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Polly Alice 

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Wellness Wheel- copywriting 2017

Welcome to Wellness. The Wellness Wheel is a cooperative of individual wellness practitioners and small businesses in your community. Come explore with us as you find your WHOLENESS and personal health. What do some of our providers offer? Massage and Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Energy Healing, Yoga, Meditation, Nutrition, & Creative Art & Music Experiences.Visit our monthly Open House. Dive into wellness today, find your wellness with us. The Wellness Wheel believes that community heals and grows the lives of individuals. Journey with us. Join today.

Anahata Wellness- copywriting & logo application 2016

Brochure Massage --- Find your Peace

     Energy Work --- Find your Balance

            Life Coaching --- Find your Focus

                  Yoga--- Find your Strength

Find your Peace. Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being. Massage is a gentle stress relieving designed to quiet the mind and get the client in touch with their deeper rhythms. Benefits include stress relief, deep relaxation, and increased mental, emotional and spiritual clarity.

Try my Infinity Energy Package! Wellness Coaching (30 min) Infinity Energy Massage (60 min) Energy Work (30 min).

Find your Balance with Energy work. I am dedicated to help to you balance your body’s 7 energy centers, the heart of Anahata Wholehearted Wellness. Energy Work is a one hour re-set. Re-balance your mind, body, and emotions. I help you set a focused intention by listening to what’s important to you. We chose a corresponding aromatherapy designed for your needs. Add soothing music, and healing touch-- of feet, back and head—and you have a dynamic healing session restoring your mind, body and spirit to a more balanced and positive state (60 min)

Local KC Banking Kids Newsletter- writer, designer 2014

Paper Birch Landing Gallery-- interviews, art direction, curative writing 2016

TREY Is a student at Kansas City Art Institute with a focus on Fine Art Photography. "Born and raised in Kansas City, MO--I've always been fascinated by learning. I can say that's what's spurred most of the decisions I've made. I studied performing arts at Missouri State and comedy at The Second City in Chicago. I found my passion was not in the performing arts as much as it was in studio art as I have the upmost control in what I'm creating. I promptly applied to the Kansas City Art Institute, upon acceptance I moved back to Kansas City, and most recently I have been focusing on Fine Art Photography.”

This group of work is a testament to the Wonderland that is Kansas City… By using my lens and using

forced perspective the viewer is allowed to see Kansas City Missouri at a different scope: more magical, more spread out. These pieces are part of a larger collection of the city and it’s textures. By directing the viewer to look up, look down, observe people and well known destination points-- I hope to show what has been overlooked; to show things in a completely different way. My process is through select viewpoints composed using a Cannon 70D.

 or a large format 4x5. These are printed on Canson Baryta paper to simulate the silver gelatin styled prints from the past.

Curator's Statement: 

WONDERLAND SQUARED takes you on a dream-like journey inspired by the wonder that is Kansas City. TREY with his photo, Vanity in Red, introduces us to a modern day Alice in a red checkerboard club with a looking glass surface. We anticipate with her the looming hamburger, Kansas City’s favorite “tea and cake.” It practically screams, “Eat me!” Trey’s work asks questions about what we consume and our conscious questions about intentions, appetites, entertainments and the wonder we overlook right over our heads.

ROBERT HOOPS illustrative graphics, prints and t-shirts all call out, “Drink me! With his poster, Imbibe KC and his shirts calling us to Drink KC Beer or Howl. Hoops introduces us to our animal nature; to goblins and queens we feel we’ve somehow met before. He caters to Kansas Citians- Reminding us, yes, we do love KC!

JOHN ROLLINGS fills in the setting of this show with a true Lewis-Carroll-styled wonderland. His oil on canvas draws you in: a chess board, a pink flamingo. These and smaller symbols of the modern era in his Neo Cubist style provide unexpected emotion: They ask how the viewer feels about every day things that play a part in the card game called life. They point to small wonders, and tiny nagging questions that sing out in the subconscious mind.

JOAB D SOSA takes us to the end of our wonder-filled journey. Those final sensations of lucid dreaming: images that makes us laugh or shout. Whether we are flung out into space, or enjoy pizza-loving kittens we know these little collages are something we want to keep and take home to our regular day-- to wake up laughing.

