Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Please join us for our final Midwest Poetics Showcase hosted by artist and organizer glyneisha at Charlotte Street on Saturday, December 16, from 6:00-8:00 PM.

We will be celebrating the writings and performances of Kansas City-based multidisciplinary artists:

Laetitia Hohenberg
Kenia Lizet Balquier aka 2w33dy
and Melissa Ferrer

Not only does this mark the conclusion of Midwest Poetics for the year, but it also marks the completion of Lawson’s contract at Charlotte Street. With this completion, Mary will be leaving in gratitude for the space Charlotte Street has held for two years to honor and celebrate writers across disciplines through Midwest Poetics.




This year we worked with incredible writers across focus and discipline who taught us how to celebrate our unique voices, be uninhibited in our expression, listen to our bodies, reconsider arts writing, and explore the covenant of friendship. 

We thank our workshop leaders for being so generous with their brilliance and skill with us:

Sheri Purpose Hall
Jamaica Baldwin
Chad Onianwa

Event Details

Saturday, December 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM


Charlotte Street Stern Theater (3333 Wyoming St)



2W33DY (twee- dee) is the sound and song-writing project of Kenia Lizet Balquier, a small town guy in a big world. Their music ranges from psychedelic looping meditation to lyrical melody, something to surely write home about. Songs serve as time capsules in this project, lyric as the notes that molded away and aren’t so clear anymore.

Melissa Ferrer is a poet, organizer, educator, and musician living in Kansas City, MO. Rooted in the practical and the possible, their spoken word poems and songs are mostly responses to the world around her and their own internal journey.

Melissa received a Bachelor’s Degree in both Creative Writing and Italian from Florida State University. She has also received her Master’s of Education with a specialization in Urban Education from Park University. She was also long-listed for the Palette Poetry 2021 Emerging Poet Prize. They are a Charlotte Street Studio Resident and a Chrysalis Institute Alumnus.


Laetitia Hohenberg

Deeply informed by breakthroughs in feminism, I have been painting all of my life. Six years ago, I returned to dance, after a 25-year hiatus, and simultaneously took a deep dive into the moving image, creating sumptuous yet austere one-woman video pieces that encourage viewers to think in new and astonishing ways about the body in motion. Performance, dance, photography, painting, sculpture, film, poetry and sound are among the different mediums I use to question and explore the female condition. Sexuality, absence, tender madness, abandonment, seduction, solitude, and maternity are themes I visit with ambivalence, humor, and rhythm. I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, spending formative time with fellow artists William Eggleston, Lynn Sachs, Ira Sachs, and others. I received my B.F.A. at the Kansas City Art Institute. For the last 36 years, I lived and worked in Paris and moved back to the United States in July 2021.

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