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It’s Official – 2015-16 Fall Readers

We’ve at last confirmed our schedule for this fall. All readings will be at the Stone Spiral Gallery from 7:30-9:00 PM.

Our Prose/Poem readers are:

9/15: Brigitte Leschhorn/Cheeraz Gormon

10/6: Ron A. Austin/Kelli Allen

11/3: Michaella Thornton/Steven D. Schroeder

We can’t wait to see you there!!!

The 2015-16 Season Is Coming

Mark your calendars for Prose|Poem’s second season of readings.

Two things to note:

  1. Our event has moved to the earlier part of the month, generally the first Tuesday of the Month–the exception being September to allow us some space from Labor Day.
  2. There are not enough first Tuesdays–we’re excited about the readers we’re bringing to you, but we’re sorry that we can’t feature everyone right this minute! Good news is that we can already see 2016-2017 shaping up, too.

Without further ado, here are the dates. The fall reader lineup will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Fall

  • September 15
  • October 6
  • November 3

Winter/Spring

  • February 2 (Sweethearts’ Edition)
  • March 1
  • April 5
  • May 3 – Anniversary Party!

Can’t wait to see your faces.

Eight Days–The Countdown Continues

Join us, along with Elva Maxine Beach, Stefene Russell, Billy Foster, Fred Venturini, Jason Braun, Justin Phillip Reed, Travis Mossotti, Leigh Kolb, and Ben Moeller-Gaa, in celebrating our first year of events.

We’ll have celebratory beers and wine for you in the gallery, but come early and grab a bite next door at the Stone Spiral.

To accommodate our audience and nine readers, we won’t have tables set up this time around, but plenty of seats! Come early, reserve some seats, and come back to enjoy the evening. We’d love to see your faces!

Tuesday, May 26, 7-9 PM at the Stone Spiral Gallery, 2506 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO.

Tuesday, 5/26 – It’s a Celebration!

Prose|Poem Reading Event Series has had a wonderful first year. And we’re ready to mark the occasion.

Join un on Tuesday, 5/26, 7-9 PM, at the Stone Spiral Gallery (2506 Sutton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63143) for an event featuring first-season readers: Elva Maxine Beach, Stefene Russell, Dawn Dupler, Billy Foster, Fred Venturini, Jason Braun, Justin Phillip Reed, Travis Mossotti, Leigh Kolb, and Ben Moeller-Gaa.

It’ll be a lot of fun to have all this talent in one room. We’ll see you there.

Meet the Readers: April Edition

Before we know it, it’ll be Tuesday, the 21st. As it’s National Poetry Month, there are many things happening in our literary community this month. We hope you’ll make some room for us in your calendar–this month’s reading event will be terrific! We’ll once again be doing our thing at the Stone Spiral Gallery.

Leigh Kolb is an English instructor at East Central College in Union, Missouri. When she’s not teaching composition, literature, and media courses, she writes creative nonfiction and analyzes film and television. Her work has appeared in Bitch MagazineVulture, xoJaneWomen and HollywoodShadow and Act and AndPhilosophy.com. She wrote the chapter “Mothers of Anarchy: Power, Control, and Care in the Feminist Sphere” in the book Sons of Anarchy and Philosophy. She is also currently an editor and staff writer at Bitch Flicks. You can find her on Twitter.

Ben Moeller-Gaa is a haiku poet and a contributing poetry editor to River Styx literary magazine. He is the author of two haiku chapbooks, the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word, 2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor design, 2014). His haiku, essays and reviews have appeared in over 30 journals worldwide including Acorn, FrogpondModern HaikuGently Read Literature, and World Haiku Review as well as in several anthologies including Haiku 21 and Red Moon Press’s annual ‘Best of English Language Haiku’ for 2011-2014. You can find more on Ben online at www.benmoellergaa.com.

Call for Submissions + Announcement: 1st Anniversary Party

Prose|Poem has been bringing St. Louis’s writers, poets, and lit-loving community together for almost a year. To mark this occasion, we’ve invited back all the readers from this first year for a shindig on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The readers joining us are: Elva Maxine Beach, Stefene Russell, Dawn Dupler, Bill Foster, Fred Venturini, Jason Braun, Travis Mossotti, Justin Phillip Reed, Leigh Kolb, and Ben Moeller-Gaa. We’ll be taking over the Stone Spiral Gallery from 7-9 PM to share words once again, but also to celebrate our vibrant community.

