St Louis Poetry Ctr


Current Reading

Poetry at the Point – May 28 (SOS)


Six on Saturday

includes Alice Azure, gaye gampbell-peterson, Katherine Mitchell, Keith Byler, Rebecca Ellis and Gail Eisenhart. The group of six metro-area poets have met to workshop one Saturday a month for almost seven years. Their individual work has appeared in journals such as Untamed Ink, California Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Thema, Assisi and Floodstage . Individual members of the group have edited various poetry journals and taught at institutions of higher learning. Please see

Alice Azure’s writings have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, the most recent being Yellow Medicine Review, Studies in American Indian Literatures and The Florida Review.  In 2011 she launched two books, a memoir, Along Came a Spider (Bowman Press), and a book of poetry, Games of Transformation (Albatross Press), the latter selected as the poetry book of the year  by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers.

gaye gambell-peterson is a degreed visual artist and self-taught poet—stays busy doing both.  Recent kudos: First Place in 2012 St. Louis Poetry Center‘s Nash  Contest; art and poetry published online by qarrtsiluni (Fragments). Two chapbooks feature her poetry & collages: pale leaf floating (Cherry Pie Press) and MYnd mAp (Agog Press). Art featured twice on covers of Natural Bridge and elsewhere; poems in anthologies Breathing Out, and Flood Stage,  and elsewhere. She belongs to Loosely Identified (a Women’s Poetry  Collective), St. Louis Poetry Center (formerly a board member), St.  Louis Writers Guild, and SOS (her favorite).

Keith Byler is a physician with ten years in the trenches of the emergency room, and is now in private practice. His poems have appeared in Emergency:  True Stories From the Nation’s E.R.’s, Hurricane Blues, Margie: The  American Journal of Poetry, Untamed Ink, Thema, Floodstage,  and others. He is also a winner of the Metro Arts in Transit 2008  Poetry in Motion Contest. Keith has been active in the St. Louis Poetry  Center and is a past board president for the organization. He and his  wife Danica (a marriage counselor) live on a small farm outside of  Edwardsville, Illinois.

Gail Eisenhart’s poems can be seen in California Quarterly, Assisi, The Centrifugal Eye, The Quotable and Qarrtsiluni. Her chapbook Dip in the Road was runner up in the 2012 Mary Ballard Chapbook contest sponsored by  Casey Shay Press. A retired Executive Assistant, she works part time at  the Belleville (IL) Public Library.

Katherine Mitchell holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri St.  Louis. She has taught the Alexander Technique professionally for over  twenty years. Katherine has a background in dance and teaches Argentine  Tango at Washington University.

Rebecca Ellis lives in southern Illinois, on the eastern bluffs of the Mississippi,  just high enough above the floodplain. Her poems can be found in Prairie Schooner, Natural Bridge,, Bad Shoe, and Crab Creek Review.  She edited Cherry Pie Press, publishing nine poetry chapbooks by  Midwestern women poets. She now finds an artful home with two writing  groups – Loosely Identified, and Six on Saturday.