People don't often think about preserving the valuable things they own on paper until it's too late. But when that time comes, one Kansas City man is often able to help. Mark Stevenson is used to seeing paper in every state of disrepair. A professional paper conservator, he has spent the past 25 years restoring prints for prestigious museums both large, such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , and and small like The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard.
Annette Billings says poetry isn’t about precious kittens and pretty flowers. Rather, she says, the form often calls for much harder, more controversial subject matter. “Sometimes I feel compelled to write about a murder,” she says, “or a woman who’s living in a domestic violence environment.”