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CANCELLED – Poetry at the Point: Marie Chewe-Elliott, Jet McDonald & Daniel Biegelson

June 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm


This reading has been CANCELLED due to illness. It will be rescheduled to a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Event attendees are required to wear a mask, and provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon entrance to 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.

Daniel Biegelson is the author of the book of being neighbors (Ricochet Editions) and the chapbook Only the Borrowed Light (VERSE). He serves as the Director of the Visiting Writers Series at Northwest Missouri State University, where he also works as an editor for The Laurel Review. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana and an MA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He hails from New Jersey and lives near Kansas City with his wife and two kids. Find him at danielbiegelson.com.

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