sunflowers2Olive Sullivan, assistant professor of Communications at Missouri Southern State University, has a poem included in one of the books chosen for the Kansas Notable Books list.

The Kansas Notable Books List is the annual recognition of 15 outstanding titles by Kansas authors or about Kansas. It is the only honor for Kansas books by Kansans, highlighting the lively contemporary writing community and encouraging readers to enjoy excellent writing from the Sunflower State.

Sullivan has a poem included in To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.  A “renga” is a collaborative poem based on the Japanese haiku form.

In this book of poetry, each poet begins with the seed of an idea from the poem before, writes, and leads the way for the next poet, resulting in a poetic conversation. The words of each poet, gathered from the center and edges of Kansas, show us not just the parts, but an expansive skyscape of language.

Sullivan, who is the advisor for the MSSU student newspaper The Chart, is a resident of Pittsburg, Kan.

The Kansas Center for the Book is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The KCFB affiliated with the National Center for the Book in 1987, and is headquartered at the State Library of Kansas. The KCFB is a non-profit, tax-exempt program of the State Library.

A total of 15 books were chosen for the Kansas Notable Book List.  A committee of Kansas Center for the Book (KCFB) affiliates, fellows, and authors of previous Notable Books identifies these titles from among those published the previous year, and the State Librarian makes the final selections. Throughout the award year, KCFB promotes all the titles on that year’s list electronically, at literary events and among librarians and booksellers.