Upcoming Readings - Spring 2011

All events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).

Every attempt will be made to update this list on a regular basis.

SIUE EVENTS

Tuesday, February 22, 7:00 PM
MUC bookstore
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award and winner of the 2006 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry). Her second collection is Apocalyptic Swing. She’s been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner fellowship in Poetry, a Jones Lectureship in Poetry at Stanford University, and a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers' Award. She currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of Arts in San Francisco and in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College.

Thursday February 24, 7:00 PM > Faculty Writers Read Series.
MUC bookstore
Readers to be announced.
 

Monday, March 28, 4:30 PM
location TBA
Ira Sukrungruang & Katherine Riegel

Ira Sukrungruang is a Thai American writer born in Oak Lawn, Illinois. He is also the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy (University of Missouri, 2010). He is co-editor of What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology.

Katie Riegel’s book Castaway was recently published by FutureCycle Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Crazyhorse, The Gettysburg Review, and West Branch. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches at the University of South Florida.

Katie and Ira are founding co-editors of the online journal Sweet: a literary confection


Thursday, March 31, 7:00 PM > Faculty Writers Read Series
MUC bookstore
Readers to be announced.


Monday, April 11, 6:00 PM
MUC bookstore
Ander Monson

Ander Monson is the author of five books: Neck Deep and Other Predicaments: Essays (Graywolf), Other Electricities (a sort-of novel, Sarabande), and Vacationland (poems, Tupelo Press).  In 2010 Greywolf Press published his collection of essays titled Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir and Sarabande published a collection of his poetry titled The Available World. He lives in Tucson and teaches at University of Arizona. He also edits the online magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press.


Thursday, April 28, 7:00 PM > Faculty Writers Read Series
MUC bookstore
Readers to be announced.

Other St. Louis Area Readings

It is advisable to check with the sponsoring organization to verify the readings.

Observable Readings: http://www.stlouispoetrycenter.org/observable/
River Styx: http://www.riverstyx.org/events/index.php
Washington University: http://english.artsci.wustl.edu/
Left Bank Books:  (314) 367-6731            


Monday February 7, 8:00 PM > Observable Readings
Schafly Bottleworks, 1 Schlafly Plaza, St Louis, MO 63143
Lynn Emanuel & Allison Funk

Lynn Emanuel is the author of three books of poetry: Then, Sud­denly—, which was awarded the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets; The Dig, which was selected by Gerald Stern for the National Poetry Series; and Hotel Fiesta. She is a professor of English literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

Allison Funk is the author of four books of poems: The Tumbling Box, The Knot Garden, Living at the Epicenter, and Forms of Conver­sion. Her work is collected in numerous anthologies, including: When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women and The Best American Poetry Since 1990 she has taught cre­ative writing at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Monday, February 10, 8:00 PM
Washington University, Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall, Room 201
Kathleen Peirce

Kathleen Peirce is the author of four books of poems, Mercy (U of Pittsburgh Press), Divided Touch, Divided Color (Windhover Press), The Oval Hour (U of Iowa Press), and The Ardors (Copper Canyon Press). Among her awards are the AWP Prize, The Iowa Book Award, and The William Carlos Williams Award. She has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Guggenheim Foundation. For eighteen years, she has taught poetry as a member of the faculty in the MFA Program at Texas State University. She lives in Wimberley, Texas.


Monday, February 21, 7:30 PM > River Styx Reading Series
Duff’s Restaurant, 392 North Euclid, St. Louis
$5 at the door; $4 Members, Students & Seniors
Gabrielle Calvocoressi & Sara Burge

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (shortlisted for the Northern California Book Award and winner of the 2006 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry). Her second collection is Apocalyptic Swing. She’s been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner fellowship in Poetry, a Jones Lectureship in Poetry at Stanford University, and a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers' Award. She currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of Arts in San Francisco and in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College.

Sara Burge is graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and currently teaches poetry classes at Missouri State University. Her work has appeared in River Styx, Cimarron Review, Court Green, and elsewhere.


Friday, February 25 · 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, 6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis
Christie Hodgen

Christie Hodgen is the author of the novels Elegies for the Brokenhearted (2010) and Hello, I Must Be Going, (2006) both from W.W. Norton & Co. Her short story collection, A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw, won the 2001 AWP award for short fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her stories have appeared in such magazines as Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, and American Short Fiction. Her awards include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Kansas City.


Monday, March 7, 8:00 PM > Observable Readings
Schafly Bottleworks, 1 Schlafly Plaza, St Louis, MO 63143
Amy Clark & Katy Gordon

Amy M. Clark’s first book of poems, Stray Home (University of North Texas Press, 2010), was selected by Beth Ann Fennelly for the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry 2009. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in several journals, including The Cincinnati Review, Cream City Review, Natural Bridge, Poet Lore, The Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review, Sou’wester, and 32 Poems.

Katy Gordon was a 2008 winner of Metro’s Poetry in Motion 2008.


Monday, March 21, 7:30 PM  > River Styx Reading Series
Duff’s Restaurant, 392 North Euclid, St. Louis
$5 at the door; $4 Members, Students & Seniors
Quraysh Ali Lansana  & Melody S. Gee

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author two collections, hey Shall Run--Harriet Tubman Poems and southside rain, as well as a children's book, The Big World, and a poetry chapbook, cockroach children: corner poems and street psalms. He is the editor of Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's African American Literature Reader and co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art . He is currently Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing and an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Chicago State University.

Melody S. Gee's first poetry collection, Each Crumbling House, won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize.  Her poems and essays are published or forthcoming in Blackbird, Copper Nickel, Southern California Review, Dogwood, Packingtown Review, Alligator Juniper, The Greensboro Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Washington Square Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others.


Monday, April 4, 8:00 PM > Observable Readings
Schafly Bottleworks, 1 Schlafly Plaza, St Louis, MO 63143
Jeff Friedman, Stefene Russell, & Graham Foust

Jeff Friedman is the author three collections of poetry: Taking Down the Angel, Scattering the Ashes, and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, POETRY, The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Manoa, New England Review, and New Virginia Review. He has won two fellowships from the New Hampshire State Arts Council, the Editor's Prize from The Missouri Review and the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize.

Stefene Russell is the culture editor at St. Louis Magazine, former co-editor of the late 52ndcity.com and a member of Poetry Scores, a collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media. In 2007, Poetry Scores published her long poem, "Go South For Animal Index," as a letterpress book with a full-length CD inside.

Graham Foust’s books are As in Every Deafness, and Leave the Room to Itself, which  won the 2003 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. He teaches at Drake University in Des Moines.


Monday, April 18, 7:30 PM  > River Styx Reading Series
Duff’s Restaurant, 392 North Euclid, St. Louis
$5 at the door; $4 Members, Students & Seniors
Cornelius Eady & Michelle Boisseau

Cornelius Eady is the author of Brutal Imagination, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; the autobiography of a jukebox ; You Don't Miss Your Water; The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; BOOM BOOM BOOM; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, which was chosen by Louise Glück, Charles Simic, and Philip Booth for the 1985 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; and Kartunes.

Michelle Boisseau’s fourth collection of poems is A Sunday in God-Years. She’s also written Trembling Air, Understory, winner of the Morse Prize, and No Private Life. She is also author of Writing Poems (Longman), now in its sixth edition, and a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she is Associate Editor of BkMk Press.