poetry series

 


upcoming

reading 29

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Justin Phillip Reed


A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the The Kitchen, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, REVERSE in Denmark and the Poesiefestival in Berlin. As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors and El Museo del Barrio and is the co-founder and co-editor of Coon Bidness/ SO4magazine. A native of Harlem, LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards; of them include New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Laundromat Project and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Justin Phillip Reed is the author of the forthcoming chapbook, A History of Flamboyance (YesYes Books). His poems appear—or soon will—in Kenyon ReviewObsidianVinyljoINT.The Offing,Boston Review, and elsewhere. He lives in St. Louis, where he is a Junior Writer-in-Residence at Washington University. He was born and raised in South Carolina.





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reading 28

Joshua Edwards

Susan Scarlata

Lynn Xu


Joshua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. He's the author of three books of poetry, Architecture for Travelers, Imperial Nostalgias, and Campeche, and a photography collection, Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa. He's also the translator of Mexican poet Maria Baranda's book-length poem, Ficticia.

Susan Scarlata has lived and taught writing in Denver, Hong Kong, PIttsburgh, San Francisco, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Scarlata's book, It Might Turn Out We Are Real, is available from Horseless Press. She is the Editor and Publisher of the independent literary press Lost Roads, which runs the Besmilr Brigham Award for Women Writers. Scarlata's recent work can be found in the Van-Gogh Gogh Anthology and on the PEN America website. She lives in Jackson, Wyoming with her wife and many wild animals.

Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and June (a chapbook from Corollary Press). When not traveling, she lives in Marfa, Texas, where she co-edits Canaraium Books.



reading 27

Sunday, April 26 at 7 PM

Brandon Brown

John Coletti

Erica Kaufmann


Brandon Brown is the author of four books, most recently Top 40 and Flowering Mall, both from Roof Books. His work has appeared recently in Open Space, the blog and magazine of SFMOMA, Art Practical, Maggy, Elderly, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Where Eagles Dare.  He lives in Oakland.


John Coletti is the author of Deep Code (City Lights, 2014), Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books, 2010), Same Enemy Rainbow (fewer & further 2008), and Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs 2005). With Anselm Berrigan, he is the author of the limited edition Skasers (Flowers & Cream, 2012). He is the recipient of a 2014 NYFA Artists’ Fellowship and recent work has been included in Best American Experimental Writing (Omnidawn 2014).


Erica Kaufman is the Associate Director of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard. She is the author of INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). She is also the co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards and of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014).





AWP Off-Site Reading

Saturday, April 11 at 6-10 PM

at The White Page Gallery in Minneapolis, MN


featuring poets:

Corina Copp

Nick Demske

Nathaniel Farrell

E. Tracy Grinnell

Johannes Göransson

Stefania Heim

Lucy Ives

Chris Martin

Daniel Poppick

Susan Scarlata

Mary Austin Speaker

Matvei Yankelevich





reading 26

Friday, March 20 at 7 PM


Robert Adamson

Anja Utler (trans. Kurt Beals)


Robert Adamson lives with his partner, photographer Juno Gemes, on the Hawkesbury River to the north of Sydney in Australia. Born in 1943, he grew up in Neutral Bay, a harbourside suburb of Sydney. As a juvenile delinquent, he often sought refuge on the Hawkesbury at the home of his paternal grandfather, who fished its waters for over four decades. During a tumultuous youth, he found his way to poetry, and over the past five decades he has produced twenty books of poetry and three books of prose. From 1970 to 1985 he was the driving force behind New Poetry, Australia’s cutting-edge poetry magazine, and in 1987, with Gemes, he established Paper Bark Press. He has won all the major Australian poetry awards, including the Christopher Brennan Prize for lifetime achievement, the Patrick White Award, and The Age Book of the Year Award for The Goldfinches of Baghdad (Flood Editions, 2006). His most recent book is Net Needle (Flood Editions, 2015). He currently holds the Chair in Poetry at the University of Technology, Sydney.


