Meet the Readers – October Edition

October is here, and the calendar is filling up with apple picking, beer festivals, and Halloween parties. So, don’t forget about us in the mix!

Put us down for Thursday, October 20, 7-9 PM, at Stone Spiral Gallery. We’re so happy to be bringing you Bryan Castille and Lizzy Petersen this round.

Bryan Castille earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he won the John C. Schupes Prize for Excellence in Fiction. You can read his fiction in Prairie Schooner, PRISM International, Jonathan: A Journal of Gay Men’s Fiction, New South, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Tin House, Lambda Literary, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, and the Upernavik Artists’ Refugium in Upernavik, Greenland. Currently, he teaches composition and rhetoric at St. Louis University and at St. Louis Community College–Meramec and is writing his first novel.

Lizzy Petersen served as the Managing Editor at River Styx for 2 years and now works as the Grant and Outreach Manager. She teaches at Fontbonne University. Previously, she worked as the Poetry Co-Editor of Sycamore Review at Purdue University, where she received her MFA in Poetry. Her work is forthcoming in RHINO and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find some of here poems here.

Photo by Ben Evans via Flickr.

Meet the Readers – September Edition

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Prose|Poem on Thursday, September 15, with our first readers of the season, Angela Mitchell and Jen Tappenden.

Angela Mitchell’s stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines, including Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, and others. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was the winner of the 2009 Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review; it was given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV, and listed as one of thirty “Distinguished Stories” in the inaugural issue of New Stories from the Midwest. In 2011, she was honored as a MasterMind recipient by the Riverfront Times for her work in the literary arts. Recently, she attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. Angela holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas, and a B.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. She is the current director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop.

Jen Tappenden is the founding editor of Architrave Press. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she also served as the university’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in The Baltimore ReviewFlywayCompose and elsewhere. Jen is poetry editor for december magazine, an organizer of both the St. Louis Small Press Expo and UMSL’s Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series as well as an all-out-fool for gears, lead type and thick paper. Her chapbook, Independent City, is forthcoming from Wells College Press  where she will also be a visiting writer to coincide with its release this October.


Fall Schedule – 2016

We missed you this summer. But we’re back with another fantastic season in the works.* In the meantime, save some dates:

  • Thursday, September 15 – Angela Mitchell and Jen Tappenden
  • Thursday, October 20 – Bryan Castille and Lizzy Peterson
  • Thursday, November 17 – Ryan Krull and Jennifer Goldring

All reading events will be at the Stone Spiral Gallery, 2506 Sutton Blvd., from 7-9 PM. Doors to the gallery will open at 7. Stop by beforehand and grab a bite and a drink at the Stone Spiral.

We look forward to seeing your lovely faces soon. 

*Lineup updated on 9/13.

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2nd Anniversary Party – 5/3/16

Another season is in the books and we’re ready to celebrate this literary community! Won’t you join us?

Prose|Poem’s second season readers–Brigitte Leschhorn, Ron Austin, Kelli Allen, Michaella Thornton, Steven Schroeder, Mark Shaw, Dwight Bitikofer, Daniel Musgrave, and a mystery guest–will be sharing some more of their work with us.

It’s not a party without snacks and drinks, so we’ll be providing some tasty eats and beer, wine, coffee, tea, and other non-alcoholic options. (Stone Spiral’s full menu and espresso drinks will be available for purchase, too.)

In short: Come out for an evening of food, fun, and words, in the name of creativity and community!

See you there: Tuesday, 5/3, 7-9 PM, Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios, 2500 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143


Meet the Readers – April Edition

Our final paired reading of the season approaches! Join us in the Stone Spiral Gallery on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 PM to listen to Daniel Musgrave and Shine Goodie share their work.

Daniel Musgrave is currently a graduate student working toward his MFA in Fiction writing from University of Missouri- St. Louis where he also serves as the Associate Managing Editor of Natural Bridge Literary Journal. Before arriving at UMSL, Dan studied great ape cognition for nearly seven years and earned an MA in Biological Anthropology from Iowa State University for his study of captive ape gestures. Though he is primarily a fiction writer, his nonfiction piece, “Worry,” was a finalist for the Missouri Review’s 2015 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize in Essay and is forthcoming from that journal. This summer he will be attending the Odyssey Writing Workshop, a 6-week intensive experience focused on genre writing.

