St. Louis is home to a healthy literary culture; the number of reading series and author visits increases annually, thanks to the coalition of willing independent book stores, literary magazines, English departments and an eager public. The St. Louis Poetry Center is one of the stalwarts of the scene with 60 years of readings to its credit, and this afternoon it celebrates the voices of those poets who worked in academia at a fundraiser called Published and Perished. T.S. Eliot, Howard Nemerov, Mona Van Duyn, Constance Urdang and Donald Finkel's words will ring true once again through the talents of soprano Christine Brewer, poet Eamonn Wall, writer William Gass and writer of a different sort Bill McClellan, among others, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-973-0616 or www.stlouispoetrycenter.org). Tickets are $50 to $60, and a portion of that is tax deductible; you also get a Champagne reception, but you can't deduct that.
Sun., April 25, 2010