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Poetry at the Point Online: Ben Gaa, Robert Lowes & Phillip McClenton

April 27, 2021 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm


The reading will be streamed live to this event page and to St. Louis Poetry Center’s Facebook page.

Ben Gaa

Ben Gaa is your friendly neighborhood haiku poet. He’s the author of two full length collections of haiku & senryu, One Breath (Spartan Press 2020), and the Touchstone Award winning Wishbones (Folded Word 2018), as well as three chapbooks, the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word 2014), Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (Poor Metaphor Design 2014) and Fiddle in the Floorboards (Yavanika Press 2018). Widely published in journals anthologies around the globe, he enjoys both giving and attending poetry readings, conducting haiku workshops, and being a part of the literary conversation. Ben is a graduate of the Knox College Creative Writing program and works as an IT Functional Analyst for MilliporeSigma (aka Merck KgAA). He currently lives in St. Louis, MO, with his rascal of a cat, Anastasia.

Robert Lowes

Robert Lowes is a writer in St. Louis whose first collection of poetry, titled An Honest Hunger, was published last year by Wipf and Stock Publishers under its Resource Publications imprint. His poems have appeared in journals such as The New Republic, december, Chariton Review, Big Muddy, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Tampa Review, and the Christian Century. december has published interviews of his with Marvin Bell and Jesse Lee Kercheval. For the past eight years, he has coordinated the high school poetry contest of the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, visit robertlowes.com.

Phillip McClenton

Phillip McClenton has been writing since he was 21. He got started after two heartbreaks in one month, and then poetry just started coming out of nowhere. He’s been writing ever since and now he’s a poet/songwriter. He writes his poems in a phone then in a notebook and sometimes he can write 30 to 60 poems a day.