Anja Utler was born in Schwandorf (Germany) in 1973, and currently shuttles between Vienna, where she teaches poetry at the University of Applied Arts, and Regensburg, where she is involved in a research project on the perception of spoken poetry. In 2003 she received her PhD at the University of Regensburg with a dissertation on Russian Modernist poetry. Her poetry collection "münden – entzüngeln" won the coveted "Leonce-und-Lena-Preis" for Poetry in 2003. The American translation by Kurt Beals, "engulf – enkindle," was a Best Translated Book Award finalist in 2012. For her innovative poetic exploration of political issues such as ecology in her latest book ausgeübt. Eine Kurskorrektur, she was awarded with the "Basler Lyrikpreis" (Basel Poetry Prize) in 2014. Utler's works explore the impact of different media and modes of perception on the experience of a text: her works "brinnen" (2006) and "jana, vermacht" (2009) were both published in print and audio formats; "jana, vermacht" was also transformed into an installation for an exhibition in 2014. Anja Utler comes to St. Louis from Oberlin College, where she is the current Max Kade German writer in residence.


Kurt Beals is Assistant Professor of German at Washington University, with research focusing on experimental movements in 20th-century and contemporary German poetry, including Dada, Concrete poetry, and digital poetry. In addition, he has translated a wide range of works from German into English, including Anja Utler's "engulf--enkindle," which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation and the Best Translated Book Award. His translation of the short-story collection "The Country Road" by the Swiss author Regina Ullmann, which appeared last month from New Directions, received a grant from the PEN/Heim Translation Fund. He is currently completing a translation of the book "Is that Kafka?", a scrapbook-style collection of letters, diary entries, anecdotes and fragments by the Kafka biographer Reiner Stach.



(Secret) gondo poetry reading (at Paul’s Place)

Noah Eli Gordon

Mathias Svalina

Joshua Marie Wilkinson


Noah Eli Gordon is the author of eight books, including The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. He is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor withThe Volta, and an Assistant Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado–Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press. Gordon's most recent book is The Word KINGDOM in the Word Kingdom


Joshua Marie Wilkinson grew up in Seattle. He's the author of Swamp Isthmus, The Courier's Archive & Hymnal, and Meadow Slasher (from Black Ocean and Sidebrow Books). He runs a journal called The Volta and a press called Letter Machine Editions. He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.


Mathias Svalina was born in Chicago. He is the author of WASTOID (Big Lucks Books, 2014), THE EXPLOSIONS (Subito Press, 2012), I AM A VERY PRODUCTIVE ENTREPRENEUR (Mud Luscious Press, 2011) and DESTRUCTION MYTH (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009). With Zachary Schomburg, he co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He currently teaches writing and literature in Denver, Colorado.

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reading 25

Saturday, February 28 at 7 PM


Michael Morse

Stefene Russell

Jillian Weise


Michael Morse has published poems in various journals—including A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, jubilat, The Literary Review, Ploughshares, Spinning Jenny, and Tin House—and in the anthologies Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn; Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days; and The Best American Poetry, 2012. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. His first book, Void and Compensation, is forthcoming from Canarium Books.

Stefene Russell is St Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor and a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including music, visual art, and food. Her books include Go South For Animal Index (2007) and Inferna (2013). She is currently at work on a cycle of short stories which were sparked by a truly weird archival photograph titled “Unidentified Man With Suitcase.”

Jillian Weise is the author of The Book of Goodbyes (BOA Editions, 2013), which received the 2013 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, which recognizes a superior second book of poetry by an American poet. Her debut poetry collection, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2007. Weise is also the author of the novel The Colony (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, 2010). Her other honors include a Fulbright Fellowship and the 2013 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award from BOA Editions. She teaches at Clemson University and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

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reading 24

Saturday, January 24 at 7 PM


Gracie Leavitt

Zachary Schomburg


Poet and translator Zachary Schomburg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Iowa. He earned a BA from the College of the Ozarks and a PhD in creative writing-poetry from the University of Nebraska. His books of poetry include The Man Suit (Black Ocean, 2007), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean, 2009), Fjords vol 1 (Black Ocean, 2012) and The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean, 2014). Schomburg co-edits Octopus Books and lives in Portland, Oregon.


Gracie Leavitt was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Maine in a log cabin her parents built, and made a home in New York after graduating from Bard College with a BA in human rights and from Brooklyn College with an MFA in poetry. She is the author of the poetry collection Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star (Night Boat, 2014) and the chapbook Gap Gardening; her poems, articles, and translations from Spanish have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. She currently lives and works in St. Louis.

