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River Styx: Derek Palacio, Deborah Taffa & Tiana Clark

Monday, January 21, 7:00pm
Rooster South Grand, 3150 S Grand Blvd.

Derek Palacio, Deborah Taffa, Tiana ClarkDerek Palacio received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Ohio State University. His short story “Sugarcane” appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, and his novella, How to Shake the Other Man, was published by Nouvella Books. His debut novel, The Mortifications, is forthcoming in 2016 from Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. He lives and teaches in Ann Arbor, MI, and is a faculty member of the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA program.

An enrolled member of the Yuma Nation, Deborah Taffa settled in Saint Louis, Missouri, after she earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa in 2013. Originally from the beautiful red rock and sandstone Southwest, Deborah loves canoeing, backcountry trekking, and travel. The Trail of Tears, a documentary she co-wrote for Stratigraphic Productions, will appear on PBS nationwide in November 2018. In March 2018, Deborah won the Ellen Meloy Desert Writer’s Award for her collection, Kiva Song. She was named a Public Space fellow by the Brooklyn, NY magazine in February 2018. She teaches CNF at Webster University and h​er writing has appeared or is forthcoming in​ Public Space, ​Salon, The Rumpus, The Best American Travel Writing, Pank, Brevity, and other places.

Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize, and winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Clark was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New YorkerKenyon Review, American Poetry ReviewNew England ReviewBest New Poets 2015BOAATCrab Orchard ReviewThrushThe Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. 

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

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
Rooster South Grand
3150 S Grand Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63118
The Mortifications: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101905715
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - August 22nd, 2017

I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822965589
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 18th, 2018