Monday, September 10, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House
The Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.
Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Her work has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes and has been supported by residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. Her first book Granted won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.
Jerry Harp grew up in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and went to school at Saint Meinrad College, Saint Louis University, the University of Florida, and the University of Iowa, where his dissertation was in renaissance literature, published as Constant Motion: Ongian Hermeneutics and the Shifting Ground of Early Modern Understanding (2010). By that time Harp had long been a poet, with six other books to his credit: Creature (2003) published by Salt Publishing, and a year later, his early poems, Gatherings, winner of the 2004 Robert McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. A follow-up to Creature (also from Salt), Urban Flowers and Concrete Plains (2006) appeared in the same year as an edited volume, A Poetry Criticism Reader (University of Iowa Press, and co- edited by Jan Weissmiller), sampled essays from the Donald Justice tradition of the American poet-critic, and a critical biography of Justice, For Us What Music: The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice, appeared in 2010. Around that time, and with his wife, Mary Szybist, Harp moved to Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Oregon, and published Spirit Under Construction last year (2017). Harp is a frequent contributor to the Kenyon Review Blog.
This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit stlpoetrycenter.org.