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Talk With ME
64 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
Poet Jen Harris
Poet Jen Harris is a professional public speaker, spoken word poet, activist, published author, founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam. Nationally recognized in the aforementioned, she works as an advocate to incorporate spoken word poetry as a form of peer-based mental health therapy. Harris recently completed a year-long writing residency through Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, moved to Denver, is finalizing two books; Lust & Disdain & Unconfirmed Certainties, was featured at Write About Now, Button Poetry, and presented at TEDxKU on Sept 30, 2017. Find news of Poet Jen Harris on all social media @poetjenharris and at www.poetjenharris.com
61 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
Heather Christie, writer
Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for NYC in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades… a couple degrees (including a MFA in Creative Writing), a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she’s back in Pennsylvania. Heather is a wife, mom, amateur cook, exercise freak, and avid reader. When she’s not doing all that, she’ selling houses, writing books and blogging at www.HeatherChristieBooks.com. Kirkus Reviews calls Heather’s debut novel, What The Valley Knows, “A taut, compelling family tale.” Her work has been published by Writer’s Digest, Scary Mommy, Elephant Journal, Mamapedia,The Good Men Project, Grown & Flown, Baltimore Child, Parent.co, Bon Bon Break, Her View From Home, the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Sammichs and Psych Meds, and The Lighter Side of Real Estate. Heather was a member of the 2017 Listen To Your Mother cast. Say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow her at www.HeatherChristieBooks.com
67 minutes | Jan 26, 2018
The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2018.1
Jennie Washburn & Talk With ME host Marcia Epstein share their conversation about Art & Mental Health, Life & Death, Making Decisions Wisely, with, yes, Laughter! Jennie has a wide range of expertise and experience, and is committed to ongoing learning, personal growth, kindness, and fun! She is a licensed esthetician, the co-host with Nan Loyd-Leffingwell of Soul Salon, and the host of The Goddess Within women’s circle in Lawrence, KS www.facebook.com/The-Goddess-Within-252751568549725/ Host ME is an advocate for all the arts & a mental health social worker, https://MarciaEpstein.biz
62 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
Samantha Slupski, Poet
Samantha Slupski is a poet and mental health advocate based in the heart of the Midwest. She first stepped on stage in December 2015 at Uptown Arts Bar in Kansas City, Missouri, and stage has been her home ever since. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Poetic Underground, Slam Master of Kansas City Poetry Slam, co-director of Chameleon Arts, a board member for Fountainverse, the Kansas City Small Press Poetry Fest, an ARTS KC grant recipient, and was voted the 2nd best spoken word artist in The Pitch’s Best of 2017. She has been published in multiple online publications, her poetry has been featured on Write About Now Youtube channel, and her first book, “What Sits Between my Veins” was published a year ago through EMP Press. She has been a competitor at Texas Grand Slam 2017 and 2018, attended the 2017 National Poetry Slam, and is attending the Women on the World Poetry Slam in March of 2018. Her Spring 2018 tour starts in March 2018, which spans over seven different cities. She sees the importance of poetry and the beautiful spaces it creates and has dedicated her life to making poetry important for everyone. Follow Samantha Slupski at http://www.samanthaslupskipoetry.com/
63 minutes | Jan 12, 2018
Mish (Eileen) Murphy, Writer-VisualArtist-Professor
Mish (Eileen) Murphy lives with her husband and three dogs near Tampa, Florida. She takes photos & creates photo arts; writes poetry & book reviews; and teaches literature and English at Polk State College, Lakeland, Florida. Mish graduated with a B.A. from New College, Sarasota, in French and Russian. She has a J.D. degree summa cum laude from Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida. And her M.A. is in Fiction Writing/Teaching of Writing from Columbia College, Chicago. Her recent book reviews are published in Cultural Weekly, BLARB, Tinderbox Journal, Glass, Crab Fat, and Rain Taxi. Find her reviews for Cultural Weekly at https://www.culturalweekly.com/author/eileen_murphy/ Her poetry has been widely published in literary journals including, recently, in Rogue Agent, Tinderbox Journal (nominated for Pushcart Prize), Thirteen Myna Birds, Writing In A Woman’s Voice, Deaf Poet’s Society, The American Journal of Poetry, The Thought Erotic, Yes Poetry, The Open Mouse, and a number of others. Eileen Murphy’s photography has been published in journals such as Peacock Journal, Tiferet Journal, The Indian River Review, and Calyx Journal, and shown in galleries in Florida and New Mexico. Follow Mish (Eileen) Murphy at https://MishMurphy.com for her blogs about her latest poems, articles, reviews, and photos.
