Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month (June 19th, July 17th, August 21st).
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
Ellen (the Felon) Cook is a punk jazz, cabaret powerhouse that has been playing in and around the St. Louis area since 2007. Her music is an amalgam of jazz piano confessionals, cabaret dramatics and equally seductive and snarky balladry.
Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as the Librarian for Nerinx Hall. She is the second prizewinner of the 2016 James H. Nash Poetry contest and a finalist for the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Meridian, Missouri Review, The Offing, Poetry, The Poetry Review, River Styx, Solstice, TriQuarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Vinyl, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem as well as Callaloo Fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship.
Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016). His work has been featured and is forthcoming in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He has received grants and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. McCord holds an M.F.A. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. He serves as associate poetry editor of The Nation and is currently Co-Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press. He is married to the visual artist Lydia McCord. McCord teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.
Teresa Lynn Hasan-Kerr is a recent graduate from Webster University’s bachelor’s program, English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. Though she was born in San Diego, California, she has lived in several cities and therefore does not have a hometown. She enjoys belly dance and French. Teresa is currently pursuing a career teaching English as a second language and intends to continue living a nomadic lifestyle.
Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), and Saudade (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press), as well as an illustrated children’s book, Sophia & The Boy Who Fell (Pleiades Press/SeedStar Books). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Slate, The Believer, The New Republic, Orion, and Best American Poetry 2013 & 2014. She’s received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and was the 2012 Summer Poet-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. She’s an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.
Zachary Alley received his BA in English as well as MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University. He is the recipient of the Linda Ross Creative Writing Award for his poetry and served as an editor for Arrow Rock and The Lindenwood Review. He is a United States Army veteran who has been spending most of his time writing words for other people to say.
Musician: Miss Jubilee
Poets who wish to read for the River Styx Hungry Young Poets reading series must meet these requirements:
- Poets must be 33 years old or younger
- Live within 500 miles of St. Louis
- May not have read in the series the previous season
To apply for a reading spot, please send the following to Series Director Kelli Allen at email@example.com:
- three poems
- brief author’s bio
- video recording of you reading your work
Lizzy Petersen, Nick Christian, Kristina Marie Darling, Owen Neace, Danny Caine, and Patrick Topping
music by Matthew Freeman
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