Thanks to the giant skills of art director and talent sleuth Heather Collinsworth and Media Design by Tess Elwood this show came together into something fun and unexpectedly beautiful. I hope you enjoy the art as much as we did and take some home to keep your every day world filled with wonder. ~Polly McCann, Curator

The Express Gallery-- curative writing

Who would suspect a grafik artist?

~ Juan Philipe Herrara, Poet Laureate

GRAFIK is inspired by Street Art and Spoken Word Poetry addressing issues of diversity, division, healing, and beauty. It speaks about Graffiti artists who have been influencing fine art since the famed 80s artist, Basquiat and before. Today artists often pull from both worlds. This show pulls them all together -- it bleeds the lines. Enough with the labels-- Fine Artist v. Self Taught Artist . . . Professional Artist v. Emerging Artist . . . Street Artist v. Gallery Artist . . . Whether we paint on a brick wall or the side of a canvas, aren’t we all artists? Whatever our cultural influence, our gender, our political views-- aren’t we all artists?

Let’s look at the art and what it says about where we need to go as a community of creative people—We are stronger together. This show is in honor of the current Poet Laureate, Juan Filipe Herrara, and his reading in Kansas City this May 27th at the Central Branch of the KC Public Library as part of the reading series sponsored by The Writers Place.

#Heather Collinsworth  #Polly Alice  #Michael Phelps  #Aaron Sutton  #Blake Van Vleck

JUAN FILIPE HERRARA-- The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border, and many more. In 2015 he was named U.S. poet laureate. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His creative work often crosses genres, including poetry, opera, theater, and dance.

Like all the work in Herrera's massive, groundbreaking collection Akrilica, “Grafik” was originally composed in Spanish, then translated into English. But this unsettled (and unsettling) poem also plays in the space between two other languages: the literary and the visual arts. Herrera treats the page like a canvas: words spill across it or cohere into lurid portraits. But Herrera, whose work is often ekphrastic or multimedia, also adopts the persona of a graphic artist to raise questions about the relationship between ethics and poetics. Who or what deserves to be visible? When is representation “criminal,” a form of violence, and when is it “the only thing that counts? BENJAMIN VOIGH

IASD- contributing writing, co-editor 2016

"The Knotted Rainbow"

Artist and writer, Polly McCann had powerful childhood dreams, which like the dreams of Bob Hoss, involved landscapes with powerful natural forces with brilliant and compelling colors. Likewise her dreams provided inspiration that led in part to her career path—in her case an artist and writer. A unique aspect of Polly’s dream, which was both mysterious and challenging to understand and resolve, is that others could not see what she saw. Through extensive study of her dreams and inner life, Polly found a way to feel understand and to communicate her unique vision and perspective to others through her artwork.

Sometime after my baby brother was born-- around the age of six or seven— I moved into the guest room in the basement of my parents’ suburban Kansas home. In that cold, dark place full of cupboards, my first memory is a dream.

In the dream, I see a vast plain with a few smooth trees. Like the Roger Haine illustrations on the boxed set of Narnia books I poured over before I could read, this landscape glows from an unseen light. There in the darkening sky, I see a rainbow. Not just any rainbow, it is a beautiful shape held by undulating twists and turns. More than a circle with no end--- it is a knot. I shout for my family, who are standing with their backs to the vision, to turn and see the amazing rainbow, but they do not. No one else sees the knotted rainbow, except me.

That dream in my “guestroom” left me feeling like a guest in my own family and in many situations thereafter; a placement I struggled with but later cherished. As a child, I didn’t see the dream influencing my life-- other than a few times I whispered my memory of this vision to friends at sleepovers. But slowly the dream became more prominent until it began to completely change my life. First, the dream led me to consciously try to remember important dreams and to talk with others about their remembered dreams. Second, it led me to recognize the language of dreams. Third, continued to direct me to be open to faith. I hungrily read the old and new testaments before finishing high school. There was the place I found dreams were an accepted and important form of aid, not only in life decisions, but also in emotional and spiritual sustenance.

