ARTSPEAK RADIO presents Poets, Printers, & Processors

Wednesday July 26, 2017
Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with poet Huascar Medina, Print League KC founders Ani Volkin & Michelle Dreher, writers Arlin Buyert and Adam Rhodes, and artist Neil Goss.

Huascar Medina 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 of Topeka’s Speak Easy Poetry Group and the Red Tail Collective in Lawrence. His first published poem appeared in HomeWords: A Project of former Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley. Huascar’s words can be found in Reverberated Echoes: A Kansas City Reader (Asinimali Publications) and Prompts! : A Spontaneous Anthology by the poets of Poetic Underground (39 West Press). How to Hang the Moon. His first published collection of work was published by Spartan Press in February 2017 as part of their POP! Poetry series. Follow Huascar at

Arlin Buyert and poet Adam Rhodes -Arts in Prison Inc. is a nonprofit founded in 1995 by Elvera Voth, a local music educator. The organization’s inaugural program, the East Hill Singers, comprises a group of male inmates who sing alongside volunteer community members. Art, theater and writing classes followed the choir’s formation, and today Arts in Prison is a comprehensive arts program serving several locations, including Lansing Correctional Facility, the Osawatomie Correctional Center and the Topeka Correctional Facility.
Arlin Buyert began singing with the East Hills Singers; four years ago, he was approached about a vacancy in the Arts in Prison poetry program. Buyert’s venture inside the Lansing Correctional Facility has progressed into more than simply working with incarcerated men 24 Thursday nights each year.

Ani Volkan, Michelle Dreher, & Angie Dreher- Print League KC Community Print Shop is a creative arts space offering affordable access to printmaking equipment as well as a variety of fun and educational workshops. Print League KC, founded by Ani Volkan, Angie and Michelle Dreher, is a community print shop allowing artists and art enthusiasts access to printmaking equipment, an open work space, and classes.
Print League KC 3121 Gillham Rd. KCMO

Upcoming event: Paper Marbling Workshop Saturday July 29 at 1pm with Kim Foster
Learn the basics of paper marbling. Workshop includes all necessary supplies to include ink, paper, and materials. Participants must be 18 or older. Ask about education discounts for schools, student groups, etc.

Ani Volkan
Director of Print League KC. Master Trail Runner. Family History Enthusiast. Armenian Storyteller. Intaglio Printmaker. Loquacious Professor with a Printmaking MFA.

Michelle Dreher
Expert Linocutter. Letterpress Printmaker Extraordinaire. Marvelous Molder of Young Minds. Coffee Lover. Quiet Extrovert. Two Tone Press Owner. KCAI Graduate.

Angie Dreher
Art Dabbler. Sci-Fi/Fantasy Nerd. World Traveler. Loud Introvert. Purveyor of Accidental Antics. Spreadsheet Aficionado with a Business Degree.

Neil Goss lives in Eudora, KS where he focuses his art on Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design (Textiles and Ceramics) from the University of Kansas SOTA. He has been dedicated to researching sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving, utilizing hand-dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has taught workshops, installed public art and presented artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist, artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation & teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Instagram – @backstrapweaver


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