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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

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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.

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.

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.

Coming Soon!

Prose|Poem is a 3-part event showcasing St. Louis’s literary talent by featuring a prose writer and a poet.

Each occurrence will go something like this:

1: The poet and writer interact in a series of brief readings.
2: The poet and writer read from each other’s work.
3: The audience participates in a creative contest, such as a 25-word story contest, Mad Libs, trivia game… Something along those lines.

In short, this will be a good time.

Upcoming events at Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios:

Tuesday, 4/29, 7-9 PM – Readers: TBA
Tuesday, 5/20, 7-9 PM – Readers: TBA