Dressel's Public House
The Observable Reading Series welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE). The event will begin at 7:30 PM and will be held in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Please note, no elevator access. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.
Mary Jo Bang was born in Waynesville, Missouri, and grew up in Ferguson. She received a an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf Press, 2015). She was the poetry co-editor at Boston Review from 1995 to 2005. She’s been the recipient of a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation, and a Berlin Prize fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. Her 2012 translation of Dante's Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, was named a Notable Book by both the Academy of American Poets (2012) and by the American Library Association (2013). She is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.
John Tipton was born in Alton, Illinois, and grew up in Indiana. After serving in the army, he earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is the author of two poetry collections, including Paramnesia (2016). His translations of Greek tragedies, including Sophocles’s Ajax (2008) and Aeschylus’s Seven Against Thebes (2015), have garnered praise for their “vigor and careful tuning … [and] terse idiomatic grace.” Tipton was the founder and director of the Chicago Poetry Project, a long-running reading series that ended in 2011. With Peter O’Leary, Tipton founded the small literary press Verge Books in 2013 in an effort to continue and extend the Chicago Poetry Project’s mission. He is currently the press’ publisher and lives in Chicago.
This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, visit stlouispoetrycenter.org.