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Alex Heuer, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis has a long and rich literary tradition having produced such noted writers as Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot, Eugene Field and Maya Angelou. On April 26, in honor of National Poetry Month, the St. Louis Poetry Center will celebrate one of St. Louis’ own, Maya Angelou.

Michael Castro
Ros Crenshaw

Updated to include Michael Castro's poetry and interview audio, and reaction from poet Shirley Bradford LeFlore.

Except for dotting the “i’s” and crossing a “t” or two, St. Louis has its first official poet.

St. Louisans have many reasons to go to D.C.

Jan 18, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 18, 2009 - From the time she witnessed John F. Kennedy take the oath on a cold January day in 1961, St. Louis attorney Frankie Freeman has been a fixture at many Democratic presidential inaugurals.

Freeman still has warm memories of that event, from the red gown she wore to the ball, to the time she spent with singer Lena Horne and others during the visit.

Racial memory: Clear as black and white

Jun 27, 2008
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Photo by Olivr Nurock

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 27, 2008 - In the past four years, since I began work on my new book on the terrible 1917 East St. Louis race riot, my wife and I have told hundreds of people from the St. Louis area about the project, and have discovered a fact that is both remarkable and thoroughly understandable.

In general, white people, even those who have lived in this area for most or all of their lives, have never heard of the riot - a riot that arguably was the deadliest of the 20th century.