Leslie Pietrzyk Reading: Thursday, September 29


Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 pm UMSL North Campus SSB 331 (The bldg next to the Tower) 1 University Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63121  Author Leslie Piertryzk will read from her newest short story collection, This Angel On My Chest, winner of the 2015 Drue Heinz award. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the 16 best story collections of the year! Books will be on sale, and the author will discuss writing linked stories and answer questions. Contact Mary Troy (marytroy@umsl.edu) or directions if needed.





For more on Leslie Piertryzk‘s writing, go to: http://lesliepietrzyk.com/



Issue #35 Release Party with Boulevard

The editors of Boulevard and Natural Bridge are delighted to invite you to a reading in celebration of our spring issues!




The event is free and open to the public and will be held at Dressel’s Public House. Wednesday, May 25th starting at 6:30 PM.

Featuring writers from the issues, including Adrian Matejka, Angela Mitchell, Travis Mossotti, and Mary Troy.

Click the image above for a link to the Facebook event page with more information.

Come See Roger Reeves as part of the Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series

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RSVP and share the invite with friends via the Facebook event page.

Roger Reeves’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD the University of Texas-Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book is King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013).

Next Week, the Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series Hosts Chinelo Okparanta

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Tuesday February 9, 2016
St. Louis County Library Headquarters

Chinelo Okparanta is the author of the debut novel, Under the Udala Trees and the story collection Happiness, Like Water.  She was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Okparanta received her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

For more information, please visit Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series or click on the image for a direct link to the Facebook Event Page.

Natural Bridge is Reading: Send Us Your Work

Natural Bridge editorial staff are in the building, devouring your submissions.

As you can tell by the film reel clock in the background, it’s time for you to submit to Natural Bridge Literary Journal. After their brief interlude between semesters, the Natural Bridge staff is back in the building and eager to read. We want your poems, your fiction, your essays, and your translations. In short, we want the best you have to offer and we want as much as you are willing to send.

Just head over to our Submit tab and follow the instructions there to get your work to our eyes. We accept electronic submissions via Submittable and we’re open to physical copies through the good old US Postal Service as well. We look forward to seeing your work.

Natural Bridge Announces our 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominees

The editors of Natural Bridge are proud to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize.


-“If You Don’t Stop Right Now” by Jen Hirt, Issue No. 33

-“Ghosts” by Tom Andes, Issue No. 33

-“Louisiana Sweet Crude” by Reggie J. Poché, Issue No. 33

-“Saint Francis” by Noah Davis, Issue No. 34

-“Self-Portrait as a Vegas Casino” by Chuck Sweetman, Issue No. 34

-“The Italian Literature Professor Caught in the Current of Want” by Kevin Clark, Issue No. 34


Natural Bridge Issue #34 Release Imminent!


Gaze upon the glorious cover of the upcoming issue of Natural Bridge (Issue #34), guest edited by UMSL’s own Shane Seely. This masterpiece collection of modern literature will be available in approximately three to four weeks (exact release date to be determined), once printing is complete. The editors of Natural Bridge would like to recommend that, as quantities are limited, you should begin queuing as soon as possible to ensure that you can get all the copies you need for those special someones on your holiday shopping list. Don’t miss out.