An Heir to the Black Mountain Poets @ Observable Readings STL

An Heir to the Black Mountain Poets Visits Observable Readings Feb. 4

Poet Thomas Meyer, executive director of a society that published legendary Black Mountain poets such as Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, and Robert Creeley; will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Schlafly Bottleworks on 7260 Southwest Ave. in Maplewood as part of the Observable Readings series. He will be joined by Chicago poet Peter O’Leary, known for his metaphysical musings (“a god’s privacy is massive”), and St. Louisan Shane Seely, whose first book of verse, The Snowbound House, won the 2008 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Admission is free.

Thomas Meyer, who lives in Scaly Mountain, NC, is executive director of the Jargon Society, founded by his late partner, Black Mountain poet Jonathan Williams. Under Williams’ direction, the Jargon Society published the work of many of the experimental poets associated with Black Mountain College as well as the poetry of Meyer. Meyer’s most recent book of verse, Kintsugi, was published last year by Punch Press.

Shane Seely is a senior lecturer in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches composition and creative writing and serves as assistant director of the university’s freshman writing program.

Peter O’Leary’s books and chapbooks include: Watchfulness, A Mystical Theology of the Limbic Fissure, Wren/Omen, Benedicite, and Depth Theology. He teaches in the liberal arts and writing programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Observable Readings is a part of the St. Louis Poetry Center. Both organizations are funded in part by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council. For more information about the reading, contact Robert Lowes at

For the words,

Nancy Hughes
Executive Director
St. Louis Poetry Center

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