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Poetry at the Point is held at The Focal Point in Maplewood on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  This reading series invites local and regional poets, and established and up-and-coming poets to share their words.

The Focal Point is at 2720 Sutton.  Parking is free in the lot on nearby Marietta Avenue or street parking.  Readings start at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to read for the series contact Poetry at the Point Curator, Andrea Scarpino at [email protected]



January 28, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Poetry at the Point kicks off the election year with a fun presidential reading by St. Louis Poetry Center’s current and past board presidents.
Dwight Bitikofer

Dwight Bitikofer is a St. Louis poet and a publisher of three local community newspapers. He currently serves on St. Louis Poetry Center’s board as president emeritus. Bitikofer’s poems have been published in Natural Bridge, Oberon, Crossing the Divide and elsewhere.  He was the winner of St. Louis Poetry Center’s James H. Nash Members Contest in 2013, and for many year’s curated St. Louis Poetry Center’s second friday notes. Bitikofer has been active on the open mic circuit, and does “Po-Jazz” performances with local jazz artist Raven Wolf. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Webster University for his decades of publishing community newspapers. He enjoys travel, is parent of three adult children and lives in Webster Groves. He is a native of a central Kansas farm his grandfather began around 1910. It continues to be tilled by a family member. His Kansas roots have influenced many of his poems.

Ted Mathys

Ted Mathys is the author of Null Set (Coffee House Press, 2015) and two previous books of poems. A new collection, Gold Cure, is forthcoming in 2020. The recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Poetry Society of America and Saint Louis Regional Arts Commission, his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, Boston Review, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. He teaches at Saint Louis University, curates the 100 Boots Poetry Series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for St. Louis Poetry Center.

Mary Ruth Donnelly

Mary Ruth Donnelly has published two chapbooks, Weaving the Light and Tomb Figure. Her work has appeared in Sou’wester, Bad Shoe, Natural Bridge, River I-70 Review, Sugar Mule, Cottonwood Review, The Scaldy Detail (Ireland) and other journals and in the anthologies Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens, Down to the Dark River, and in Breathing Out, produced by her women’s poetry collective, Loosely Identified. She retired from Southwestern Illinois College where she taught literature and rhetoric, and was a Faculty Member of the Year. She is active around St Louis, Missouri’s poetry as a board member and past president of St Louis Poetry Center.

Robert Lowes

Robert Lowes is a poet whose work has appeared in some two dozen journals, including The New Republic, The Christian Century, Big Muddy, december, The Chariton Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and The Tampa Review as well as two anthologies: An Introduction to the Prose Poem, and Floodstage: An Anthology of St. Louis Poets. His debut collection An Honest Hunger (Wipf & Stock) will be released in fall 2020. He coordinates St. Louis Poetry Center’s high school poetry contest. A free-lance journalist and newbie guitarist, Robert lives with his wife Saundra and their notorious tomcat Jerry in University City, MO.

Keith Byler

Keith Byler is a native St. Louisan and a mostly retired physician who spent ten years in the trenches of Emergency Medicine followed by 20 years in private practice. His writing is often informed by his professional experiences as well as his love of the natural world. His poems have appeared in Emergency: True Stories From the Nation’s E.R.’s, Hurricane Blues, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Untamed Ink, Floodstage, Thema, as well as his medical school newspaper, Still Kickin’. He is also a winner of the Metro Arts in Transit 2008 Poetry in Motion contest.