Friday, April 27, 2012

Tomorrow: Nathaniel Farrell, Keith Newton & Matvei Yankelevich read in Gondo Poetry Series

The fort GONDO POETRY series is pleased to present:

Nathaniel Farrell
Keith Newton
Matvei Yankelevich

TOMORROW, April 28 at 7 P.M.


Nathaniel Farrell was born and grew up in Western Pennsylvania before moving to New York City, where he lived for fifteen years. A recent arrival in St. Louis, he is currently completing a dissertation on modern poetics at Columbia University and teaching at Washington University. A collection of two unpublished long poems — "Newcomer" and "The Republic" — is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse.

Keith Newton’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, and Typo, among other journals, and his chapbook of poems Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published in 2009 by Cannibal Books. He is co-editor of "The Harp & Altar Anthology" (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn.

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of "Boris by the Sea" (Octopus Books), and the translator of "Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms" (Ardis/Overlook). His new collection of
poems, "Alpha Donut," has just been released by United Artists Books. He is a member of the writing faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and one of the the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit publishing collective.

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This is the last reading in this season’s series. Please check our website soon to hear more about next season, which will begin in Fall 2012!

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Readings are sponsored in part by All Along Press.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

BPW Design Contest

Call for artists

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association (BPWNA) is requesting t-shirt design submissions to use as a fundraiser for the neighborhood association.  The winning design submission will be produced on t-shirts and sold at neighborhood meetings, events, and online.  Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will enable BPWNA to fulfill its mission and enhance our community.

  • Artwork should include “Benton Park West” text 
  • Artwork should capture the energy, diversity, and excitement of Benton Park West
  • Artwork may include, but not limited to Benton Park West architecture, people, culture, landmarks, institutions, etc.
  • Creativity and originality are required
  • Artwork should be appropriate for all ages: children through senior citizens
  • Artwork may be photos, painting (all mediums), collage, pen & ink, graphic design, computer generated
  • Color or Black & White; if color, please limit to 4 color.  
  • 2 dimensional and sizeable up to 16in x 20 in

Submitted artwork must be reproducible. Selected artwork may be used in the following methods:
• T-shirts
• Promotional postcards
• Promotional posters
• Print media ads 
• Other uses as determined by BPWNA

Please note: By entering this contest, the artist (if selected) agrees to provide a release waiver authorizing Benton Park West Neighborhood Association to reproduce the submitted image for the above usages. The printer may adjust the image for reproduction.  No prize money is awarded, but the artist will receive recognition on the BPWNA website, social media sites, The Porch newsletter, press releases, and any media interviews related to the design contest.

This request is open to all artists located within 100 miles of St. Louis.  All ages and skill levels are encouraged to submit their work.  BPWNA is not required to make recommendations or selections from the submissions if, in its opinion, qualifications are not appropriate.

Must be received/postmarked by 5PM, Monday, July 2, 2012.  All entries will be displayed at the Benton Park West neighborhood meeting on Thursday, July 19 at 7PM.  Attendees of that meeting will vote for their top choices.  Finalists will be notified by Monday, July 30, 2012.  Finalists may be asked to show their original work to the August neighborhood meeting, Thursday, August 16. The designer of the winning artwork will be notified by phone/email by Friday, August 24, 2012. The voting schedule is subject to change and all contestants would be notified in advance of any scheduled changes.

DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL ARTWORK.  Your submissions will not be returned. After reviewing submissions, we will keep your application on file for future considerations.
All submissions should include the following information: 
• Name
• Address
• Contact phone number(s) 
• Titles & Descriptions of artwork images submitted
• Website information if applicable

Email Submissions: 
Please submit up to 6 artworks/images in JPEG format (no larger than 500KB each) as attachments to secretary(at)bentonparkwest(dot)org.

Please Note: If you have a website, instead of sending attachments, you may simply send us the URL of the images you wish to submit and the link to your site.

Postal Mail Submissions: 
Please submit up to 6 artworks/images/photos (sizes 3x5 to 8x10) to:

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association
Attn: T-Shirt Design
P.O. Box 18671
St. Louis, MO  63118
For confirmation of receipt of submission, enclose a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard with your submission.

Please contact Scott McIntosh by calling (314)719-6507 or emailing secretary(at)bentonparkwest(dot)org.
Please be sure to visit our site,

Thank you for your submission!

Shakespeare in the Streets -- this weekend

Local Benton Park / Gravois Park / Cherokee Street business owners and residents will be appearing alongside professional actors in a play artfully adapted from William Shakespeare╩╝s The Tempest titled The New World, as part of the inaugural Shakespeare in the Streets, April 27-29. The event is underwritten by PNC Arts Alive and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The hour-long play will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at the intersection of Cherokee Street and California Avenue. All performances are free.

Creative team members Tlaloc Rivas (director), Nancy Bell (playwright) and Justin Barisonek (set designer) spent the past four months in the neighborhood collaborating with the residents, immersing themselves in the culture.  The three attended neighborhood events, met with residents, business owners and the community leaders in an attempt to get to know one another and to simply understand the history, the stories and the current concerns of the neighborhood. 

The resulting script draws upon Shakespeare, real conversations with the residents, and the playwright’s own impressions. For example, the character Gonzalo says: 
 “The people here in City South, in Louis Saint,
 They do be different, that much is sure.
 Some immigrants, some working class
 Some artists and many others, too.
 But here they are.  Together.  Every day.
 And basically, they’re...
 Pretty chill
 With one another.....
 I would not change it.

Friday & Saturday, April 27-28 at 8PM and Sunday, April 29 at 3PM. It’ll be a block party. Get excited!

More on this exciting event here