POETRY AT THE POINT on February 23 will feature Walter Bargen, Beth Gordon, and M.E. Hope. This reading series invites local and regional poets, and established and up-and-coming poets to share their words. The event is free. Readings will be live-streamed on St. Louis Poetry Center's website and Facebook page. Visit https://stlouispoetrycenter.org/poetry-at-the-point/ for information on how to attend and view the live stream.
Walter Bargen has published 25 books of poetry. Recent books include: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (BkMk Press, 2009), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (BkMk Press, 2013), Perishable Kingdoms (Grito del Lobo Press, 2017), Too Quick for the Living (Moon City Press, 2017), My Other Mother’s Red Mercedes (Lamar University Press, 2018), Until Next Time (Singing Bone Press, 2019), Pole Dancing in the Night Club of God (Red Mountain Press, 2020), and You Wounded Miracle (Liliom Press, 2021). His awards include: a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Chester H. Jones Foundation Award, and the William Rockhill Nelson Award. He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).
Beth Gordon is a poet, mother, and grandmother. She recently left St. Louis after 19 years and now resides in Asheville, NC. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart. She has published in numerous journals including Into the Void, Noble/Gas, Five:2:One, SWWIM, Verity La, Califragile, Pretty Owl Poetry and Yes Poetry. She is the author of the chapbook, Morning Walk with Dead Possum, Breakfast and Parallel Universe published by Animal Heart Press. She is also the Poetry Editor of Gone Lawn.
M.E. Hope has been recipient of a Fishtrap Fellowship, Playa Residency, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Publications include Sky Island Journal, Rattle, Hubbub, High Desert Journal, The Iowa Review (as a runner-up for the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans), a chapbook The Past is clean, and numerous anthologies. She lives with her husband of 34 years and two cats of indeterminate age. Follow her at https://mehopemeanders.blogspot.com/.