Sunday Workshops

PLEASE  NOTE : The Sunday Workshop/Critiques are NOW on Second  Sundays

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The Sunday Workshop/Critiques are the longest running poetry writing workshops in St. Louis, offered as a free service to local poets with noted poet critics commenting on presubmitted works in a friendly and constructive group setting.

Poetry workshops are held the second Sunday of the month from September through April at 1:30 pm in the auditorium of the University City Library, 6702 Delmar, University City, MO. The guest poet/critic will lead the workshop and provide professional critique on a selection of the pre-submitted manuscripts. All poems submitted will receive written comments. You may submit poems via U.S. Mail or e-mail to be received by 12 midnight on Sunday, the week previous to the workshop. If submitting by mail, send one copy of the poem to Workshop Submission, St. Louis Poetry Center, 567 North & South, #8, St. Louis, MO 63130. If submitting by e-mail, (note new email address) send as an attachment in Microsoft Word to and put “Workshop Submission” in the Subject Line. If an email response is not received in 48 hours, please re-send or call 973-0616.

With either method, submit only one poem and no longer than one page, in vertical format with only one column of text. This way we can cover the work of more poets during each workshop. Use 12 or 14 point font only. If using a pen name, provide real name and mailing address. Poet should plan to attend the workshop.

Everyone, regardless of experience or membership in SLPC, is encouraged to participate. You do not need to submit a poem to attend. Workshops are free and open to the public.



Upcoming Guest Critics:

Sunday Workshop Schedule Fall 2016

September 11: Catherine Rankovic

During 2015-16, Catherine Rankovic’s poems appeared in Midwestern Gothic, River Styx, Section 8, and December; poems are forthcoming in Garbanzo and Bacopa Literary Review. A flash essay appeared in River Teeth in January 2016. Her books include the poetry chapbook Hide and Sex; Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis; Island Universe: Essays and Entertainments; Fierce Consent and Other Poems, and Guilty Pleasures: Indulgences, Addictions, and Obsessions. She received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught from 1989 to 2010. She teaches poetry and creative-nonfiction writing in the online M.F.A. program at Lindenwood University and has judged many literary contests.

October 9: Kathryn Nuernberger

Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two poetry collections, The End of Pink, which received the James Laughlin award from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone, which won the Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press. A collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past, is forthcoming from OSU Press in 2017. Recent poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Cincinnati Review, Crazyhorse, Field Prairie Schooner, West Branch and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as the director of Pleiades Press.

November 13: Treasure Shields Redmond

Treasure Shields Redmond is a St. Louis metro based poet, speaker, diversity and inclusion coach, and social justice educator. Her book chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hamer (Argus house press, 2015) focuses on the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Over a 20 year educational career, Treasure has facilitated dialogues about poetry, pedagogy, and justice. Combining her gifts (writing, coaching, and presenting) with her passion (diversity and inclusion), Treasure is able to lead strategic plan writing and facilitate beginning dialogues about race, gender, class, and ability. Presently, Treasure divides her time between being an assistant professor of English at Southwestern Illinois College and doctoral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Treasure writes about issues of social justice on her website at