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.
John J. Han is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Missouri Baptist University, where he also chairs the Humanities Division. He has published three haiku books: Little Guy Haiku, and Chopsticks and Fork. His poems have also appeared worldwide, including Cattails, Cave Region Review, Four and Twenty, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, The Laurel Review, Mariposa, Simply Haiku, South by Southeast, Taj Mahal Review, Under the Basho, and World Haiku Review. Simply Haiku selected him as the world’s sixth-best English-language haiku poet for the year 2011, and Cave Region Review honored him as Featured Poet for its 2012 volume. A native of South Korea, he earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, respectively.
Andrew Romero: Loving member of the St. Louis Metro Community for the past 10 years. Being born and raised in Mexico, Andrew writes of a transformational journey which is never ending. Inspired by nature and life, Andrew expresses through written art and music his learning experiences, with an aim to resonate in the world’s heart.
River Jam: Percussion, guitar, bass and vocals. Reggae, cumbia and rock. Celebrating nature and water as our source of inspiration. River Jam will take you places you've never been.
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