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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!

SEATTLE RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

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Meet Our New Poet In Residence, Samantha Malay

            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 utilizing the current standstill in the entertainment industry to focus on my writing and artwork. I create collages with salvaged fabrics, paper ephemera, and beeswax. I'm honored to be a 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 TINGE Magazine and 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.

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photo by Samantha Malay, Seattle, Washington, 1991

PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS

WRITERS' RESOURCES

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.
 

Pacific Northwest Writer's Association

 

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: Western Washington


 

WRITERS' WORKSHOPS

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

Black Heron Press

 

Copper Canyon Press poetry publisher

Fantagraphics cartoons and graphic novels

 

Mountaineers Books recreation, lifestyle, conservation

 

Radial Books poetry and fiction

Sasquatch Books

 

University of Washington Press

 

Wave Books poetry publisher

 

BOOK ARTS and more

 

Puget Sound Book Arts
 

Book Arts Guild

 

North Seattle College instructor Kelda Martensen

 

Pratt Fine Art Center

 

Editions Studio

 

UW Special Collections

 

BIMA 

SCREENWRITING RESOURCES

The Green Room screenwriting fellowship program

Northwest Film Forum

 

Seattle Film Institute

 

Between
 
trespass quietly 
to smell the end of summer 
in the sundown trees
and lunchbox rust
an uneven history
of bee-stings and scorch
branches broken to fit in the stove
dirt from other towns still on our shoes

Samantha Malay, Poetry Editor in Residence