The editors of Boulevard and Natural Bridge are delighted to invite you to a reading in celebration of our spring issues! The event takes place at Dressel’s Public House in the Central West End, 419 N. Euclid Ave., on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. The reading will feature the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adrian Matejka and distinguished St. Louis writers Angela Mitchell, Travis Mossotti and Mary Troy. The event is free and open to the public.
Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) and Mixology (Penguin USA, 2009), which was a winner of the National Poetry Series. His most recent book, The Big Smoke (Penguin USA, 2013), was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He is the Ruth Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Angela Mitchell's stories have been published in Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, and others. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was the winner of the 2009 Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as well as degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of New Orleans. Mitchell is the current director of the St. Louis Writers Workshop.
Travis Mossotti serves as Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis and also as a 2015-16 Regional Arts Commission Fellow. He was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award by contest judge Garrison Keillor for his first collection of poems About the Dead (USU Press, 2011), and his second collection Field Study won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). He teaches in the Writing Program at Webster University and works for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University.
Mary Troy has published three short story collections and one novel, Beauties, winner of the USA Book Award. Her new novel, Swimming on Highway N, will be published by Moon City Press in November, 2016. She is editor of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, and a professor of creative writing in the MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.