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

March 24:

Susan “Spit-fire” Lively is a writer, spoken word artist, producer, emcee, photographer, and educator. Known by the stage name “Spit-Fire”, Lively’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Head to Hand, The Pen, Chance Operations, The East St. Louis Monitor, Drumvoices Revue, No Vacancy, SIUE News, Static Movement, and Postcard Shorts.


Mary Ann de Grandpre Kelly, who has deep roots in Montana, currently lives in St. Louis. She is a James Nash Contest prizewinner, and has been published in MARGIE: the American Journal of Poetry, The St. Louis Anthology of Verse, and Nothing Smaller Than Your Elbow. This SLPC board member has been a public school teacher for 30 years. She is a mother of five and is pitifully in love with Ben, her blond and faithful ancient snowshoe cat. 


Mazaré Rogers is a spoken word poet who hails from Durham, North Carolina. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has taught middle school English and Poetry Writing. Now, she is pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Covenant Seminary and performs her poetry at churches, conferences, and concerts. She is delighted to be working on the SLPC newsletter staff.  


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.