poetry

Meet the Readers – October Edition

October is here, and the calendar is filling up with apple picking, beer festivals, and Halloween parties. So, don’t forget about us in the mix!

Put us down for Thursday, October 20, 7-9 PM, at Stone Spiral Gallery. We’re so happy to be bringing you Bryan Castille and Lizzy Petersen this round.

Bryan Castille earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he won the John C. Schupes Prize for Excellence in Fiction. You can read his fiction in Prairie Schooner, PRISM International, Jonathan: A Journal of Gay Men’s Fiction, New South, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Tin House, Lambda Literary, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, and the Upernavik Artists’ Refugium in Upernavik, Greenland. Currently, he teaches composition and rhetoric at St. Louis University and at St. Louis Community College–Meramec and is writing his first novel.

Lizzy Petersen served as the Managing Editor at River Styx for 2 years and now works as the Grant and Outreach Manager. She teaches at Fontbonne University. Previously, she worked as the Poetry Co-Editor of Sycamore Review at Purdue University, where she received her MFA in Poetry. Her work is forthcoming in RHINO and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find some of here poems here.

Meet the Readers – September Edition

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Prose|Poem on Thursday, September 15, with our first readers of the season, Angela Mitchell and Jen Tappenden.

Angela Mitchell’s stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines, including Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, and others. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was the winner of the 2009 Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review; it was given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV, and listed as one of thirty “Distinguished Stories” in the inaugural issue of New Stories from the Midwest. In 2011, she was honored as a MasterMind recipient by the Riverfront Times for her work in the literary arts. Recently, she attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. Angela holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas, and a B.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. She is the current director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop.

Jen Tappenden is the founding editor of Architrave Press. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she also served as the university’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in The Baltimore ReviewFlywayCompose and elsewhere. Jen is poetry editor for december magazine, an organizer of both the St. Louis Small Press Expo and UMSL’s Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series as well as an all-out-fool for gears, lead type and thick paper. Her chapbook, Independent City, is forthcoming from Wells College Press  where she will also be a visiting writer to coincide with its release this October.

Fall Schedule – 2016

We missed you this summer. But we’re back with another fantastic season in the works.* In the meantime, save some dates:

  • Thursday, September 15 – Angela Mitchell and Jen Tappenden
  • Thursday, October 20 – Bryan Castille and Lizzy Peterson
  • Thursday, November 17 – Ryan Krull and Jennifer Goldring

All reading events will be at the Stone Spiral Gallery, 2506 Sutton Blvd., from 7-9 PM. Doors to the gallery will open at 7. Stop by beforehand and grab a bite and a drink at the Stone Spiral.

We look forward to seeing your lovely faces soon. 

*Lineup updated on 9/13.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Poets and Writers: The Night Is Young, but the Deadline Approaches

There’s still time to send in your response pieces for the Eve Jones reading on Monday night. So, sit right down and that poem or short-short you’ve been working on before you head out for your Saturday night activities, you minx!

E-mail your response piece to sarahkuntzjones at gmail dot com.

 

Call for Poems and Short-Short Stories – Due 5.10.14

The call for art in response to Eve Jones’s poems has closed, and here are the results. Thanks to Andi Kozak, Mark Swain, and Daryl Tegtmeier for their contributions to this project.

Poets and writers: Take a gander at the posted work, and respond to one or more of them in a poem or short-short (flash) story. We will accept up to five poems per submission or two flash fiction pieces of 500 or fewer words.

Submit your work (in DOCX, DOC, or RTF) with a cover letter to sarahkuntzjones at gmail dot com by 11:59 PM on Saturday, 5.10.14.

Accepted submissions will be part of the reading event with Eve Jones on 5.12.14 at the Mud House, 2101 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO, 63118.