64 minutes | Jan 10, 2018
Joseph Shields, Poet-Publisher-Musician
Joseph Shields was born outside Milwaukee, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later from Loyola University of Chicago. He spent two and a half years in the Peace Corps in Jamaica from 1990-1992 before relocating to Austin, Texas with his wife (also a former PC volunteer). His poems have appeared in a number of different poetry magazines, including Slipstream, Sheila-Na-Gig, Pearl, Chiron Review, among others, and he has a few of chapbooks in print (Wisconsin Daze, No Escape and Other Poems, and W9GRF and the Dance that Never Ends). In spring 1996, Joseph founded Nerve Cowboy Magazine, with a kindred spirit, Jerry Hagins, and 22 years later we are getting ready to release Issue 44. He plays in a band called The Counterfactual, along with three other social scientists (as this is what we do for day jobs). Being involved in art, poetry, and music makes the day job a bit easier to manage. Counterfactual audio can be heard on Soundcloud or Bandcamp here: Full set of audio on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/counterfactualatx A subset of songs are on Bandcamp: http://counterfactual.bandcamp.com Nerve Cowboy info at: https://www.facebook.com/Nerve-Cowboy-240567569317649/
63 minutes | Jan 3, 2018
John Yamrus, Poet & More, V2018.01
Since 1970 John Yamrus has published 26 volumes of poetry, 2 novels and one volume of non-fiction. He has also had nearly 2,000 poems published in print magazines around the world. Selections of his poetry have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Romanian, Albanian, Estonian and Bengali. His poetry is regularly taught in colleges and universities. His newest book, MEMORY LANE, a memoir looking back at his childhood growing up in a Pennsylvania coal mining community, is already a highly-praised addition to his published work. Buy MEMORY LANE and more at Epic Rites Press, www.EpicRites.org Follow John Yamrus at www.JohnYamrus.com
67 minutes | Dec 22, 2017
2017 Season Finale: ME & The Transformational Jennie Washburn
Jennie Washburn & Talk With ME host Marcia Epstein share their conversation about Gratitude, Planning Goodness, Female Impersonators, the Intersection of Art & Mental Health, Connections, Intentions for 2018, & Love. Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician who hosts The Goddess Within women’s circle in Lawrence, KS www.facebook.com/The-Goddess-Within-252751568549725/ Jennie also enjoys being onstage, including as a two-time contestant in Transformations, a charity gala. Host ME is a social worker specializing in suicide prevention, as well as support for trans and gender nonconforming people. Learn more at https://MarciaEpstein.biz
61 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
James Decay, Poet
James grew up in Sweetwater, Illinois. He left home at the age of 13 and quickly learned how to survive on the streets under the guidance of thieves, prostitutes, junkies, con men, drug dealers, murderers and other characters. At the age of 14, he began hopping freight trains across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Soon after he joined a gang and began walking the circle of the revolving door we call the system. It was there he was introduced to literature and poetry by his cell mate who also encouraged him to start writing. Upon his release, six years ago, he began to take writing seriously. He attended open mic’s and met other like minded individuals who shared his passion for the written word. His work can be found online and in print in such places as The blood machine, gutter eloquence, five 2 one, Midnight Lane Gallery, Spokane shorties, Railtown Almanac and most recently Brenton Booth’s Asylum Floor. James also has a chapbook “A city under siege” which is no longer in print. If you would like to contact James Decay, you can do so via Facebook.
