River Styx kicked off their 2014-15 season on Monday with readings by Amit Majmudar and local writer Murray Farish, but this year’s season kickoff was a little more special than typical years. The opening of this season of lively readings marked River Styx 40th anniversary season.
“Most people turn 40 with trepidation. River Styx is thrilled to turn 40. We’ve been bringing the best writers we can find to our pages and to our podium for 40 years, and we [were] especially excited to kick off our new season with poet and novelist Amit Majmudar and local short story writer Murray Farish on Sept. 15,” River Styx editor Richard Newman said.
Over their 40 years, River Styx has received many awards both locally and nationally for their work including NEA awards and, on many occasions, St. Louis Poetry Center’s Stanley Hanks Prize. Poems are regularly included in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets and The Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses.
The next reading in this year’s season will be held Oct. 20 with writers Sena Jeter Naslund and Jason Sommer. Both Naslund and Sommer are acclaimed in their field. Naslund is a winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award. Her work has been reprinted globally in Australia and the United Kingdom, and translated into German, Hebrew and Japanese. Her most well-known novel, Ahab’s Wife: Or, The Star-gazer, was a finalist for the Orange Prize.
Sommer has local ties, receiving his PhD. from Saint Louis University after growing up in the Bronx. Sommer received his master’s degree from Stanford and his BA from Brandeis University. His poetry has been published in many magazines including The New Republic, TriQuarterly and Ploughshares, among others. His most recent volume of work is called “The Laughter of Adam and Eve.”
All readings are held at the Tavern of Fine Arts and begin at 7:30. Admission is $5 at the door, and $4 for members, students and seniors. ARTS card holders enjoy 2-for-1 admission. For a complete schedule and list of writers click here. Previous seasons are also available to watch online.