St. Louis Poetry Center

POETRY AT THE POINT is held at THE FOCAL POINT, in Maplewood on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  “Poetry at the Point” poetry series is now underwritten by Webster-Kirkwood Times and West End Word.

The Focal Point is at 2720 Sutton which is one block east of Big Bend and Manchester. Turn right or south on Sutton, the Focal Point is on the left; parking is in the lot on nearby Marietta. Doors open at 7 pm, readings start at 7:30 pm, FREE. Refreshments available at the Maya Cafe next door. For more information contact Dru Wall or email us at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Dru will be out of state for the winter and spring at VillaNova University in PA.  Her Point team will be picking up email and handling the readings: Jennifer  Adams, Jennifer Goldring, Jason Vasser, William Kyle.

Second Friday Notes

is held monthly (on second fridays) in the cafe at Whole Foods Market in Town and Country in the Target Plaza at Clayton and Woods Mill Roads. Music begins at 7pm followed by poetry and more music.  Refreshments are available for purchase.  The reading is free. The series is curated by Dwight Bitikofer, (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 Scroll down the page to see readings scheduled for this season.

Upcoming Readings & Events

Poetry at the Point: May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014  (Dru Wall hosts)

Jennifer Adams is a graduate of the UM – St. Louis in English and a graduate of Indiana University in Modern Language.  Her work has been published in Maize, Apt, and The Bellerive Review, among others. She has published two chapbooks Prayer, Like a Pilgrimage and Matter and Form. In addition to writing, Jennifer has performed at local and regional festivals and events including The Etheridge Knight Poetry Festival, Spirit and Place and IndyIndie. Jennifer frequently volunteers teaching poetry courses for underprivileged youth through Girls, Inc. and serves on the board for the East St. Louis Community Performance Ensemble. When she is not writing or reading or performing strange antics on improvisational stages, she works as a development professional for Great Circle, a not for profit dedicated to empowering underserved and at-risk children.

Katy Miller lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri.  She received her B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University in 1994 and her M.S.W. from Washington University in 2001.  She is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in grief, cancer recovery, and coping with chronic illness.  Katy is honored to have her poems published in a number of journals, including  The Nashville Review, Pleiades, Margie, Natural Bridge, The American Journal of Nursing , and The Examined Life: the Literary Journal of the University of Iowa, Carver Medical College.

Jennifer Tappenden is the founding editor of Architrave Press. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she also served as the university’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Flyway, The St. Andrew’s Review, Terrain, Euphony, Bryant Literary Review, Slipstream and elsewhere. Her interview (with Karen Lewis) of Thom Ward for Traffic East magazine was featured on Poetry Daily. Most recently she was named a 2013 Creative MasterMind by the Riverfront Times

Wanita Zumbrunnen's chapbook All Mortals Shall Dream Dreams was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. Previously her poetry had appeared in Inspiration, a publication of Quaid-E-Azam Library in Lahore, Pakistan; The Cloverdale Review; Slate, the University of Iowa's Daily Palette; and has received International Awards in 1996 and 2000 from the Atlanta Review. She has been invited to attend the Abroad Writer's Conference at Lake Como, Italy in June, and take part in workshops led by Rae Armantrout - Pulitzer Prize in Poetry- and Nikky Finney- National Book Award in Poetry.


second friday notes on May 9 at Whole Foods Cafe in Town and Country

second friday notes presents poetry and music throughout the evening in the store's large cafe.  Music begins at 7pm, followed by poetry.  Food and drink available for purchase.  Open to the public.

Readers from Loosely Identified

Mary Ruth Donnelly has been a member of Loosely Identified for over a decade and participated in the production of their anthology, Breathing Out. She has two published chapbooks, Weaving the Light and Tomb Figure. Her poems have appeared recently in The Scaldy Detail(Ireland), Sou’wester, I-70 Review, and Sugar Mule. She is board president of the St Louis Poetry Center and on the board of River Styx.

María Balogh is a bilingual poet, fiction writer, and educator. She has a book of poetry in Spanish,Bailar Caribeño, published by Ediciones Torremozas of Madrid, Spain. She has several other publications of poems and fiction in both English and Spanish in several different journals in the US and abroad. She dances with Grupo Atlántico of St. Louis MO and she teaches Spanish at UMSL.

Gail Marshall is a member of the St. Louis Poetry Center and “The Looslies,” a women’s poetry collaborative. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College where she studied with Joseph Clancy, translator of Horace’s odes and epodes as well as Welsh poetry and prose. Her work has been published in Bad Shoe, The Scribbler, and The Curator, a web publication of International Arts Movement (IAM).  

Musical Guest: Adrienne Burke, guitar player and singer.