St. Louis Poetry Center

Our Mission

Our passion for poetry guides us to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the infinite possibilities of the written word. We conduct workshops, contests, outreach programs and readings to promote poetry in the community.

Fall Poetry Readings and LIT IN THE LOU

The Fall Newsletter: Request it by email at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (12 pages of info)

Poetry at the Point: September 23, 2014

The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, 63143, doors 7pm, reading 7:30pm.

Poets William Trowbridge, Steven Schroeder, Stefene Russel, and Philip Gounis, see the Readings page for bios.

Second Friday Notes: October 10

Poets Glenn Boothe and Jennifer Adams read at Whole Foods Cafe at Clayton and Woodsmill Roads, 7 pm.

LIT in the LOU is launched: Schedule of events is HERE! October 10 - 12, 2014

also see, FOR PARTY TICKETS, booth reservations, and more.

DID YOU? Grab your pen and circle October 10 - 12 on your calendar.? A "new" book festival is arriving.  The Saint Louis Literary Consortium is deep into planning the first book festival in 4 years, and calling it "Lit in the Lou."  It will focus on local, regional and native St. Louis writers (poets included here), and present 50 (at the very least) writers and their work.  "Lit in the Lou' will be in the Delmar Loop, not with a closed-to-traffic approach, but a "come to the Loop and celebrate the Lou" concept.  The festival style portion on Saturday will be in Ackert Walkway and Park, which connects to Delmar at the Chuck Berry statue next to Fitz's, and across from Blueberry Hill.  This community park is the perfect site for vendors/exhibitors, speaker tents and an open-air book store (run by the Independent Bookstore Alliance).  Top-shelf speakers include Elaine Viets, Ridley Pearson, Ann Leckie, Pinckney Benedic, Bobby Norfolk, Walter Bargen, David Clewell, Jane Ellen Ibur, Sally Van Doren, Richard Newman (and as many other poets as yours-truly can fit into workshops and panels).  Every hour you can choose from two Author Tents (adult, youth) and 3 or 4 Writers Workshops.  Have FUN!  Vendor/exhibitor contracts are here  (you can now share a vendor/exhibitor booth if that works better for you). The full schedule, including a Friday night cocktail benefit party  with the first St. Louis Literary Excellence Award given to William Gass, food, drink, optional costumes and other entertainment (just $25) and Sunday workshops, collaborations and panels throughout the Delmar Loop is here at this link We are just 3 weeks out and working hard.  As a MEMBER you may sign and sell your books at the St. Louis Poetry Center booth for one hour....sign up at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).   Also, Volunteers are needed now and during the event (so sign for an hour and then volunteer for an hour!)  Contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see how you can be a part today.     N. Hughes, Executive Director SLPC  09/22/2014

The Saint Louis Literary Consortium is a literary arts collaborative.  Founding members are St. Louis Poetry Center, St. Louis Writers Guild, PenUltimate Press, Blank Slate Press, Walrus Publishing.  Membership is open to all orgs and businesses, once our non-profit status clears.  Join us in the planning now, (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). also see

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The Fall starts off with Extraordinary Poets

Poetry at the Point: September 23, 2014,

The Focal Point, at 2720 Sutton, 63143.  handicap accessible.

Philip Gounis  began to host and produce “Verbatim”, a monthly showcase of poetry and music on KCLC FM radio in 1976. In the 1980s, Gounis contributed to the work of the Soulard Culture Squad, which performed throughout the Soulard area of St. Louis. He co-founded a magazine of politics and popular culture, Steamshovel Press. In 2005, Intangible Studios released the CD, Form Matters on which Gounis collaborated with musician Rich Kruse. He has published two chapbooks of poetry: Some Of These Have Appeared and Upgrading the Allusion.

Stefene Russell is St. Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor and a member of Poetry Scores (, an arts collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including visual art, music, and food. She is a former co-editor of 52nd City and Princesstårta literary magazines, and her work has appeared in Otis Nebula, The Lumberyard, Bad Shoe, and The Curator. Her books include Go South for Animal Index (2007) and Inferna.

Steven D. Schroeder’s second book, The Royal Nonesuch, won the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University. His poetry is recently available or forthcoming from Barrow Street, The Journal, and Crab Orchard Review. His poems have also appeared by invitation in public transportation, city parks, and business waiting rooms. He serves as co-curator for Observable Readings in St. Louis.

William Trowbridge was appointed to a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Missouri in April 2012. His poetry publications include five full collections, most recently Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks. Having earned a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, he is now a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University. Now living in Lee’s Summit, MO, he teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. He is married to Sue, and they have three children and three grandchildren. 


second friday notes:  October 10, 2014

Whole Foods Market Café in Town & Country site at Woods Mill and Clayton Roads. Free, begins at 7pm.

Glenn Boothe studied English Literature at UMSL.  He is an MFA poetry candidate at UMSL and will graduate in May 2015. Glenn is also a sculptor and culinary artist. He muses that he would like to open a pizzeria-pub-art gallery-studio-open mic venue for pizza lovers, artists, writers and musicians, alike.  He lives with his family in St. Louis, and when he is not pursuing his artistic endeavors, he is working his IT job in the aerospace industry.

Jennifer Adams is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis in English and a graduate of Indiana University in Modern Language. She has been writing and performing for more than 15 years. Her work has been published in Maize, Apt, The Bellerive Review, and others. She has published two chapbooks Prayer, Like a Pilgrimage and Matter and Form. Jennifer frequently volunteers her time teaching poetry courses for underprivileged youth through Girls, Inc. When she is not writing, reading, or performing strange antics on improvisational stages, she works as a development professional for Great Circle.

Music: TBA

Observable Readings: October 13, 2014:

Llywelyn's Pub, 4747 McPherson, upstairs (no elevator), 7:30 pm, donations welcome

Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. He works as an editor and letterpress printer for the micro-press Convulsive Editions and teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

Devin Johnston is the author of several books of poetry including Traveler (FSG, 2011) and Sources (2008), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  A new book,  Far-Fetched, is forthcoming in 2015. He works for Flood Editions, an independent publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University.

Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press, 2013). Her poetry has recently appeared in Blackbird, the Believer, the Boston Review, and Poetry. She lives in Chicago, where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago and is editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought.

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