Spartan Press: Purveyor of Poetry

Of the literary arts, poetry is perhaps the least understood yet the most appreciated. And the range of contemporary works is vast, from the plainspoken musings of Billy Collins to


Marching Toward the Singularity

Artists have engaged technology to aid and enhance their creations at least since the Renaissance and possibly as early as prehistoric times. Consider, for example, David Hockney’s book “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters” or Penn & Teller’s documentary “Tim’s Vermeer.”

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Artist to Watch: Yetunde Felix-Ukwu

When Yetunde Felix-Ukwu earned her degree from the UMKC graduate theatre program a year ago, she had plenty of professional exposure under her belt as well as appearances in student plays. In “Secret Soldiers” at The Coterie, Felix-Ukwu played four characters: Harriet Tubman, Civil War Nurse Hughes, Mary Lewis/William Kemp and a barmaid.

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Honors: Maryfrances Wagner

Maryfrances Wagner has established a national reputation through her poetry, but her latest accolade is one from the heartland. The Independence-based poet is the recipient of a 2020 Missouri Arts Award — an honor that recognizes individuals, organizations and communities that have made significant contributions to the state’s cultural and artistic life.

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Tom Toro’s Take, March/April 2020

Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times,” “Harvard Business Review” and “Audubon,” among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Marissa Wolf, artistic director of Portland Center Stage at the Armory.

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