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Poetry at the Point: Marie Chewe-Elliott & Jet McDonald

January 24, 2023 @ 7:30 pm


This is a rescheduled event from November 2022. The reading will be held in-person at Focal Point, and also streamed live to this event page and to Saint Louis Poetry Center’s Facebook page.


Patrons are encouraged to wear face masks when attending Poetry at the Point in-person at Focal Point. Learn more >>


Marie Chewe-Elliott is a writer, speaker, and poet in north St. Louis County. She is the author of three books of poetry and a children’s book. Her poems have been published in The St. Louis Anthology, SO Magazine, UMSL’s Litmag, and among winning selections in the 2019 Arts Rolla Writing Competition and Arts in Transit’s 2019 Metro Lines Contest. In 2012, she co-founded North County Writing & Arts Network. Marie’s love of words guided her to a career of more than 30 years in various facets of communications, including newspaper reporter, nonprofit and government communications, and adjunct lecturer. She earned degrees from the University of Mississippi and Webster University.

Jet McDonald (they/them) received their Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where they also served as Poet Laureate. They now work as an organizational facilitator for the St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH – affectionately pronounced “squish”) and are pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. They hope to weave creativity and mental health services into one cohesive career. Jet’s work has appeared in Amygdala, Litmag, Eunoia Review, and Typehouse Literary Magazine, where their poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017.

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