Observable Online

Saint Louis Poetry Center’s Observable series is back for its 17th season, and this year we are going virtual!

The Observable series features local and national poets sharing recently published and new work. Originally started in 2003 by poet Aaron Belz, Observable is a key part of the St. Louis poetry landscape, presenting the liveliness and diversity of contemporary poetry.

Series Curators: Dana Levin & J.R. Tappenden

Observable Readings – Spring 2021

Adrian Matejak & Erin Belieu
Sunday, April 11
3:00 p.m. (CT) – Livestream event
$5 | suggested donation

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ADRIAN MATEJKA is a graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden, which won the New York / New England Award; Mixology, a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series; and The Big Smoke, winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His most recent collection is Map to the Stars, and his new collection of poems Somebody Else Sold the World will be published by Penguin in July 2021. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Bellagio Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and served as Poet Laureate of Indiana for 2018-19.

ERIN BELIEU is the author of five poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press. Her books include Infanta, winner of the National Poetry Series; Black Box, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Slant Six, a New York Times’ Favorite Books Of The Year selection in 2014; and her recent collection, published in February this year, Come-Hither Honeycomb. Belieu’s work has appeared in many places, including the New Yorker, Poetry, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and has been selected for multiple appearances in the Best American Poetry anthology series. Winner of the Rona Jaffe Fellowship, the George Garrett Prize and the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Prize, Belieu teaches in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program Faculty and the Lesley low residency MFA program in Cambridge, MA.


Saint Louis Poetry Center is excited to announce a new Observable series book group: Observable Margins. Led by SLPC teaching artist and local bookseller Sarah Tisdale, the book group will meet to discuss the poets’ featured titles. Book group registration includes a copy of the book and a discussion guide. Book groups are limited to 15 spots, and registration is first come, first serve.

Observable Margins – Spring 2021

Somebody Else Sold the World
by Adrian Matejka
Date TBD (summer 2021)
7:00 p.m. (CT) – Zoom event
$25 | SLPC members
$30 | non-members

Come-Hither Honeycomb
by Erin Belieu
Date TBD
7:00 p.m. (CT) – Zoom event
$25 | SLPC members
$30 | non-members