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 welcome 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.

morningstarEmilee Baum TrucksEmilee Baum is an author, artist, and market researcher based in Atlanta, GA. Her book, The Agency of Bliss, emerged from her MA in Embodiment Studies at Goddard College. She is currently working toward her PhD in Expressive Arts at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


FamilyArchive Business: We are a full-service studio dedicated to helping people Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 5.15.04 PMpreserve their stories and images through digitizing your print photos, recording and transcribing your oral history, digitally restoring your photos, coaching and editing your writing, and archiving your heirloom collections. While we’re based in New York City, we’re available for travel, working remotely, and let our newsletter subscribers know when we travel to a city near them. We look forward to helping you tell your story!

nav.logoThe National Association for Poetry Therapy: The NAPT is an energetic, world-wide community of poets, writers, journalkeepers, helping professionals, health care professionals, educators, and lovers of words who recognize and appreciate the healing power of language. We work in mental health, medical, geriatric, therapeutic, educational and community settings. The term “poetry therapy” encompasses bibliotherapy (the interactive use of literature), journal therapy (the use of life-based reflective wriing) therapeutic storytelling, the use of film, and other languaged based healing modalities.

The Topeka Symphony: Presents Worlds Away: The 2015-2016 Season of the Topeka footer_tsoSymphony Seven Concerts to transport you to the far reaches of the earth. Let the Topeka Symphony Orchestra take you to far-off worlds and distant kingdoms. We’ll hear the stories of ancient cultures, feel the beat of exotic rhythms, and celebrate traditions from around the world. Music has the power to transport us to the far-reaches of the globe–all while never leaving your seat in the concert hall!