Observable Readings


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. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant.

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

October 2, 2017
7:30 p.m.

Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her first collection of poetry, Lessons on Expulsion, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in fall 2017. Her young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, scheduled for fall 2017. Her nonfiction has also appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargeant Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Princeton Arts Fellow.


Pamela Garvey

Pamela Garvey’s poetry, fiction and book reviews have appeared in Esquire, Missouri Review, Margie, Spoon River Poetry review, The North American Review and many other journals. Honors include being a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation prize. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Things Impossible to Swallow (2River Press, 2013), and Fear (Finishing Line Press, 2008), a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition and a full-length collection of poems, Seven Miles Deep (Five Oaks Press, 2017). Garvey is professor of English at St. Louis Community College and co-founder of Words on Purpose, a committee of socially concerned writers who organize a benefit literary reading series.


JR Tappenden

JR Tappenden is the founding editor of Architrave Press. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she also served as the university’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Flyway, Compose, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor for december magazine, an organizer of both the St. Louis Small Press Expo and UMSL’s Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series as well as an all-out-fool for gears, lead type, and thick paper. She was a visiting writer at Wells College in October 2016 to coincide with the release of her chapbook, Independent City (2017), from Wells College Press.


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