100 BootsPoetry Series




The Pulitzer has launched a new collaboration, the 100 Boots Poetry Series, which presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. This program is the evolution of a series started in 2011 by the Cherokee Street art space fort gondo compound for the arts. The series is co-organized by poet, curator, and former director of fort gondo, Jessica Baran, and St. Louis-based poet and educator, Ted Mathys. Limited-edition broadsides created by design duo Kevin and Danielle McCoy—collectively known as WORK/PLAY—will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books will be for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books.



100 Boots Poetry Series:Lyn Hejinian& Alison C. Rollins

The first event of a new poetry series begins with readings by Lyn Hejinian, a founding figure of the Language movement of the 1970s and still one of the most influential figures in experimental and avant-garde poetry today, as well as St. Louis-based poet Alison C. Rollins, who was recently recognized as a recipient of the esteemed Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine, one of the largest awards offered to young poets in the United States. Rollins has also received a fellowship from the Cave Canem Foundation.

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100 Boots Poetry Series:Rae Armantrout& Evie Shockley

Hear readings by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout, author of thirteen books of poetry and the recipient of many notable awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as Evie Shockley, author of several collections of poetry and a critical volume on formal innovation in African American poetry. Shockley is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University and has been the recipient of many scholarly and creative honors including the Holmes National Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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100 Boots:Kaveh Akbar& Anselm Berrigan

The final event in the season includes readings by Kaveh Akbar, founder and editor of Divedapper, whose work has appeared in multiple publications, is the founder and cohost of the monthly poetry podcast All Up in Your Ears, and one of the 2016 recipients of the prestigious Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. The evening will also include readings by Anselm Berrigan, author of several collections of poetry, artistic director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church from 2003-2007, and currently serving as the co-chair of writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

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