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 literary star power to the line-up while adding two special events that will recognize outstanding poets in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and include the introduction of the St. Louis poets anthology, Crossing the Divide.The second annual St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival is made possible by funding support from the Regional Arts Commission and UrbArts, as well as support from KDHX, the St. Louis Public Library, 14th Street Artist Community, River Styx, Word in Motion, Alchemy Seven, Gateway Writing Project.
Brick City will announce the first Saint Louis Youth Poet Laureate, as well as several youth poet ambassadors during its second night of the festival. The Saint Louis Youth Poet Laureate will have the honor of representing the city at events throughout the region and will win a book deal as well as the chance to become the National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. Teens ages 14 to 19 years will be eligible to apply for this distinction. The National Youth Poet Laureate program is based in The Saint Louis Youth Poet Laureate event will be held in UrbArts.
The reincarnated Warrior Poet award returns on the third day of programming with a ceremony honoring its latest inductee. The Warrior Poet award has factored into the selection of St. Louis’s first Poet Laureate and will likely continue to be a factor. Past Warrior Poets include Dr. Michael Castro, Dr. Eugene B. Redmond, Shirley LeFlore, and Dahveed Nelson among others. Warrior Poets is a program administered by Word In Motion.