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.

Take our advice: Don’t miss this.

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.”

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!