Poetry at the Point


Poetry at the Point is held at The Focal Point, in Maplewood on the 4th Tuesday of the month. This reading series invites local and regional poets, and established and up-and-coming poets to share their words.

The Focal Point is at 2720 Sutton.  Parking is free in the lot on nearby Marietta Avenue or street parking. Readings start at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments available at the Maya Cafe next door. For more information or to read for the series contact Poetry at the Point Curator, Jennifer Adams at [email protected]

June 26, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Robert Nazarene

Robert Nazarene is founding editor of The American Journal of Poetry. In 2006, Mr. Nazarene’s MARGIE / IntuiT House Poetry Series published the winning volume for The National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. He is the author of two collections: CHURCH (2006) and Empire de la Mort (new in 2018) as well as the chapbook Blueberrybiopolarpancakes. His poems appear in Ploughshares, The Atlantic, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The London Magazine, Callaloo and elsewhere. He was educated at The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.


jason n. vasser-elong

jason n. vasser-elong is a poet and essayist that was born and raised in St. Louis, but has maternal ancestral roots in Cameroon, Central Africa. He holds an MFA from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he also studied cultural anthropology and presented his ethnographic research Rhyme and Reason: Poetics as Societal Dialogue. His work appears in Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies – Netherlandic Migrations: Narratives from North America, Black Lives Have Always Mattered (2017), Crossing the Divide: From the Poets of Saint Louis (2016), and Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of The Black Imagination (2016). He was featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch article “Poetry can be an early form of artistic response to trauma,” and appeared in “Never Been a Time,” a documentary written and produced by Denise Ward Brown, about the East St. Louis riots of 1917 that sparked the civil rights movement.  jason served as the curator for Context II, an art exhibition at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles (Aug–Sept 2017). He will be reading from his debut collection of poetry, Shrimp (2 Leaf Press, 2018).


Sarah Raske

Sarah Raske is a programmer at Washington University in St. Louis who also writes poetry and plays board games. Her poems explore emotion in interpersonal relationships. She lives in Maplewood, MO with her husband and two daughters.



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Poetry at the Point poetry series is graciously underwritten by Webster-Kirkwood Times and West End Word.