Awhile back I funded an annual program that provided monthly guest presenters to talk to students in the creative writing class at Alton Senior High School. There was a fine line-up, including a presentation on the Kwansaba form developed by the Eugene Redmond writing club. The St. Louis Poetry Society administered the grant. I dedicated this grant to my grandmother Anna Riehl and my great uncle Frank Riehl who were both fine published poets.
In this era of cut-backs in the arts, we can each think of ways to bridge the gap, and enhance curriculum in our local schools.