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Poetry at the Point: Kirby Ewald & Kristin Emanuel

January 23 @ 7:30 pm


This 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.

Often, the most engaging art seems to capture some universal essence by being incredibly specific. It gets at the gigantic by getting tiny. The poetry of Kirby Ewald and Kristin Emanuel live in this world of detail because it is the world we live in, too. This month’s reading will reckon with the heartbreak of climate angst by doing our house chores anyway, will take the tiniest detail and turn it over every which way in the light, will lean into dissonance as a way of generating a more honest poetics.


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


Kirby Ewald works in St. Louis as a communications specialist for museums and cultural institutions. She enjoys writing in a variety of forms (poems, essays, short stories, and novels) and is drawn to messages that wrestle with nature, culture, and observation. Her work touches upon her experiences as a museum and zoo professional, a wife and mother, and someone passionate about moving to new places without vetting them first. She is an emerging writer and holds a BA in international relations with minors in creative writing and political science from George Washington University.

Kristin Emanuel holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Kansas where she studied ecofabulism and the comics poetry movement. She is now a PhD student researching Poetry & Poetics at Washington University. In 2022, Donika Kelly selected her as a finalist in Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest. Her latest poems, comics, and reviews have appeared in journals such as ShenandoahThe Indianapolis Review, and Colorado Review, with new poetry forthcoming in I-70 Review and RHINO 2024.


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