Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month (July 16 and August 20, 2018).
Hungry Young Poets is our summer reading series featuring regional poets as well as a musical guest. Admission is $3 at the door, and the Tree House bar will be open!
Tree House Restaurant
3177 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Ruth Williams is the author of Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and Conveyance (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, jubilat, Pleiades and Third Coast among others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at William Jewell College and an editor for Bear Review.
Michelle Tong is a Chinese American graduate student and poet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she helps run Melanin Speaking, a literary and arts journal for the college’s multicultural community. She uses academic research and poetry to explore the intersection of diaspora, culture, and change in communities of older adults. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Margins, Waccamaw, Watershed Review, and elsewhere. She tweets @michelletong_.
Luther Hughes is a Seattle native and author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the founder/editor-in-chief of The Shade Journal and associate poetry editor for The Offing. A Cave Canem fellow and Windy City Times Chicago: 30 Under 30 Honoree, his work has been published or is forthcoming in New England Review, BOAAT, TriQuarterly, The Adroit Journal, and others. Luther received his MFA from the Washington University in St. Louis. You can follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.
Syna So Pro, Syrhea Conaway, is a one woman band who uses a multiplex of effects pedals, rack units, mixers, several instruments, and drum beats to create her live sound. It can best be described as musical performance art as she dances on an array of pedals, plays the violin, guitar, keys, bass and sings to create a wall of sound stitched together piece by piece. Lyrically, Syna So Pro sings of emotional rebirth through self discovery and the challenges of bringing us closer to ourselves, while she stitches together melodic lines that weaves the messaging and music together. Do not be surprised to see her forgo all external instrumentations and rely on her voice to carry an entire performance. Focusing on the nerdery of intertwining melodies, chord progressions, and sonic sounds, Syna So Pro creates an aural ride that will etch itself in the minds of the listeners. Dubbed “A On Woman Musical Enigma”, Conaway’s live performances do not disappoint.
Charlotte Covey is from St. Mary’s County, Maryland. In May 2018, she earned her MFA in Poetry at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She has poetry published or forthcoming in journals such as The Normal School, Salamander Review, CALYX Journal, the minnesota review, and The Monarch Review, among others. In 2015, she was nominated for an AWP Intro Journal Award. She is co-editor-in-chief of Milk Journal.
Billy Youngblood was born and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area where he lived, studied, worked, and wrote (except a brief spell in northern Pennsylvania) until moving to St. Louis to attend to Washington University, where he recently received his MFA and where he will serve as the Junior Poetry Fellow for the 2018-2019 school year.
Joss Barton is a writer, photographer, journalist, and artist documenting queer and trans* life and love in St. Louis. She recently toured with transfemme writers collective Heartspark Press’ The Transsexual Empire Strikes Back Literary Tour in December 2017. She was also a 2016 fellow at Topside Press’ Writers Workshop for Trans Women Writers and a 2013 Fiction Fellow at the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging LGBT Writers Retreat. She has performed her work with touring queer country band Lavender Country, and Saint Louis’ Metro Trans Umbrella Group, and for The Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis, and Nine Network’s 2015 Public Media Commons Artist Showcase. She is also an alumni of the Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute. Her writing has been published by Ethica Press, Vice Magazine, Femmescapes Zine, For Your Eyes Only Zine, HIV Here & Now, Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine, Heartspark Press, Nameless Woman: An Anthology of Trans Women of Color, and Vetch Poetry: A Transgender Poetry Journal. Her first book, An Ozark Rainbow, a forthcoming collection of poetry and prose, will be published by Indolent Books.
Joe Betz is an Associate Professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College and lives in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his MFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He was named a semi-finalist for the 2018 Discovery/ Boston Review Poetry Contest, a finalist for the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Contest from The Tishman Review, and is a Goldstein Prize winner, given by Michigan Quarterly Review. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, TINGE Magazine, and Gulf Stream Literary Magazine.
Our musical talent for the evening is Catching the Westbound. Transplants to St. Louis from Arizona and Ohio, Emily Stuart and Andy Schreiber blend together elements of rural American music. Drawing from a catalog of original songs and 19th and 20th century folk standards, the duet weaves together syncopated string rhythms of country-blues guitar with vocal melodies that evoke the hardships and hopefulness of Appalachian Mountain gospel.
Lizzy Petersen, Nick Christian, Kristina Marie Darling, Owen Neace, Danny Caine, and Patrick Topping
music by Matthew Freeman
Aaron Coleman, Brigitte Leschhorn, Emily Grise, Ryan Patrick Smith, Sandra Marchetti, Clay Whisler
music by Ellen (the Felon) Cook
Alison C. Rollins, Kyle McCord, Teresa Lynn Hasan-Kerr, Traci Brimhall, Zachary Alley
music by Miss Jubilee
Josh Myers, Sean Arnold, Kelsey Ann Kerr, Nick Kriefall, Jake Russell, Katryn Dierksen, and Baba Badji
music by The Erin Bode Group
Andrew Smart, Lizzy Petersen, Canese Jarboe, Endya Goliday, and Canese Jarboe
music by Miss Jubilee
Zachary Alley, Taylor Supplee, Jessica Lynn Suchon, Timothy Leyrson, Clayton Adam Clark, and Anna Leigh Knowles
music by The Farshid and Felipe Duo, members of Clave Sol