With support from the Regional Arts Commission


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, January 9th, 2017
7:30 p.m., Dressel’s Public House (CWE)

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children’s books. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book of poetry, The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, came out in 2011, and her third book, Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin, was published by BOA Editions in 2016. She is the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for emerging women writers. Harrington’s poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines. She has worked as a public librarian and now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.

Jason N. Vasser
is a poet, essayist, and lover of the performing arts that was born and raised in Saint Louis but has roots in Cameroon, Central Africa. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) after studying anthropology and publishing his ethnographic thesis
Rhyme and Reason: Poetics as Societal Dialogue. His poetry has appeared in many local publications and currently has an essay “Treading the Atlantic” under peer review in the special edition of the Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies Netherlandic Migrations: Narratives from North America.

Ryan Patrick Smith
was born in Georgetown, Kentucky. He received his BA in English from Transylvania University and MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He has worked as an editor for
River Styx, Natural Bridge, and WomenArts Quarterly, and served as a community writing instructor and volunteer visiting writer in the schools. His poetry was runner-up in the 2015 Boston Review Poetry Contest and semi-finalist in the 2015 92Y “Discovery” Poetry Contest. His poems appear or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, DIAGRAM, Boston Review, and Salt Hill, among others. Currently, Ryan lives with his partner and a dog named Hudson in St. Louis, where he teaches in the MFA program at Lindenwood University.



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

Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She earned an MA in English from Concordia University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poetry collections include Past Imperfect (2005) and The Irrationalist (2010). She has received the CBC Literary Award for Poetry and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Buffam teaches at the University of Chicago.

Srikanth Reddy
grew up in Chicago. He earned an AB from Harvard College, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in English literature from Harvard University. He is the author of the collection of poems
Facts for Visitors (2004). Reddy’s awards include fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Mellon Foundation. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004) and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (2004). Reddy is the literacy director for the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Chicago.



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