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UrbArts Welcomes New Fellowship Program

UrbArts Welcomes New Fellowship Program

This January, UrbArts began a new fellowship program in an effort to develop aspiring arts administrators in the community. Senior at Missouri State University and St. Louis native Taylor Vinson has been selected as the first UrbArts Fellow and will be laying the foundation of the fellowship program in the future. Taylor is the Founder of Untamed Tongues Poetry Collective on the Missouri State University campus and has been active in serving the St. Louis…

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Queens Pleasure

Queens Pleasure

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own – Audre Lorde   QUEENS PLEASURE features works specifically addressing the issues intersectional women face in a society catering to cis males addressing topics such as reproductive rights, rights surrounding sexual/physical violence, and civil rights among countless other rights pertaining ​to ​intersectional ​feminism/womanism. Intersectional feminism is a term coined by civil rights activist and professor Kimberlé…

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Quincy Troupe Headlines 3rd Annual Brick City Poetry Fest

Quincy Troupe Headlines 3rd Annual Brick City Poetry Fest

The Brick City Poetry Festival returns for its third year October 19th and will host events through Sunday, October 22nd at venues throughout the Greater St. Louis area. This year, Quincy Troupe is slated to give the keynote address on Sunday at 3:00 pm at the Missouri History Museum. Brick City will offer pre-festival events this year that will include a River Styx reading at the Contemporary Arts Museum that Monday , a Eugene B….

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Grand Slam Finalists (Almost) Set

Grand Slam Finalists (Almost) Set

The St. Louis Poetry  Slam wrapped up its 19th season with a slam at UrbArts last night. With the July 9th grand slam looming, some familiar faces qualified but it’s likely that new voices will represent the region in 2018.  The top five poets will be on the next slam team for St. Louis with the winning poet representing St. Louis at the Individual World Poetry Slam in October. Below are the finalists. The Dept…

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3rd Annual Brick City Poetry Festival

3rd Annual Brick City Poetry Festival

Festival Expands, Quincy Troupe to Keynote The Brick City Poetry Festival will be held Thursday, October 19th through Sunday, October 22nd at venues throughout the Greater St. Louis area. This year, Quincy Troupe is slated to give the keynote address on Sunday at 3:00 pm at the Missouri History Museum. Brick City will offer pre-festival events this year that will include a River Styx reading at the Contemporary Arts Museum that Monday , a Eugene B….

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VerbQuake Youth Slam

VerbQuake Youth Slam

VerbQuake Youth Poetry Slam is a teen performing arts program. It is critical literacy. It is reading everyday life as text. It is treating revision as sharpening blades. It is cross-stitched quilts. It is liberation from labels. It is refusing the master’s tools or using them to tear down old frameworks. It is a platform for ideas. It is a safe space. It is a brave space. It is an open space. It is an…

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Juan Felipe Herrera Visits STL on Oct 16th

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Headlines the 2nd Annual St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival Saint Louis, Missouri – The St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival will welcome US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Missouri Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone during its five day run of events beginning Thursday, October 13th through Monday, October 17th. In its second year under the direction of Saint Louis Poet Laureate Dr. Michael Castro, Brick City has added…

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