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.