St. Louis Poetry Center

Our Mission

Our passion for poetry guides us to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the infinite possibilities of the written word. We conduct workshops, contests, outreach programs and readings to promote poetry in the community.

Fall Poetry Readings and LIT IN THE LOU

The Fall Newsletter is coming soon!  Request it by email at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Observable Readings returns September 8 at Llywelyns Pub, 7:30pm

Jessica Baran and David Daniels start the series.  See the Observable webpage for bios.

second friday notes: September 13, 2014

Whole Foods Market Cafe, Town and Country location, Woods Mill and Clayton Roads, 7 pm free.

Mazare Rogers and Linda O'Connell read with musical guest, Keyboardist, Bradley Ellebrecht.  See bios on the Readings page.

Poetry at the Point: September 23, 2014

The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, 63143, doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm.

Poets William Trowbridge, Steven Schroeder, Stefene Russel, and Philip Gounis, see the Readings page for bios.

LIT in the LOU is launched and will soon take over in the Delmar Loop.

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Grab your pen and circle October 10 - 12 on your calendar.  A "new" book festival is arriving.  The Saint Louis Literary Consortium is deep into planning the first book festival in 4 years, and calling it "Lit in the Lou."  It will focus on local, regional and native St. Louis writers (poets included here), and present 50 (at the very least) writers and their work.  "Lit in the Lou' will be in the Delmar Loop, not with a closed-to-traffic approach, but a "come to the Loop and celebrate the Lou" concept.  The festival style portion on Saturday will be in Ackert Walkway and Park, which connects to Delmar at the Chuck Berry statue next to Fitz's, and across from Blueberry Hill.  This community park is the perfect site for vendors/exhibitors, speaker tents and an open-air book store (run by the Independent Bookstore Alliance).  Top-shelf speakers include Elaine Viets, Ridley Pearson, Ann Leckie, Pinckney Benedict, William Trowbridge, Walter Bargen, David Clewell, Jane Ellen Ibur, Sally Van Doren, Richard Newman (and as many other poets as yours-truly can fit into workshops and panels).  Every hour you can choose from two Author Tents (adult, youth) and 3 or 4 Writers Workshops.  Have FUN!  Vendor/exhibitor contracts are here The full schedule, including a Friday night cocktail benefit party and Sunday workshops, collaborations and panels throughout the Delmar Loop, will be posted here soon.  We are 8 weeks out and working hard.  Volunteers are needed now and during the event.  Contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see how you can contribute, today.     N. Hughes, Executive Director SLPC  08/15/2014

The Saint Louis Literary Consortium is a literary arts collaborative.  Founding members are St. Louis Poetry Center, St. Louis Writers Guild, PenUltimate Press, Blank Slate Press, Walrus Publishing.  Membership is open to all orgs and businesses, once our non-profit status clears.  Join us in the planning now, (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). also see

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The Fall starts off with Extraordinary Poets

Observable Readings: September 8, 2014:

Llywelyn's Pub, 4747 McPherson, upstairs (no elevator), 7:30 pm, donations welcome

Jessica Baran is the author of two poetry collections: Equivalents (Lost Roads, 2013 - winner of the Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Prize) and Remains to Be Used (Apostrophe Books, 2010). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Aufgabe, BOMB Magazine, the Boston Review, the Denver Quarterly and Harp & Altar, among other journals. She teaches at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and is the director of fort gondo compound for the arts.

David J. Daniels is the author of Clean, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize, and two chapbooks, Breakfast in the Suburbs and Indecency, which won the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. He teaches in the University Writing Program at the University of Denver. His recent work appears in Boston Review, Pleiades, Indiana Review, and Kenyon Review.

Poetry at the Point: September 23, 2014,

The Focal Point, at 2720 Sutton, 63143.  handicap accessible.

Philip Gounis  began to host and produce “Verbatim”, a monthly showcase of poetry and music on KCLC FM radio in 1976. In the 1980s, Gounis contributed to the work of the Soulard Culture Squad, which performed throughout the Soulard area of St. Louis. He co-founded a magazine of politics and popular culture, Steamshovel Press. In 2005, Intangible Studios released the CD, Form Matters on which Gounis collaborated with musician Rich Kruse. He has published two chapbooks of poetry: Some Of These Have Appeared and Upgrading the Allusion.

Stefene Russell is St. Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor and a member of Poetry Scores (, an arts collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including visual art, music, and food. She is a former co-editor of 52nd City and Princesstårta literary magazines, and her work has appeared in Otis Nebula, The Lumberyard, Bad Shoe, and The Curator. Her books include Go South for Animal Index (2007) and Inferna.

Steven D. Schroeder’s second book, The Royal Nonesuch, won the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University. His poetry is recently available or forthcoming from Barrow Street, The Journal, and Crab Orchard Review. His poems have also appeared by invitation in public transportation, city parks, and business waiting rooms. He serves as co-curator for Observable Readings in St. Louis.

William Trowbridge was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri in April 2012. His poetry publications include five full collections, most recently Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks. Having earned a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, he is now a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University. Now living in Lee’s Summit, MO, he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. He is married to Sue, and they have three children and three grandchildren. 


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