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 graciously 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 Avenue. Doors open at 7 pm, readings start at 7:30 pm. Refreshments available at the Maya Cafe next door (currently closed for improvements). For more information contact Dru Wall or email us at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Drucilla Wall and her Point team will continue to present an exceptional season: Jennifer  Adams, Jennifer Goldring, and Jason Vasser.

Second Friday Notes is held monthly (on second fridays) in the large 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).

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Upcoming Readings & Events

Poetry at the Point: 2015

April 28: Cairns in Verse

Cairns in Verse is a St. Louis Poetry Center collaboration with Watershed Cairns artists Libby Reuter and Josh Rohan.  Join our cavalcade of poets to celebrate Earth Day AND National Poetry Month. The artists will be on hand to discuss their project, and one of Libby Reuter's glass cairns will be on display.                                                 

In this multi-genre, multi-sensory event, poets will read original poems that reflect on and interact with the artists' images, projected on a large screen during the reading.


Mary Ruth Donnelly, Jennifer Fandel, Jennifer Goldring, Emily Grise, Carol Haake, Kim Lozano, Ben Moeller-Gaa, Vynetta Morrow, Travis Mossotti, Jenny Mueller, Jennifer Tappenden, Tess Thompson, Jason Vasser, Drucilla Wall, Eamonn Wall, and more. 

MUSIC: Nikeisha Fortenberry.

May 26:

Dwight Bitikofer has been active in St. Louis poetry circles for the past decade. He curates the second friday notes series, a poetry and music collaboration between St. Louis Poetry Center and Whole Foods. He was the 2013 first-place winner of the James H. Nash Members Contest for St. Louis Poetry Center. Bitikofer poems have been published in Natural Bridge, Flood Stage, Mid-Rivers Review and other journals. He especially enjoys “pojazz” performances he organizes with a “spiritual jazz” partner and additional poet voices. Bitikofer is publisher of three community newspapers. He lives in Webster Groves. He is a native son of central Kansas. 


Kathryn Kerr, ever a lover of nature and books, has degrees in English, botany, and creative writing. She has worked as a field biologist, an editor, a photographer, and at many other jobs. Currently she teaches writing at Illinois State University. She has three poetry chapbooks, Equinox, Coneflower, and Turtles All the Way Down; and a book of poems with photographs by Raymond Bial, First Frost. She has published scientific papers, essays, and poems in forums as varied as Good Housekeeping and The Texas Caver.


Glenn Boothe studied English Literature at UMSL.  He is an MFA poetry candidate at UMSL and will graduate in May 2015. Glenn is also a sculptor and culinary artist. He muses that he would like to open a pizzeria-pub-art gallery-studio-open mic venue for pizza lovers, artists, writers and musicians, alike.  He lives with his family in St. Louis, and when he is not pursuing his artistic endeavors, he is working his IT job in the aerospace industry.


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.

April 10:

Katy Miller 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. She received her B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and her M.S.W. from Washington University. She is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in grief, cancer recovery, and coping with chronic illness. 

Chris Parr is a native New Zealander who has been living in St. Louis since 1992. He has three recently published chapbooks of poetry: Hit List, Going to find it …, and Kiwi Wandering. He considers poetry readings as an equal form of publishing and reads frequently around St Louis; Auckland, NZ; and Boston, New York. With artist-poet Tony Renner, Chris organizes and emcees the monthly reading series •Chance Operations• in the CWE.

 MUSIC:  Sharon Hall  grew up in rural Missouri singing old bluegrass, country, and gospel songs with her mother and aunts. She learned a few chords at age nine and found that after that, she couldn’t stop singing and playing. While she has yet to undergo formal training, she hasn’t let that hinder her from sharing her love of music with others.