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Observable Readings: Tommy Archuleta & Ariana Benson

October 23 @ 7:00 pm

$5 Suggested donation

The reading will be held in-person at High Low, and also streamed live to this event page and to Saint Louis Poetry Center’s Facebook page.

Saint Louis Poetry Center is thrilled to welcome poets Tommy Archuleta and Ariana Benson for Observable Readings.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.


Patrons are encouraged to wear face masks when attending Observable Readings in-person at High Low.


TOMMY ARCHULETA is a native northern New Mexican. He works as a mental health therapist for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Most recently his work has appeared in the New England Review, Laurel Review, Lily Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, Guesthouse, and the Poem-a-Day series sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Susto, his full-length debut collection of poems, published by the Center for Literary Publishing, is a 2023 Mountain/West Poetry Series title. He is also the author of the chapbook, Fieldnotes (Lily Poetry Review & Books, 2023). He lives and writes on the Cochiti Reservation.

ARIANA BENSON was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Her debut collection, Black Pastoral (University of Georgia Press) won the 2022 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Benson has also received the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and the Porter House Review Poetry Prize, and the 2021 Graybeal Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Copper Nickel, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Through her writing, she strives to fashion vignettes of Blackness that speak to its infinite depth and richness.


High Low

3301 Washington Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63103

The Observable Readings series is supported in part by:

Saint Louis Poetry Center

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