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reading 23

Friday, November 14 at 7 PM


Corina Copp

Karla Kelsey


Corina Copp is a writer based in New York. She is the author of chapbooks ALL STOCK MUST GO (Shit Valley Verlag, Cambridge, UK 2014), Miracle Mare (Trafficker Press 2013), Pro Magenta / Be Met (UDP 2011); and her poems, critical writing, and performance texts have appeared in BOMB, SFMOMA’s Open Space, The Claudius App, Boston Review, Triple Canopy’s Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, and elsewhere. A three-part performance, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love, has been presented in excerpts at Home Alone 2, NYC Prelude Festival, Dixon Place, and in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is a curator at the Segue Foundation, and her first full-length book of poetry, The Green Ray, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2015.


In addition to A Conjoined Book recently out from Omnidawn Press, Karla Kelsey is also author of Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary and Iteration Nets, both from Ahsahta Press. She edits and writes for the Constant Critic and is co-publisher of SplitLevel Texts. Reviews of A Conjoined Book can be found at The Rumpus, Black Ocean, The Colorado Review, and Publishers Weekly. A recent interview with her about the book is up on Rob Mclennan's blog.


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reading 22

Dorothea Lasky

Alex Dimitrov


Alex Dimitrov is the author of American Boys (2012) and Begging for It (2013). In 2014 he launched Night Call, a multimedia poetry project through which he read poems to strangers in bed and online. Dimitrov is also the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. His poems have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Slate, Poetry Daily, Tin House, Boston Review, and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize in 2011. He is the Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.


Dorothea Lasky is the author of four poetry collections: ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton), Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and the Boston Review, among many other publications. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and lives in Brooklyn.

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reading 21

Friday, September 19 at 7 PM


Adam Clay

Ada Limón

Philip Matthews


Adam Clay is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). A third book of poems, Stranger, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. He co-edits TYPO Magazine and teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield. For more, go to adamclay.org.


Ada Limón is the author of three collections of poetry, Sharks in the Rivers, This Big Fake World, and Lucky Wreck. Her fourth book, Bright Dead Things, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Daily, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more, go to adalimon.com.


Philip Matthews is the programs coordinator at Pulitzer Arts Foundation and a yoga teacher-in-training. His poems have recently appeared in Denver Quarterly, Tammy, and The Laurel Review; and his chapbook, Living Now at Floral Park, is forthcoming from Similar:Peaks:: In the spring of 2014, he collaborated with photographer Carly Ann Hilo on And bone branch sea, a photo-poetic experiment; and he is currently working on a project that mixes poetry and drag performance. 

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Poetry of Its Own Making

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6-9 PM

A poetry event held at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, in conjuction with the exhibition Art of Its Own Making, featuring Claudia Rankine and Christian Bok.

Plus, a somatic poetry exercise by CA Conrad; and a Twitter account take-over by Paul Legault & Kate Durbin.

More about the event here.

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reading 20

Friday, May 16 at 7 PM


Lucy Ives

Jackie Clark


Jackie Clark is a poet living in Jersey City. She is the series editor of Poets off Poetry and Song of the Week for Coldfront Magazine and is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is the author of Aphoria (Brooklyn Arts Press) and the forthcoming chapbook Sympathetic Nervous System (Bloof Books), among others, and occasionally writes for Yoga City. More can be found online at nohelpforthat.com.


Lucy Ives was born in New York City and earned her BA from Harvard College and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first collection, the book-length poem Anamnesis (2009), won the Slope Editions Book Prize. She is also the author of the “brief novel” Nineties (2013) and a poetry and essay collection, Orange Roses (2013). Ives won an Iowa Arts Fellowship, as well as a MacCracken Fellowship. She is a deputy editor at Triple Canopy and lives in New York City, where she is completing a PhD in comparative literature at New York University.

