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Sunflower Sutras

Sunflower Sutras

Author: Tara Bartley and Rain 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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36 Episodes
In this episode, Tara discusses Twang, an anthology of trans, enby, and gender non-conforming writers and artist in the south and midwest, with Brody Parrish Craig and Calypso Jane Selwyn.Check out Twang at:
Friend of the show Matt Spezia returns to discuss his work with Poetry for Personal Power, politics, and how he spent the lost year of 2020
The Locked Tomb

The Locked Tomb


In this episode, Rain gushes over two books by Tamsyn Muir, Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth, the first and second entries in the Locked Tomb trilogy.
We're back and ending our quarantine hiatus by discussing poet and professor Art Zilleruelo's newest book, Toothsome! 
In this episode, Tara recounts their journey trying to uncover information about enigmatic queer performance art group The Psychic Sluts.Also featured: poetry from Rain.
In this episode we interview author and journalist Michael Hooper about his life, travels, and upcoming memoir "Diary of a Bohemian." Other topics include ghost towns, arts growth in Topeka, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.Listener submission from Duane Vorhees.
In this episode, Tara sits down with artist and activist, Martinez Hillard, to discuss community involvement, musical inspirations, and what's next for hardcore hip-hop trio EBONY TUSKS.Listener submission from Ann Christine Tabaka



In this episode Tara, Rain, and Alex discuss their experiences with National Novel Writing Month. And thus the fool was schooled and learned the error of their pretentious ways.
The Story of Howl

The Story of Howl


In this episode Tara and Rain discuss Allen Ginsberg's "Howl," the infamous Six Gallery reading, and the 1957 obscenity trial.Listener submission from L.S. Bassan.
Poets and Writers

Poets and Writers


In this episode Tara discusses a useful resource for writers with Brennan Cupp.Listener submission from Linda M. Crate
Writing Troubles

Writing Troubles


Tara and Rain discuss writer's block, impostor syndrome, Leonard Cohen, and the best writing advice we've gotten.Listener submission from David Hopler.
Exploring Bad Writing

Exploring Bad Writing


In this episode, Tara is joined by Rain Thompson to discuss historical examples of bad writing and shake things up with a guessing game.Listener submission from John Sibley Williams.
In this episode Tara discusses activism and the Aaron Douglas Art Fair with Ashanti Spears.Listener submission from Ian Brunner. 
CN: domestic violence, mental illness stigma.In this episode, Tara provides a brief history lesson on the overshadowed wives of several famous authors, Zelda Fitzgerald, Sophia Tolstoy, and Vera Nabokov, leading into an overview of the tumultuous relationship between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. These women either made significant uncredited contributions to their husbands' works, were brilliant writers themselves, or both.Listener submission from Alex Dreppec.
In this episode, our host goes over their current reading list. This includes books by Macey Webb, Huascar Medina, James Benger, Cal Louise Phoenix, and Jim Northrup.Listener submission from David Estringel.
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.
Comments (1)

Bob McNeil

Your Muse-blessed bonavox is perfect for reciting poetry.

Feb 19th