This series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. 100 Boots is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & projects+gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. The name, 100 Boots, takes inspiration from conceptual and performance artist Eleanor Antin’s series of photo-postcards documenting the staged travels of 100 pairs of black rubber boots across the United States in the early 1970s, suggesting a democratic notion of assembly and community. Similarly, the series serves a growing community which assembles to engage in a shared appreciation of poetry. At each reading, limited-edition broadsides are available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books.