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STLCC-Wildwood Celebrates National Poetry Month

April 05, 2016

In April, St. Louis Community College-Wildwood will join tens of millions of poetry enthusiasts in celebration of National Poetry Month by offering three events that will be free and open to the public.

The campus is located at 2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood. 

The annual celebration aims to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievements of American poets while also helping to foster a love of poetry in schools, libraries and homes around the country. 

"National Poetry Month is a time for creativity and reflection, and our region is rich in poetic traditions as well as current working poets and authors,” said Daniel Yezbick, Ph.D., professor of English. “We are excited to connect our students, staff and community with remarkable poets, and we hope that the writers we bring to campus will inspire and instruct all of us in some of the world's most beautiful and personal creative writing."

Poetry Reading and Signing with Ben Moeller-Gaa
Tuesday, April 12, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Ben Moeller-Gaa  

Ben Moeller-Gaa is a Pushcart nominated haiku poet whose poems, reviews and essays have appeared in more than 30 journals worldwide, including Acorn, Modern Haiku, Simply Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Shamrock and World Haiku Review.

He has also been featured in the Red Moon Press’s yearly “best of” anthologies and The Haiku Foundation’s mobile haiku app, Haiku 21.

He is the author of two haiku chapbooks, Wasp Shadows from Folded Word Press (2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon from Poor Metaphor Design (2014). He received a degree in creative writing from Knox College, is a contributing editor to River Styx literary magazine, and has led writing workshops for Studio STL, the St. Louis Poetry Center and at Missouri Baptist University.

In addition, he is a founding member of the Tin Ceiling Theater Company. His plays have been produced on several small stages across the St. Louis area.

Poetry Workshop with Lisa Haag Kang
Wednesday, April 13, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Lisa Haag Kang  

Lisa Haag Kang is a poet, essayist, freelance writer and craft designer who also teaches writing and a variety of civilization courses at the college level.

Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Passages North, Hayden’s Ferry, Spoon River Poetry Review, Spillway, The Lyric, The Lindenwood Review and The Examined Life. Her poetry chapbook, Recombinant Loves, was a runner-up in the 2012 Main Street Rag poetry chapbook contest, and her chapbook, A Benign Sort of Cannibalism, won the 2013 Clockwise poetry chapbook competition. Her essay, On Sea Cucumbers and Flying Solo, was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her work has also been featured in Calliope, Dig, Hopscotch, Blaze, Dig into History and Highlights Magazine.

Poetry Reading with Melody S. Gee
Wednesday, April 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

Melody Gee  

Melody S. Gee’s first poetry collection, Each Crumbling House (2010), won the Perugia Press Book Prize. Her second collection, The Dead in Daylight (2016), is now available from Cooper Dillon Books.

Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Los Angeles Review, Meridian, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Spillway, The Book of Scented Things Anthology and Boxcar Poetry Review. Her awards include two Pushcart nominations, a Best New Poets nomination, the Robert Watson Literary Prize, and a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat fellowship.

Originally from Cerritos, Calif., Gee earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California-Berkeley, and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. She currently teaches developmental writing at St. Louis Community College. Gee previously taught at Purdue University, Ivy Tech College, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southwestern Illinois College.