Wednesday June 14, 2017
Producer/host of ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with poet Jim Khan, artist Lynn Benson, writer Wayne Courtois plus author C.L. Cattano.
Jim Khan lives in Overland Park and has published poems in Number One Magazine, Wittenberg Review of Literature and Arts, Pharaohs, Unlikely Stories (#BlackArtMatters September, 2016), Read Local (2016), Rigorous (Jan 2017), Rat’s Ass Review (Mar 2017) and the chapbooks Paean for Billy Collins (Calliope Club Press, 2017) and NanoText (Medusa’s Laugh Press, February 2017). The author is slated for shufPoetry, Clockwise Cat, Issue 36 (2017) and I-70 Review (September 2017).
Lynn Benson was born not far from the Atlantic Ocean and raised in the US heartland. She’s always felt a tug to be near water…a primary focus in her current work. She left the corporate world in 2010 in order to work full-time as an artist in the Kansas City region, establishing her studio near the confluence of Kansas City’s major rivers, where her work explores the meandering lines of rivers and shorelines worldwide, and the delicate balancing act of our current natural and political world. Benson has had a solo exhibition, “Acid Wash: Playing with Consequences” at Kansas City’s Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, as well as a solo show, “Sidetrip,” at Kiosk Gallery, and a 2015 solo exhibition at the Kansas City Design Center, “Waterplaces: 100 Works on Paper,” a project which won her a month-long artist residency (“Escape to Create”) on the Gulf of Mexico, and an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council.The Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, recently purchased Waterplaces for their permanent collection, to be unveiled within a solo show at the museum in the spring of 2018.
Writer Wayne Courtois & author C. L. Cattano talk about The Celebration of Queerness, Friday, June 16th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Writers Place at 3607 Pennsylvania KCMO. Street parking is available on Pennsylvania. Suggested donation at the door and refreshments will be provided. BongoTini from Lawrence will be performing before and after the reading.
Kelly Barth Kelly Barth lives on very little money in a very small house with her partner Lisa Grossman in Lawrence, Kansas. She was a fiction fellow in the University of Montana’s creative writing program and has received fellowships from the Missouri Arts Council and the Kansas Arts Commission. Her work has been published in anthologies and literary journals, most recently Coal City Review, Literary Bird Journal, Muse & Stone, and Parcel. Her memoir My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus was named one of the top 10 spirituality books of 2012 by Library Journal.
C. L. Cattano
Wayne Courtois is author of the memoir A Report from Winter. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many anthologies and journals; his poetry appears in Assaracus, Chelsea Station, and Hibernation and Other Poems by Bear Bards. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his husband, author and translator Ralph Seligman.
LuAnn Fox is a twenty-year area high school English teacher and former high school bowling coach. She presents at national and regional educational conferences, is a College Board consultant, and is a Fellow of The Greater Kansas City Writing Project. She works with metro area youth shaping the KC Storytellers, coaching students to tell their stories that break down divides. She is a panelist on KCUR’s weekly podcast No Wrong Answers, where teachers talk about school topics. She is an aspiring writer and aficionado of spoken word events in the metro.
David Wayne Reed is an actor and writer. He has written and directed eight plays, including: Mother Trucker (2004), Mother Trucker 2: Ride On (2011) and Jolly Rancher (2012). Reed has been an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant recipient and a Resident Artist at the Fishtank Performance Studio.