Starting with Mark Twain and continuing through writers such as Kate Chopin, Marianne
Moore, and Howard Nemerov—and more recently Mary Jo Bang, Michael Castro, Carl
Phillips, Sally Van Doren, and so many others—writers have been writing in St. Louis in
ways that reimagine the various geographies of the city as poems and stories.
We will look at poets—past and present—who have used St. Louis as a catalyst for their
work. Participants will generate their own poems that address the city in all of its
particular curiosities. This workshop is for poets who want to practice their craft,
deepen their creativity and relationship to place. All skill levels are welcome.