POETRY AT THE POINT on September 24 will feature poets Ron A. Austin, Marc McKee, and Brian Barker. Poetry at the Point is held at THE FOCAL POINT in Maplewood on the 4th Tuesday of the month. This reading series invites local and regional poets, and established and up-and-coming poets to share their words. The event is free. 

RON A. AUSTIN's short stories have appeared in Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review, and other journals. His first collection of linked stories, to be released October 2019, Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize. Austin's work has garnered a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellowship and a special mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology. As co-director of the River Styx Reading Series, he strives to share local and national literary talent. He lives in St. Louis with his partner Jennie and son Elijah.

MARC MCKEE is the author of What Apocalypse?, winner of the 2008 New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest, and Fuse (2011), Bewilderness (2014), Consolationeer (2017), and Meta Meta Make-Belief (2019), all from Black Lawrence Press. His poetry appears widely in journals such as American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Conduit, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Forklift, Ohio, The Journal, Los Angeles Review, Memorious, and Sixth Finch. He is the managing editor of Missouri Review and lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife Camellia Cosgray and their son, Harold.

BRIAN BARKER is the author of three books of poetry, Vanishing Acts (SIU Press, 2019), The Black Ocean (SIU Press, 2011), and The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, Indiana Review, The Cincinnati Review, Blackbird, and Pleiades. He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is a poetry editor of Copper Nickel. Learn more at www.brianbarker.net.

The Focal Point is at 2720 Sutton.  Parking is free in the lot on nearby Marietta Avenue or street parking. Readings start at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments available at the Maya Cafe next door. For more information or to read for the series contact Poetry at the Point Curator at poetry.point@stlouispoetrycenter.org.


  • Occurs Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


The Focal Point

2720 Sutton
Maplewood, MO 63143


Erin Quick