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


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, Tor.com,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



Deesha is a writer and editor based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is intrinsic to The Bridge Series www.facebook.com/pghbridgeseries started by Kristofer Collins and Jason Baldinger in January 2017. Deesha is the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. […]

Deesha Philyaw


Mugabi Augustine Ateenyi Olatokumbo Byenkya was born in Nigeria to Ugandan parents and has spent his life living across Africa, Asia and North America. Mugabi is a writer, poet and rapper who has honed his craft through writing workshops, poetry slams, cyphers and open mics across North America and East […]

Mugabi Byenkya, Poet, Writer & Rapper



Each month, Jennie joins Talk With ME host, Marcia Epstein, for real life conversation. Our 9/15 conversation included: Solitude, Community, Boundaries, Communication, & Kindness to Self & Others. 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 […]

The Transformational Jennie Washburn V.2017.09


Rick is an artist, writer, poet, voice talent, storyteller, and spoken word performer. His work is whimsical at times, but often painfully real. His writing is best described as a li’l bit Steve Allen, Dr. Seuss, Benny Hill and Dory Previn. Topics may be silly (a wee bit “stand-up-y”) morality […]

Rick Stasi, Writer & Artist



Heath is a native of York, PA and attended Temple University. He is the co-editor of Into the Void Magazine (winner of the 2017 Saboteur Award for Best Magazine) as well as a Best of the Net Nominee. Although he has been writing his entire life, he began submitting his […]

Heath Brougher, Poet & Editor


Kendall lives and writes in Southern New Jersey. His poetry has been recently published in Edison Literary Review and Yellow Chair Review. He was nominated for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net collection in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He is the author of twenty one chapbooks. His […]

Kendall A. Bell, Poet



Poets Annette Hope Billings & Diane Silver share and inspire hope through their writing and performances. They also provide “Harvest: A Workshop on Finding and Sustaining Hope” in the Topeka-Lawrence-Kansas City area. Through journaling, discussion, and inspirational readings from their own works, Annette and Diane lead participants through a reconsideration […]

Harvest Hope with Poets Annette Billings & Diane Silver


Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Scott serves as an editor for The Peregrine Muse and Novelmasters. He has been […]

Scott Thomas Outlar, V.2017.08.31



Ronda enjoys wandering the high plateau of northwest Kansas where the Arikaree Breaks whisper late into the sunset and scream into blizzards & thunderstorms. She is District President & State Vice President for Kansas Authors Club. As a life coach, she specializes in working with those who have lost someone […]

Ronda Miller, V.2017.08.29


Jan aka Janet Stotts aka Janet Jenkins-Stotts is a late blooming author of both poetry and prose. She published her first novel “The Orchid Garden” in 2015, and the e-book is available on Amazon. Jenkins-Stotts lives in Topeka, Kansas with Stan, her husband, and Romeo, their miniature pinscher. When not […]

Janet Jenkins-Stotts



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