Stephen Meats, Steve Penn and Ekere Tallie

Stephen Meats has published one book of poems, Looking for the Pale Eagle, and a mixed- genre book of poems and stories, Dark Dove Descending and Other Parables. His poems and stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Kansas Quarterly, The Quarterly, Tampa Review, Laurel Review, and Blue Unicorn, and in the recent anthologies of Kansas poets Begin Again and To the Stars Through Difficulties. He has served as poetry editor of The Midwest Quarterly since 1985. 

Former columnist for the Kansas City Star Steve Penn received four media awards from the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists and the 2007 Journalism Leadership Award from the United Minority Media Association. Penn and a local activist were instrumental in solving the 2001 “Precious Doe” murder case. He is also the founder and chairman of the Coda Jazz Fund, a non-profit organization that pays for funeral and burial expenses of Kansas City area jazz musicians.

Writer, educator, and performer Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie's work deals with silence, sexism and racism, and has been published in Crab Orchard Review; BOMB; Paris/Atlantic; Go, Tell Michelle; Listen Up!; and Revenge and Forgiveness. Tallie’s work has been the subject of a short film I Leave My Colors Everywhere. Her first collection of poetry, Karma’s Footsteps, was released in September of 2011. She  is the poetry editor of African Voices and the recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. 

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