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 ]
Bro. Yao Reading
Bro. Yao (Hoke S. Glover III), Smartish Pace Reading Series (Issue 14 Release Party), The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD, USA, April 28, 2007, Intro by Editor & Founder Stephen Reichert.
November, 2000 (published in The Arkansas Review) DAVID KIRBY is the author or coauthor of eighteen books, including five poetry collections. The House of Blue Light, his latest collection of poetry, appeared from LSU Press in 2000. In 1987, his first collection of poetry, Saving the Young Men of Vienna, was awarded The Brittingham Prize in Poetry from The University of Wisconsin Press. A recipient of grants from the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, his other honors include five Florida State University teaching awards and Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous publications such as Poems & Plays, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Chelsea, Smartish Pace, Virginia Quarterly, Gettysburg Review and The Best American Poetry, 2000 & 2001. Kirby was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1944. He received his bachelor’s degree in English form LSU in 1966 and his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1969. He is the W. Guy McKenzie Professor of English at Florida State University, where he has taught since 1969. It is evident in Kirby’s poetry that he has forever unabashedly “stirred the pot.” ... [ 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
Much madness is divinest sense, or so we are told. Sure, there are a few cliquish strains of methodical madness in contemporary poetry that seem to abnegate all claims on sense. But there are still the very rare outsiders, the visionary books that can astound and surprise even the blasé, well-versed contemporary cognoscenti. Reading more and more, we find less and less of that overwhelming, slightly terrifying thrill that comes from being in the same ... [ read more ]