Poetry at the Point: Rings in 2015.
January 27, 2015 (no December reading, December is the month to stay home and celebrate poetry with family and friends.)
Alice Azure’s work has recently appeared in Cream City Review, About Place Journal, and Against the Current. Her chapbook, Worn Cities, was released in October 2014. She has authored three other books. One, Games of Transformation, was selected by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers as the 2012 poetry book of the year.
Jim McGowin prefers to write, paint and take pictures when he isn't at his government day job. He has resided in Missouri and Mexico, and holds a degree in Media Communications from Truman State University. He has performed locally at Chance Operations; Poems, Prose, and Pints; 100 Thousand Poets for Change; Voices From The Underground; and on KDHX radio. Jim's poems delve into themes such as existentialism, dreams, surrealism, morality, religion, humor and rage. (McGowin was originally scheduled for November 2014)
Metropolitan St. Louis native, Stephanie “Surreal Sista” Williams is a dynamic and award-winning poet, author, spoken word artist, educator, and activist. Since her humble but competitive beginning in 2002, she has won a spot on 7 Poetry Slam Teams and has won or been a finalist in numerous other poetry competitions locally and nationally. Williams is constantly giving back to the community, where she has volunteered her time as a poetry workshop facilitator for Word In Motion, Support-A-Child International and The St. Louis Poetry Center. For her activism and dedication to community arts, Williams was awarded the coveted Warrior Poet Award in 2010, where she was gifted an inscribed sword. She is a prolific writer and performer, with several self-published works including 15 chapbooks, a science fiction short story entitled: “Inner Song”, and a CD entitled “Now What?” produced by Mind Energy Entertainment and Cobalt Skyy Productions. Check her out at surrealsista.wordpress.com.
February 24, 2015
Nancy Pritchard’s poems have appeared in Mankato Poetry Review, Natural Bridge, Small Spiral Notebook, Melic Review, Main Channel Voices, Poetry Southeast, Fugue, Re)verb, and two collections of New Harvest: Jewish Writing in St. Louis. She received an MFA at University of Missouri-St. Louis. She won the 2005 and 2006 Wednesday Club Poetry Contests, the St. Louis Poetry Center’s Nash Members’ Contest and the Arts in Transit award. Recently retired from Moneta Group, where she was director of marketing and communications, she has taught poetry to middle school students in the St. Louis Public Schools for Springboard since 2006.
Layla Azmi Goushey is an Assistant Professor of English at St. Louis Community College. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UMSL where she is pursuing a PhD in Adult Education: Her creative work has been published in journals such as Yellow Medicine Review, Mizna: Journal of Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, and Natural Bridge. She writes a blog on Transnational Literacies, and won second-place for her poem "The Box" in the SLPC’s 2012 Stanley Hanks Memorial Contest. Goushey is currently working on a volume of poetry titled Peculiar Fairytales. Her cultural heritage, which is Palestinian and American, frequently inspire her creative and academic work. (Goushey was originally scheduled for November 2014.)
Marcel Toussaint's poems have been featured in fourteen anthologies, including America at the Millennium. He has read on various radio and TV stations including National Public Radio and the Education channel and the 100,000 Poets for Change. In 2009, he won gold medals in the National Veterans Poetry Awards competition. He had two winning poems at the St. Louis Writers Guild Poetry Throwdown in 2010. He has been a featured poet at Observable Readings, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Poetry Per Chance at Washington University. A selection of his poems have been published in Korean, in Wilderness January 2011. Toussaint writes in English, French and Spanish and has been translated to Dutch, German, Catalan, Korean. Toussaint is the recipient of a National Gold Medal in the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition and was featured on PBS in 2012. His new novel Terms of Interment , is on Kindle at Amazon.