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.

Summer is almost HERE

The Benefit Event, "Celebrating Maya Angelou" is done; and what a wonderful afternoon! 

Check out the photos on the Gallery page! Many thanks to The Eugene Redmond Writers Group (Gene, Jaye, Mali, Ros and Darlene), Michael Castro, Shirley LeFlore, Shane Seely, DuEwa Frazier, Deanne Leatherberry with Tasha Archie, Coretta Bozeman and the sisters of AKA Sorority Inc., artist Christopher Cohill and the other auction donors, and all our volunteers.  If you were there and took photos please share them with us on facebook.

CHECK OUT the pre-event press:

Watch the "Look and Listen Blog" on the St. Louis Magazine webpage.  Should be there soon.

Book Blog/, and April 19 2015 A&E Books page: Jane Henderson, book critic, shares about Angelou, the event, and her newly released "Collected Poems".

St. Louis American shared STL Public Radios web-feature.

St. Louis Public Radio/KWMU's "St. Louis on the Air" with host Don Marsh spoke with featured poets Euguene Redmond, Michael Castro and Jason Vasser about Maya Angelou and her impact on their lives. Click above to hear the broadcast.

KDHX "Literature for the Halibut" program promoting our Maya Angelou Celebration (click on the highlighted link please)

Join us for Poetry at the Point on May 26 with Dwight Bitikofer, Kathryn Kerr and Glenn Boothe.

See the READINGS PAGE for June, July and August SUMMER READINGS

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The 2015 Summer Newsletter will be here soon.  check out the "Newsletter page"

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Upcoming Poetry in the Community; and Castro interview

Community News update as of 4/03/2014:

April 6: Michael Castro's Book Release at Left Bank Books,

399 N. Euclid, 63108, 7 pm.  Castro will read from and sign his new book How Things Stack Up.

April 10: second friday notes at Whole Foods Cafe in Town and Country (see readings page)

April 11: Divercity Poetry Fest: Presented by Central Library and St. Louis Poet Laureate Dr. Michael Castro.

You are invited to join St. Louis Poet Laureate Dr. Michael Castro for an afternoonof community poetry, featuring the artistry of writers from across the St. Louis metro area:MK Stallings, Freida Wheaton, Wendy Gordon, Jane ellen Ibur, Maria Balogh, Jason Vasser, Shirley LeFlore,David a.N. Jackson, Jaime Torres, and others.  The Carnegie Room at St. Louis Putlic Library Central at 1301 Olive, 63103, 2pm.This event is free and open to the public!

April 12: the Poetry Center's Sunday Workshop with Travis Mossotti, (see workshop page)

April 13: Observable Readings at Llewelyn's Pub (see Observable page)

April 19 and 25: 7th Grade Poetry Foundation Award Ceremony at The Book House on Manchester in Maplewood, 1 - 4 pm.

April 20: River Styx Reading Series features Loosely Identified at Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt Ave. 63112.

April 26: Celebrating Maya Angelou at the Probstein Clubhouse in Forest Park, 4 - 7 pm (see ticket page)

April 28: Poetry at the Point features Cairns in Verse with artists Libby Rueter and Joshua Rowan and a dozen poets responding to the artwork.  Music by Mikeisha Fortenberry.

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