St. Louis Poetry Center

 PLEASE  NOTE : The Sunday Workshop/Critiques are NOW on Second  Sundays... September 14, October 12, etc.

The Sunday Workshop/Critiques are the longest running poetry writing workshops in St. Louis, offered as a free service to local poets with noted poet critics commenting on presubmitted works in a friendly and constructive group setting.

Poetry workshops are held the second Sunday of the month from September through April at 1:30 pm in the auditorium of the University City Library, 6702 Delmar, University City, MO.   The guest poet/critic will lead the workshop and provide professional critique on a selection of the pre-submitted manuscripts. All poems submitted will receive written comments. You may submit poems via U.S. Mail or e-mail to be received by 12 midnight on Saturday the week previous to the workshop -- thus a week and a day prior to the workshop. If submitting by mail, send one copy of the poem to Workshop Submission, St. Louis Poetry Center, 567 North & South, #8, St. Louis, MO 63130. If submitting by e-mail, (note new email address) send as an attachment in Microsoft Word to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and put “Workshop Submission” in the Subject Line. If an email response is not received in 48 hours, please re-send or call 973-0616.

With either method, submit only one poem and no longer than one page, in vertical format with only one column of text. This way we can cover the work of more poets during each workshop. Use 12 or 14 point font only. If using a pen name, provide real name and mailing address. Poet should plan to attend the workshop.

Everyone, regardless of experience or membership in SLPC, is encouraged to participate. You do not need to submit a poem to attend. Workshops are free and open to the public.

PLEASE  NOTE:

The Sunday Workshops are NOW on Second  Sundays.


OCTOBER 12, 2014

Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections All the Wasted  Beauty of the World (Able Muse Press, 2014), Domestic Fugues (Steel Toe Books, 2009), and Borrowed Towns (Word Press, 2005). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, New Letters, The Sun, and others. He lives in St. Louis where he serves as editor of River Styx, co-directs the River Styx at the Tavern reading series, and plays in the junkfolk band The CharFlies.  (please note different start time, thank you.)

NOVEMBER 9, 2014 (resume original start time of 1:30 pm)

Stacey Lynn Brown is a poet, playwright, and essayist from Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of the book-length poem Cradle Song (C&R Press, 2009) and is the co-editor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (The University of Akron Press, 2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Copper Nickel, The Volta, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Poetry Daily, as well as the From the Fishouse, Southern Poetry: Georgia, Rumpus, and Book of Scented Things anthologies. She teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Watch here for the upcoming

Fall Full-Day Fee Workshop with Aliki Barnstone, November 8: More details here soon.

Includes pleasant home atmosphere with provided lunch, from 11 am (new time) to 4 pm, $50 members, $60 non-members, limited to 10.

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, and editor. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently, Bright Body (White Pine, 2011) and Dear God Dear, Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2009), and the translator of The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy: A New Translation (W.W. Norton, 2006). 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 (University Press of New England, 2007) and wrote the introduction and readers’ notes for H.D.’s Trilogy (New Directions, 1997). She co-edited A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (Schocken, 1980; 2nd Edition, 1992), which is still the most comprehensive anthology of world women’s poetry. She also edited The Shambhala Anthology of Women’s Spiritual Poetry (Shambhala, 1998; rpt. 2002) and co-edited The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era (critical essays). Among her awards are a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in Greece, the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and a residency at the Anderson Center at Tower View. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she serves as Series Editor of the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation.

 

Sept
Oct
Nov
Jan 
Feb
Mar
Apr

Poet Critics 2013-14

Jenny Mueller
Sally Van Doren
David Clewell
Steven Schroeder                    Hadara Bar-Nadav                Walter Bargen                         Buzz Spector

Poet Critics 2010-2011

Sept
Oct
Nov
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr

Jeff Friedman
Melissa Range
Eamonn Wall
Shane Seely
James Arthur
Geoffrey Nutter
Jenny Mueller

Poet Critics 2008-2009

Sept
Oct
Nov
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr

David Clewell
John Gallaher
Susan Swartout
Allison Joseph
Stacey Lynn Brown
Steven Schreiner
Devin Johnston

Poet Critics 2008-2009

Sept
Oct
Nov
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr

Allison Funk
Carl Phillips
Walter Bargen
Richard Newman
Hadara Bar Nadav
Adrian Matejka
Chad Parmenter

Upcoming Workshops

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2014-2015 SUNDAY WORKSHOP CRITIQUES >>>shift to 2nd Sundays <<<<

Sunday Workshops at UCity Public Library, 1:30 pm

Nov 9: Jonathan Smith (replacing Stacey who will lead the April workshop)

Next Submissions due on Saturday, November 1 by midnight.

Dr. Jonathan C. Smith teaches in the African American Studies Program at Saint Louis University, where his work focuses on the history and ideology of race in American culture. He has particular interests in how ideologies of race shape and are shaped by African American literature and culture. Jonathan has published work has appeared in Callaloo, Quarterly West, Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Crab Orchard Review, Minnesota Review and the Riverfront Times. Jonathan holds both a Ph.D. in English & American Literature and a M.F.A. in Writing from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Chancellor's Fellowship for African American students. Jonathan is also an alumnus of Cave Canem. 

Workshops resume the regular 1:30 start time.

(Shifted to April 2015) Stacey Lynn Brown is a poet, playwright, and essayist from Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of the book-length poem Cradle Song (C&R Press, 2009) and is the co-editor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (The University of Akron Press, 2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Copper Nickel, The Volta, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Poetry Daily, as well as the From the Fishouse, Southern Poetry: Georgia, Rumpus, and Book of Scented Things anthologies. She teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.