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reading 19

Friday, April 25 at 7 PM


Joyelle McSweeney

Johannes Göransson


Joyelle McSweeney is the author of several books, including: two volumes of poetry, The Red Bird (Fence, 2001) and The Commandrine and Other Poems (Fence, 2004); three works of hybrid fiction: Salamandrine: 8 Gothics (Tarpaulin Sky, 2013), Flet (Fence, 2008), and Nylund, the Sarcographer (Tarpualin Sky, 2007); as well as Percussion Grenade (Fence, 2012), a collection of poems and plays. With her husband, Johannes Göransson, McSweeney is a co-founder and co-editor of Action Books and Action, Yes, a press and web quarterly for international writing and hybrid forms. She writes regularly contributes reviews to Rain Taxi, The Constant Critic, and other venues, as well as to the blog Montevidayo, and teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Notre Dame.


Johannes Göransson is the author of Haute Surveillance (Tarpaulin Sky, 2013) and Entrance to a colonial pageant in which we all begin to intricate (Tarpualin Sky, 2011), Dear Ra (A Story In Flinches), Pilot (Johann the Carousel Horse), and A New Quarantine Will Take My Place (Apostrophe Books, 2007). Göransson is also the translator of several books, including Aase Berg’s Dark Matter and Transfer Fat. Together with his wife, Joyelle McSweeney, he co-edits Action Books, and with John Woods he runs Action, Yes. He teaches at the University of Notre Dame and blogs at Montevidayo.

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The Triumph of Poverty

A reading at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis organized in tandem with Nicole Eisenman’s mid-career survey, “Dear Nemesis”


Poets included: Mary Jo Bang, Devin Johnston and Carl Philips


Wednesday, April 2 at 7 PM


More about the event here.

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reading 18

Friday, March 28 at 7 PM


Anne Boyer

Josh Kryah


Anne Boyer's works include Good Apocalypse, Art is War, The 2000s, Selected Dreams with a Note on Phrenology, The Romance of Happy Workers, and My Common Heart. As well, her work, A Form of Sabotage, was published in translation by the Turkish collective Kült Neşriyat in 2013. She has a forthcoming novel, JOAN, and a forthcoming book of prose, The Innocent Question. Recent writing can be found in The New Inquiry and Spolia. She is an Assistant Professor of the liberal arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.


Joshua Kryah is the author of two poetry collections, We Are Starved (2011), and Glean (2007). He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow in poetry. In 2013 he was awarded an NEA fellowship and was the Thornton Writer-in-Residence at Lynchburg College as well as the Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi. Since 2007 he has been poetry editor of Witness magazine. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

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reading 17

Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7 PM


Jeff Hamilton

Dan Poppick


Jeff Hamilton teaches writing at Washington University. Born in Chicago, raised in West St. Louis county, he was educated at Denison University, the University of Iowa (MFA 1986) and Washington University (PhD 2001). He has worked as a journalist, and edited Delmar, a literary journal he co-founded with Scott McKelvie, for fifteen years. His poems and essays have appeared in The Denver Quarterly, FENCE, Pleiades, The Chicago Review, and Natural Bridge, while his scholarship is included in RE: Working the Ground: Essays on the Late Writings of Robert Duncan. Recently, he served as a co-curator of Observable Readings, with Bob Lowes.


Daniel Poppick is the author of the chapbook Vox Squad, forthcoming from Petri Press. Recipient of the 2012 BOMB Magazine Poetry Prize, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jubilat, The Claudius App, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, co-publishes The Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel, and curates the Antibody Series in Iowa City.

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reading 16

Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7 PM


Graham Foust

E. Tracy Grinnell


Graham Foust is the author of five books of poems, including Necessary Stranger (a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in 2007) and To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions, 2013). His poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Poetry, The Nation, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Boston Review, American Letters and Commentary, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, Verse, and Fence. With Samuel Frederick, he has translated three books by the late German poet Ernst Meister, including In Time’s Rift (Wave Books, 2012) and Wallless Space (forthcoming in 2014).


E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of Helen: A Fugue (Belladonna Elder Series #1, 2008), Some Clear Souvenir (O Books, 2006), and Music or Forgetting (O Books, 2001). New and recent work is collected in the manuscripts portrait of a lesser subject (forthcoming from Elis Press), Hell Figures, and All the Rage. She is also the author of the limited edition chapbooks Mirrorly, A Window (flynpyntar press, 2009), Leukadia (Trafficker Press, 2008), Hell and Lower Evil (Lyre Lyre Pants on Fire, 2008), Humoresque (Blood Pudding/Dusie #3, 2008) Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson (gong chapbooks, 2006), Of the Frame (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2004), and Harmonics (Melodeon Poetry Systems, 2000). Grinnell’s poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, and Portuguese. She has taught creative writing at Pratt Institute, Brown University, and in the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.


