Seth Cuppy is a freelance guitarist, audio engineer, and videographer. He is attending Emporia State University and is working towards a bachelor’s of music in guitar performance. Seth enjoys composing and plays in several bands. He was awarded a summer 2021 research and creativity grant from Emporia State University to start the Spoken Sonatas project that is hosted on this website.
Irene Diaz Gill
Irene is a free-lance cellist and a dedicated pedagogue. She is instructor of cello at Emporia State University, director of Stringfully Academy and teaches cello from her private studio in Emporia, KS.
Tara Laudie studied piano performance at Brigham Young University. She loves to make music in her hometown of Emporia, Kansas where she lives with her 4 kids and husband. Family and music are her favorite things.
Olive L. Sullivan is a poet and bookbinder living in Pittsburg, KS. She has spent her lifetime crisscrossing the country and exploring the backroads, natural wonder, and beauty of this world. For someone from the Midwest, she has always been curiously drawn to oceans, perhaps because the heart of our country was once a prehistoric sea itself. Her poetry has appeared in the award-winning anthology Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, edited by former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Miriam-Goldberg, and her collection of traveling poems, Wandering Bone, was published by Meadowlark Press in 2017. She has also published short fiction and creative essays. She loves making things, taking long walks on the prairie with dogs, and traveling anywhere that requires a passport—and almost anywhere that doesn’t.
Amy Sage Webb Baza
Amy Sage Webb-Baza is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emporia State University, where she was named Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor and directs the Donald Reichardt Center for Publishing and Literary Arts. She is managing editor for Bluestem Press and Flint Hills Review. She publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and is author of Your Own Life: Kansas Stories.