September 23, 2014
Philip Gounis began to host and produce “Verbatim”, a monthly showcase of poetry and music on KCLC FM radio in 1976. In the 1980s, Gounis contributed to the work of the Soulard Culture Squad, which performed throughout the Soulard area of St. Louis. He co-founded a magazine of politics and popular culture, Steamshovel Press. In 2005, Intangible Studios released the CD Form Matters on which Gounis collaborated with musician Rich Kruse. He has published two chapbooks of poetry: Some Of These Have Appeared and Upgrading the Allusion.
Stefene Russell is St. Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor and a member of Poetry Scores (poetryscores.blogspot.com), an arts collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including visual art, music, and food. She is a former co-editor of 52nd City and Princesstårta literary magazines, and her work has appeared in Otis Nebula, The Lumberyard, Bad Shoe, and The Curator. Her books include Go South for Animal Index (2007) and Inferna.
Steven D. Schroeder’s second book, The Royal Nonesuch, won the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University. His poetry is recently available or forthcoming from Barrow Street, The Journal, and Crab Orchard Review. His poems have also appeared by invitation in public transportation, city parks, and business waiting rooms. He serves as co-curator for Observable Readings in St. Louis.
William Trowbridge was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri in April 2012. His poetry publications include five full collections, most recently Put This On, Please, (Red Hen Press, March 2014), and Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks. Having earned a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, he is now a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University. Now living in Lee’s Summit, MO, he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. He is married to Sue, and they have three children and three grandchildren.
October 28, 2014
Buzz Spector’s artwork has been exhibited in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. His work is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. Spector has written on topics in contemporary art and culture for American Craft, Artforum, Art on Paper, Dialogue, and others. His more experimental writing has been published in Benzene, Café Solo, and River Styx. He was a co-founder of WhiteWalls: a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and he served as editor until 1987. His most recent book, Buzzwords, including selected interviews with Spector and new page art, was published in 2012 by Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago. Spector holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Reagan Upshaw’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, Bloomsbury Review, Boston Review, Hanging Loose, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Poets & Writers, and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. He is the author of three collections: On the Cape, with Buzz Spector; The Backs, with Buzz Spector; and Upon a Time, with Paul Gardère. He makes his living as an art dealer and appraiser in Beacon, NY.
Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, and editor. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently, Bright Body and Dear God Dear, Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems and the translator of The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy: A New Translation. Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower (Crowell-Collier, 1968), was published when she was 12 years old, with a foreward by Anne Sexton. In 2014, Carnegie-Mellon University Press will reissue her book, Madly in Love, as a Carnegie-Mellon Classic Contemporary. She is the author of the critical study Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Development. She co-edited A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
November 25, 2014
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, and she has raised two amazing daughters. Currently she teaches writing at Illinois State University. She has three poetry chapbooks, Coneflower, Equinox, and Turtles All the Way Down; and a book of poems with photographs by Raymond Bial, First Frost. She has published scientific papers, essays, reviews, and poems in forums as varied as Good Housekeeping and The Texas Caver.
Layla Azmi Goushey is an Assistant Professor of English at St. Louis Community College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri - St. Louis 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 St. Louis Poetry Center's 2012 Stanley Hanks Memorial Contest. Goushey was awarded the Missouri Community College Association's Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She 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.
Jim McGowin prefers to write, paint and take photographs 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; on KDHX radio; and a handful of bars, basements, and backyards. Jim's poems delve into assorted themes such as existentialism, dreams, surrealism, morality, nature, religion, humor and rage.
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.