Series: Talk With ME

Talk With ME: At the Intersection of Art & Mental Health.
“Without laughter, we explode, and that’s just not pretty.” Each Talk With ME is an hour conversation about real life, punctuated with laughter and original writing by guests. Why? Because “There is no health without mental health, and no mental health without art.” Talk With ME guests come from communities of arts and/or social justice across the USA and more; and many guests are poets. Social worker/suicide prevention advocate Marcia Epstein, LMSW in Lawrence, Kansas, USA hosts the show. Listen to Talk With ME for a healthy dose of #LoveWins. More info at

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 […]

James Decay, Poet

Johnny Longfellow is the editor of the online poetry sites, BAD ACID LABORATORIES, INC, and Midnight Lane Boutique 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, […]

Johnny Longfellow, Poet-Editor

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 […]

Julie Struck, Artist-Activist-Educator

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 & […]

Rob Plath, Poet-Painter-Photographer

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 […]

Trina Schartz, Motivator & Writer

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 […]

Tim Burns, Actor

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 […]

J.J. Campbell, Poet

Megan is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press ( She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival ( She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge […]

Megan Burns, 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 […]

Joan Koromante, Poet

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 […]

Jim McCrary, Poet-Connector-Curator

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 Jennie also enjoys being onstage, including as a […]

The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2017.11

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 […]

Will Staple, Poet

James H. Duncan is a writer of poems, stories, and more, and is the editor of Hobo Camp Review, He is the co-host of the Troy Poetry Mission monthly reading series. His newest poetry collection, We Are All Terminal But This Exit Is Mine, is available from Unknown Press, […]

James H. Duncan

Janne is an insanely productive artist/writer/publisher residing in Linköping, Sweden. Over the years, his often bizarre and surreal work has been published in hundreds of publications around the world. His many books (including collaborations) are available here and there. He is also publisher at the artisanal press Svensk Apache. When […]

Janne Karlsson, Artist-Writer-Publisher

Brenton is a writer of poetry, short stories, novellas, and plays. Home is Sydney, Australia, where he wrestles blue pens and notepads, not crocodiles. Brenton started writing when he was 19 and began sending the literary journals when he was 24. After nearly 10 years of rejections he had his […]

Brenton Booth, Writer

Brandon has been performing, and competing in, the art of drag since 2004. And he has a passion for building an accepting and caring community, starting with his home-base of Lawrence, KS. Brandon created the fabulous event, Transformations, where community members coached by female impersonators, compete pageant-style as their most […]

Brandon Eisman / Deja Brooks

Nino is a queer and nonbinary/transgender writer. A multidisciplinary artist, Nino has written fiction, essays, plays, screenplays, comics, radio features, and many rabble-rousing emails. They have also performed as a dancer, actor, and puppeteer. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nightmare Magazine,,Cicada, Fireside Fiction, Liminal Stories, and […]

Nino Cipri, Writer

Wolfgang Carstens is a Poet, Host of Poets Underground, and Publisher at Epic Rites Press. He is: Crudely Mistaken For Life (2010), The Abyss Gazes Also (2013), Factory Reject (2014), Only The Dead (2015), Enjoy Oblivion (2015), Rented Mule (2015), Savage Love (2016), Trash and ash (2016), Bulletproof (2017), Raising […]

Wolfgang Carstens with Todd Cirillo, Poets & Publishers

Kimberly is an MFA graduate in Creative Writing from New England College, already holding an MA in English Language & Literature from Central Michigan University. A proud Michigan native, she has taught composition and creative writing courses for Central Michigan University and Alma College, and participated in local initiatives to […]

Kimberly Ann Priest, Poet

Scott was born in Detroit. He now lives in Pittsburgh, where he writes, makes music, and works for a used book store. His poems have appeared in numerous literary periodicals including: Third Coast, Lilliput Review, and Nerve Cowboy. He is the author of three books—Unattended Fire (Six Gallery Press, 2012), […]

Scott Silsbe