Artspeak Radio + National Poetry Month

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, April 6, 2022, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes poets for National Poetry Month, Kēvin Callahan, Mary Silwance, Dr. Marcia L. Hurlow, Jason Ryberg, Jenny Molberg, Cassandra Rodenbaugh, Summer Payton, and Havilah Barnett.

National Poetry Month
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.
Thanks in part to our National Poetry Month partners and sponsors, each April the Academy is able to offer activities, initiatives, and resources so that anyone can join the celebration:
• Order (for free) and display the official 2022 National Poetry Month poster
• Read about 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month online and at home
• Read about 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month in the classroom
• Join the Academy of American Poets for its virtual Poetry & the Creative Mind gala on April 28
• Find online poetry readings and events on our Poetry Near You calendar, and add your own
• Encourage students in grades five through twelve to participate in the 2022 Dear Poet Project
• Sign up for Poem-a-Day and enjoy a free daily poem in your inbox, in April 2022 curated by award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye
• Follow the thousands of celebrations taking place on social media with the official hashtag #NationalPoetryMonth and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter and Instagram @POETSorg
• Share a #PocketPoem on Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 29
• Make a gift to the Academy of American Poets

MARY SILWANCE is an Egyptian immigrant living in Kansas City. She mothers three daughters who daily inspire her to evolve. Her career trajectory has taken many paths, ranging from English teacher to farmhand. Writing however has been a constant avocation. Mary is an award-winning internationally published poet active in Kansas City’s writing scene, serves on the editorial team of Kansas City Voices and conducts writing workshops. Further, Mary blogs and facilitates workshops on our ecological situation from an intersectional perspective. In fact, Mary will be hosting a discussion with the Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition on Monday, April 11. You can find Mary at, where you’ll also be able to access her writing and other upcoming events.

KĒVIN CALLAHAN – Kēvin’s philosophy is simple: Composition, Story, Elegant Line.
If you find the elegant line, your work will be lyrical.
Kēvin’s journey through the art world has been long and fruitful, beginning as an award-winning undergrad. Over the many years that have followed, he has participated in numerous art shows across the USA. Including Des Moines, Philadelphia area, San Diego, Chicago, New Jersey, and Kansas City area. His awards include works in painting, sculpture, graphic design, journalism, and poetry. Also, he spent thirty years working pro bono in schools and Boys and Girls Clubs conducting artist-in-residence programs with children from third grade through high school.
Kēvin produces work in various mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, crafts, and writing (prose and poetry). A graduate of Drake University, where he studied painting under Jules Kirschenbaum. Then at a Painting Intensive at the San Francisco Art Institute, with world-renowned Israeli artist Larry Abramson. He continued his studies at the Ox-Bow School of the Art Institute Chicago under Phil Hanson and Michelle Grabner. Michelle was co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Museum Biennial and curator of the 2016 Portland Biennial.
His award-winning art hangs in collections throughout the United States and in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and Israel. He has self-published one novel and two collections of short stories. Flying Ketchup Press published his book Road Map, Poems, Paintings, & Stuff in 2019. His art, stories, and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies
He currently works and resides with his wife in Parkville, MO, and both of his sons are accomplished artists.

DR. MARCIA L. HURLOW, Vice President of Whispering Prairie Press.  Marcia founded the creative writing, journalism and TESL programs at Asbury University.  She is a two-time recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship for Poetry. Her first full-length poetry collection, Anomie, won the Edges Prize at WordTech.  Her five chapbooks also won competitions to be published: Aliens Have Intercepted My Brain Waves, Dangers of Travel, A Tree Ogham, Green Man in Suburbia, and Brushstrokes on Water.  More than 300 of her poems, stories and creative non-fiction pieces have appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Muse/A, Meniscus, Malahat Review, Virga, Chicago Review, Bloomsbury Review, Zone 3, River Styx, Sycamore Review, Poetry Wales, Stand, Nimrod and Poetry East, among others. After retiring in June 2019, she continues to give presentations at literary conferences, to consult with aspiring writers, and to judge literary competitions across the U.S.

JASON RYBERG is the author of nine books of poetry,six screenplays, a few short stories, several angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors, and a box full of folders, notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel.
He is currently an artist-in-residence at The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and an aspiring b-movie actor. His latest collections of poems are “Motel, Diner, Liquor” and “Beauty Parlors, Train Yards And
Everything In Between” (both available from Spartan Press, 2014) He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with a rooster named Little Red and a billygoat named Giuseppe. Feel free to look up his skirt at

Jenny Molberg, PHD, Director, Pleiades Press, Co-Editor in Chief, Pleiades, Associate Professor Department of English and Philosophy University of Central Missour, Molberg is the author of three poetry collections: Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017), Refusal (LSU Press, 2020), and The Court of No Record (forthcoming from LSU Press, 2023). She edited the Unsung Masters book, Adelaide Crapsey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Longleaf Writers Conference. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, VIDA, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, The Adroit Journal, Oprah Quarterly, and other publications. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and co-edits Pleiades magazine. She is also the faculty sponsor for Arcade Magazine, the UCM undergraduate literary journal, which is edited by the students who join her on air today. Find her online at or on Twitter at @jennymolberg, and stay tuned for information about her book tour for The Court of No Record in 2023!

Jenny Molberg PHD and students Cassandra Rodenbaugh, Summer Payton, and Havilah Barnett join us on Artspeak Radio.


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