Stacey Waite | Poet | VCC008

Stacey Waite joins me on this episode. Stacey is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and has published four collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny(winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press), and Butch Geography (Tupelo Press, 2013). Waite’s poems have been published most recently in The Cream City Review, Bloom, Indiana Review, and Black Warrior Review. Stacey is a coach and coordinator for the Nebraska Writers Collective Louder Than A Bomb program.


Stacey and I had a great time talking about her poetry, Nebraska Writers Collective, and gender issues. We talked in depth about how students lives are changed through the Nebraska Writers Collective Louder Than A Bomb program. Stacey also performs one of her poems at the end of the episode.


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Matt Mason | Poet | VCC 007

Matt Mason joins me on this episode. Matt Mason is from the Nebraska Writers Collective. Matt Mason has a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards. He was a finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet and organizes and runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana, and Belarus. He has over 200 publications in magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. His most recent book, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati, was released in 2013. Matt lives in Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown and Daughters Sophia and Lucia.

Matt and I talked in depth about two NWC programs - Louder than a Bomb Great Plains, a high school poetry slam program and Writer’s Block, a therapeutic writing program in prisons and juvenile facilities in Nebraska.

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Jake Runestad | Composer | VCC 006

Jake Runestad joins me on this episode. Jake Runestad is a well known choral composer and we talked about several of his compositions, many of which have to do with issues of social change. But we also had a very deep conversation about his composition, Please Stay. “Please Stay” is an anthem for hope — an attempt to destigmatize mental illness and challenge all of us to support those who are battling depression and thoughts of suicide.

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Michaela Miragliotta | ARTE | VCC 005

Michaela Miragliotta from the ARTE organization in New York City joins me on today’s episode. Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) is an organization that uses art, design, and technology to empower young people to develop creative solutions and bring awareness to local and global human rights challenges, fostering leadership opportunities to train and organize other young people in their own communities.


Michaela and I talk about the mission and vision of ARTE and about their Global Women Heroes project. If you are in NYC, make sure to check out the mural! The mural is located outside the Harlem Tavern at 2153 Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

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Watie White | Artist | VCC004

Watie White joins me on today’s show. This is part 2 of my interview with Watie White. Working as a painter, printmaker and public artist, Watie has been based in Omaha since 2006. Watie White’s site-specific social practice has led to large-scale public art projects with Omaha area nonprofits.

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