65 minutes | Dec 11, 2017
Johnny Longfellow, Poet-Editor
Johnny Longfellow is the editor of the online poetry sites, BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC, https://badacidlaboratories.wordpress.com/ and Midnight Lane Boutique https://midnightlanegalleryii.wordpress.com/. His own poetry has appeared in a variety of small press journals, including The Barefoot Muse, The Blue Mountain Review, The Five Two, The Literary Hatchet, The Road Not Taken, The Rotary Dial, and other venues. For over twenty years he has served as a mentor to Newburyport, MA high school students through the Poetry Soup reading program, and has also been a featured poet at The Newburyport Literary Festival, The Powow River Poets’ Reading Series, and The Hyla Brook Poets’ Reading Series, as held at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH. You can find links to some of his published poetry at Heeeeeere’s Johnny . . . Longfellow, That Is https://midnightlanegalleryii.wordpress.com/heeeeeeres-johnny-longfellow-that-is/ and follow him on Twitter @BAD_ACID_LABS.
61 minutes | Dec 4, 2017
Julie Struck, Artist-Activist-Educator
Julie is a mixed media artist, creative writer, creative activist and veteran arts educator based near Berea, KY. She has decades of experience teaching college level studio art and graphic design, as well as many local, regional and national exhibitions to her credit. She earned BFA and MFA degrees in traditional studio art at Northern Illinois University, but her professional and creative work has always touched upon and explored anything that illustrates her interest in dissolving boundaries and celebrating connections between art and other disciplines. In 2013 her career path changed dramatically when she became a teaching artist, bringing visual art as an engagement and empowerment tool to marginalized individuals including elders, at-risk youth and the homeless via innovative, collaborative, economic empowerment and public art projects that build awareness of and connections between the under-served and their communities. In September 2017, Julie was instrumental in EKU’s Art Vention community art project for healing for people affected by suicide. Follow Julie Struck at www.facebook.com/ArtSpeakArtForEmpowerment & http://WarriorWoman-Productions.com
62 minutes | Dec 1, 2017
Rob Plath, Poet-Painter-Photographer
Rob Plath has saturated the underground literary.scene with his writing for the past 25 years. He is the author of A Bellyful of Anarchy, There’s A Fist Dunked In Blood Beating In My Chest, Death Is Dead, Hearts For Brains, An Ax For The Frozen Sea, The Skeleton Sutras & In Rot We Trust, Swallowtude & many more. Find much Rob Plath writing thanks to Wolfgang Carstens of Epic Rites Press, and much powerful illustration of Rob’s words thanks to Janne Karlsson of Svensk Apache. Rob continues his literary onslaught with his forthcoming monster poetry collection My Soul Is A Broken Down Valise due out in 2018. Follow Rob Plath at www.RobPlath.com & www.facebook.com/rob.plath.54 & Twitter @rob_plath
62 minutes | Nov 30, 2017
Trina Schartz, Motivator & Writer
Trina is a Certified Yoga instructor, Lifestyle Coach, Sign Language Interpreter, Motivational Speaker, Workshop Leader and Author. In 2010, she started her coaching business: Your Life in Balance. She coaches individuals to live fully awake, aware, and alive using an integrative practice of mindfulness. And, she’s thrilled to announce that her first book, “When The Shoe Doesn’t Fit.” is scheduled for release as e-book in December 2017, in print January 2018. Follow Trina @TrinaSchartzWhenTheShoeDoesntFit on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram
62 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
Tim Burns, Actor
Timothy Burns moved to Lawrence, KS two years ago after earning a bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in both Theatre and Communications. Tim quickly became very active in the area arts community, including several productions at Theatre Lawrence, most recently Rocky Horror. He spends most of his time in the performance space of The Guild Theatre doing Improv and parody scripted readings. He was also a part of Michael Dieker’s play RUN which premiered in July 2017 and has acted in several KU student film projects. He is currently endeavoring to bring shows in the style of old time radio drama to the Lawrence community. Follow Tim at The Guild Theater – Lawrence, KS www.facebook.com/LawrenceGuildTheater/ and LFK Radio Hour https://www.facebook.com/LFK-Radio-Hour-1077050472397608/
62 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
J.J. Campbell, Poet
J.J. (1976 – ?) has given up the farm life and is currently trapped in the suburbia of Brookville, Ohio. He’s been widely published over the last 22 years, most recently at The Commonline Journal, Misfit Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, In Between Hangovers and The Beatnik Cowboy. J.J.’s first full length collection of his poems, Sofisticated White Trash, was published by Interior Noise Press and is available wherever people buy books anymore. You can find J.J. most days on his highly entertaining blog, evil delights at http://evildelights.blogspot.com
63 minutes | Nov 10, 2017
Megan Burns, Poet
Megan is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (tremblingpillowpress.com). She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival (nolapoetry.com). She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has three books: Memorial + Sight Lines (2008), Sound and Basin (2013) and Commitment (2015) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016. Her fourth collection, BASIC PROGRAMMING, will be released by Lavender Ink in 2018.
