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

Don't miss the last hurrah of summer!

 August 26. for Poetry at the Point with Loy Ledbetter, Christy Callahan and Tamara Blanke....  details are on the readings page.  At the Focal Point, 2720 Sutton, doors 7 pm

Observable Readings begins September 8 at Llywelyns Pub, 7:30pm

Jessica Baran and David Daniels start the series.  See the Observable webpage for bios.

LIT in the LOU is launched and will soon take over in the Delmar Loop.

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 Benedict, William Trowbridge, 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.  The full schedule, including a Friday night cocktail benefit party and Sunday workshops, collaborations and panels throughout the Delmar Loop, will be posted here soon.  We are 8 weeks out and working hard.  Volunteers are needed now and during the event.  Contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see how you can contribute, today.     N. Hughes, Executive Director SLPC  08/15/2014

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)

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The summer sounds of second Fridays and fourth Tuesdays

Poetry at the Point Tuesday, August 26

at the Focal Point at 2720 Sutton with Loy Ledbetter, Christie Callahan and Tamara Blanke. More on the Readings page.

second friday notes next is August 8

at Whole Foods Market in Town and Country, at the intersection of Clayton and Woods Mill Roads. Featured poets are Lenny Smith and Susan Trowbridge Adams with musical guest "Tuffy" singing the blues.  Check out bios on the Readings page.

See photos from the 55th Annual Poetry Concert and Awards on the gallery page... as well as some new images from the Dylan Thomas Event in April.

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