Month: September 2015

October Maple

Meet the Readers – October Edition!

Tuesday, October 6, 7:30-9 PM at Stone Spiral Gallery

Quick on the heels of the first of the season’s readings, we are bringing you a fantastic evening with Ron A. Austin and Kelli Allen.

Ron A. Austin holds a MFA from the University of Missouri St. Louis, has served as a contributing editor at River Styx, and currently serves as a senior editor for December.

His stories have been placed in Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, The Masters Review, Midwestern Gothic, Natural Bridge, December, Gulf Stream, Drafthorse, and other journals.

He teaches Creative Writing at the Pierre Laclede Honors College while completing his first collection of short stories: Avery Colt Is A Snake, A Thief, A Liar. He resides in his hometown of St. Louis with his wife, Jennie, and their dog, Carmen.

Kelli Allen’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the US and internationally. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has won awards for her poetry, prose, and scholarly work. She served as Managing Editor of Natural Bridge, is the current Poetry Editor for The Lindenwood Review, and holds an MFA from the University of Missouri St. Louis. She is the director of the River Styx Hungry Young Poets Series and founded the Graduate Writers Reading Series for UMSL. She is currently a Professor of Humanities and Creative Writing at Lindenwood University and teaches for The Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL. Her full-length poetry collection, Otherwise, Soft White Ash, arrived from John Gosslee Books in 2012 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Flip to page 46 in issue no. 4 of The Inflectionist Review to find an interview with Kelli and some of her newer work, featured as the issue’s distinguished poet.

Then mark your calendars and plan on bringing yourselves down for some good stuff–stories, poems, coffee, beer, wine, snacks! We’ve got it all!

Photo by Kenny Louie

Meet the Readers – September Edition

Tomorrow night, 9/15, Prose|Poem’s fall schedule kicks off at 7:30 PM at the Stone Spiral Gallery! We couldn’t be more happy to bring you Brigitte Leschhorn and Cheeraz Gormon.

Brigitte Leschhorn is currently an English teacher at local private school. She was runner up for Boulevard’s 2013 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. She has been published in Boulevard Magazine and Crab Orchard Review.

You can check out her blog or read her story, “The Devil Has No Shadow,” which appeared in Boulevard Magazine.

Cheeraz Gormon [from her website] is a North St. Louis native, life-long activist, internationally touring spoken word artist and published poet, documentary photographer turned award-winning advertising copywriter […]

“Cheeraz’s poetry has been featured in the St. Louis Black Pages, on independent radio in St. Louis, MO, London, England and Portland, OR, and at Huffington Post and Ebony Magazine online. She has opened events for the likes of Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Denis Kimbro, Dead Prez, KRS-1, and was the poet for the “Unchained Memories” tour sponsored by HBO and the Library of Congress in 2003. Cheeraz, was also named East London Slam Champion of 2004 and scored a perfect 30 in the UK Poet Slam. In 2014, Cheeraz was one of 9 featured speakers and performers for TEDXGatewayArch in St. Louis, MO. February 2015 Cheeraz was named by St. Louis Poet Laureate, Michael Castro, as one of the next generation of poets to watch.  Her much-anticipated, self-published first book, In The Midst of Loving, was released on March 14, 2015, and is available on Amazon.com and locally in St. Louis at UrbArts, Vintage Vinyl, Subterranean Books, Left Bank Books, Mesa Home and Golden Grocer.”