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 https://MarciaEpstein.biz


Each month, Jennie joins Talk With ME host, Marcia Epstein, for real life conversation. This Month: Saying Yes. Saying No. Being in the moment. Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician & a member of Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Pryor Transformation, Shift 2 Degrees, Lawrence Women’s Network, & One Hundred Good Women. She also […]

The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2017.8


Ron is an autodidactic, former factory and warehouse laborer. He was born in Kendallville, IN, raised in the rural Appalachian Mountains of South Eastern, KY, and attended Morehead State University. He lives in Fort Wayne, IN and spends the harsh Midwestern winters in Atlanta, GA with his eldest child, an […]

Ron Lucas, Poet



Jon Bidwell, aka science fiction author Jon Lee Grafton, is a native Kansan raised in Shawnee. Jon graduated from KU in 1994 with a BA in psychology, a degree that ultimately informed him that he did not want to be a psychologist. Jon chose photography instead, and has worked in […]

Jon Bidwell / Jon Lee Grafton, Writer


Born and raised in metro New York, Charles Joseph lives and writes deep in the heart of New Jersey. Peppered by a battery of life experiences—good, great, bad, and worse—Charles is the author of NO OUTLET (a novel) that he’s currently shopping to agents and publishers, a number of poetry […]

Charles Joseph, Writer-Editor



Tracey is living proof that a person who has attempted suicide can change, heal, recover and live a life very much worth living. For the past 7 years, Tracey has been working in a community health care agency in southeastern MA as a Certified Peer Specialist. The people she listens […]

Tracey Pacheco Medeiros


Jennifer is a woman who has decided to be happy. She recognizes she has the power to make happiness a reality on a consistent basis. In her book Grow Your Best Life: It’s An Inside Job, she passes that wisdom on to her readers. Through two careers: Speech Pathology, then […]

Jennifer Johnson, Author



Dr. Z. Hall is an independent scholar, curator, a poet, and emerging visual artist who lives and works in Kansas City, MO. She conducts research on art and communication. Her published work explores the effects of art on society and society’s influence on art. Her interest in art and microbes […]

Z. Hall, Scholar, Poet, Artist


Jeanetta is the 2017-18 Oklahoma State Poet Laureate. Her most recent books are What I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015). Her 2009 poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible (West End Press) won an Oklahoma Book Award, […]

Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, Practicing Poet



Robert “Bob” Walicki constructs poetry, poetic events, community, and plumbing in Pittsburgh, PA. He curates the Versify Poetry Series. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in a number of journals including Vox Populi and The Kentucky Review. A Pushcart nominee, his most recent chapbook, The Almost Sound of Snow […]

Robert Walicki, Pittsburgh PA Poet-Curator


Each month, the Transformational Jennie Washburn joins Talk With ME host, Marcia Epstein, for real life conversation. This Month: Celebrate Cultures and Community. Many opportunities are shared! Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician & a member of Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Pryor Transformation, Shift 2 Degrees, Lawrence Women’s Network, & One Hundred Good […]

The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2017.7



Chris is a professor of sociology at Washburn University. His work explores what it means to be an LGBT+ person in an era of heightened visibility. He has been a contributing author to VItal Voice, Camp KC, and QVegas magazine. He is completing an article on Grindr, and a book […]

Chris Conner, Sociologist on LGBT+ Experience


MsAmanda Love is the big, bright, beautiful, and boozy comedy queen from Lawrence, KS. She has been building her drag career all over Kansas and the surrounding states for the last 5 years. Known for her crazy comedy mixes, naughty parody’s, and colorfully loud costumes, makeup, and hair, MsAmanda will […]

MsAmandaLove / Nathan Stitt, Drag Queen



Jason is a licensed Addiction Counselor and Clinical Social Worker, the artist of Keezograms www.facebook.com/keezograms, and a member of the Guild Theater. John is the Artistic Director of the Guild Theater. Besides heat vision, his other super power is using his 16 years of improv experience and 33 years of […]

Jason Keezer & John Robison & Guild Theater


Jeanette curates the generative performance art venue, Uptown Arts Bar, and is the Acquisitions Editor for KC based, indie press EMP Books. She also co-directs the arts non-profit Chameleon Arts with legendary print-maker Hugh Merrill and is Treasurer/grant-writer for KC’s annual small press fest. She is the author of six […]

Jeanette Powers, Writer-Editor-PerformanceArtist



Alexis creates art full of beauty, light, darkness, life, death, sex, and personal power. Alexis is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems, (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (2015), and the brand new, erotic, LA-centric collection, Enter Here (2017). […]

Alexis Rhone Fancher, Poet and Photographer


Mercedes is the author of the chapbook In the Garden of Broken Things (Flutter Press, 2016, available at www.Lulu.com) and winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her writing has appeared in New Orleans Review,Curbside Splendor, Paper Darts, The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, The Pinch, Heavy […]

Mercedes Lucero, Writer



Each month, the Transformational Jennie Washburn joins Talk With ME host, Marcia Epstein, for real life conversation. This Month: Community Fun & Goodness. Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician & a member of Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Pryor Transformation, Shift 2 Degrees, Lawrence Women’s Network, & One Hundred Good Women. She also enjoys […]

The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2017.6


Emmett has tenaciously pursued his passions as a performance artist and youth developer since leaving the military in 2014. Since high school, he has been an avid lyricist and battle rapper, and now performs his original style of Hip Hop in his hometown Des Moines and major cities such as […]

Emmett Phillips, Rapper-Actor-Activist-Speaker



Michael is a singer, songwriter, playwright, actor, and distance runner based in Lawrence, KS. He also serves as a support person with the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center there. Michael grew up playing all the sports, but his light really shone when he was performing music or theatre. As […]

Michael Timothy Dieker, Performer & Writer


Annette is an African-American, a Kansan, a poet, a playwright, an actress and a nurse, based in Topeka, KS. Since 2015, Annette has immersed herself in the boundless waters of writing and sharing her poetry and prose, and inspiring others. She has written two collections of poetry, and numerous one-act […]

Annette Hope Billings, Poet