Sunday Workshops


1:30 p.m.
The High Low
3301 Washington Ave.


St. Louis Poetry Center’s signature program, the Sunday Workshops are the longest running poetry writing workshops in St. Louis.  These workshops are offered as a free service to local poets, with notable poet critics commenting on pre-submitted works in a friendly and constructive group setting.

Poetry workshops are held the third Sunday of each month, September through April, except for December.  The guest poet critic will lead the workshop and provide professional critique on a selection of the pre-submitted manuscripts.  All poems submitted will receive written comments.

Upcoming Guest Critics:
2019-2020 Season

October 20: Jason Sommer
Submissions Due October 13

Jason Sommer holds degrees from Brandeis, Stanford (where he held the Mirrielees Fellowship in Poetry), and St. Louis University and has taught there, and at University College, Dublin.  He has published four poetry collections: Lifting the Stone (1991), Other People’s Troubles (1997), The Man Who Sleeps in My Office (2004), and The Laughter of Adam and Eve (2013).  He translated, along with Hongling Zhang, three novellas by Wang Xiabobo (widely recognized as one of the most important figures of 20th-century Chinese letters) published by the State University of New York Press.  He has also published verse in The New Republic, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and other magazines, and in several anthologies, including The New American Poets.  He was a recipient of a 2001 Whiting Foundation Writer’s Fellowship.  His work has been honored with a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.  From 1985 to 2015 he served as Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Fontbonne University.



Submit only one poem, one page in length, 12pt or 14pt font.  Provide name, mailing address, and email address.   Email submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt.  Submissions due by 12 midnight by the submission deadline listed above (usually Sunday one week prior to the workshop).  Those submitting poems are expected to attend the workshop.

To submit poems by email:
[email protected]
“Workshop Submission” in subject line
Attachment as Microsoft Word document

To submit poems by mail:
Workshop Submission
St. Louis Poetry Center
P.O. Box 300167
St. Louis, MO 63130

Everyone, regardless of experience or SLPC membership, is encouraged to participate. You do not need to submit a poem to attend. Workshops are free and open to the public.