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Meet the Readers – November Edition

The next reading is on November 17, 2016, doors at 7 PM, at the Stone Spiral Gallery in Maplewood.

We’re so thrilled to be wrapping up our 2016 schedule with November’s readers, Ryan Krull and Jennifer Goldring:

Ryan Krull‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, Hobart online, Words in Light and Whiskey Island. He teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and can be found on Twitter @RyanWKrull.

Check out some of Ryan’s prose here: A short short story and an essay on St. Louis’ own Carl Phillips.

Jennifer Goldring is a writer, photographer, and editor in St. Louis. She has an MFA in creative writing and a BA in economics.  When she isn’t writing, taking photos, or hanging out with her two children she is Managing Editor for december magazine. Her poetry can be found in ALIVE Magazine, Architrave, Tar River Poetry and other publications. Her photography can be found at www.junipertreestudio.com.

 

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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.

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

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.

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.