhattan rooftops into an arid land where you can sit at the table and hear stories woven from the frayed edges of our hope. With art direction by designer, Kēvin Callahan, this book features several artists including the work of textile designer and photographer, Samantha Malay, and incredible meditative portraits by award-winning artist, Mano Sotelo. Read more on our blog or our The Very Edge story page. 

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BLUE CITY: POEMS

 2019 Poetry Collection

Blue City Poets: Kansas City--Illustrated by SAV Art Gallery's Michael Savage with Cover Art by Susan Kiefer. "Blue City Poets" are from the pulse of a starlit Mid-Town roof to the beat of a cicada-humming, July-blue-summer day; from memories of the rolling prairie to the squeaky wheel of the shopping cart on a blizzard-ready night on the Eastside, Kansas City is home to the blues in a dozen ways. Come sit for a spell with like memories, or visit for the first time. These words of Kansas City poets will draw you in with a longing that is as real as it is enjoyable, and make you agree, 'There's no place like home.' Illustrated with lush, buoyant paintings by Michael B Savage, SAV art gallery. Works by Malcolm Byers, Kēvin Paul Callahan, William Edward Dozier, Melissa Goodnight, Jamie Lynn Heller, Mary-Lane Kamberg, C.M. Millen, Frances A. Rove, Mary Silwance, T.L. Sanders, Taylor Ware. Read more on our Blue City Poets Story page or our blog.  

kNew the Poetic Screenplay & Chapbook
Coming this summer for a limited time kNew-Born the Film (a prequal)

Coming this summer for a limited time kNew-Born the Film (a prequal)

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Poet T.L. Sanders

kNew is a lyrical screenplay at the heart of open mic. Like jazz, T.L. Sanders' poetry is his affinity for sound. “Intense, gripping . . . a one-two punch . . . written in fire and delivered with thunder," writes reviewer Kelly Luck. These debut poems present Dr. James Dean, a quiet family man who goes back to Kansas City to mourn the death of a father he hardly knew. The Blue Room holds just another stage where anyone can spit some lyrics. But this night, a new vision awakes when a community grieves a prodigal father. Something new emerges in the hearts of those willing to speak their truth . . . and just who takes the stage might surprise you. Read more about Poet. T.L. Sanders on our kNew Story page or our blog

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SWEETENED CONDENSED: POETRY & PHOTOGRAPHS

Two parts sugar, three parts POET

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Rebecca Grabill. Sweetened Condensed is two parts sugar, three parts milk: the life of a writer and mother of six encapsulated into raw moments of lyrical free verse with the author's black and white photography. Rebecca Grabill's first collection brings her readers home to rural Michigan and into the world of a woman on the path less traveled--wife, daughter, teacher, author, and mother. She writes, "I love words, the music they make, their personalities and scents and textures. Words are like Sendak’s Wild Things, each clamoring for their own Rumpus. I love creating stories by taming a few of those wild and wily words, and then inspiring others to explore their own creativity."

 

Rebecca is an award-winning author of the picture books, Halloween Good Night (Atheneum, Simon & Schuster), Violet and the Woof (Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins), A Year With Mama Earth (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2019). Her other publications include poetry and essays in a broad range of literary journals. Read more about this project on our Sweetened Condensed Story page or her blog.  

ROAD MAP: POEMS, PAINTINGS & STUFF

The Gentleman's Artist's Chapbook: A Poetic Journey

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"In a world of daily headlines ... it is amazing to read the beauty of the incidental...This is the amazing stuff."

--Hugh Merrill, Artist, Lecturer, Poet

“A long and winding road” the Beatles sang, but this "Road Map" is a poetic journey through an American Artist's life well-lived. With a keen eye for wisdom, wit, and historically hilarious self-portraits illustrating his travels, you'll want to grab a walking stick and join Kēvin for a globe-trekking adventure from African Safari to the old family farm. Trust us--you'll have a rollicking good time! Read more

Kēvin Callahan, author, artist, and traveler hails from Drake University, and both the Chicago and San Francisco Art Institutes.  Kēvin Callahan is an “accidental poet" and the author of two short story collections, many journal-published short stories, and a novel. His award-winning artwork hangs in collections throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe, and Israel. After a career in graphic design, he works with Flying Ketchup Press as our design and art expert. His distinctive modern portraits and figures are shown worldwide and include a line of handcrafted wood items at Prairie Primitive.com. He maintains a studio and gallery, the Elegant Line, in Parkville, MO.

NARRATIVE POETRY

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In this new collection, Puss ‘N Boötes: Dark Poems, Polly Alice plunges her readers into dark dreamscapes and ushers in folk tale characters as flickering stars to light the way through a dark night. Meet Characters like The White Cat, Dorothy of Oz, Red Riding Hood, Gerda & The Snow Queen, Castillo, Eve. Polly threads the theme of the Spring constellation, Boötes, the hunter shepherd, to highlight the theme of coming out of a time of darkness and into the light. This is Polly’s third book of narrative poetry and a companion book to her first two, Kinlight (2017) and Tea with Alice (2019) both by Flying Ketchup Press. Find out more at pollymccann.com.