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Artspeak Radio

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ARTSPEAK RADIO is a live radio program on KKFI that airs every Wednesday at noon. Host Maria Vasquez Boyd serves up information about the visual and literary arts community including live interviews with artists, writers, and performers. 

Past guests on ARTSPEAK Radio include the following individuals and organizations. Scribe, Bernie Koehrson, The Writers Place, Jose Faus, Carol Kariotis, Lisa Cordes, Shawn Pavey, Main Street Rag, Tara Varney, Glenn North, Matt Jacobs, David Rhoades, Damon Lee Patterson, Jill Downen, Greg Patterson, Seth Johnson, William Peck, Jared Flaming, 2013 Verses and Voices, Mary Ann Haenni, Judith Towse, Molly Kaderka, Norma Cantu, The Artists for Life Project, Darryl Chamberlain, Bluest Aye, Jennifer Leigh Coates, Missi Rasmussen, Alex R. Carpernter, Skye Livingston, Michele Johnson, Justin Beachler, Carla Malone Steck, Janet and Stan Banks, Mark Allen, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Angela Cervantes, Geo Sipp, Daniel Shea, Meghan Henry, Kansas City Public Library, Dr. Phong Nguyen, Tracy Abeln, Julia Cole, The Riverfront Reading, Phyllis Becker, Carl Bettis, Eve Ott, Patricia Lawson, and Silvia Kofler, Thomas Cobian, Sean Starowitz, Carrie Riehl, Emily Kenyon, Summer Osborn, Jen Harris, Woodneath Library, Andie Paloutzian, Jorge Garcia Almodovar, Diego Chi, Ahram Park, Lindsey Martin-Bowen, Sara Miss Conception Glass, Tommy Frank, Rhiannon Ross, Michele Pond, David Arnold Hughes, Sharon Eiker, Madeline Gallucci, Patrick Alexander, Eric Dobbins, Luis Garcia, Cory Imig, Jeanette Powers, Lauren Sobchak, Ari Fish, Miguel M. Morales, Sofiana Olivera, m.o.i. (aka the minister of information, aka Don Wilikson) Sarah Starr, Maril Crabtree, Stephen Roth, and Dave Dalton, Melaney Mitchell, Bobby Howsare, Sandra Moran, Front/Space, Don Simon, Chance Wolf, Suzanne Gladney, MaryFrances Wagner, Greg Field, Jane Booth, Suze Ford Fernandez, David Wayne Reed, Lorenzo Collado, Jessy Terrero, Petra & Kester Horn-Marsh, Eve Brackenbury, Brandon Forrest Frederick, MyArts, Adam Goldberg, Deana Bellamaganya, Ryan Teney, Mihn Du Pha, Eric Lindquist, Jenny Mendez, Teresa Magel, Sarah Hyde-Schmiedeler, Deborah Shouse, Ron Zoglin, Nicole Emanuel, Adam Finkelston, Jay Meara, Danny Orendorf, Laura Isaac, Whispering Prairie Press, Jessica Conoley, Pat Daneman, Marianne Getchell, and Annie Raab.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO Creatively Speaking
June 21, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Josie Mai Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO, Margaret Hoang Maker Faire Kansas City Producer, photographer Sharon Rodriguez, and Bill Sundahl KKFI Special Events Coordinator.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Jim Khan, Lynn Benson, Wayne Courtois, and C.L. Cattano
June 14, 2017 | 12:00 pm

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.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO 2017 Pledge Drive
June 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm

2017 KKFI Pledge Drive is happening now!!

ARTSPEAK RADIO is entering its' 5th year-iif you tune in weekly, download posdcasts, listen online, if you learn about new and exciting opportunities happening in the creative community, enjoy listening to one of the many guests featured weekly on ARTSPEAK RADIO then call 888-931-0901 to pledge your support. Online pledges are simple, just go to and show us your support for YOUR community radio station.

It's time for you to support this on air arts program that gives local artists, spoken word poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, arts educators, museums, arts organizations, and so many more the opportunity to discuss their art, chapbooks, events, openings, performances, innovations, and submissions for artistic opportunities.


Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO Maria Vasquez Boyd, talks with poet/writer Annette Billings, Kreshaun McKinney Educator, Audience Engagement & Sarah Hyde Schmiedeler Francis Family Foundation Educator, Family Programs & Events for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, artist/musician Jen Appel, and spoken word poet Sheri Hall.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO 4 Writers 10 Minutes
May 31, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Wednesday May 31, 2017

Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd delves into the minds of 4 very creative individuals; Jessica Boydston aka Boris Tudeth, Sheri Hall, Mauricio Miranda, and Deborah Jones as they perform a 10-15

minute play, monologue or spoken word specially written for radio. The work is all original and may be provocative, shameless, wacky, political, off the wall, confessional, and unexpected.

Please tune Wednesday May 31, noon to 1pm CST only on 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio. Listen online


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ARTSPEAK RADIO Artfully Speaking
May 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Wednesday May 24, 2017
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Merrit Benz, Cristina Mũniz, Adam Long, Kevin King,Vicki Vodrey, & Pete Bakely.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Kar Woo, MG Salazar, Mike Lyon, Kelly Powell, & Gershon May 17, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Wednesday May 17, 2017 Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with activist Kar Woo, writer MG Salazar, artist Mike Lyon, and photographer Kelly Powell.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO – Film, Art, Music, & Ghosts
May 10, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Wednesday May 10, 2017

Host/producer for ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with performer/storyteller Becky Ray, musician/poet Surewood, filmaker Monica Espinoza, and artists Anson The Ornery and Cydney Ross.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO- Mattie Rhodes, Hammerspace, & Weinberger Fine Art
May 3, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with John Fierro & Jenny Mendez with Mattie Rhodes Center, Dave Dalton with Hammerspace, and the Weinberger Fine
Arts Gallery.

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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Riverfront Readings
April 26, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Host/producer for ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd invited members of Kansas City's Riverfront Readings; Eve Ott, Pat Lawson, Silvia Kofler, Randy Ratliff, Rhiannon Ross, and Carl Bettis to write, recite, and discuss poems that reflect their views, opinions, and observations about politics. Recorded at Inkling's Bookstore and Coffeeshop iin Blue Springs, the writers shared, relfected, and discussed their work round robin style.

Many thanks to Eve Brackenbury, owner of Inkling's Bookstore and Coffeeshop for opening her doors to a lovely group of writers!

The Riverfront Readings series of poetry and fiction readings was started in Kansas City, Missouri in 1986 by Philip Miller and Donn Blevins. In those days, the location actually was in the Riverfront area, in the Kansas City Artists Coalition space. Now they are held at The Writers Place in midtown and in other Kansas City locations.

Regular Riverfront readings are usually on the second Friday of the month, starting at 8:00 PM. For specific information, see the Riverfront Readings Calendar.
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ARTSPEAK RADIO with Poetry Throwdown, Powers, & Wormwood Collective
April 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Jessica Ayala, Jameson Bayles, Shawn Pavey, Jeanette Powers, Monique Salazar, and Wormwood Collective.

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Maria Vasquez Boyd | Email me

Maria Vasquez Boyd is a writer, painter, illustrator, radio producer and a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective.

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