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, 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



Brandon is originally from Oklahoma, where there are generally only two accepted ways in which a man may express himself: silence or rage. Brandon studied violin at the U of KS. Yes. Violin. He lives in KC, KS, in a tiny apartment that doesn’t adhere to normal Euclidian geometry. Brandon […]

Brandon Whitehead


Kat is a native of Pennsylvania. She is the former poetry editor of Lake Effect and the former managing editor of Lit.cat. Her work appears in The Cincinnati Review, Up The Staircase Quarterly, Rat’s Ass Review, and Menacing Hedge, among others, and in 2016, she was one of five finalists […]

Kat Giordano, Poet & Musician



Taurean LaCharles is a native of Lawrence, KS and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied classical theatre. As an androgynous gay African-American male, Taurean has known discrimination throughout his life. Taurean and host Marcia Epstein engage in a lively conversation about Being Your Authentic […]

Taurean LaCharles, Actor, V.2017.6


B. is a New Jersey native who has been writing since he was a kid. He started writing poetry in 2013 after he finally found some good poetry to read. B. is the author of the poetry collection Zeller’s Alley (White Gorilla Press, 2016). Starting in 2014, his work has […]

B. Diehl, Poet



Iris is a gifted writer, teller of tales, and teacher. Her passion is helping people, including herself, heal. One of the ways she does this is by leading expressive writing groups. Iris offers these in a variety of settings ranging from the county jail, to a residential treatment program, to […]

Iris Craver, Poet-Storyteller-Teacher


Ryan is a Canadian-born author residing in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada with his other half, bears, and mounds of snow half the year. His work can be found both in print and online in such places as: Evergreen Review, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, Your One Phone Call, In […]

Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Poet



Johnnie is a self-published Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Zinester, Videographer/Photographer, and generally an Artist-Type. He is a transplant from the Sonoran desert, where he spent much of his writing time overlooking desert mountains and watching saguaros grow. The desert is where much of his childhood trauma was healed. Johnnie has […]

Johnna M. “Johnnie” Gale, Poet & Storyteller


Each month, Jennie joins Talk With ME host, Marcia Epstein, for real life conversation. This month: Flowers, Kansas Day Trips, New Experiences, Connections and Kindness Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician & a member of Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Pryor Transformation, Shift 2 Degrees, Lawrence Women’s Network, & One Hundred Good Women. She […]

The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2017.5



Scott is a poet, short story writer, chaos enthusiast, and champion monkey wrench thrower, living in Oregon. He is an award winning spoken word artist and creator of “The Acoustic Tongue Sessions,” which weaves together spoken word poetry and acoustic music. It has been performed from NYC to Chicago. He […]

Scott Wozniak, Poet


A native New Orleanian, Ralph Adamo is a poet, papa, and a professor at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is also editor of Xavier Review http://www.xula.edu/english/publications/review.html . Ralph has published seven collections of poetry, most recently Ever: Poems 2000-2014. He received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Creative […]

Ralph Adamo, Poet



Lawrence Free Poetry team members Amelia Peters, Rowan Plinsky, Harper Schoenfeld, plus coach Andrew Martin joined ME for conversation and original poetry. LFP is the Slam Poetry Team of Lawrence (KS) Free State High School. The team began during the 2014-15 school year, changes each year as students graduate or […]

Amelia, Rowan, Harper & Coach Martin of Lawrence Free Poetry ...


Amy, Josh, & ME talk about supporting our Transgender & Gender NonConforming Friends-Family-CoWorkers-Neighbors Amy Hammer, LSCSW is a crafty seamstress, dog-lover, gardener, & is the therapist who provides Transforming Our Lives, at BNCMHC https://bertnash.org/new-therapy-group-offers-support-system/ Josh Reese, LSCSW is a bow-tie wearing husband, dad, & weight lifter who supports & supervises […]

Amy Hammer & Josh Reese of the Bert Nash Center



Barbara is founder & Director of the Kansas Riverkings Museum in Lawrence, KS. She also acts as Administrator for the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum & teaches college classes. Ms. Higgins-Dover has conducted many research projects, published books based on that research, designed music and historical curriculum for young learners. […]

Barbara Higgins-Dover of Kansas Riverkings Museum


Scott is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in hundreds of literary venues, both in the United States and internationally. Scott is a member of the Southern Collective Experience, appearing regularly in many of the group’s events such as: Dante’s Old South […]

Scott Thomas Outlar, Poet & More



Each month, the Transformational Jennie Washburn joins Talk With ME host, Marcia Epstein, for real life conversation. SelfCare, Fun, Expressing Expectations, Getting Involved in Community, & Goodness. This month our message is Have Fun In Community! Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician & a member of Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Pryor Transformation, Shift […]

Jennie Washburn, V.2017.5


Stacey Freedenthal has worked in the field of suicide prevention since 1994, when she first volunteered at a suicide prevention hotline. She is now an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, where she teaches courses on mental health assessment, counseling, and suicide risk assessment […]

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW of Speaking of Suicide