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reading 15

Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7 PM:


Lynn Melnick

Prageeta Sharma


Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections: Bliss to Fill,The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, and the recent Undergloom (2013). She was a recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award. She is a Professor of English at the University of Montana.


Lynn Melnick is the author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in The Awl, BOMB, Guernica, Paris Review, and A Public Space, among others. Her fiction has appeared in Opium and Forklift, Ohio, and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, Coldfront, LA Review of Books, Poetry Daily, VIDAweb and other venues. She was born in Indianapolis, raised in Los Angeles, and currently lives in Brooklyn.


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reading 14

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 7 PM


Elaine Bleakney


Wang Jiaxin


Mathias Svalina


Elaine Bleakney is the author of two books of prose poetry: 20 Paintings by Laura Owens(Poor Claudia, 2013) and For Another Writing Back (Sidebrow Books, 2014). Her writing has appeared in At Length, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, Verse Daily, The Volta and others. She is an art editor for At Length, a place for long-form writing, and the editor of the tear-apart poetry anthology Poem In Your Pocket (Abrams, 2009). A native of Arizona, Elaine was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives with her husband and son in Asheville, North Carolina. She works at Penland School of Crafts.


Born in Hubei in 1957, Wang Jiaxin is the author of five collections of poetry, nine books of literary essay and criticism, and two books of translation. In 1985 he moved to Beijing and began working as an editor for the journal Poetry. Since 2006 he has been teaching creative writing at Renmin University in Beijing, where is also the director of the International Writing Center.


Mathias Svalina was born in Chicago, where his parents were both chemists. He is the author of three books, most recently The Explosions from Subito Press. His work has been published widely in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, The Boston Review, Diagram, jubilat, and Typo. He has won fellowships and awards from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Iowa Review and New Michigan Press among other places. With With Alisa Heinzman, Hajara Quinn and Zachary Schomburg, he co-edits Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books. He currently teaches writing and literature in Denver, Colorado. Big Lucks will release his book Wastoid in 2014.


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reading 13

Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 7 PM

Stephanie Anderson

Dot Devota

Brandon Shimoda

Stephanie Anderson is the author of In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments (Horse Less Press) and four chapbooks.  She edits the micropress Projective Industries and lives in Chicago.


Dot Devota is from a family of ranchers and rodeo stars. She is the author of The Eternal Wall (Cannibal Books; Canadian edition just published by BookThug), MW: A Midwest Field Guide (Editions19\), and And The Girls Worried Terribly (forthcoming from Noemi Press). She currently writes prose about the Midwest and travels full time.


Brandon Shimoda is the author of four books—recently Portuguese (Octopus Books/Tin House) and O Bon (Litmus Press)—and the co-editor of two books forthcoming in 2014: a retrospective collection of writings by Etel Adnan (Nightboat Books) and new poems by Wong May (Octopus Books). Born in California, he has lived most recently in Maine, Taiwan, and Arizona.


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reading 12

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 7 PM

Paul Foster Johnson

Idra Novey

Paul Foster Johnson is the author of the poetry collections Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms (2011) and Refrains / Unworkings (2008), as well as Quadriga (2006), a chapbook he cowrote with E. Tracy Grinnell. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He has served as a co-editor of Litmus Press/Aufgabe and is the current editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.


Idra Novey is the author of Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series and a Best Book of 2012 by Cold Front Magazine and The Volta.  She is also the author of The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in poetry.  Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, in Poetry Magazine, Slate, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.  Her recent translations include Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. (New Directions and Penguin UK, 2012). She teaches at NYU and in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.


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reading 11

Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6 PM

Matthew Henriksen

Aditi Machado

Matthew Henriksen’s first book, Ordinary Sun, emerged from Black Ocean in 2011. He co-edits Typo, an online poetry journal, and currently lives and teaches in the Ozark Mountains, where he runs The Burning Chair Readings and edits Cannibal, a hand-bound poetry journal.

