2013-2014 Reading Series
River Styx at the Tavern 39th Season
Hungry Young Poets 17th Season

Readings start at 7:30 p.m.


313 Belt Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63112

$5 at the door
$4 Members, Students & Seniors
$3 Hungry Young Poets Series

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September 16th
  Annie Finch
Steven D. Schroeder
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October 21st
  John Dalton
Holly Goddard Jones
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November 18th
  Katy Didden
Chinelo Okparanta
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January 20th
  Debra Marquart
Michael Mlekoday
Joe Schuster
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February 17th
  Kerry James Evans
Gary Fincke
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March 17th
  Jazzy Danziger
Thomas Lux
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April 21st
  Dwight Bitikofer
Keith Byler
Jennifer Fandel
Jennifer Goldring
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June 16th: Hungry Young Poets
  Clayton Adam Clark
James Dunlap
Anothai Kaewkaen
Sandra Marchetti
Megan McCormack
Lucien Darjeun Meadows
July 21st: Hungry Young Poets
  Anthony Isaac Bradley
Nathaniel Farrell
Kasey Feldman
Allys Page
Marisol Ramirez
Ryan Patrick Smith
August 18th: Hungry Young Poets
  Christopher Alex Chablé
Annie Christain
Aaron Coleman
Sara Henning
Jordan Hosmer
Rochelle Hurt


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.

Anthony Isaac Bradley's stories and poems have appeared in Slipstream, SLAB, The MacGuffin, Atticus Review, and other journals. He was recently nominated for the storySouth 2013 Million Writers Award and a Pushcart. Anthony lives with his cat and the ghost of another.

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.

Christopher Alex Chablé is a writer and translator living in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has appeared in Bad Shoe, Greenwood Press, and Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources. He is the editor of Corazon Land Review, a journal of Midwest Latino literature.

Annie Christain is an assistant professor of composition at SUNY Cobleskill and an English PhD graduate from the University of South Dakota. Her poems have appeared in Seneca Review, The Chariton Review, and The Lifted Brow. She is a three-year recipient of the Gladys Hasse Poetry Award, and she received the 2007 and 2008 Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing, the grand prize of the 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, and the 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award.

Clayton Adam Clark lives in Saint Louis, Missouri, his hometown, where he communicates and fundraises for one of the largest eye banks in the country. He earned the MFA in poetry at Ohio State University and continues to work on his poetry and playwriting projects. Some of his poems are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Passages North, Natural Bridge, and elsewhere.

Aaron Coleman is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Psychology. He is from Metro-Detroit and has taught poetry in Kalamazoo, Chicago, Spain, and South Africa. He is currently a Chancellor's Graduate Fellow completing an MFA in the Creative Writing Program at Washington University St. Louis.

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.

James Dunlap is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He received his B.A. from the University of Arkansas. His poems have appeared in Heron Tree, The Dirty Napkin, and Weave.

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.

Nathaniel Farrell was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University in New York where he lived for fifteen years before moving to St. Louis. His first book of poems, Newcomer, was published this year by Ugly Duckling Presse.

Kasey Feldman recently graduated from the MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University. She could/wants to doctorate it up but plans to find steady work, work hard and live the middle class dream.

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.

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.

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.

Sara Henning is the author of a full-length collection of poetry, A Sweeter Water (2013), as well as a chapbook, To Speak of Dahlias (2012). Her poetry, fiction, interviews, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Willow Springs, Bombay Gin, and Crab Orchard Review. She is currently a doctoral student in creative writing at the University of South Dakota and serves as Managing Editor for The South Dakota Review.

Jordan Hosmer is a fiction writer and poet currently living and teaching in Hannibal, Missouri. He is an MFA candidate at Lindenwood University.

Rochelle Hurt is the author of a novel in poems, The Rusted City (White Pine, 2014). Her work has been included in Best New Poets 2013, Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, and Kenyon Review Online. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Anothai Kaewkaen was the Thailand-United States Education Foundation's (or Fulbright Thailand's) alumnus of the year in 2011. During his tenure, Anothai hosted cultural events and translated programs for Thailand's Ministry of Culture and College of Dramatic Arts. He has also written poems for the My First Book Project, which benefits underprivileged Thai students. An MFA recipient from Lindenwood University, Anothai's translations of Thai poetry has been Pushcart-nominated. He is currently working on new translations from Thai literature with St. Louis-area poet Michael Castro, and has work forthcoming in The Raintown Review.

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.

Sandra Marchetti's debut full-length collection of poems, Confluence, will be published in Gold Wake Press' 2014 Print Series. An illustrated fine press edition of her essays and poetry entitled A Detail in the Landscape is also forthcoming from Eating Dog Press. Sandy is the author of a chapbook, The Canopy, available from Midwest Writing Center Press. She won Second Prize in Prick of the Spindle's 2014 Poetry Open and her poems appear in The Journal, Subtropics, The Hollins Critic, Sugar House Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere.

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.

Megan McCormack's poems and prose have appeared in Janus and The Bluest Aye. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UMSL and her MA in Literature from UMKC. Currently, she teaches English Composition online, and she's working on completing a collection of speculative short stories.

Lucien Darjeun Meadows began writing as a child among the mountains of Monongalia County, West Virginia. His poetry has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Boxcar Poetry Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Quarterly West, among other fine journals. He is honoured to have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and to have won the AWP Intro Journals Project. Lucien is an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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.

Allys Page is the daughter of a village doctor and donkey farmer in Southern Missouri. She teaches poetry as a graduate student at Missouri State University and recently won 365 seed-balls in a dubious flash fiction contest.

Marisol Ramirez graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's in English in 2012. She moved to St. Louis to pursue her MFA in poetry at UMSL and is currently the university's 2014 Poet Laureate.

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.

Ryan Patrick Smith was born in Georgetown, Kentucky. He received his BA in English from Transylvania University and his MFA in poetry from UMSL, where as a graduate assistant he tutored students in writing. His honors include nominations for Best New Poets 2012 and 2013, as well as being twice awarded the Graduate Poetry Prize from the UMSL MFA program. Currently, he teaches writing at St. Charles Community College. His poems are available or forthcoming in Salt Hill, DIALOGIST, and Architrave Press.

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