In college, I studied art and writing. I spent long hours in the library studying symbols for my art research. I almost forgot about my dream until I found that knotted shape in a book of symbols. It was a mandala! A few years later, a spiritual director shared a few chapters of a book with me, Dreams and Spiritual Growth: A Judeo-Christian Way of Dreamwork, co-authored by Strephen Kaplan Williams. I felt a dreamwork method was something I desperately needed to help me understand my buried thoughts and feelings. While walking through the stacks one day at the library, a sunbeam fell upon a yellow book as I walked past. The spine lit up a bit, and I recognized the font and woodcarving illustrations. I picked it up. The book on dreamwork-- now I had the whole book to study!

I spent seven years teaching myself to do dreamwork. I worked through childhood dreams, early memories, present emotions and relationships, and my crisis of vocation. Through that dreamwork, I discovered I longed to return home to Kansas City-- and did so, enrolling in a master’s degree program at Hamline University with the aim of writing books for children and young adults. I chose the exploration of dreams as my thesis topic, which led to my researching symbolic dream imagery in the works of Maurice Sendak. I adored studying Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, among others.

After graduating, I said it was time to honor my “rainbow dream.” Three years later, I finished my first painting of that dream. And just as I hoped, the exploration of that personal and mythical symbol led me to have the courage to write my own novel series-- a goal I’ve had since childhood. I had also discovered IASD where I submitted my revised thesis for the IASD Ernest Hartmann student research award-- and won! A momentous day. Afterwards, I opened my own art studio to paint and write full time. The rainbow dream still gives me energy. Being an artist and a writer means that I now have the means to share something with others. As in my childhood dream, I ask people to turn and see something unexpected.

Larger than Life:Thomas Hart Benton, writer 2012

Dust blew from the west into the small town of Neosho, Missouri.

It was tornado season when Tom took his first breath in April of 1889. His parents, proud of their firstborn, named him after his famous great uncle-- Thomas Hart Benton, the first senator for the state of Missouri –known for trying to out-talk every politician in America.

Little Tom didn’t take to talking much, he was all action.

As a boy, Tom had the energy of the speeding trains he tried to outrun as they pushed out of town. When he drew them with pencil and paper, his sketches felt nothing like those large, powerful engines.

His mother’s cream wallpaper seemed a much better size. With charcoal from the fireplace, he drew thick black lines on the walls over the landing. When he finished, the drawing of the train roared up the stairway with shining headlights; its engine belching black smoke. Tom could almost hear the bells ringing and the pistons clanking. 

Tom’s mother made him erase it.

Tom did all the things other boys his age did-- before the turn of the twentieth century. He liked to swim in creeks, ride horses, collect arrow heads, and hunt opossum and copperheads. But Tom did something his friends didn’t. He drew in a notebook he often carried with him.

Because he loved to draw, Tom might stop for a long time to stare at the texture of a fencepost, a rock, a bush, or a ripple of water. Colonel Benton, as he was called, didn’t understand Tom. What kind of boy could miss catching a train while staring at the smoke from its engine? Tom must stop wasting time dawdling about with distractions, and dedicate himself to reading Latin—if he wanted to continue in the family tradition of politics.

Tom continued to draw.

Colonel Benton found a way to teach Tom the family business that agreed with both of them. At age seven, Tom’s father campaigned in a tour around the state of Missouri. Tom went with him. They traveled by train, over muddy roads in high-wheeled buggies, and buckboard and stage.

Tom joined his father at camp meeting, political rallies, and backwoods hotels. Colonel Benton promised if elected, he’d take the people’s concerns to Washington. He called people by name and shook hands with everyone—including Buffalo Bill. Tom did too.

StoryTeller's Inkpot-- Guest Blogger

Writers v. Artists in the Ring

Dear Hamline MFAC-ers & Friends,

Last night my ten year old said, “Do you know what we like to talk about at lunch on Wednesdays? Politics.” What followed was a brief conversation about a rather awkwardly groomed Politician who used to be the richest man in America. I gleaned from the following conversation that even ten-year-olds think building a wall to keep people out is an evil political plot that must be punished over chicken nuggets and instant mashed potatoes. Some of the political thoughts in our country seem to remind the local fifth graders of their favorite dystopian novels like The Unwanted by Lisa McMann.

