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The Speakeasy presents poets Lesley Day (STL) and Huascar Medina!

February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lesley Day is the author of the poetry collections Authenticity, The Absence of Light, and her forthcoming collection, IMPACT – A Woman’s Story from Surviving to Living from Ink Soul Publishing, as well as the Love Me Don’t Leave Me poetry collection that was written in collaboration with the Love Me Don’t Leave Me painting series by artist Leisa Collins. Day has been published in several anthologies, and has had multiple articles published in online magazines.

Day is known for her powerful spoken voice on stage, and her raw, authentic, and at times heart-wrenching poetry that exposes the darkness and passions that live deep within. Although poetry is her main passion, Day is also a writer of children’s literature, personal essays, articles, fiction, and non-fiction. Her writing expands over multiple topics, but more than anything, her writing encompasses the chaos of her mind, and the passions of her soul.

When she’s not camping on the river, hiking trails, traveling around the world, swimming in oceans, climbing mountains, or taking cross country road trips, Day spends most of her days juggling the complete chaos that comes with writing, publishing, working multiple jobs, and most of all, raising two sassy little girls and one silly little pupkid.

She travels all around performing her poetry, but her home is in a small town in Missouri, where she lives with her little misfit family.

Huascar Medina Poet Laureate Emeritus and Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow is a second-generation immigrant living in the Heartland exploring the boundaries between identity and location. His work focuses on cultural empathy, class structures, and diasporic longing and belonging. A father, celebrated poet, editor, artist advocate, and arts administrator, Huascar has lived artfully in Kansas for over twenty years.

He is the Literary Editor for seveneightfive magazine, a staff editor at South Broadway Press, an op-ed writer at Kansas Reflector, the founder of wordssavelives.org, and co-founder of latinidad.us. He is the author of How to Hang the Moon (Spartan Press) and Un Mango Grows in Kansas (Spartan Press). His words have appeared on bathroom walls, bar napkins, in museums and art galleries, on his mother’s fridge, in botanical gardens, graffiti alleyways, high school textbooks, in songs, as last-minute epitaphs, wedding vows, and in the form of forgiveness without a prayer in sight. His work has been published in the Green Mountains Reviews, Flint Hills Review, Kansas Magazine, Latino Book Review, New York Times, and elsewhere.


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210 West 19th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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