Left Bank Books welcomes former Poet Laureate of Missouri Walter Bargen and former Poet Laureate of St. Louis Michael Castro, who will read from their new and selected works of poetry!
Walter Bargen has published nineteen books of poetry. His most recent books are: “Too Quick For the Living,” “Gone West,” “Three-Corner Catch,” and “Quixotic.” He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 300 magazines, including “American Literary Review,” “American Letters & Commentary,” and “Beloit Poetry Journal.”
Michael Castro was the inaugural Poet Laureate of St. Louis. He has published six book of poems, essays and translations and has appeared in in more than 100 magazines and numerous anthologies. In 1975 Castro co-founded the literary organization River Styx and pioneered the poetry radio shows River Styx Poets Radio Show, Ars Poetica and Poetry Beat. In 2005 he was presented with the Warrior Poet Award by Word in Motion.