January 25, 2007
For those of you who walked away as newly-minted poetry fans after the "Rockin' Robins" reading at Schlafly Bottleworks last month, prick up your ears...
Yes, folks, a week from tonight (February 1), ten poets named Jen will fly in from points all over the map and head to Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest) to read (at 8 p.m.) for Aaron Belz's Observable Poetry series (always free and open to the public). Then they'll commence to poeticizing in all their fierce Jennifer-esque glory. How Aaron managed this hat trick ... well, it's a testament to Mr. Belz's charisma and fine work ethic. I've been really pleased with all the readings this year - never a dull moment, which is not something you can often say about a poetry-reading series - and this will be sort of the apex of the season. Some of the Jens are local, including Jen Gaby (from our own Contemporary Museum) and Jen MacKenzie, who teaches at UMSL. Also, Jen Woods, sister of Eric Woods (of Firecracker Press, who prints our fine mag covers) will be coming in from Louisville.
This is going to be a long list, but I feel I need to post their details here to give you an idea of the weight of what Aaron has pulled together here, not to mention the quality of the poetry that'll be read next week:
Jen Hofer's recent publications include Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003) and slide rule (subpress, 2002). Her work can be found in recent issues of 1913, Bomb, Bombay Gin and Primary Writing.
Jen Bervin is the author of A Non-Breaking Space (uglyducklingpresse.org), Nets (Ugly Duckling Presse 2004) and Under What Is Not Under (Potes & Poets 2001),. Bervin is an editor of the literary journal, jubilat, and teaches at Pratt Institute and New York University.
Jen Chapis has published poems with Barrow Street, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hotel Amerika, The Iowa Review, McSweeney's, Quarterly West, and Best New Poets, and is an Editor with Nightboat Books (nightboat.org).
Jen Coleman is a poet in Brooklyn, NY and co-editor of PomPom magazine (pompompress.com). She's also co-author of the chapbook Communal Bebop Canto with CE Putnam and Allison Cobb.
Jen MacKenzie teaches literature and writing at UM St. Louis. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, among them The Literary Review, Feminist Studies, The Christian Science Monitor, Unitarian-Universalist Poets, and, locally, River Styx, Delmar, and Sou'wester.
Jen Robinson is the author of For Conifer Fanatics (Soft Skull, 1996) and the chapbooks What Solitary Ocean and Late Night Clanging (with artist Elizabeth Zechel). She serves as puzzle editor for Lungfull! magazine and makes her home in Queens, New York.
Jen Woods is a poet and short fiction writer from Louisville, Kentucky. She serves as an editorial and marketing assistant for Sarabande Books, an independent literary press (sarabandebooks.org).
Jen Gaby studied Creative Writing at University of Indiana and is a fierce advocate for the literary arts in St. Louis. During daylight hours, she serves as the public relations manager for the Contemporary Art Museum.
Jen Scappettone's Abluvion Almanac will be out imminently from Outside Voices. Poems, translations from Italian, and prose have appeared lately in Bay Poetics, P-Queue, The Canary, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, and other places. She lives in Chicago.
Jen Lyons is from Kansas City and is currently attending the Washington University MFA program; she has had a poem published in Cimarron Review.
Jen Mueller's new collection, Bonneville, comes out this spring from Elixir Books. She teaches poetry and fiction writing at McKendree College.