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From left, Christopher Candice, Tina Dybal and Gabe Montesanti joined Wednesday's talk show for a conversation about writing, humor and more.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

In the wide and varied world of entertainment, there are standup comedy shows, there are author readings – and then there’s the “literary reading comedy mashup.” That’s how the staff of the St. Louis-based literary magazine Boulevard is billing next week’s Three Writers and a Comedian shindig at the Schlafly Tap Room.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Sharon Stevens talked with some of the minds behind the free May 7 event, which is expected to be a unique celebration of funny writing of all sorts.

Joining the on-air discussion were local writers Christopher Candice and Gabe Montesanti as well as Tina Dybal, the reigning champion of St. Louis’ Funniest Person Competition.

The St. Louis-based literary magazine’s latest issue, which runs about 200 pages and includes some focus on immigration, features cover art by Tran Nguyen.

For nearly 35 years now, Boulevard magazine has been publishing works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction by both luminaries and emerging writers. Its hot-off-the-press 100th issue continues that tradition, offering readers a vibrant mix of contemporary literature penned by a wide range of writers.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the St. Louis-based literary magazine’s evolution and legacy since its founding in 1984.

Joining him for the discussion were the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jessica Rogen, as well as celebrated writers Joyce Carol Oates and Carl Phillips.