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Sunflower Sutras

Author: Tara Bartley and Ryan Thompson

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A weekly NE Kansas podcast devoted to poetry of all shapes, sizes, and smells. Classics to news, interview to you.

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21 Episodes
In this episode, F.C. Appelhanz joins us to discuss recent books, unusual instruments, and the wonder of nature. Listener submissions by Miriam Sagan.
In this episode we talk with lyricist and lecturer Charles Anthony Silvestri about lyrical poetry, grief, his first book of poetry 'A Silver Thread,' and 'Sleep,' a collaboration with composer Eric Whitacre. Listener submissions by Scott Thomas Outlar.
Missouri poet, Allison Blevins, discusses motherhood, getting an MFA, and her upcoming chapbooks, "Letters to Joan" and "A Season for Speaking." This episode was first published January 14, 2019. Our reading of Karen Petersen's "Good Luck With Your Future Life" has been removed from the recording. We apologize for the inconvenience.
In this episode we speak with Kevin Rabas to discuss jazz music, Emporia's art scene, and his time as Kansas Poet Laureate. Listener submissions by Anna Ciummo.
In this episode, we do something a little different by discussing a nonfiction book about the Beat movement. Listener Submissions by Bob McNeil.
Kansas City poet, Jen Harris, discusses the artist's life, gentrification, and the difference between writing and performing. Listener submissions by Jesse Bradley. Follow our guest:
Author, poet, and occasional rapper Mugabi Byenkya discusses his well-traveled upbringing, extensive touring, and the concept behind his debut novel "Dear Philomena." Listener submission by Michele Mekel
Author A. M. Hounchell joins the show to discuss how he got into writing and how he approaches the craft. Listener submissions from Norbert Góra.
In this episode we are joined by local author Duane Herrmann to discuss to his works past and present. Listener submissions by Linda Imbler.
Matt Spezia joins us as Sunflower's first returning guest to promote the Rock Yo City Tour, coming to the Boobie Trap on Oct. 6. Listener submissions from Margot DeSalvo.
Open Mic Discussion

Open Mic Discussion


Tara sits down with Jesse Bigelow to discuss his experiences at his first open mic and give advice to those who are considering attending or performing at one. Listener submissions from Detroit poet, Jeni De La O.
Terrianne Walling and George Gerard, founders of Purple Fire Publications, join us from the Dickinson Homestead to discuss their goals as publishers and their latest collaboration with Ramazan Saral, Tegera. Purple Fire Publications is currently accepting submissions for an upcoming ezine. Listener Submissions by Les Epstein. Follow our guests at
Annette Billings joins the show to discuss her latest book and her unique connection to the Topeka poetry scene. Listener submissions by A.M. Hounchell.
Topeka writer and open mic host Kay Duganator joins the show to discuss NOTO Story Slam, speculative poetry, and more. Listener submissions by Art Zilleruelo.
Izzy Wasserstein, English faculty at Washburn University, joins us to discuss her latest book, "When Creation Falls," and upcoming projects. Listener submissions by Adam White. Find more from our guest at
Tara sits down with Kansas' oldest slam poet, Janet Stotts. Listener submissions by Paul Goldman. Check out more of Paul's work at
This episode we sit down with Dennis Etzel Jr., English professor at Washburn University. Reader submissions by Fred McDowell.
Johnnie Gale joins us to discuss zines and celebrate Pride Month. Listener submission by Jeanette Powers. Support our guest at,, and
Ronda Miller joins the show to discuss upcoming events and her work with Kansas Authors Club. Featuring listener submissions from Macey Webb. Learn more at
Tara Bartley interviews nationally acclaimed performer Matt Spezia to discuss his upcoming record, Babylon. Featuring: "Perpetuality" by Matt Spezia Listener submissions from Bob McManes Check out more from our guest at
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Bob McNeil

Your Muse-blessed bonavox is perfect for reciting poetry.

Feb 19th
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