Saint Louis Poetry Center’s Observable series celebrates its 20th season!

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

Observable Readings – Fall 2023

Tommy Archuleta & Ariana Benson
Monday, October 23
7:00 p.m. (CDT) – In-person at High Low + Livestream Event
$5 | suggested donation

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TOMMY ARCHULETA is a native northern New Mexican. He works as a mental health therapist for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Most recently his work has appeared in the New England Review, Laurel Review, Lily Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, Guesthouse, and the Poem-a-Day series sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Susto, his full-length debut collection of poems, published by the Center for Literary Publishing, is a 2023 Mountain/West Poetry Series title. He is also the author of the chapbook, Fieldnotes (Lily Poetry Review & Books, 2023). He lives and writes on the Cochiti Reservation.

ARIANA BENSON was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Her debut collection, Black Pastoral (University of Georgia Press) won the 2022 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Benson has also received the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and the Porter House Review Poetry Prize, and the 2021 Graybeal Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Copper Nickel, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Through her writing, she strives to fashion vignettes of Blackness that speak to its infinite depth and richness.

The Observable Readings series is supported in part by: