The Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on second Mondays. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the upstairs loft of the restaurant.

Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.                               Curated by: Jeff Hamilton & Joshua Kryah

Monday, September 12, 2016
7:30 p.m., Dressel’s Public House (CWE)


Allison Funk teaches English and Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has published five books of poems, including Wonder Rooms, (Parlor Press, 2015) and Living at the Epicenter (Northeastern University Press, 1995). Her work has been included in many journals, including The Paris Review; Poetry; Field; and Prairie Schooner. She was educated at Ohio Wesleyan and Columbia University.



Michael O’Leary was born and raised in suburban Detroit, studied classics in college and received a PhD in civil and materials engineering. A founding editor of both LVNG and Flood Editions, he works as a structural engineer in the nuclear power industry and lives with his family in Chicago.



Cassie Donish is an M.F.A. candidate and Olin Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sixth Finch, Jellyfish, THERMOS, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. She is an editor of February, an anthology, holds an M.A. in cultural geography from the University of Oregon, and hails from South Pasadena, California.

Monday, October 3, 2016
7:30 p.m., Dressel’s Public House (CWE)


Anne Winters is the author of The Key to the City (1986), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Displaced of Capital (2004). Her poems address issues of poverty, homelessness, social inequality, and the city of New York. Winters is fluent in French, and her translations include Salamander: Selected Poems of Robert Marteau (1979). Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She is professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago.



Jason Sommer is author of Lifting the Stone (Forest Books, London) Other People’s Troubles and The Man Who Sleeps in My Office (University of Chicago). His latest collection, The Laughter of Adam and Eve (Southern Illinois University), won the Crab Orchard Review Open Competition. He has published translations of Irish language poems and, with Hongling Zhang, collaborative translations of Chinese fiction. A former Mirrielees Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, he has held fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writing Conferences, and has been a recipient of the Whiting Foundation Writer’s Fellowship.

Monday, November 7, 2016
7:30 p.m., Dressel’s Public House (CWE)


Averill Curdy is the author of Song and Error: Poems (2014) and co-editor of The Longman Anthology of Poetry (2006). She earned an MFA at the University of Houston and a PhD at the University of Missouri. She has won the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Council for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Paris Review, and The Kenyon Review. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University.



Stephanie Schlaifer is originally from Atlanta, and is a poet and installation artist in St. Louis. She is the author of Cleavemark (BOAAT Press, 2016). Schlaifer earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she was selected for Best New Poets 2015. Her poems have appeared in Georgia Review, AGNI, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation Cleavemark Drive at the Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts. Schlaifer is currently working on a series of sculptures based on her new manuscript of poems, which investigates the bureaucracy of the brain.

Monday, March 6th, 2017
7:30 p.m., Dressel’s Public House (CWE)


Elizabeth Arnold is winner of an Amy Lowell scholarship, a Whiting Writer’s award, and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Elizabeth Arnold has published four books of poetry, The Reef (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Civilization (Flood Editions, 2006), Effacement (Flood Editions, 2010), and Life (Flood Editions, 2014). Her fifth book of poems, Skeleton Coast, is expected to appear by early 2017. Arnold’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Slate, Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, and The Nation. As a PhD student, she discovered an unpublished novel by the British poet, Mina Loy, which was published by Black Sparrow Press in 1990. She teaches on the MFA faculty of University of Maryland.



Alison C. Rollins was born and raised in St. Louis city. She currently works as the librarian for Nerinx Hall. She is the second prize winner of the 2016 James H. Nash Poetry Contest and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, River Styx, Solstice, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.

Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63108