Underwriters & Cosponsors

The TLA Network is grateful for the 2015 support of the following organizations, businesses and institutions

Learn more about being a cosponsor ($40-$60, sliding scale), here or an underwriter ($250-$1,000) here.


im11agesGoddard College: The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world. Goddard’s low-residency semester format comprises an intensive 8-day residency on campus, and 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. The college offers BAs in Education, Health Arts and Sciences, Individualized Studies, Sustainability Studies; a BFA in Creative Writing; a BA/MA Fast-Track in Psychology and Counseling; MA degrees in Individualized Studies, Transformative Language Arts, Consciousness Studies, Social Innovation and Sustainability, Health Arts and Sciences, Psychology and Counseling, Educaiton; and MFAs in Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Writing. Goddard is sponsoring a special reception 5-6 p.m. Fri. at the conference.

The WUntitledriters 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.



Coaching for Life: Ronda Miller is a Life Coach who specializes in working with people who have lost someone to homicide. She coaches young adults as well as doing creativity coaching. She can be reached at coachingforliferonda@yahoo.com or by calling or texting: 785-840-4150.


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Joy Zimmerman Music: Joy Zimmerman, a singer/songwriter and social worker, weaves resilience and spirituality into her original music and her performances. In a blend of social work and music, Joy’s workshops and retreats are infused with warmth, creativity, and humor. Joy has recorded three albums of original music in Nashville. “Her music resonates with anyone who has ever been hopeful and fearful at the same time, anyone who has tried to live faithfully in that mess of questions and doubts and blessings and beauty.”


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.

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.

ice-cube-press-printers-device-logoIce Cube Press: The Ice Cube Press began publishing in 1993 to focus on how to live with the natural world and to better understand how people can best live together in the communities they share and inhabit. Using the literary arts to explore life and experiences in the heartland of the United States we have been recognized by a number of well-known writers including: Gary Snyder, Gene Logsdon, Wes Jackson, Patricia Hampl, Greg Brown, Jim Harrison, Annie Dillard, Ken Burns, Roz Chast, Jane Hamilton, Daniel Menaker, Kathleen Norris, Janisse Ray, Craig Lesley, Alison Deming, Harriet Lerner, Richard Rhodes, Michael Pollan, and Barry Lopez. Check out our books at our web site, join our facebook group, follow us on twitter, visit booksellers, museum shops, or any place you can find good books and discover why we continue striving to, “hear the other side.”

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.


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


meadowlarkwebheaderMeadowlark Books: Meadowlark is an independent publisher, born of a desire to produce high-quality books for print and electronic delivery. Our goal is to create a network and system of support for today’s independent authors. Our service will be professional book design services, assuring that the stories we love and believe in will be presented in a manner that enhances rather than detracts from an author’s work. We look forward to developing a collection of books that focus on a Midwest regional appeal, via author and/or topic. We are open to working with authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and mixed media.

folk alliance internationalFolk Alliance International: The Folk Alliance International Conference held every February is the world’s largest gathering of the Folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of genres including Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Celtic, Cajun, Appalachian, Traditional, World, and Singer-Songwriter). FAI is a 501c3 registered US charity with 5 regional affiliate organizations that also presents conferences and other programming in support of its membership.

brave voiceBrave Voice: Through Brave Voice, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Rhythm and Blues Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt offer collaborative writing and singing workshops, retreats, consultations and performances, all rooted in the premise that finding, developing and sharing our voices — on the page or out loud — also brings greater vision to our lives and communities. Join us Nov. 13-15 for a Brave Voice weekend at Unity Village, and/or May 15-20, 2016 in Council Grove for a six-day life-changing Brave Voice retreat.

2014 Cosponsors & Underwriters:

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.

RPWR Print Logo (small)River Pretty Arts Foundation: River Pretty Writers Retreat is a writing intensive program that offers generative workshops in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, panel discussions and informal talks, as well as faculty and participant readings. You will be led by dedicated writers who are committed to sharing their love of the craft. We believe that when a community of writers come together to create new work, we are able to break through old habits and generate a product that is much stronger and truer than before. Make sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date with current events and news.

image001Futures Trading: Futures Trading presents forward-facing literary exchanges among singular possessives. Discover verse and prose capable of advancing your personhood status well into tomorrow.

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.

lwc_members_smallLatino Writers Collective: The Latino Writers Collective (LWC) is a group of Latino writers living and working in the Kansas City metropolitan area and throughout the midwest. Through bi-weekly meetings and critiques, the LWC helps hone and polish the work of its members for publication. In addition to creative support, the LWC organizes and coordinates projects for the larger community to showcase national and local Latino writers and provide role models and instruction to Latino youth. The LWC’s mission as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is to foster an environment where the voices of Latino students, blue collar workers, professionals, and homemakers can be heard, contributing their experience and vision to the larger community.

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.

Parcel Magazine: Parcel is a beautifully designed showcase for work by known and developing writers and artists. Each issue is a collectible volume sent to subscribers along with limited edition broadsides and postcards. In addition to publishing writers of national renown, Parcel aspires to bring added recognition to the vigorous writing community in and around Lawrence, Kansas, and is produced and printed locally.