Aditi Machado hails from Bangalore, India. She earned her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she is the current Third Year Fellow in Poetry. Her poetry has most recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The New England Review, Blackbird, and High Chair. Her first chapbook, The Robing of the Bride, won the 2012 Collagist Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming from Dzanc Books. She is the Poetry Editor of Asymptote, a journal of translation.

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reading 10

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 7 PM

Stefania Heim

Brett Fletcher Lauer

Joni Wallace

Stefania Heim's first book of poems, A Table that Goes on for Miles, was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy as winner of the 2012 Gatewood Prize and will be published next winter by Switchback Books. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and is completing a PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, writing a dissertation called Dark Matter: Susan Howe, Muriel Rukeyser, and the Scholar's Art. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including A Public Space, The Literary Review, Harp & Altar, and La Petite Zine; her scholarship and criticism in The Boston Review, Jacket2, and The Journal of Narrative Theory; and her translations in Aufgabe and Harper's. She is a founding editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation and has taught literature and writing at Columbia University and Hunter College.


Brett Fletcher Lauer is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America and a poetry editor of A Public Space. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Fence, Harper's and elsewhere. His first book, A Hotel In Belgium, is forthcoming from Four Way Books.


Joni Wallace holds an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the author of Blinking Ephemeral Valentine, chosen by Mary Jo Bang for the 2009 Levis Prize (Four Way Books, 2011).  She lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she teaches through the University of Arizona Poetry Center.


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An Un-Valentine’s Day Reading

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 6-9 PM

A poetry event held at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, in conjuction with the exhibition The Progress of Love and KDHX.

Poets included: Mary Jo Bang, Sally Van Doren, Nathaniel Farrell, Melody Gee, Stefania Heim, Devin Johnston, Adrian Matejka, Qiu Xialong.

Plus, a surrealist writing exercise.

More about the event here.

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reading 9

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7 PM

Nick Demske

Stephanie E. Schlaifer

Nick Demske lives in Racine, WI, and works at the Racine Public Library. His self-titled manuscript was selected by Joyelle McSweeney for the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series Award and was published by Fence Books. Nick curates the BONK! performance series in Racine. You should visit him online sometime at his blog nickipoo.wordpress.com.


Stephanie E. Schlaifer is originally from Atlanta, GA and works as an artist and freelance editor in St. Louis, MO. She has a BFA and BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Verse, Colorado Review, Chicago Review, Cimarron Review, and Fence. Her manuscript, Clarkson St. Polaroids, was a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry (2012), the Tupelo Press First/Second Book Award (2011, 2012) and the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books (2010), among others. Stephanie is a compulsive baker and also very handy with a pitchfork.


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reading 8

Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7 PM

Joy Katz

Simone Muench

Joy Katz is the author of the poetry collections All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist (forthcoming from Four Way in 2013), The Garden Room (2006), and Fabulae (2002). She is also the co-editor of the anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (2007). She was educated at Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis, and Stanford. Honors for her writing include a 2011 NEA fellowship, a Pushcart prize, a Stegner fellowship, and the Nadya Aisenberg fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. Her poems are anthologized in three volumes of The Best American Poetry, among other places, and appear in such journals as American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and The Village Voice. She has taught literature and poetry at The New School and NYU and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Chatham University, Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband and young son.

Simone Muench is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010). She is an editor for Sharkforum, chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review, and an advisory board member for Switchback Books. Her honors include two IAC Fellowships, two VSC Fellowships, the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry, the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry, the PSA’s Bright Lights/Big Verse Award, and others. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois Chicago and directs the Writing Program at Lewis University, where she teaches creative writing and film studies.

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reading 7

Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7 PM

Joel Craig

Melody Gee

Marc McKee

Joel Craig is the author of The White House (The Green Lantern Press, 2012) and the chapbook Shine Tomorrow (Lost Horse, 2009). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, Fence, Iowa Review and Typo, among others. He lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where he also curates the Danny's Reading Series and is the poetry editor for MAKE: A Literary Magazine.


Melody S. Gee is originally from Cerritos, CA, and now lives in St.

Louis with her husband and 19-month-old daughter. She teaches writing at St. Louis Community College, and has previously taught at Saint Louis University, UMSL, and Southwestern Illinois College. Her first book, Each Crumbling House, won the Perugia Press book prize and was published in 2010. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Copper Nickel, Blackbird, Town Creek Poetry, and The Collagist, among others. Poems from her new manuscript can be found at failbetter.com and Connotation Press.


