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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 – 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.

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.

Meet the Readers (November Edition)

We’re excited for what 11/18’s reading event will bring, featuring two of Illinois’s finest:

Fred Venturini

He lives in Southern Illinois with his wife, Krissy, and their precocious two-year-old, Noelle. His first novel, The Heart Does Not Grow Back, is forthcoming from Picador in fall 2014.

Jason Braun

“Jason Braun currently teaches English at Western Illinois University. He’s the director of the Online Writing Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He hosts “Literature for the Halibut” a weekly hour-long literary program on KDHX 88.1.

He has published fiction, poetry, reported or been featured in The Riverfont Times, Prime Number, ESPN.com, Big Bridge, The Evergreen Review, SOFTBLOW, The Nashville City Paper, Eunoia Review,Star*Line, Mobius, Camel Saloon, Front Porch Review, Jane Freidman’s blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many more.”

“A Dream of Peaches” – Bill Foster

A Reverie On Peaches

In the caldera of August,

I prepare peaches for winter,

Each perfect beauty plunged into boiling caldron,

Skin, made pale, ashen, loosened by fire,

Protective fuzz floating on troubled surface.

Then plunged into icy bath,

The once-protective layer

Slipping loose from the flesh,

Falling, between thumb and fingers,

Like silk from a youthful frame,

Revealing the sun!

Gloriously bright, gold and garnet,

Burning eyes blind,

A radiant triumph of pleasure and promise,

Ready to rise again

When summer is but a dream to come.

 

 

Peaches. Delicate fruit,

Children of summer’s middle age.

Radiant globes made to blush

By the sun’s loitering gaze.

Coy maidens, when ripe,

Enticing with firm flesh,

Downy cheeks seductively flushed,

Fevered, glowing.

 

 

Temptation is so sweet in summer.

Warm mounds of honey-tart pleasure,

Ready to be palmed, weighed,

Gently pressed, firm yet yielding,

Begging the tempted further,

To bury teeth, lips, face

In the sweet, wet flesh,

Sucking nectar with each bite,

Dripping in rivulets,

Pink-tinged gold,

From fingers and chin,

Lingering, sticky, after the torrent subsides.

 

 

Oh, for the pleasure, the passion, captured, repeated,

When the sun is wan on winter’s frozen watch.

Resurrected amidst the wilderness of frigid white.

They whisper a joyous reminder of warmth and intimacy.

Stolen kisses and impassioned embraces,

Forbidden pleasures, guiltily taken,

In summer fields, woodland hideaways,

On sandy beaches,

In drive-in theaters, back seats,

Humid, sultry, crackling, electric, sweet.

Joy and passion, rich, insistent,

Memories and desires,

Prompted, evoked,

To thaw a frozen heart.

Meet the Readers: October’s Prose/Poem Is Here!

The start of our 2014-2015 season is finally upon us! We’re excited to present Tuesday’s readers:

Dawn Dupler

Dawn’s prose and poetry can be found in Natural Bridge, Paper Nautilus, Chiron Review, Whiskey Island Magazine, Blue Earth Review, and other journals and anthologies. She won first place for poetry in the 2013 Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and Honorable Mention in the 2011 James H. Nash Poetry Contest. Her non-fiction book St. Louis in the Civil War was published in 2014.

Bill R. Foster

Bill Foster is a retired faculty member of the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, where he taught writing and literature. In his new life, he is a poet, artist, adventurer, and booze baron.

Are You Ready?

Friends, the bounty of summer may be coming to an end, but feast upon our fall lineup!

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Feast!

Tuesday, 9/23: Angela Hamilton and Jazzy Danziger

(9/12: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve had to reschedule this event for the spring.)

Tuesday, 10/21: Dawn Dupler and Billy Foster

Tuesday, 11/18: Fred Venturini and Jason Braun

All events are on from 7-9 PM at Stone Spiral in Maplewood, MO.

Put us on your calendars, won’t you? We can’t wait to see you.