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


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

Ronda Miller, Poet of Life


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. Jennie is a Licensed Esthetician & a member of Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Pryor Transformation, Shift 2 Degrees, Lawrence Women’s Network, & One Hundred Good […]

Jennie Washburn, V.2017.3



Photos, journals, and poetry ARE memories, for people who have experienced brain trauma or other memory disorders.. Writer Julie Unruh is one of those people. Julie and partner Oliver A. Hall co-founded Global Green Publications, producing books and films. March 2017 they released the book “Silence,” with poetry & photography […]

Julie Unruh, Writer & Activist


Matt lives in upstate New York with his wife and daughter. A collection of his poems, The Ship Is Sinking, is available from Epic Rites Press. His fiction and poetry have appeared in a variety of places, both print and online. Yep, that about covers it. Well, to clarify… “upstate […]

Matt Galletta, Writer of Poetry & More



Misti is the author of Bullshit Rodeo, on Epic Rites Press, and several other novels & poetry collections. Misti’s most recent chapbook is No Guns No Knives No Disco Biscuits, creative nonfiction flash published in 2016 by DevilHouse Press. Misti resides in rural Texas with her ex-husband and their son. […]

Misti Rainwater-Lites, Writer & Visual Artist


Dennis Etzel, Jr. lives with Carrie and the boys in Topeka, Kansas where he teaches English at Washburn University. He has an MFA from The University of Kansas, &an MA & Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies from KS State U. He has two chapbooks, The Sum of Two […]

Kevin Rabas & Dennis Etzel, Jr., Writers & Friends



Diane Silver is a writer, political activist, & spiritual seeker who speaks about hope & an atheist’s faith to a variety of audiences. She has served as communications director for a candidate for Congress, a press secretary in a gubernatorial campaign, championed equality for LGBTQ people in bright red Kansas, […]

Diane Silver: Writer & Political Activist


Jillian is Co-Producer, with Emily Holloman, of the dance performance, Elementum Show on March 10-11, 2017 at Kansas University. Jillian is currently a student of Dance at KU, heading toward a career as a Choreographer. She has studied both dance & tumbling since the age of 5; and has many […]

Jillian Armstrong, Dancer-Choreographer-Student



Taurean 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 Activism in Oscars Speeches […]

Taurean LaCharles, Actor, V.2017, No.2


Matt rambles around the Pacific Northwest, except when he’s ramblin’ around New Orleans. He is co-founder of Six Ft. Swells Press, which specializes in After Hours poetry. He has been published in numerous collections & his own books of poetry including The Coast Is Clear (Six Ft. Swells Press) & […]

Matt Amott, Poet-Musician-Painter-Photographer-Publisher-Wanderer



About Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards, KS Weather Is…, Transformations 2017, One Hundred Good Women, Death Is…, & more. All with love & laughter! One Hundred Good Women Accessories Exchange – 2/26 Sunday the 26th 1-4pm at Eagles Lodge #309, 1803 W. 6th www.facebook.com/events/1747736208888948/ Find Jennie & friends-family out & […]

Transformational Jennie Washburn, V.2017.2


Jay is a 33 year broadcast radio & television veteran on-air personality, voice-over artist & station manager. Jay moved to Lawrence in 2011 to be the General Manager of KLWN & its related stations. He founded LawrenceHits.com in 2013 as a community based Oldies radio station that focuses on growing […]

Jay Wachs, Founder & Owner of LawrenceHits.com



Since 1970 John Yamrus has published 25 volumes of poetry and 2 novels. He exploded onto the national poetry scene after winning the prestigious Wakefield Poetry Prize. He has had more than 1,800 poems published in print magazines around the world. Selections of his poetry have been translated into several […]

John Yamrus, Poet of Pennsylvania


Huascar has lived artfully in Topeka, Kansas since 2001. His hometown was San Antonio, TX but he does not miss things that do not fit in his ticket pocket. Huascar’s work encompasses deep imagery and metaphor. His time is well spent performing theater, singing and writing. He is a member […]

Huascar Medina, Poet-Playwright-Actor-Singer-Artist



In life and in writing, Raphael highlights the beauty in people and places; beauty that might otherwise be missed. He has received a Pushcart nomination and is a recipient of the Stanley Hanks Award. His poetry appears in Likestarlings, U City Review, Vending Machine Press, Split Lip, and other publications. […]

Raphael Maurice, poet, teacher, translator


Jessica says her life is an open book these days. She is a Writer of Words, a Live-er of Life, a Lover of Friends-Family. She adores Macey Webb, reading, music and nature. And is a self-described “dirty hippie.” Jess is also a person receiving treatment for cancer. She is an […]

Jessica Elise, Spoken Word Poet



Bree is a poet, memoirist, visual artist and upstart living in the farmland of Pleasureville, KY, by way of Cleveland, OH. Her Green Panda Press has put out hand-made anthologies, chapbooks and ephemera since 2001. In 2015 she began Least Bittern Books which turns out paperbacks by poets with strong, […]

Bree, Writer and Visual Artist


Jameson is a writer by trade, a writer by profession. From his Kansas City home base, he travels a lot in an effort to keep the Muse happy and entertained, finding the small hideaways most intriguing. He is a Roving Correspondent for Poetrybay http://www.facebook.com/poetrybay.1152611418123138 and the Co-Curator for the April […]

Jameson Bayles, Poet, Correspondent, Poetry Advocate



Ashley is the 2016 winner of the Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Prize. She an essayist & mental health advocate specializing in suicide prevention & obsessive-compulsive disorder education. On Twitter @OCDwrangler On Instagram OCDwrangler Her personal blog documenting her experience as a self-proclaimed “OCD wrangler” is http://TheBraveOnes.org/ Dese’Rae is […]

Ashley Loftin & Dese’Rae L. Stage: Writers, Suicide Prevention Advocates ...


Rudy is a public speaker, writer, and vlogger who shares his story of living with bipolar. He travels the country to work with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Project Semicolon, This is My Brave, and Active Minds. Interviewed for the Fall 2016 edition of BP Magazine. Creates video content […]

Rudy Caseres, Mental Health Advocate