That’s where you come in.

We’re opening a call for submissions for three poems or a story or essay of up to 500 words featuring St. Louis or the greater region. Selected pieces will be posted on Prose|Poem’s site and the authors will be invited to read their work at the anniversary party on May 26. Submissions may be e-mailed to prosepoemevent@gmail.com (with a brief cover letter) until May 3, 11:59 PM.

Guidelines:

  • Send up to three poems.
  • Send one story or essay.
  • Work submitted to Prose|Poem must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • We’ll read simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Expect decisions to be made mid-May.
  • The only compensation we can offer is the glory of participating in this joyous occasion and reading with some great, supportive writers and poets.

We can’t wait to see what you send us!

Meet the Readers – March Edition

Next Tuesday, March 24, we’re thrilled to bring you writer Angela Hamilton and poet Jazzy Danziger. It’s going to be great–you should come and see for yourselves.

Angela Hamilton is an associate professor of English at St. Louis Community College and has taught for the American Culture and Literature department at Fatih University in Istanbul (2007-09).  Angela has published on Turkish literature and has traveled extensively in eastern Turkey. In 2012, her project “The Middle East in the Midwest” was awarded a Missouri Humanities Council grant. This funded Meramec’s participation in the Connect Program, an online intercultural project that brings together university students from the West and the Middle East to talk about difficult subjects we face in a post-9/11 world. STLCC was the first community college in the U.S. and the first higher education institution in Missouri to be a part of the program. During the 2013-14 academic year, Angela served as a Fulbright Scholar and taught M.A. courses in world literature and literature of resistance at the University of Jordan in Amman. Her essays on these experiences have appeared in The Southeast Review, Quarterly West, The MacGuffin, and other places.

Jazzy Danziger’s debut collection, Darkroom (University of Wisconsin Press), was the winner of the 2012 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Danziger studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns/Poe-Faulkner Fellow in poetry and the editor of Meridian. She has served as series editor for the Best New Poets anthology since 2011. She lives and works in St. Louis.

These two talents will read in this month’s installment of Prose|Poem at the Stone Spiral Gallery, 2506 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, MO 63143. Tuesday, March 24, 7-9 PM.

Reading Someone Else’s Work: Art and Breath

Last night’s reading event with Travis Mossotti and Justin Phillip Reed reminded me of how much I love the part of the evening when the readers of Prose|Poem exchange work. I always harbor hope that the exchange takes place before the event, but often that’s not possible, so the poet and writer give cold readings of the work. And for a few lines that may show, but sooner or later they settled into each other’s words and that’s where the magic happens.

Robert Hass: Poetic Language

Meet the Readers – February Edition

Next week, Prose|Poem gets to explore the new space (with table service!) at Stone Spiral Gallery. More importantly, Justin Phillip Reed and Travis Mossotti get to explore the venue as a performance space.

Justin Phillip Reed attends the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis. His poems are forthcoming or appear most recently in Vinyl Poetry, joINT., Boston Review, PLUCK!, and Muzzle. YesYes Books will release his chapbook,A History of Flamboyance, in September 2015. He was born and raised in South Carolina.

Travis Mossotti was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award for his first collection of poems About the Dead (USU Press, 2011), and his second collection Field Study won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). Mossotti has also published two chapbooks, and recent poems of his have appeared in issues of the Antioch ReviewBeloit Poetry Journal, Southern Review, and elsewhere.

Up Next: The Second Half of the 2014-15 Season

Happy New Year!

While we don’t have any snow, we are preparing for a brutally cold Wednesday. Perhaps this will warm you up.

We’re pleased to announce the lineup for the remainder of this season:

  • Tuesday, February 17 – Justin Phillip Reed and Travis Mossotti
  • Tuesday, March 24 – Angela Hamilton and Jazzy Danziger
  • Tuesday, April 21 – Leigh Kolb and Ben Moeller-Gaa

The readings will be at the Stone Spiral Gallery in Maplewood. Details and bios forthcoming.