ARTSPEAK RADIO Welcomes 2020 !!

Wednesday January 1, 2020- noon to 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes the new year with a bevy of talented writers/poets; Catherine Anderson, Huascar Medina, Robert Stewart, William Trowbridge, and Maryfrances Wagner.

CATHERINE ANDERSON- Released in 2019 of Fourth Full-length Collection of Poetry: Everyone I Love Immortal
Catherine Anderson’s most recent collection of poetry is Everyone I Love Immortal (Woodley Memorial Press, Washburn University). Other collections are Woman with a Gambling Mania (Mayapple Press), The Work of Hands (Perugia) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). She has received awards from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, The Crab Orchard Review and the I-70 Review. In 2019, she was a finalist for the Jake Adam York Auburn Witness Poetry Prize from the Southern Humanities Review. Of Anderson’s recent collection, biographer Linda Leavell has written: “Arising out of losses both personal and cosmic, these poems reach across distances—of language and time and of death and suffering—to achieve moments of ‘startling intimacy.’” Poet Denise Low writes of Everyone I Love Immortal: “Throughout this masterful collection are magic potions for journeys, love, and transforming loss. This master poet wields her powers beautifully.” Poems have also appeared recently in bosque, the Dunes Review, the Laurel Review and other journals. She lives in Kansas City where she works with new interpreters from the city’s immigrant communities.
For books, contact
Catherine Anderson, [email protected] or Woodley Memorial Press:

HUASCAR MEDINA 2019-2021 Poet Laureate of Kansas
The Poet Laureate of Kansas™ promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans. Huascar Medina presents readings and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.
Huascar is a poet, writer, and performer who lives in Topeka. He currently works as a freelance copywriter and as the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine publishing stories that spotlight literary and artistic events in northeast Kansas. His poems can be found in his collection How to Hang the Moon published by Spartan Press. He is the winner of ARTSConnect’s 2018 Arty Award for Literary Art. His forthcoming book Un Mango Grows in Kansas will be released in 2020.

ROBERT STEWART has won a National Magazine Award for editing, from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the magazine industry’s highest honor. He served as an editor for New Letters, a literary and art magazine, for 44 years, through 2020, the last 18 as editor-in-chief. He directed New Letters on the Air, a nationally syndicated literary radio program, and BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also taught poetry writing, magazine nonfiction writing, and magazine editing. His books include Working Class: poems (Stephen Austin University Press, 2018), The Narrow Gate: Writing, Art, & Values (essays from Serving House Books, 2014), Outside Language: Essays (Helicon Nine Editions, a finalist in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards for 2004; and winner of the 2004 Thorpe Menn Award), Plumbers (poems, BkMk Press revised 2nd edition 2017), and others. His essays on travel and language have appeared in The North American Review, Borderline and elsewhere; magazine feature articles have appeared in Ingram’s, The Kansas City Star, The New Art Examiner, E: The Environmental Magazine and other places. Poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Image Journal, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, I-70 Review, Miramar, Stand, Notre Dame Review, Literary Review and other magazines. Anthology editorships include Spud Songs: An Anthology of Potato Poems (benefit for hunger relief), Voices From the Interior: Missouri Poets, and Decade: Modern American Poets.

WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE-William Trowbridge’s eighth book of poetry, Oldguy: Superhero—The Complete Collection, came out from Red Hen Press in October. It’s a greatly expanded collection of the poems appearing in the 2016 Red Hen graphic chapbook Oldguy: Superhero. Trowbridge is a faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska Omaha Low-residency MFA in Writing Program and was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2016. For more information, see

MARYFRANCES WAGNER-Maryfrances Wagner’s books include Salvatore’s Daughter, Light Subtracts Itself, Red Silk , winner of the Thorpe Menn Book Award for Literary Excellence, Dioramas, Pouf, The Silence of Red Glass ,and The Immigrants’ New Camera. Poems have appeared in many literary magazines to include New Letters, Midwest Quarterly, Birmingham Review, Louisville Review, Laurel Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (Penguin Books), Literature Across Cultures (Pearson/Longman), Bearing Witness, The Dream Book, An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women (American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation), et. al. She co-edited with her husband Greg Field New Letters Review of Books and co-edited a number of anthologies including The Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers with David and Judy Ray. She has served as president of The Writers Place in Kansas City and currently chairs the TWP programming committee and co-edits I-70 Review. The Missouri Arts Council selected her as Independent Artist of 2020. She and her husband live with two rescued dogs named Sylvie Plath and Annie Sexton for their troubled pasts.


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