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.
Second Friday Notes
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Upcoming Readings & Events
Maurice (Bud) Hirsch has four poetry collections: Taking Stock, Stares to Other Places, Roots and Paths, and Rails and Ties. His work is in The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, Lake City Lights, Winter Harvest: Jewish Writing in St. Louis, 2006-11, New Harvest: Jewish Writing in St. Louis, 1998-2005. He lives on a horse farm and is a lifelong photographer with his work in juried shows. Hirsch began writing poems in 2000 after a career in academia. He is Professor Emeritus of Accounting at SIUE. He served for over twenty-five years as a board member of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, is a founding board member of Chesterfield Arts and served on the City of Chesterfield’s Planning Commission.
Liz Hughes Wiley's poetry has appeared in Passager (with honorable mention for "Jim and Shirley") Prairie Poetry, where her poem “Kansas” won both the Friends Award and Peer Award, and Mikrokosmos, VIVACE, and other publications. Since moving to the St. Louis in 2010 she has organized two literary events; "Kayak at the Confluence" which brought together many writers to celebrate the late George Hitchcock, editor of the ground breaking journal kayak. "Words and Music" alternated the jazz songs of Bett Butler with excerpts from novelist Pam Houston. Liz was instrumental in getting "Company of Women” to St. Louis. (Liz is also a real estate agent with a soft spot for artists.)
The Company of Women Poetry Group:
Jayne Marek earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Wisconsin. Her poetry has appeared in small publications such as The Tipton Poetry Journal, Isthmus, The Occasional Reader, Wisconsin Academy Review, and Windless Orchard and in the anthology And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana. Marek is professor of English at Franklin College, Indiana, teaching literature, film studies, creative writing, and composition.
Lylanne Musselman is an award-winning poet and artist. A born and bred Hoosier, she now lives in Toledo, Ohio. She teaches writing at Terra State, and Ivey Tech Community Colleges. Her poems appear in many literary journals and anthologies. Lylanne is the author of three chapbooks: Prickly Beer & Purple Panties (Bacon Tree Press, 2007), A Charm Bracelet for Cruising (Winged City Press, 2009) and Winged Graffiti (Finishing Line Press, 2011).
Mary Sexson is the author of the book 103 in the Light, Selected Poems 1996-2000 (Restoration Press, 2004), nominated by the Indiana Center for the Book for a Best Books of Indiana award in poetry in 2005. Her poems have appeared in Flying Island, Borders Insight Magazine, Grasslands Review, The Tipton Poetry Journal, and The Globetrotter’s Companion (UK), with work in Ichabod’s Sketchbook 4, and an anthology for One City, One Prompt.
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.
Jeff Hamilton: Born in Chicago, raised in St. Louis, educated at Denison, The University of Iowa, and Washington University, where he completed a PhD in 2001, Jeff Hamilton is published in Fence, The Notre Dame Review, The Denver Quarterly and many other journals. He has worked as a bartender, a journalist (at The Riverfront Times, and The Daily Iowan), and for the last twenty years, as a college lecturer, in writing and literature. He writes poetry, criticism and scholarship – the last, on Robert Duncan and Laura Riding. He published the literary journal, Delmar (11 issues) wrote for it, and helped edit it. Then he curated (w/ Bob Lowes) the Observable Series of the SLPC.
Mary Ann deGrandpre Kelly: Born and raised in Chicago and Montana, Mary Ann deGrandpre Kelly got her BA at St. Catherine University, married, had babies but kept strong ties to the Copper City - Butte, Montana. With the 5 children returned to St. Louis, traveling often to other countries. She still writes early in the morning when the house is quiet. Got a MA at Webster University and taught 30 years of 7th graders in Webster Schools. She is a board member of St. Louis Poetry Center. Her poems are published in Nothing Smaller Than Your Elbow, MARGIE, Flood Stage: Anthology, and is a Nash Members Contest winner.
Musical Guests: Boyd Kasten Duo with Paul Ohlman. Sax and piano, vocals, cover tunes jazz, pop and standards.
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