POLLY ALICE MCCANN
Picture Book Editor
I’ve been working as an independent Editorial Illustrator since 2018. I've been a children's book author since 2008. I have an MFA in writing for children and young adults with my thesis in picture books. I studied with and have had mentorships with award-wining authors like Jaqueline Briggs Martin, Phyllis Root, Jane Resh Thomas, and Claire Rudolf Murphy. I have also studied poetry under several award-winning poets and authors and with my undergraduate degree in art, I am able to give you really helpful advice to create a professional quality children's book to send to agents, editors, or straight to the printer!
PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS
Hugo House, a nonprofit community writing center
Seattle Public Library maintains a website featuring the Seattle Writes program, which includes classes, recordings, and resources, as well as links to local writing organizations and resources. Each of the writing organizations listed also offers additional resources and class information.
Centrum writers' conference in Port Townsend, WA
Hedgebrook writers' residence program for women on Whidbey Island, WA
Corporeal Writing workshops in alternative writing methodologies in Portland, OR
SEATTLE AREA INDEPENDENT PRESSES
Copper Canyon Press poetry publisher
Fantagraphics cartoons and graphic novels
Mountaineers Books recreation, lifestyle, conservation
Radial Books poetry and fiction
Wave Books poetry publisher
BOOK ARTS and more
The Green Room screenwriting fellowship program
Meet our new Poetry Editor in Residence
What is your work in Seattle?
I'm a theatrical wardrobe technician by trade, providing the relationship between performers and costumes before, during and after their time on stage. I'm also a mixed-media artist and a writer. I create collages with salvaged fabrics, paper ephemera, and beeswax. I'm utilizing the current standstill in the entertainment industry to focus on my writing and artwork. I'm honored to be the first poetry editor in residence at Flying Ketchup Press.
Tell us about your poetry.
I’ve worked with my hands most of my life. I grew up in rural northeastern Washington State, where my family built a cabin with timbers salvaged from an abandoned homestead, hauled water from a creek, and lived without electricity. My experiences in that time and place continue to shape my understanding of the body, memory, environment and creativity.
My poetry has appeared in Ponder Review, Shark Reef, In Parentheses, Qwerty Magazine, The Closed Eye Open, Soliloquies Anthology, Rougarou Journal of Arts and Literature, Wild Roof Journal, Genre: Urban Arts, Heirlock Magazine, Blood Tree Literature, Projector Magazine, Quiddity: International Literary Journal and Public Radio Program, Alexandria Quarterly, The Sea Letter, Sky Island Journal, Burningword Literary Journal, Sheila-Na-Gig, and The RavensPerch, and will soon be published by Kind Writers. I contributed words and art to The Very Edge: Poems (Flying Ketchup Press 2020), and I edited Postcard from Reno, May 1980 (Cagibi 2019) and Agates (Cahoodaloodaling 2017).
What inspires you?
At Flying Ketchup Press, our goal is to help aspiring poets reach a wider audience, whether they have established writing careers, or simply want to capture their life experiences for family and friends. I'm developing a step-by-step program that will give poets the editing and publishing skills to create a solo collection of poems and share their new tools with other writers. This system will evolve as I make my own book of poems.
photo by Samantha Malay, Seattle, Washington, 1991