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Love (And Its Opposites)
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003
Colleen McKee is an MFA student at University of Missouri-St. Louis and an editor of Confluence. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Delmar, Inter-Action St. Louis, and Bridges, and she has performed at Venus Envy, The Forum for Contemporary Art, and other venues. Her poems are mostly short monologues, sensual and often funny.
Chris Hayden's work has appeared in numerous litmags and anthologies, such as Drumvoices, Break Word with the World, The Riverking Poetry Supplement, Intermission, Longshot and Ain't but a Place. He is a former member of the Creative Arts and Expression Laboratory and the So What Poetry Ensemble. He has two collections of poetry, The Brown Girl in the Library and Kongo Groove. He edited St. Louis Muse, an anthology of regional poetry. Chris' style is a musical, eclectic mix of ancient, modern and traditional, the formal and the colloquial, heavily influenced by the Beat and Black Arts Movements of the Sixties.
Chris Parr has been a performance poet for many years, reading his work at art spaces and music venues as much as at poetry events, both in his native New Zealand and in Boston, New York and St. Louis. His poems and texts have appeared in such Boston publications as Agni, Oak Square and lift, in the Black Mountain II Review out of Buffalo, in New Zealand journals, and in the St. Louis online magazine The Ampersand as well as Inter-Action St. Louis. In keeping with his intention to update American poetry's conjunctions with jazz by incorporating cadences and echoes from rock, new wave and even electronic dance music, Chris will be performing his poems through improvisations with DJ Curtis Judge.
Attendance: 10 people