ArtspeakRadio National Poetry Month

ArtspeakRadio, Wednesday April 28, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd celebrates April as National Poetry Month with a stanza of poets. Featured poets include; José Faus, Waco Porter, Erin Adair Hodges, Octavio Quintanilla, Annette Billings, Andrew McIlvaine, Miguel Morales, Sarah Chavez, Perry Shephard, and Maryfrances Wagner.

MARYFRANCES WAGNER has taught creative and academic writing for over twenty years, taught workshops at all levels, served as President of The Writers Place and Secretary for KC Creates.  She is currently on the board of directors for The Writers Place and chairs TWP Programming Committee. She is co-editor of I-70 Review and co-edited Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers among others. She has published eight collections to include Salvatore’s Daughter, Red Silk (Thorpe Menn Book Award winner for literary excellence), Light Subtracts Itself (A KC Star Notable book of the year), Dioramas, The Silence of Red Glass, and The Immigrants’ New Camera. She has edited or co-edited several anthologies and also served as co-editor of New Letters Review of Books.
Wagner won the Thorpe Menn Book Award for Literary Excellence for Red Silk; Stanley Hanks contest for poetry and was the recipient of the Missouri Individual Artist of 2020.

PERRY L. SHEPARD is a Vietnam veteran who has written two novels: The Hero versus Me and Monkey Jo, and Hard Love. He co-wrote two plays in the anthology titled Annabelle. He won a second place award in the Eber and Wein’s Best American Poetry of 2013, an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest’ 84th annual Poetry Competition. He has been published in newspapers, college poetry collections and fanzines; He was a board member of (SMAG) South Mass Art Guild in Lawrence Kansas, and is the Vice President of the Kansas Author’s Club District No. 2.
Perry Shepard’s poetry compilation, A Rhythmic Electric Circus of Sound Part 66 (A.R. E.C.O.S Part 66), dives into the many aspects of his insights into human thought and experiences. Presented in a diverse colorful language, the reader is drawn in and compelled to see themselves in new and old ways.

HOLLY HAYDEN, Consulting artist, The New Single Terminal & Parking at KCI and JAMES MARTIN KCMO Public Art Administrator, General Services Department, Facilities & Architecture Division,
Holly Hayden is the Consulting Artist for the New Single Terminal and Parking at KCI project and Executive Director of Sike Style Industries.

Holly is an alumna of The Kansas City Art Institute and has been a part of the arts and design scene in Kansas City for over 20 years. After starting a design company with fellow graduates, Holly continued her freelance design career paired with event coordination and arts consulting, working with clients ranging from local artisans to fashion designers, television personalities, sports teams, touring bands, galleries, real estate developers, national brands and civic projects. She currently serves as the Vice President of Finance for AIGA KC and longtime member of the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City.

James Martin develops public policy for the City Coordinates the Municipal Art Commission’s role in City public art and building projects. Martin holds a Master’s degree in arts administration, art, art history, architecture, landscape architecture, construction community and capital construction project coordination.
The City of Kansas City Missouri, One Percent for Art at KCI: Concourses A & B, wall-based artwork Call For Artists RFP is now open, as of Monday April 19th, 2021.
Visit to view the Call for Artists link.

We recommend all artists attend or watch a recording of the Art at KCI Artist Infosessions, prior to applying for this Call. The Infosessions will discuss project details and expectations, how to apply step-by-step, and include Q&A time for artists to ask questions about the project.

RFPs are DUE June 18, 2021.

Please do not send portfolios or links directly to us. Applications will only be accepted through the platform. Creating a profile and applying is free.

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