Poetry at the Point

Poetry at the Point invites local and regional poets, both established and up-and-coming, for monthly readings on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

For more information or to read for the series contact Poetry at the Point Curator, Andrea Scarpino at [email protected]


POSTPONED – March 24, 2020

Until further notice, following guidelines issued by the City and County of St. Louis, we are suspending Poetry at the Point readings. Please stay tuned for reschedule dates and information.

Jo Schaper

Jo Schaper has written all her life, starting with poetry at age 10. She has been a printer, caver, geologist, travel and outdoors writer, newspaper editor and now a marketing maven and publisher. She has a B.A. in writing from (S)MSU and one in geology from Mizzou. Her early publications were in 1970s small press magazines, where she learned to run a press. She was a member of St. Louis Poetry Center in the late 1970’s. Her early chapbooks include WAM&T: Tracks Back to Tranquillity, Texas: Riding the Twister; Thirteen Windows Looking East, and The Kansas Cowboy Blueberry Angel. The Paw Paw Almanac and Reader (with Steve Nagle) is her first poetry publication in 35 years.

Phillip McClenton

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

Kenneth J. Pruitt

Kenneth J. Pruitt is a teacher at heart and works as a diversity professional in at Children’s Hospital. Recent publications can be found in Rain Taxi, The Ghazal Page, and Nine Mile. He lives in South St. Louis City with his wife and son. Find him on Twitter at @kennethjpruitt.


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2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143

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