Brett Underwood

Musetry Meld

by Wobbuffet

Friday, 8 September – 7:30pm
The Chapel at the Link Galleries, 5000 Washington Place
$10 General Admission, $5 Students and Artists

Kicking off Hearding Cats’ 9th season, Musetry Meld features three acclaimed St. Louis poets, Michael CastroTravis Mossotti, and Brett Lars Underwood, and percussionist Glen “Papa” Wright.  Works will be read individually and in tandem, strung together over the music of Papa Wright.

Michael Castro is Saint Louis’ first Poet Laureate and the founding editor of the literary magazine River Styx. His poetry, activist, and educational work focus on multiculturalism, injustice, and racial divides.
     Travis Mossotti’s latest collection, Narcissus Americana (University of Arkansas Press, 2018), was selected by series editor Billy Collins as the winner of the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Mossotti teaches at Webster University and works in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for Washington University.
Brett Lars Underwood writes near a confused Ficus plant in St. Louis. His influence and meter vary. Think of free jazz, the sex calls from early-morning birds or jackhammers outside the bedroom window. His verse and riddles have been published by THE BICYCLE REVIEW,  52nd City,  THE SUBTERRANEAN, BAD SHOE, and included in FLOOD STAGE: An Anthology of Saint Louis Poets.  He unleashed SUNLIT INSULT, his first chapbook, in 2011 and ITS BUSH LENT SUBTLE HINTS hit the streets in October, 2013. His next book will be published by Spartan Press in 2018.
       Glen “Papa” Wright is a percussionist who has been teaching and performing for over 40 years.  “Papa” has accompanied local poets such as Shirley Leflore, Eugene Redmond, and Michael Castro.  He recently recorded an avant-garde CD entitled “KUVUKA”, featuring Greg Mills on piano and “Papa” on drum set.  His new group, Wind Spirit, features “Papa” playing twin kalimba.  Currently, “Papa” travels and performs puppet shows and does storytelling with percussion with his wife, Jackie.  He has also been with Springboard, as a teaching artist, for 25 years.

Missing Link
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 – 8 pm
Fort Gondo
3151 Cherokee
Free and open to the public

HEARding Cats Collective is excited to present a new poetry collaboration entitled Missing LinkThe event features several of St. Louis’ most active masters of the spoken word, including K. Curtis Lyle, Anna Lum, Brett Underwood, Stef Russell, and Treasure Shields Redmond.  The evening will feature new poetry works from each artist in solo and duo combinations along with musical accompaniment by Doc Mabuse and Zimbabwe Nkenya.

K. Curtis Lyle performs regularly in St. Louis as a solo artist and with various musical ensembles.  He has performed in North America’s major intellectual and cultural centers over the last 50 years, and as a founding member of the Watts Writers Workshop in Los Angeles in 1966, was an important part of the renaissance the group incited.  Lyle’s powerful delivery and crafting of language creates suspenseful tension of anticipation, while calming listeners gently in the next sentence.  His controlled oration roars across the stage, unsettling one’s gastric juices, yet a moment later, diminishes to a whisper with the careful articulation of a veteran artist.

Anna Lum began performing and publishing poetry in the 1970s in River Styx and Webster Review.  She has collaborated with numerous musicians and dancers over the years in live performance.  Her poetry combines personal experience with social commentary, and a keen eye for observing life’s “small things.”  In addition to her gifts as a performer, Lum has served selflessly on numerous arts boards in and around St. Louis over the years, including RAC’s advisory panel, MAC’s review panel, The Forum for Contemporary Arts, and many others.

Brett Lars Underwood is a bartender and a gadabout who writes, promotes and produces happenings and mishaps.  He’s quicker with the stink eye than verbal reprimands and favors the brushback pitch over preemptive warfare. Once upon a time, he co-published a ‘zine entitled Lick My Squaggle Noose, Clam Tick.  He penned Zen koans for The RFT and St. Louis Magazine, as well as many journals of suburbia.  His verse and riddles have been published by THE BICYCLE REVIEW, 52nd City and BAD SHOE and included in FLOOD STAGE: An Anthology of Saint Louis Poets and can also be found in his chapbook SUNLIT INSULT.

Stefene Russell is St. Louis Magazine’s Culture Editor, and is a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective that translates poetry into other media. In 2007, Poetry Scores translated her poem Go South For Animal Index into music. The poem, with essays by Russell and Poetry Scores artistic director Chris King, was released as a letterpress book with a CD of the score, printed by Firecracker Press. Russell is also a former co-editor of 52nd City and Prinsesstarta literary magazines, and was featured as part of River Styx’s Hungry Young Poets Series, the Observable Poetry Series (including 2005’s “Three Stephanies,” reading), the Archive Reading Series, and the Pulitzer’s Sound Waves series.  Her work has appeared in Pif, Gadfly, The Lumberyard, Bad Shoe, and Otis Nebula.

A Mississippi native, Treasure Shields Redmond is a St. Louis-based poet, performer and educator. She has published poetry in such notable anthologies as Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Breaking Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cane Canem’s First Decade and in journals that include The Sou’wester and The African American Review.  She has received a fellowship to the FineArts Works Center, and her poem, “around the time of medgar” was nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Treasure is a Cave Canem fellow and has received an MFA from the University of Memphis. Presently, she divides her time between being an assistant professor of English at Southwestern Illinois College and doctoral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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