Underwriters & Cosponsors

The TLA Network is grateful for the 2014 support of the following organizations, businesses and institutions


UntitledThe Writers Place: The Writers Place is a literary community center, library, and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public. Since 1992, our role has been to provide support, resources, guidance, and inspiration for those in our region who care about the "word" as art.



MammothMammoth Publications: A northeast Kansas literary press specializing in American Indian and other diverse voices. Mammoth is an independent, American Indian-owned literary press that publishes three or four titles a year, since 2004. We are one of the few local-vore presses in the Kansas River watershed region. Our authors include Xanath Caraza, E. Donald Two-Rivers, Diane Glancy, Pamela Dawes Tambornino, Robert Day, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Jonathan Holden, William Sheldon, Stephen Meats, Lana Wirt Myers, Theresa Milk, Barry Barnes, and many more. Mammoth trumpets good literature for you.


I&PImagination and Place: Welcome to Imagination & Place, organized to consider ideas related to human imagination and concepts of place. Imagination & Place conferences, exhibitions, publications, lectures, and projects are interdisciplinary and arts-based. The mission of Imagination & Place, Inc. is to consider ideas related to human imagination and concepts of place. The mission is realized through public exhibitions, lectures, conferences, seminars, special events, online offerings, and producing publications as Imagination & Place Press. With educational and social objectives, I&P aims to foster intellectual inquiry that results in meaningful investigations of ideas of place.

KAWKansas Area Watershed Council: KAW Council, founded in 1982, is a bioregional group that cultivates community around all issues related to sustainability. We support each other in living in balance with the earth and sky in the Kansas Area Watershed through gatherings, educational programs, creativity and creative thinking, and all the ways we can reinhabit the places where we live. We sponsor regular walkabout /talkabouts to learn about the land and sky, and to build community with each other; the Kaw Valley Seeds Project to promote a living seed reservel; the Mark Larson and Bill Hatke funds; and organize a large spring gathering, Prairie Roots, to explore life in this watershed. We also are developing a partnership with the Cosmic Beauty School.

KACKansas Authors Club, District Two: Since 1904, the Kansas Authors Club has been offering writers of all classifications and abilities the opportunity to share their unique experiences and challenges with other writers. We weclome writers from Northeast Kansas to join us.

Kansas Authors Club, District Five: Since 1904, the Kansas Authors Club has been offering writers of all classifications and abilities the opportunity to share their unique experiences and challenges with other writers. We welcome writers from the novice to the successfully published. District 5 encompasses Butler, Harvey, McPherson, Sedgwick, and Sumner counties in south-central Kansas, and if you write – or just dream about writing – fiction, non-fiction,poetry, in journals or online, you're welcome here.

CoalCityCoal City Review: Coal City Review and Press publishes regular editions of a journal as well as poetry and prose from regional authors.

diane_blog_handsDiane Silver is an independent writer, editor and photographer based in Lawrence, Kan. She's published two books and hundreds of articles, both online and in print. She's been employed by a newspaper, a wire service, a foundation and two universities. Her work has appeared in Salon.com, Ms., Pacific Standard, The Progressive, The St. Louis Post Dispatch and many other venues.  Before the recession crashed circulation, she wrote a syndicated newspaper column. At various times, she has dabbled in politics, working as a communications consultant for the Kansas Democratic Party and on candidate and issue campaigns.

WeLearnWe Learn is a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women. WE LEARN seeks to build a just society and healthy communities. Therefore, we focus on education, specifically the basic literacies women need to gain access to systems of power and to achieve personal and community empowerment. Women’s pursuit of multiple literacies gives visibility to our experiences as women, sustains our on-going desire to learn, encourages critical thinking, and provides the support and information necessary for reflection, understanding, and action to change our current situations.

NAPTNational Association for Poetry Therapy: The National Association for Poetry Therapy is an organization of writers, clinicians and others who are interested in the field who promote the power of words using all forms of literature and language arts for healing and growth. NAPT members have forged an energetic community of healers, helpers and people who value the applications of words and language.


The Raven Bookstore: The Raven is an independent bookstore in Lawrence, KS that specializes in the best of contemporary literature, mysteries, regional, and children's books. The Raven holds events year-round, including the Big Tent Readings, book clubs, and other readings. The Raven is also the official bookstore for the Power of Words conference in Kansas City.