Spartan Press does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. You may send a query letter describing why your book of poems fits into one of our ongoing series.

We publish Kansas and Missouri poets in all styles, but with a focus on the indie press poet who tours and performs frequently. We only publish full-length poetry manuscripts.

Editor in Chief:
Jason Ryberg
contact: spartanpresskc @

Jason Ryberg is the author of twelve books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, several angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors, and a box full of folders, notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel. He is currently an artist-in-residence at both The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and the Osage Arts Community. He lives part-time in Kansas City, with a rooster named Little Red and a billy goat named Giuseppe, and part-time somewhere in the Ozarks, near the Gasconade River, where there are also many strange and wonderful woodland critters.

Developmental Editor:
Jeanette Powers
contact: stubbornmulepress @

Jeanette Powers is  is a working class queer artist and non-binary in person and politically. They are executive director of the generative performing arts venue, Uptown Arts Bar and fellow at Osage Arts Community, treasurer for FountainVerse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest, founder of Stubborn Mule Press and is most often found river side with their hound dog, Ollymas. They have 9 books of poetry published, have been featured in numerous print and online magazines, and have their first novel coming out in 2019 with Outlandish Press, “Victimless Crime”.

Acquisitions Editor:
Will Leathem
contact: w84gdo @

Leathem founded Spartan Press in the late 1990’s as a vehicle to bring awareness to the stunning writing talent KC has to offer. As part-owner of Prospero’s Books, he has been an endless champion for small presses and local and national poetry, hosting hundreds of events.


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