64 minutes | Nov 10, 2017
Joan Koromante, Poet
Joan lives in Topeka, KS where she works as a social worker. She has been a featured poet for the monthly Speak Easy Open Mic in Topeka and at readings at the Raven Book Store in Lawrence. She has appeared as an open mic participant at Prospero’s Books in Kansas City and has been a featured poet at the annual Kansas City Poetry Throwdown since its inception. Joan is the author of two chapbooks “This Must Be Jazz” and “Musings in Feminine Blue.” Her poetry collection “Murmurs from Beneath the Merry-Go-Round,” was just released by Spartan Press, book #34 in the Prospero’s POP POETRY Series. Currently, she is working on a manuscript for Asinimali Publications to be released in December 2017.
64 minutes | Nov 6, 2017
Jim McCrary, Poet-Connector-Curator
Jim is a national Poetic-Treasure. He is a writer, a veteran, and a community-activist, based in Lawrence, Kansas since the 1960’s. His friends, colleagues, and influencers include Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, as well as poets across the USA through the decades. Jim is the author of many poetry books & chapbooks including the recent: A Yearbook 1941-2016 (Shirt Pocket Press, 2016); This Here (theenk Books, 2015); and All That: The Collected Chapbooks (ManyPenny Press, 2008). His poetry has also been published in so many print and online journals based in the USA and beyond. Jim has been contributing editor to several journals over the years including Grist, Loose Gravel, Avec, and First Intensity. He edited and published a zine called Smelt Money thru thirteen issues in the 1990’s. He has curated or co-hosted several reading series in Lawrence starting at the Mass St. Co-op, circa 1968; the first poetry open mic-slam’s in Lawrence, KS at The Flamingo (strip club) in the early 1990’s; and the on-going Taproom Poetry Series. Jim is currently helping KU’s Spencer Research Library build their collection on the history of poetry in this region. Follow Jim McCrary wherever you can!
60 minutes | Nov 6, 2017
The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2017.11
Each month, Jennie joins Talk With ME host, Marcia Epstein, for real life conversation. Our 11/3 conversation included: Art, Firsts, Vulnerability, Suicide, Grief, Self Care, FINE. Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician & hosts The Goddess Within (women’s circle in Lawrence, KS www.facebook.com/The-Goddess-Within-252751568549725/ Jennie also enjoys being onstage, including as a two-time contestant in Transformations, a charity gala. Find Jennie on Facebook & at https://skincarebyjennie.net
64 minutes | Nov 1, 2017
Will Staple, Poet
Will lives in a kerosene-lit cabin, miles off any paved road, in the northern California foothills. He grew up in Oakland under the shadow of the Beats and attended UC Berkeley during the Free Speech Movement. From 1970 to 1995 Will published over 200 poems infused with the Grand Canyon and mountain forests on the sassy, sexy side of spirituality, filled with a sly humor, condensed form, depth of content, detailing the culture that left the cities in the 1970’s for a more archaic path with a heart. His books include: Passes for Human, Coyote Run, I Hate the Men You Sleep With, The Only Way to Reduce Crime Is to Make Fewer Acts Illegal, Dr. Montoya’s Medicine and The One That Got Away (Six Ft. Swells Press, 2008). He also performs regularly in Europe, where his work is published by http://Engstler-Verlat.de/ His latest collection (in English) is Arrows Go Thru Hearts: Selected Poems: 1970-1995 (Six Ft. Swells Press, 2017).
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