About 105

Our Mission

To create a forum for sharing the work of Kansas writers.

To build and uplift the community of Kansas writers.  

To share and promote resources for Kansas writers.


105: Meadowlark Reader will strive to represent the diversity of writers in Kansas.


105: Meadowlark Reader is a journal of creative nonfiction by and for writers who live or have lived in Kansas.


Each issue will contain a directory of area resources for writers. Publishers, printers, editors, book designers, cover/interior artists, bookstores, writing clubs, and anyone who provides services to writers is invited to submit details for our directory at no charge.

If you would like to place an advertisement in the journal, see this page for details.


Editor, Cheryl Unruh

Cheryl’s sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Latas, required that her students memorize the 105 counties and county seats of Kansas. Cheryl still remembers most of them. 


For eleven years, Cheryl wrote a weekly column for the Emporia Gazette about Kansas called Flyover People. Her two books of Kansas essays received the Kansas Notable Book Award - Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State (Quincy Press, 2010) and Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays (Quincy Press, 2014). Her poetry collection, Walking on Water, was published by Meadowlark Books in 2017. 



Publisher, Tracy Million Simmons
Tracy Million Simmons, Owner/Publisher of Meadowlark Press, enjoys reading and writing about the people and places of her home state of Kansas, both real and imagined. She started Meadowlark Books in 2014 with the publication of Green Bike, a group novel, with Kevin Rabas and Michael D. Graves. Since that time, Meadowlark has published books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including the 2016 Kansas Notable Book, To Leave a Shadow, by Michael D. Graves and the 2020 Kansas Notable Book, Headwinds, by Edna Bell-Pearson.