Issue Release Celebration and Reading

  • Urban Chestnut 4465 Manchester Avenue St. Louis, MO, 63110 United States

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 Urban Chestnut in The Grove, 4465 Manchester Avenue, on Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. The reading will feature the Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge and distinguished Missouri writers Phong Nguyen, Jane Ellen Ibur, and Brigitte Leschhorn. The event is free and open to the public.


The former Poet Laureate of Missouri (2012–2016), William Trowbridge holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University. His poetry publications include six full poetry collections and four chapbooks and his work has appeared in more than thirty-five anthologies and textbooks. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship, a Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award. Living now in the Kansas City area, he teaches at the University of Nebraska Low-Residency MFA in Writing Program.

Phong Nguyen is the author of a novel, The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016) and two story collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen's Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, 2011). He teaches fiction-writing at the University of Central Missouri, where he serves as editor of Pleiades.

Brigitte Leschhorn is a Panamanian-American writer and educator in the St. Louis area. Her work has been published in Boulevard Magazine, Southeast Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Her essay on Ferguson was listed as a Notable Essay and Literary Nonfiction of 2015 in the Best American Essays 2016 .

Jane Ellen Ibur is an award-winning poet and arts educator, and an alum of Webster University. Her poetry, published in literary journals and anthologies since 1972, has garnered numerous awards. For nineteen years she co-produced/co-hosted Literature for the Halibut on KDHX community radio. Jane Ellen is the literary editor of Blindness isn’t Black, an anthology by Missouri writers and artists with disabilities, published by VSA of Missouri.