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]

August 22, 2017
7:30 p.m.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith is a husband of 60 years, married to the Lovely Linda. They have three sons, two living and one deceased, and three grandsons and a granddaughter. He is retired and his career included a Maintenance Electrician, Director of a Child Care Organization and a Minister. He is a Lover of songs and poetry. He learned of St. Louis Poetry Center through Jennifer Adams. He grew up attending church and loved the songs and the stories they told. He is a student of poems written by others but he is beginning to try his hand at writing as well as appreciating the works of others.


Amanda Wells

Amanda Wells gets lines stuck in her head, and sometimes they work themselves into poems. She has a Masters in English Composition from UMSL and reads her work on stages here and there, including at rundown truckstops. She co-curates and hosts Poems, Prose and Pints at Dressel’s Public House, and has had her words printed in The 2River View, Bellerive, HipMama, and elsewhere.


Ed Kindley

Born in 1934 on a Kansas farm, Ed Kindley received his BA and MSW degrees from K.U. He did five years of refugee relief work in Germany; then 40+ years of professional social work in KC and St. Louis County, retiring in 2003. He was moderator of the St. Louis Poetry MeetUp Group, and is a former board member of the St. Louis Poetry Center. He has no formal writing education, with only 2 poems published — one in high school, one at K.U. (3rd place prize in a campus-wide poetry contest by The Quill Club). He writes because poetry matters!


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