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Laumeier is pleased to announce 2018 In-Residence: Poet Stefene Russell, Culture Editor for St. Louis Magazine and a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media, including visual art, music, food and film. Russell is the author of the chapbook Inferna (Intagliata Press, 2013) and The Possum Codex (Otis Nebula, 2015). She is currently working on a collection, Lararium, to be published in December 2018 (Spartan Press). Russell previously participated in Laumeier’s Poetry in Place event in 2011.

“It’s really exciting to think about all the artistic chemical reactions that will happen this year,” says Russell. I can’t wait to see what the poets come up with in response to the art. I can’t wait to see what happens when people who aren’t expecting to find poetry at Laumeier encounter it here. I want to show St. Louis what an amazing group of poets we have in this city—and I can’t wait to see how poets start to think about their work differently by spending time at Laumeier.”

Russell will participate in a variety of programs at Laumeier throughout the year, including several Walking Tours, Free Family Days and Conversation Series events. She will also host a new summer series at Laumeier: Picnic & Poetry in the Park.

Picnic + Poetry in the Park

Bring your lunch (and a notebook and pen!) and join Laumeier’s In-Residence: Poet Stefene Russell at the Park. Use poetry prompts to activate the outdoor space through performance, poetry and sculpture.

Third Fridays, June–September / 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Public Plaza, Aronson Fine Arts Center / FREE

June 15 / July 20 / September 21

Laumeier started the In-Residence Program in 2012 to bring different forms of social and intellectual artistic practice into the public spaces of the Park. In-Residence artists complement the Park’s thematic exhibitions and deepen the exploration of topics relevant to Laumeier's cultural landscape.

2016 In-Residence: Musicians Barbara Harbach + Jim Henry
2015 In-Residence: Nutritionist Marjorie Sawicki
2014 In-Residence: Archaeologists Joe Harl + Robin Machiran
2013 In-Residence: Environmental Historian Jenny Price
2012 In-Residence: Composer Eric Hall