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Times Beach: A Confluence of Voices

John Shoptaw, a poet and professor at Berkeley, has written a book of poems that is as intricate and profound as the Mississippi River with its history, tributaries and deltas. more »

Mar 23, 2015 8:23 AM Literary 2 Comments

Photograph by Kevin A. Roberts

Read These Now: A Book List for April

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Mar 20, 2015 11:22 AM Literary

Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

The City Lyrical: Michael Castro, St. Louis’ First Poet Laureate

Meet St. Louis new—and very first!—poet laureate. more »

Feb 20, 2015 11:22 AM Literary

Read These Now: Three Local-Interest Books for March

A book from a visiting poet, a smart St. Louis coffee table book, and a new one from best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini. more »

Feb 20, 2015 11:21 AM Literary

Michael Castro reads January 31 at the Regional Arts Commission. Photograph by Ros Crenshaw

Read the Poem that Michael Castro Performed For His Inauguration as St. Louis' First Poet Laureate

Last Saturday, the City of St. Louis held an official coronation ceremony honoring our new (and first!) poet laureate, Michael Castro. Here's the poem he performed—and yes, if you know Castro, you know that's the correct verb. more »

Feb 4, 2015 8:44 AM Literary

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