Marc McKee received his MFA from the University of Houston and his PhD from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray. His work has appeared in various journals, such as Barn Owl Review, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Crazyhorse, diagram, Forklift, Ohio, lit, and Pleiades. He is the author of a chapbook, What Apocalypse?, which won the New Michigan Press/diagram 2008 Chapbook Contest, and two full-length collections: Fuse (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), and Bewilderness (forthcoming, Black Lawrence Press, 2014).


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reading 6

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7 PM

Wayne Miller

Buzz Spector

Mónica de la Torre

Wayne Miller is the author of three poetry collections, most recently The City, Our City, (Milkweed, 2011), which was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award and the Rilke Prize. He also translated Moikom Zeqo's I Don't Believe in Ghosts (BOA, 2007), and co-edited both New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master (Unsung Masters Series, 2011). The recipient of six Poetry Society of America Awards, the Bess Hokin Prize, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Wayne lives in Kansas City and teaches at the University of Central Missouri, where he edits Pleiades. In 2013, he'll be the Distinguished Fulbright Scholar of Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast.


Buzz Spector’s art makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; Orange County Museum of Art; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA; and many private galleries and alternative spaces. Spector’s poetry and experimental writing has been published in various journals and reviews since the 1970s, including Benzene, Café Solo, Piecrust, River Styx, and WhiteWalls. A volume of selected interviews of Spector plus new page art, Buzzwords, was issued this year by Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago. Spector is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.


Mónica de la Torre is a poet, editor, and translator. Her poetry books include three published in the US—Talk Shows, Public Domain, and Four—and two in Spanish published in Mexico City, Acúfenos and Sociedad Anónima. She has translated Latin American poets and edited multilingual anthologies. She is a member of the artists collective Taller de Mecanografía (Typing and Stenography Workshop); their first self-titled book came out in 2011 in Mexico City. She lives in Brooklyn and is senior editor at BOMB Magazine.


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reading 5

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Nathaniel Farrell

Keith Newton

Matvei Yankelevich

Nathaniel Farrell was born and grew up in Western Pennsylvania before moving to New York City, where he lived for fifteen years. A recent arrival in St. Louis, he is currently completing a dissertation on modern poetics at Columbia University and teaching at Washington University. A collection of two unpublished long poems—Newcomer and The Republic—is forthcoming on Ugly Duckling Presse.

Keith Newton’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, and Typo, among other journals, and his chapbook of poems Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published in 2009 by Cannibal Books. He is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn.

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), and the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Ardis/Overlook). His new collection of poems, Alpha Donut, has just been released by United Artists Books. He is a member of the writing faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and one of the the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit publishing collective.

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reading 4

Friday, April 13, 2012

Devin Johnston

Marni Ludwig

Peter O’Leary

Born in 1970, Devin Johnston spent his childhood in North Carolina. He is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is Traveler (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011); and two books of prose, including Creaturely and Other Essays (Turtle Point, 2009), reflections on the natural world. He works for Flood Editions, an independent publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University in Missouri.

Marni Ludwig holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, and Washington University in St. Louis, where she is the third year poetry fellow and teaches an undergraduate poetry workshop. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Assembly, Boulevard, FIELD,Gulf CoastHigh ChairJERRY, and Western Humanities Review. Her chapbook, Little Box of Cotton and Lightning, was selected by Susan Howe for a 2011 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.

Peter O’Leary is the author of three poetry collections --WatchfulnessDepth Theology, and Luminous Epinoia, as well as the critical study Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan & the Poetry of Illness. Forthcoming this year is a new book, The Phosphorescence of Thought, to be published by the Cultural Center. As Ronald Johnson’s literary executor, he has edited several volumes of Johnson’s poetry, as well as Is Music: Selected Poems by John Taggart. He lives in Berwyn, Illinois and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for the Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago. With John Tipton, he directs the small poetry press Verge Books.

