Monday, October 16, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum
River Styx Reading series continues with its 43rd season, tonight welcoming Maggie Smith and the 2017 St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate. Join us on October 16th at 7:30 at the Contemporary Art Museum. Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors.
Maggie Smith is the author of the poetry collections Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, among others.
Bisa Adero is the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of St. Louis and the 2017 Grand Slam champion. She began writing poetry when she was younger to have another way to express herself in addition to stories. As she grew older, her passion for writing poetry intensified and becoming her primary way of expressing her truth. Her poems are inspired by her everyday experiences, spiritual lifestyle, personal struggles, the community, the state of the country, and even the world. She's also inspired by other poets, particularly those whose performances are featured on YouTube such as Crystal Valentine, Ashley August, Safia Ehhillo, Alyesha Wise, and iCON to name a few.
Bisa is currently a freshman at Harris Stowe State University and is a member of the 2018 St. Louis Poetry Slam team. Her forthcoming collection of poems will be released Fall of 2017 entitled, NO CHILL: Poems Challenging the Status Quo published by UrbArts.
This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.