Monday, February 17, 7pm
High Low, 3301 Washington
River Styx cultivates the literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs.The River Styx Reading Series is their main recurring event during the fall, winter, and spring, in which they invite both local and national acclaimed writers to read their work for a St. Louis audience.
Beth Mead is a professor of writing and Director of the MFA in Writing program at Lindenwood University. She is the founder and editor of The Lindenwood Review literary journal, now in its tenth year. Her MFA in creative writing is from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Beth is the author of the story collection Dancing Madly, published by Adelaide Books (July 2019). She won the Jim Haba Poetry Award and was an Honorable Mention in the River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest. Beth lives in O’Fallon, Missouri, with her husband, Chris, and her sons, Connor and Casey.
Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Her first book The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PENAmerican/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, and the Utah Book Award. Lima :: Limón, her second poetry collection, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2019. Scenters-Zapico's poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and more. Currently, she holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. A recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Scenters-Zapico is Poet in Residence at the University of Puget Sound.
Alan Shapiro has published many poetry collections, including Reel to Reel, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Night of the Republic, finalist for both the National Book Award and the International Griffin Prize; four books of prose, including The Last Happy Occasion, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, he is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His new book, Against Translation, was published in March, 2019.
Readings start at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.