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 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. Doors open at 7 pm, readings start at 7:30 pm, FREE. Refreshments available at the Maya Cafe next door. For more information contact Dru Wall or email us at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Dru will be out of state for the summer in Ireland.  Her Point team will be picking up email and handling the readings: Jennifer  Adams, Jennifer Goldring, and Jason Vasser.

Second Friday Notes

is held monthly (on second fridays) in the 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: July 22, 2014 and on...

July 22, 2014: (doors open at 7 pm, reading begins at 7:30 pm)

MYRTA VIDA is as a Freelance Copywriter and Copyeditor, who is working on her first novel. She is a Senior at The University of Missouri -St. Louis (UMSL) majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and Spanish. She has just been accepted into UMSL’s Master of Fine Arts for Creative Writing Program and also plans to seek a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies. Ms. Vida was born and raised in Puerto Rico, is a U.S. Army Veteran, and is on a quest for a recipe for the perfect mojito.

BRETT LARS UNDERWOOD is a bartender and a gadabout who writes, promotes and produces happenings and mishaps.  Once upon a time, he co-published a ‘zine entitled LICK MY SQUAGGLE NOOSE, CLAM TICK. He penned Zen koans for THE RIVERFRONT TIMES and ST. LOUIS MAGAZINE as well as CURATOR MAGAZINE. For several years he produced and hosted 88.1 KDHX's The No Show and he has performed for Firecracker Press, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, among others. His verse and riddles have been published by The Bicycle Review, 52nd City,  The Subterranean, Bad Shoe and included in FLOOD STAGE. He unleashed SUNLIT INSULT in 2011 and ITS BUSH LENT SUBTLE HINTS in October 2013.

SEAN ARNOLD lives in St. Louis across the street from the Botanical Gardens. Last year he published his fourth chapbook Soliloquy From a Freight Yard: An Open Fall Window. This is the final season/book in his Soliloquy From a Freight Yard series based around the seasons and freight yard romanticisms. An innate quiet storm of a rabble-rouser and often self-educated poet, Sean is taking a final attempt at his undergrad in creative writing at Webster University. He is the former host and co-organizer of Voices From the Underground and Casinotown poetry readings. He has been published in Webster's Green Fuse and the Bay Area's Big Bridge.  His poetics have been set to folk music, electronic music, hip-hop, and everything in between.

 August 26 , 2014:

LOY LEDBETTER is a retired executive of Ralston Purina Co. As a young student he wrote poetry, but his writing lapsed until he resumed writing after many years when an adult. He has been an active volunteer in community affairs, serving on several Boards.  He was president of the St. Louis Poetry Center for many years. His poems have appeared in Ozark Review, Margie, The Griffin, a massage therapy journal, and the anthology Flood Stage.

CHRISTY CALLAHAN earned her Bachelor of Social Work and MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her poetry has been featured in publications such as LitMag, Bellerive and Bad Shoe. She has read her work in Galway, Ireland, and locally at The Archive, Dressel’s, and as a featured reader in the Chance Operations, Open Mic Night at the Inn, Poems, Prose & Pints, and Second Friday Notes reading series. Christy has recently been chosen as a Des Lee Scholar and an honorable mention in the 2012 James H. Nash Poetry Contest. 

TAMARA BLANKE graduated from Oral Roberts University in 2004 with a B. A. in creative writing and has been writing incognito since then. It wasn't until she became involved with St. Louis Poetry Center's Poetry at the Point series that she considered sharing her work, both in reading and submitting for publication. Tamara is an experienced visual artist; some of her earlier work can be seen in McBride & Sons display homes all across the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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.

August 8:

Lenny Smith has been a member of the council who names recipients of the St. Louis Warrior Poet honor, of which Maria Guadalupe Massey is one. Smith remains active in St. Louis area open mics. He emcees an open mic every other Tuesday evening at “The Historic Crossroads” at Broadway and Ann near Soulard Farmer’s Market. Lenny usually reads his poetry from yellow notepads written in longhand.  He has a flair for the dramatic while retaining a twinkle in his eyes and a self-deprecating chuckle. He seems to regard with wry amusement the world and most of its inhabitants who cross his path. Smith graduated some decades ago from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

 Susan Trowbridge Adams has just finished recording her debut album, Strength, with music direction by her personal dude in the house Ted Moniak, whom she met at a theatrical audition in 1980.   She attended high school in Detroit and was awarded the Scholastic “gold key” award by The Detroit Free Press for her poetry three years running.  She studied poetry at Wayne State University (most particularly with the poet Sol Lachman, author of We Have Been Such Birds), “did theater” around the Detroit metro area after high school, and then moved to Ann Arbor.   She shoplifted her education from the University of Michigan, where her buddies let her in the exit door. She moved to Seattle after her stint as an “original Diaspora member” of Theatre Oobleck in Chicago, from its inception in Ann Arbor.  Actually, she left after the Midwestern drought of 1988 – by late spring of ’89 she had quite deliberately run away from the weather.  She raised an extraordinary kid in the Emerald City and then kicked off the thin veneer of civilization she had acquired for PTA meetings and is now a woman custom-built to embarrass her offspring. In the winter of 2010 Susan was blessed to fall in, for a few months, with a group of poets in the Atlanta area, who comprise both the Java Monkey Slam and Art Amok Slam teams.  They were nice to her and she took that as encouragement.  Be careful who you’re nice to.  Susan moved to Saint Louis two years ago because she’s impulsive when she’s in love, and has been fortunate to meet many socially conscious, creative, and talented people, some of whom have offered her paid work.  She likes rare steak, black dirt, Patti Smith, looking at urban wildlife in the yard, and sleeping with the window open.  If you would like to be informed about the release and availability of the cd  & chapbook Strength, then make contact with her via facebook at Susan Trowbridge Adams, or touch base with her after the performance.

Music by blues singer “Tuffy”