Observable Online

St. 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 – Fall 2020

Rick Barot & Benjamin Garcia
Sunday, November 1
3:00 p.m. (CST) – Livestream event
$5 | suggested donation

Enjoy the livestream here:
https://stlouispoetrycenter.org/observable/
Or here:
https://www.facebook.com/stlouispoetrycenter/live


NEW OBSERVABLE BOOK GROUP!

St. 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, a discussion guide, and a special visit with the poet. Book groups are limited to 15 spots, and registration is first come, first serve.

Observable Margins – Fall 2020

The Galleons
by Rick Barot
Wednesday, November 11
7:00 p.m. (CST) – Zoom event
$25 | SLPC members
$30 | non-members

THROWN IN THE THROAT
by Benjamin Garcia
Friday, November 13
7:00 p.m. (CST) – Zoom event
$25 | SLPC members
$30 | non-members

$ 30.00
Book group registration includes a copy of the book, a discussion guide, and a special visit with Rick Barot.
Personal Info

Billing Details

Donation Total: $30.00

$ 30.00
Book group registration includes a copy of the book, a discussion guide, and a special visit with Benjamin Garcia.
Personal Info

Billing Details

Donation Total: $30.00


RICK BAROT was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books.  Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award.  It was also a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.  His work has appeared in numerous publications, including PoetryThe New RepublicTin HouseThe Kenyon Review, and The New Yorker.  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Stanford University.  He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University.  He is also the poetry editor for New England Review.  His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2020.

BENJAMIN GARCIA’s first collection, THROWN IN THE THROAT (Milkweed Editions, August 2020), was selected by Kazim Ali for the 2019 National Poetry Series. He works as a sexual health and harm reduction educator throughout the Finger Lakes region of New York. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in: AGNI, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Lithub, and New England Review. Find him at benjamingarciapoet.com.