I said, dastardly politicians who build hypothetical walls of hatred hadn’t read any good children books when they were kids. “That’s why we write for kids,” I said. Because we are hoping a generation of people grow up already knowing that forcing people to be the same, or forcing people to stay out, or forcing them to live in fear just leads to dystopia. It ruins our world, our creativity, then our hearts. Well, I wasn’t that poetic aloud, but how much can you say at bedtime?

Last week, I wasn’t there on Wednesday to tuck in the kids. I drove downtown and parked myself in a folding chair in the back room of the Uptown Arts Bar. I wanted to find out about the other poets and artists in my hometown. Pound Slam is spoken word poetry: 30 poets, three minutes each, three rounds. Three hours of in-your-face-poetry. So now I know what poets care about; what they are angry about. I know about their spiritual lives, their jobs, their loves, their politics. They are angry about dystopia too, they say something about it in a rhythm no political figure except Martin Luther King Jr. could probably imitate.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I won’t have the day off. I’ll be working downtown. How did I get out of the burbs? In the 2014-2015 school year I sat at home and wrote a novel—alone in my grandma’s old dining room chair. In the 2015-2016 school year I left my house and rented a studio space in the city. It’s made all the difference. Maybe 20 years of creating in a small room finally got to me. Maybe I’m just rolling in a current of events I have no control over. Whatever the reason, I’m not alone anymore. I have two other artist/writers with me at the studio space we share. From the third floor studio I have a view of KC’s midtown and all of King’s dreams echoing about in the street.

My work is better with a view, and coworkers. I need other writers. I can’t sit alone, building awkwardly groomed antagonists to fight on paper, with accidental walls around my writing space. Artists experience the same thing. The walls are up. Having been an artist and a writer exclusively-- and now trying to do both, I want to bring the two groups together. So I’m doing something new. It’s formed out of the community I met when I left my desk at home. Now it’s turned into an art gallery of sorts.

What will happen there? We are trying to figure that out. Writers can meet in our art gallery for critique groups. Spoken word poetry might be nice on the terrace for our June Street Art show. “…merely posing,” a quote from a poem by the new poet laureate, sounds like a great name for a juried art show with a photography theme. Novelists without an office could use the study for a space to get away. We can throw awesome book launch parties, build websites, make cakes. I’m thinking if we work together as creatives--a rather new term I’m fond of—then we can inspire each other to keep going. Someone has to make sure kids read good books with good old common sense for what's a bad idea. Someone has to make sure writers get recharged. Artists need other creatives to experience their art. Maybe we could meet in the middle. Step over the walls. There’s a lot of work to do. As one of my new artist friends says, “We’re stronger together.” I'm calling it #ArtLocal.

KC Examiner- green living writer 2010

Have you seen a new "Ripple Glass" purple dumpsters around town, at your local recycling center or in a Price Chopper parking lot?  Ripple Glass is a brainchild of Boulevard Brewing Company. They are now helping Kansas City raise their glass recycling up to the national average and beyond, reports Loring Leifer in her article, "The Ripple Effect," in March's Greening Up Kansas City edition of Spaces Magazine.

Over fifty drop of points are available by Ripple Glass.  According to their website, before Ripple Glass, no glass recycling company existed in the Kansas City area. Green recyclers had to drive their glass to one of the only a handful of sites listed below.

•Metro North Mall, 400 NW Barry Rd.(North parking lot)
•UMKC (4745 Forest)
•Bannister Mall (91st and Hill Crest) in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot
•Environmental Campus (4707 Deramus)

If you live in a Kansas City area with no curbside recycling like Smithville, or in an apartment, you can do all your recycling at these locations like Metro North Mall Recycling Center (who now sport a new Ripple Glass dumpster). Remember curbside recycling does not accept glass.  To recycle your glass, check out Ripple to locate the purple dumpster nearest you. Businesses can apply to host a Ripple Glass recycling dumpster, just as many already boast a Paper Retriever recycling dumpster (the yellow and green ones).

Ripple Glass collection bins to use at home are available at Price Chopper for under five dollars. Regular blue recycling bins for curbside pickup are available for under nine dollars. They are no longer free as reported by some websites with otherwise accurate information about KC recycling about what can go in your blue recycling bin. After calling, I was told there are "no more" free coupons available for these blue bins at Kansas City's 311 action line. 

Recycle any color glass bottle all in the same bin at Ripple Glass.  At their facility on Crystal Avenue in Kansas City glass is processed into glass cullet--"glass that is cleaned, crushed and ready to be processed"  into new products like glass containers, fiberglass, reflective paints, abrasives, aggregates, and more. Ripple Glass works extensively with Owens Corning, which makes recycled glass into fiberglass insulation.

KC Green Living Examiner--writer, photographer 2010

Air it Out KC

It’s air conditioning time again. You know summer's will start with hail, move up to ninety degrees with high winds, and end with kids frying turkey sausage on the black top. 

Feel guilty each time you put another load of towels in the dryer; bringing more heat into your already warm house? Visiting the steamy laundromat in summer? Why pay for more heat in the summer and twenty pounds of quarters?

You can stop the cycle. Watch your electric bill shrink when you harness your free solar energy with the help of a new-fashioned outdoor laundry line.  

Greenway Deluxe Bamboo Foldaway Clothesline: Today’s review is not your great-grandmother's double-pole-cast-iron-cement-locked line. This is a bamboo umbrella line for any size patch of outdoors—as long as it’s around ten feet. 

How it works: Once the metal holder is sunk into the ground, your umbrella line can be set outside for a sunny laundry day, and put back inside the front closet, zipped into a small black bag. Think smaller and much more lightweight than a bag of golf clubs. This leaves room for a game of Frisbee outdoors without running into the laundry pole. Don't worry about tripping over the stand either-- its smooth green cap sits evenly at ground level.

 Tips for hanging laundry outdoors:

  • Hang clothing like shirts and pants upside down. This way any wrinkle from the clothes pins are left in the tail of the shirt that will be tucked in. Pants hung by their ankles will dry smooth and flat from the weight of the heavier waist band.
  • Hang things from one end, not halved in the middle. This prevents a stiff bend through your laundry. The half method works well for sheets that may hang on the ground. Other items, however, dry more quickly when hanging from one end.
  • The sun is a power bleaching agent and stain remover. Even thirty minutes in direct sun can erase a stain. Whites can be hung out in the morning and removed at the end of the day for bleaching. Remember the longer your laundry hangs in the sun the whiter it will become.
  • Colors require shade: try the interior side of the umbrella line, hanging for less time, or an evening or morning dry.
  • Leaving clothes out overnight or in the rain makes for a mustier smell on the laundry. Because of dew they will have to dry out again in the morning sun, and may hold a few sleepy winged insects who enjoyed the morning damp.

 Savings from your new laundry line. Congratulations, you’ve just:

  • Saved energy from your nuclear or coal run electric plant. The earth is breathing easier because of you.
  • Saved yourself a trip to the gym, and found your fifteen minutes of natural vitamin D dose from pure sunshine.
  • Spent extra time with those you loved, or in quiet reflection.
  • Prevented the bioaccumulative effects of liquid Bleach-- an old invention from the Victorian era before scientists understood the harm to aquatic life, animals, and people. 
  • Prevented damage to your skin, lungs, and the planet from chemical fabric softener.
  • Saved yourself money on skin exfoliating creams, brushes, and loofahs. Air dry towels and wash clothes are not soft. Get ready to understand why the ancients rarely needed such devices. However, your skin will thank you for some natural chemical free attention.

Remember a green laundry day is not about beating your laundry with rocks in a stream, its feeling good about how you affect your planet every day. Try out your new free products from the earth and leave your comments below at Kansas City’s Green Living Examiner.



Website and Brochure Copywriting for The Wellness Wheel and Anahata Wholehearted Wellness in KC, MO 2016

Logo application and copywriting, branding, brochure design

Marketing copywriter 



2016 Interview and curative writing, bios, branding for local and emerging artists.


International Association for the Study of Dreams book project, "Dreams that Change our Lives."


A portion of a children's biography of artist, Thomas Hart Benton.

Guest Alumni Blogger 2015-2017


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