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Medart Lecture Series

Come out for an extraordinary evening of poetry! The Medart Lecture Series of Maryville University, with the participation of the St. Louis Poetry Center and St. Louis Writers’ Guild, welcome Missouri Poets Laureate Walter Bargen, David Clewell and the state’s most recently selected Poet Laureate William Trowbridge for an upcoming night of poetry.

The three will give a poetry readings beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 in the Maryville University Auditorium, to be followed by a reception and book signing. This event at 650 Maryville University Drive is free and open to the public.

Trowbridge, the state’s current poet laureate, released Ship of Fool (Red Hen Press) in 2011. His sixth collection, Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems, will be published in 2014.

Clewell is the author of eight collections of poetry—most recently, Taken Somehow By Surprise (University of Wisconsin Press) in 2011—and two book-length poems.

Bargen, who was the first poet laureate of Missouri, has published fourteen books of poetry and two chapbooks of poetry.  Recent publications include Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (BkMk Press-UMKC 2009), and Endearing Ruins (Illiom-Verlag, Germany, 2012).

The St. Louis Poetry Center, with more than 65 years of serving those who love and write poetry, is the oldest center of its kind west of the Mississippi River. The St. Louis Writers’ Guild celebrates its 93rd year as the local chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. Both literary organizations are delighted to participate in Maryville University’s 2013 Medart Lecture Series.

The late Josephine Reynolds Medart – a 1926 Maryville graduate and philanthropist – endowed this annual series as a way to continue the liberal arts tradition and enhance the cultural fabric of the University and surrounding community. The series, which began in 1993, features notable speakers and performances from the arts and humanities.

For more information about the Medart Series, contact Professor Germaine Murray, PhD, at gmurray@maryville.edu or at  314.529.9544.

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