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Poetry at the Point: Richard Stimac, Andy Chen & Jill Firns

May 23, 2023 @ 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.


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


Richard Stimac has a full-length book of poetry Bricolage (Spartan Press), a forth-coming poetry chapbook Of Water and of Stone (Moonstone) and published over thirty poems in Burningword, Clackamas, december, The Examined Life Journal, Faultline, Havik (Third Place 2021 Poetry Contest), Michigan Quarterly Review, Mikrokosmos (Second Place 2022 Poetry Contest; A.E. Stallings, judge), New Plains Review, NOVUS, Penumbra, Salmon Creek Journal, Talon Review, and Wraparound South. He has also had an informal readings of plays by the St. Louis Writers’ Group and Gulf Coast: Playwright’s Circle, plays published in The AutoEthnographer, Fresh Words and Hive Avenue Literary Journal, and an essay in The Midwest Quarterly. A screenplay of his is in pre-production. He is a poetry reader for Ariel Publishing and Clepsydra.

Andy Chen was born and raised in New Jersey. He is a Kundiman graduate and holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, New England Review, december, The Offing, and Denver Quarterly, and his reviews appear in Hong Kong Review of Books, Hyphen, and Colorado Review. He teaches at John Burroughs School in St. Louis.

Jill Firns is a queer poet and aspiring novelist in St. Louis. As a youngster, she once had a re-imagination of “Roses are Red…” published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and has been interested in writing ever since. She is a devoted attendee of Undercurrent, a weekly poetry workshop lead by internationally-recognized slam poet Desiree Dallagiacomo, and has had work published in Preposition: The Undercurrent Anthology. Through heavy imagery and storytelling masquerading as poetry, she explores relationships with the natural world, with others, and with the self.

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