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Poetry at the Point: Emerson Gray & Nita Penfold

October 24, 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 >>


Emerson Gray is a disabled genderqueer poet based in southern Illinois. He has been previously published in RFD Magazine as well as the Augment Review, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his work on Crab Fat Magazine. He also served as a poetry editor for Chaotic Merge Magazine and Arrow Rock Journal. Emerson is currently an MFA Creative Writing candidate at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. You can find him on Twitter @Emerson_Gray_

Nita Penfold‘s poetry has been called luminous and soul-stirring and has been widely published in anthologies, including recently in the Charters & Charters text book, Literature & Its Writers (5th edition), the 2021 Women Artist’s Datebook from Syracuse Cultural Workers, and Northeastern University’s journal, Pensive. Her first book, They Stand Up in Broken Shells, won the 2006 Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Poetry Book Award. Her other books are Landing in Oz (2012), The Woman with the Wild-Grown Hair: Complete Poems (2017) and Loreen Says (2022) all available on Amazon. An editor emeritus for Earth’s Daughters magazine, the oldest extant feminist magazine in the US, over 600 of her poems and several short stories have been published in the past 40 years. Nita received her BA in Communication and the Arts from Empire State College and her Master of Arts in Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge MA.


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