ARTSPEAK RADIO with Miller, Lawson, and Furnish

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12noon – 1pm CSt, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with writers Pat Lawson, Patricia Cleary Miller, and Managing Editor BkMk Press Ben Furness.

PAT LAWSON is a retired community college English instructor. Her fiction and poetry have been published in many journals and in Why We Love Our Cats and Dogs (with Philip Miller). A collection of her stories, Odd Ducks, is forthcoming with BookMark Press this fall. She was an associate editor of The Same. Since 1999, she has coordinated a community garden in Kansas City, Kansas. She volunteers on the Riverfront Readings Committee and the Writers Place Program Committee.

PATRICIA CLEARY MILLER-BkMk Press has published two of Patricia Cleary Miller’s  poetry collections, “Starting a Swan Dive” and “Can You Smell the Rain?” She also wrote the local history, “Westport: Missouri’s Port of Many Returns” (Lowell Press) and the chapbook “Dresden” (Helicon Nine Editions), a small girl’s story of the 1945 Allied firebombing. As a professor of English at Rockhurst University, she taught creative writing and founded “The Rockhurst Review.” She was a founding member of The Writers Place, Poet Laureate of the Harvard Alumni Association, president of the Visiting Nurse Association, a poetry fellow at the Harvard/Radcliffe Bunting Institute.  Her poems narrate the confusion and delusions of characters seeking love, excitement, peace – in various wrong ways.

BEN FURNISH, Managing Editor BkMk Press- BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is an award-winning literary press that publishes an average of six titles a year and sponsors two annual publication awards for the best submitted book-length manuscript. KCAI students interning at BkMk Press work with Managing Editor Ben Furnish on every aspect of the publishing process, from editing to designing book covers. Furnish is a Lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute and has taught English courses at UMKC including British and American Literature.


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