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reading 3

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mary Jo Bang

Mark Bibbins

Mary Jo Bang is the author of six collections of poetry, including Louise in Love, Elegy—which received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award—and The Bride of E. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a  Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in August. She is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mark Bibbins is the author of The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon, 2009) and Sky Lounge (Graywolf, 2003). He teaches at The New School and Columbia University in New York, and edits the poetry section of The Awl. A new e-chapbook is forthcoming this June from Floating Wolf Quarterly.

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reading 2

Friday, February 17, 2012

Adrian Matejka

Sally Van Doren

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books 2003), Mixology  (Penguin USA 2009), and The Big Smoke (Penguin USA),forthcoming in 2013. He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among other journals and anthologies. He teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and co-directs the River Styx at Duff’s Reading Series.

Sally Van Doren’s book, Sex at Noon Taxes (LSU Press 2008), won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.  Her next collection, Possessive, is forthcoming from LSU Press in fall 2012.  Her poem, “Preposition,” is featured as an animated film in the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere.  Excerpts from her epic poem, “The Sense Series” were the text for a multi-media performance at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.  A graduate of Princeton University (BA) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (MFA), she has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and in the St. Louis Public Schools.  She curates the Sunday Poetry Series for the St. Louis Poetry Center.

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reading 1

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chris Martin

Ted Mathys

Mary Austin Speaker

Chris Martin is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon 2007) and Becoming Weather (Coffee House 2011).  He was the editor of Puppyflowers and is the editor of Futurepost, a response blog for Futurepoem books. After stops in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn, he currently lives in the oldest freestanding house in Iowa City with his wife, the poet Mary Austin Speaker.

Ted Mathys is the author of The Spoils (2009) and Forge (2005), both from Coffee House Press. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, Fence, Conjunctions, Jubilat, and elsewhere. Originally from Ohio, he now lives in St. Louis and works in environmental advocacy.

Mary Austin Speaker is the author of the chapbooks, In the End There Were Thousands of Cowboys, Abandoning the Firmament (Menagerie Editions 2009 and 2010), and The Bridge (Push Press 2011). New work has recently appeared in Boog City Reader, Bright Pink Mosquito, Pleiades, Big Bell, 20012, La Fovea, Highchair, New Orleans Review and is forthcoming in Mrs. Maybe. She teaches writing and works as a freelance book designer in Iowa City, where she lives with her husband, Chris Martin.


past readers


Stephanie Anderson

Mary Jo Bang

Kurt Beals

Mark Bibbins

Elaine Bleakney

Christain Bok

Anne Boyer

Brandon Brown

Jackie Clark

Adam Clay

John Coletti

Corina Copp

Joel Craig

Nick Demske

Dot Devota

Alex Dimitrov

Sally Van Doren

Joshua Edwards

Nathaniel Farrell

Graham Foust

Melody Gee

Johannes Göransson

Noah Eli Gordon

  1. E.Tracy Grinnell

Jeff Hamilton

Stefania Heim

Matthew Henriksen

Lucy Ives

Wang Jiaxin

Paul Foster Johnson

Devin Johnston

erica kaufman

Joy Katz

Karla Kelsey

Josh Kryah

Brett Fletcher Lauer

Gracie Leavitt

Ada Limón

Marni Ludwig

Aditi Machado

Chris Martin

Adrian Matejka

Philip Matthews

Ted Mathys

Marc McKee

Joyelle McSweeney

Lynn Melnick

Wayne Miller

Michael Morse

Simone Muench

Keith Newton

Idra Novey

Peter O’Leary

Carl Phillips

Dan Poppick

Claudia Rankine

Stefene Russell

Susan Scarlata

Stephanie E. Schlaifer

Zachary Schomburg

Prageeta Sharma

Brandon Shimoda

Mary Austin Speaker

Buzz Spector

Mathias Svalina

Mónica de la Torre

Anja Utler

Joni Wallace

Jillian Weise

Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Qiu Xialong

Lynn Xu

Matvei Yankelevich

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Season 4 was co-curated by Jessica Baran, Paul Legault & Ted Mathys. The series was founded by Jennifer Kronovet and Jessica Baran.

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Readings are sponsored by yellow bear projects, who produces hand-printed broadsides for each poet, and Schlafly Beer.

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The fort gondo poetry series is honored to have been named “Best Literary Event” in St. Louis Magazine’s 2012 A-List issue.