Poet Michael Castro, Lindenwood University professor emeritus, has been named St. Louis’ first poet laureate. He is the founder of the literary journal River Styx. [ read more ]
Rod McKuen, American poet, musician and songwriter, died Jan. 29 from complications of pneumonia. He was 81. [ read more ]
Issue 15 Reading Video
Smartish Pace Issue 15 release party. May 31, 2008 at The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD, featuring Christopher Cunningham, Douglas Basford, Stephen Kampa, Lia Purpura & Terrance Wedin. Video and production by Damien Ober.
DMB: You have worked for a number of different publications, as a science writer and also as a commentator. Which of these was most fulfilling? MC: I enjoyed my time at the various publications. Working for the University of Virginia Medical Center and Duke Medical Center introduced me to people and situations I would not otherwise have ever encountered. I’ve witnessed surgery to put skin grafts on burn victims and flew in a life-flight helicopter. I once stayed up 36 hours with a medical intern for a story. The radio commentaries gave me a wide audience. After one of my commentaries aired, my doorbell rang and a neighbor on my doorstep said, “You just made me cry.” DMB: In 1986, you moved from Virginia to North Carolina. What were the factors that caused you to move? MC: The reason for the move was simple. I had just finished my MFA at UVa, and my wife wanted to get her MBA. She had chosen the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We came to Chapel Hill and fell in love with the place. DMB: Did your 'poetic voice' change along with the move to NC? [ read more ]
4/8/2015 (9:00am) -- 4/11/2015 (11:55pm)
stop by & chat-it-up with SP folks, drink a cold one, steal a t-shirt, read some poems
Mapmaking “We have not solved the problem of love, / have we?” asks Ann Fisher-Wirth in her book-length poem, Carta Marina. Fisher-Wirth, a professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Mississippi, spent ten months as a Fulbright professor at Sweden’s Uppsala University where she became fascinated with the literal Carta Marina, a rare fifteenth-century map of Scandinavia housed in the university library, which became the framework for her Carta Marina, a map of the ties that hold people together ... [ read more ]