Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.
$5 general admission
$4 students and seniors
Contemporary Art Museum
3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
The 2017-2018 Season
Aliki Barnstone, the current Missouri Poet Laureate, is author of eight books of poetry, most recently, Dwelling (Sheep Meadow, 2016) and Bright Body (White Pine, 2011). She is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Missouri.
Morgan Parker is the author of poetry collections There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books, 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books, 2015), which was selected for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and as a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber Award. In 2017, she received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship.
Maggie Smith is the author of the poetry collections Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, among others.
Bisa Adero is the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of St. Louis and the 2017 Grand Slam champion. She began writing poetry when she was younger to have another way to express herself in addition to stories. As she grew older, her passion for writing poetry intensified and becoming her primary way of expressing her truth. Her poems are inspired by her everyday experiences, spiritual lifestyle, personal struggles, the community, the state of the country, and even the world. She's also inspired by other poets, particularly those whose performances are featured on YouTube such as Crystal Valentine, Ashley August, Safia Ehhillo, Alyesha Wise, and iCON to name a few.
Kea Wilson is the author of the novel We Eat Our Own (Scribner, 2016.) She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and works for Strong Towns, which helps America’s towns become financially resilient.
Adrian Matejka is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Map to the Stars (Penguin, 2017) and The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Indiana University.
Chen Chen is the author of the poetry collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2017), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. A Kundiman and Lamda Literary Fellow, Chen is pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing at Texas Tech University.
Jessica Baran’s third poetry collection Common Sense was published by Lost Roads Press in March 2017. She previously served as the director of the St. Louis community arts forum Fort Gondo. She co-curates the poetry series 100 Boots at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Her writings have appeared in Pool Poetry, The Awl, and Poetry Society of America. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jacqui Germain is a poet, freelance writer, and an Arts and Culture contributor with ALIVE Magazine based in St. Louis, MO. She is a Callaloo Fellow, Emerging Poets Incubator Fellow, and author of "When the Ghosts Come Ashore," published in 2016 through Button Poetry. She's been featured in Huffington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, and Ploughshares Journal's Activist-Poet Spotlight Series, and has poems published in multiple journals, in addition to Sundress Publication's 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and "Crossing the Divide," an anthology of St. Louis poets, published in 2016 by Vagabond Books. Her writing often involves an excavation of history and memory, attempting to challenge linear assumptions of time, progress, power and experience through an intimate lens.
Sherwin Bitsui is a Diné from the Navajo reservation in White Cone, Arizona, and the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003). He received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Foundation grant, and a Whiting Writers’ Award.
Scott Phillips is the author of nine crime-novels. His work has been translated into German and French. His debut novel, The Ice Harvest (Ballantine, 2000), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the California Book Award, a Silver Medal for Best First Fiction, and was a finalist for the Edgar Awards, the Hammett Prize and the Anthony Award. It is a major motion picture from Focus Features. Phillips now resides in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.
Mary Troy is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novels Swimming on Hwy N (Moon City Press, 2016) and Beauties (BkMk 2010), winner of the USA Book Award. Her short story collection Cookie Lily (SMU Press, 2004) won the Devil’s Kitchen Award for best book of prose published in 2004. Troy teaches at University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Mary Jo Bang is the author of eight books of poems, most recently The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf, 2015) and Elegy (Graywolf, 2009), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent collection is A Doll for Throwing (Graywolf, 2018). She has received a Hodder Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Joe Aguilar is the author of Half Out Where, winner of the 2013 Caketrain manuscript competition. His work appears in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, Okey-Panky, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a collaborative novel about hyper-intelligent dogs.
Michael Nye is the author of the story collection Strategies Against Extinction (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012) and the novel All the Castles Burned, forthcoming from Turner Publishing in February 2018. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, and New South, among others.