River Styx at the Tavern Reading Series
Dwight Bitikofer is active in St. Louis poetry circles where he often organizes readings that include poetry and music. In some of these he performs with a “spiritual jazz” musician to create “po-jazz.” He currently curates St. Louis Poetry Center’s 2nd friday notes music and poetry event at Whole Foods Town and Country each month. Bitikofer has been published in several journals. He has been a winner of poetry awards, including a first place in the 2013 James Nash Poetry Contest for members of St. Louis Poetry Center. Bitikofer is a publisher of community newspapers in St. Louis. He is a native of rural Kansas.
Keith Byler is a native St. Louisan now living just across the river out in the boondocks of southern Illinois somewhere north of Edwardsville. He is a physician who spent ten years in the trenches of the E.R. and is now in private practice. Keith’s poems have appeared in Emergency: True Stories From the Nation’s E.R.’s, Hurricane Blues, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Untamed Ink, Thema, Floodstage, as well as his med. school newspaper Still Kickin’. He is also a winner of the Metro Arts in Transit 2008 Poetry in Motion Contest. Keith is past president of the St. Louis Poetry Center and lives on an eighteen acre farmlet with his wife Danica, two dogs, and thirteen overly pampered chickens.
John Dalton is the author of The Inverted Forest and Heaven Lake, which won the Barnes and Noble 2004 Discover Award in fiction and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has held fellowships at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and The MacDowell Colony. He currently lives in St. Louis, where he directs the MFA program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Jazzy Danziger's debut collection, Darkroom, is the winner of the 2012 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Danziger studied at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns/Poe-Faulkner Fellow in poetry and the editor of Meridian. She currently serves as editor for the Best New Poets anthology. She was raised in Maitland, Florida, and lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Katy Didden is the author of The Glacier's Wake, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize. Her poems and reviews appear in journals such as Ecotone, Bat City Review, The Kenyon Review, and the Best New Poets Anthology. She won the Beulah Rose prize, three Dorothy Sargent Awards, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Next year she will be a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.
Kerry James Evans holds a PhD in English from Florida State University and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His poems have been published in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Narrative, New England Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. He is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon Press, 2013).
Jennifer Fandel has been a board member of the SLPC since 2011, working on the Observable Reading series and the annual poetry contests. Through her involvement with SLPC, she also had has the honor of running writing workshops at Safe Connections, a nonprofit organization that assists women who have suffered from domestic and sexual abuse. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, Measure, RHINO, The Baltimore Review, Calyx, Architrave Press Editions, Midwestern Gothic, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.
Annie Finch is the author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism, including the newly released Spells: New and Selected Poems. She is a Senior Fellow at the Black Earth Institute, artist-in-residence at Cherry Hill Seminary, and a recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and the Sarasvati Award. She currently lives in Maine where she directs Stonecoast, the low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.
Gary Fincke has published 25 books of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, and is the winner of the 2003 Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction for his collection Sorry I Worried You. He has received the Pushcart Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Prize, the Lewis Prize for Nonfiction, the Stephen F. Austin Poetry Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Rose Lefcowitz Prize, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize. His work has been anthologized in The Pushcart Essays and cited in Best American Essays, Best American Stories, the O. Henry Awards, and Pushcart Prize volumes. He currently teaches at Susquehanna University and directs The Writers Institute.
Holly Goddard Jones is the author of Girl Trouble and The Next Time You See Me. Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South, and published in Tin House, Epoch, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and The Hudson Review. She received the 2007 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and the 2013 Hillsdale Award for Fiction. She currently teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Jennifer Goldring, originally from Arizona, is studying for her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing--Poetry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jennifer was the University of Missouri - St. Louis's Poet Laureate for 2013 and also serves on the Board of the St. Louis Poetry Center. Jennifer is a photographer and writer and holds a BA Degree in economics from Arizona State University. She finds inspiration for her poetry in the natural world and the intricacies of everyday life.
Thomas Lux has taught at the Universities of Iowa, Michigan, and California at Irvine, and many others. His most recent books of poetry include God Particles: Poems, The Cradle Place, The Street of Clocks, New and Selected Poems, and 1975-1995, which was a finalist for the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently serves as the Bourne Chair in Poetry at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Debra Marquart is the author of two poetry collections: Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness. Her work has appeared in The North American Review, Threepenny Review, New Letters, River City, Crab Orchard Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Sun Magazine, Southern Poetry Review, Orion, Mid-American Review and Witness. She is the winner of the John Guyon Nonfiction Award, the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, The Headwater's Prize, the Minnesota Voices Award, the Pearl Poetry Award, the Shelby Foote Prize for the Essay, and a Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches at Iowa State University and the University of Southern Maine.
Michael Mlekoday is the author of The Dead Eat Everything, winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. He won the National Poetry Slam in 2009 as a member of the St. Paul team and returned the following year to coach the team to its second championship. He serves as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, RHINO, Hayden's Ferry Review, Anti-, Muzzle Magazine, and other journals.
Chinelo Okparanta is the author of Happiness, Like Water and currently an Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University. She has stories in Granta, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, Conjunctions, Subtropics, and The Coffin Factory. In 2012, she served as the Provost's Visiting Writer in Fiction at the University of Iowa and was nominated for the United States Artists Fellowship in Literature. She teaches at the University of Iowa.
Steven D. Schroeder's second book of poetry, The Royal Nonesuch, is now out from Spark Wheel Press. His poetry is available or forthcoming from New England Review, Pleiades, Verse, The Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, diode, Drunken Boat, and Verse Daily. He edits the online journal Anti-, co-curates the Observable Reading Series, serves as a contributing editor for River Styx, and works as a Certified Professional Resume Writer. Long a resident of Colorado, he now lives in St. Louis.
Joe Schuster is the author of The Might Have Been. His short fiction, two of which have been cited among the "distinguished stories" in Best American Short Stories, has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, New Virginia Review, Five Chapters, Western Humanities Review, Marlboro Review, and 108. He currently lives outside St. Louis and teaches at Webster University.
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