POETRY READING - SARAH MINGES & JULIET COOK
Sara Minges is a Kansas City poet, advocate of mental health awareness, Spoken Word finalist and “Queen of the Short Poem.” She is the founder of Playful Awareness, a play therapy and parent coaching private practice and Wonder Woman Rising, providing empowerment coaching services for women. Sara’s first love is poetry and the written word. She has been writing poetry for pleasure for the last 26 years. Sara’s poems “Raw” and “Poets and Warning Labels” were chosen as staff picks for the Johnson County Public Library Poem-a-Day Contest (2014, 2015). Her poems “Naked Toes” and “Barbie’s Mishap in High Heels” have appeared respectively in Salon II (2012) : a chapbook published by the Writer’s Place, and Prompts! A Spontaneous Anthology (2016) , published by Jeanette Powers. Sara has also been a featured poet at the Uptown Arts Bar’s Blue Monday Open Mic Night (2015) and Swordfish Tom’s Speakeasy Monthy Poetry Performance event (August, 2018). As a lovely tribute, Sara released her first full length book of poetry, Naked Toes, on her mother’s 70th birthday to a sold out show at Prospero’s Bookstore in Kansas City, MO. Since then, she has had three more successful book signings and performances at Swordfish Tom’s Speakeasy, ACA Business Club of Overland Park and Three Wishes, a local used bookstore in Merriam, KS.
Juliet Cook is a poet and the editor/publisher of a one-woman indie press, Blood Pudding Press, which specializes in poetry and artsy little misfit offerings. She also edits Blood Pudding Press's spooky sister, an online blog-style literary magazine called Thirteen Myna Birds, which is always accepting submissions. Juliet's first full-length poetry collection, Horrific Confection, was published as a free ebook by BlazeVOX in 2008 and was also available in print (the print versions are now sold out). Malformed Confetti is Juliet Cook's second individual full-length poetry book, published by Crisis Chronicles Press, October 2018. It contains 100+ pages of poetic peculiarities ranging from 2008-2015.