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.
Jennifer Perrine is the author of No Confession, No Mass, winner of the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; In the Human Zoo, recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body Is No Machine, winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Jennifer teaches courses in creative writing and social justice and directs the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the forthcoming book of poems Thief in the Interior. He’s also co-authored a book of poems and conversations called Prime. He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-, Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing from the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry.
Keith Byler is a physician with ten years in the trenches of the emergency room and is now in private practice. His poems have appeared in Emergency: True Stories From the Nation’s E.R.’s, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Thema, and Hurricane Blues.
Crawford “Ford” Fanter is an actor, filmmaker, writer, and musician based in St. Louis where he was born and raised. During his off time, he enjoys a stiff Shirley Temple and writing short one- to two- sentence biographies about himself.
MUSIC: Erika May Randolph
The Proud to Be Consortium is proud to present volume 3 of writings by veterans and their families: Proud to Be: Writings by American Warriors, volume 3. Published by Southeast Missouri State University Press with editor Susan Swartwout, the 3rd volume has a reading and release event on Saturday, December 13, 1 pm, at the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton. The event is free and open to the public. A reception follows the reading. The consortium includes the Missouri Humanities Council, Warriors Arts Alliance, South East Missouri State University Press and The St. Louis Poetry Center.