Melissa Singleton (Shine Goodie) is from St. Louis and loves this complicated town, so many problems but also innumerable beautiful & progressive people working toward good lives for ourselves and each other. Melissa hosts a monthly literary event called Goodie House poetry & stories (for lovers, writers, and freedom fighters) the fourth Thursday of the month, February through October, at Human Spaces venue in South City.

We hope to see you there, friends. It’ll be a lovely time.


Meet the Readers – March Edition

Join us tomorrow for the next round of Prose|Poem’s interactive reading series.

This month, we’re bringing Mark Shaw and Dwight Bitikofer to Maplewood:

Mark Shaw is of Irish and American Indian descent. He is an enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Nation, which is located in Northwoods Wisconsin. He has lived on his reservation and has worked for his tribe in the Mohican News as writer/editor, their after school program, and their golf course. Mark is an award-winning journalist with the Native American Journalist Association, and has read his fiction at the Native American Literature Symposium, the Westside Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland, and here in St. Louis. He is a graduate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Master of Fine Arts program in fiction writing.

Dwight Bitikofer was raised on a farm in central Kansas. He came to St. Louis at age 21 to perform alternative service as a conscientious objector to war. He never went home. He graduated from Webster University in 1978 and together with two other “older students” started a community newspaper. He is now publisher of Webster-Kirkwood Times, South County Times and West End Word newspapers. Webster University presented Bitikofer with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 2015.

Bitikofer has been a featured poet at St. Louis Poetry Center’s Poetry at the Point series and at several other venues. Bitikofer and “spiritual jazz” musician Raven Wolf C. Felton Jennings II put on several shows each year and have been featured on Literature for the Halibut on KDHX radio. Bitikofer was first place winner of the 2013 James. H. Nash members contest of St. Louis Poetry Center. He currently serves on the board of St. Louis Poetry Center.

Bitikofer has been published in Natural Bridge and several other literary journals. He was among the 2009 Metro Arts in Transit Poetry In Motion winners. He was a winner in the 2009 and 2010 St. Louis Writers Guild Deane Wagner Poetry contests.

Bitikofer is the parent of three young adult children. He is an auctioneer for charitable events. He can occasionally be seen about town in a 1948 Chevy pickup his grandfather bought new.

We’ll be underway shortly after 7 PM at the Stone Spiral Gallery. Don’t forget to grab something to eat and drink at the coffee shop beforehand.


Meet the Readers – February Edition

We are so very excited to be bringing Nicky Rainey and Christopher Alex Chablé to the series to kick off the second half of our season.

Nicky Rainey co-organizes the St. Louis Small Press Expo and co-DJs 88.1 KDHX’s literary radio program, Literature for the Halibut. She represented St. Louis in the National Poetry Slam 2009. She lives in Dogtown.
Christopher Alex Chablé graduated with an MFA from the University of Missouri, Saint
Louis. His work has most recently appeared in San Pedro River Review and Sunset Liminal.
See you Tuesday, 2/2, 7-9 PM, at Stone Spiral Gallery for a fantastic evening.
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Meet the Readers – November Edition

The last reading of 2015 is right around the corner (don’t worry–there’ll be plenty next year).

We’re thrilled to bring you Michaella A. Thornton and Steven D. Schroeder on Tuesday, 11/3. You’ll find us soaking up their work from 7:30-9 PM in the gallery at Stone Spiral.

Michaella A. Thornton lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she teaches first-year composition and creative writing. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona and an O.O. McIntyre Postgraduate Writing Fellowship from the Missouri School of Journalism. Her essays and short stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, most recently in The Southeast Review, Creative Nonfiction, Words Matter: Writing to Make A Difference (University of Missouri Press), and elsewhere. Kella is a fan of boozy baking, badassery, and books.You can hear why she loves language here, and her website is michaellathornton.com.

Steven D. Schroeder’s second book, The Royal Nonesuch (Spark Wheel Press, 2013), won the 2014 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University. His poetry is available from New England Review, Pleiades, and Barrow Street, among others. He serves as a board member and contributing editor for River Styx magazine, co-directs the River Styx Reading Series, and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.

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