The Riverfront Reading Series kicks off the New Year with writers Richard Newman and Robert Stewart.
Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections All the Wasted Beauty of the World, Domestic Fugues, and Borrowed Towns as well as several poetry chapbooks. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, I-70 Review, New Letters, The Sun, and many other periodicals and anthologies, and have been featured several times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. His poem “Bellefontaine Cemetery” won First Place in The Ledge 2010 Poetry Awards Competition, and he recently received a St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Individual Artists Fellowship to complete his newest poetry collection. He teaches at Washington University and for the last 20 years has served as editor of River Styx and co-director of the River Styx Reading Series.
Robert Stewart won a National Magazine Award in 2008 for editorial achievement in the essay category (he was a finalist for that award in 2007) from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Miramar, Stand, Notre Dame Review, Literary Review and other magazines. Books include The Narrow Gate: Writing, Art & Values (essays), Outside Language: Essays (a finalist in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards for 2004; and winner of the 2004 Thorpe Menn Award), Plumbers (poems), and others. He is editor of New Letters magazine, BkMk Press, and New Letters on the Air, a nationally syndicated literary radio program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.