Literary Art Events


2013 Phyllis Corbet High School and Middle School Writing Contest

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2013 Jade G. Bute Adult Writing Contest

Writers and fans gathered at Chesterfield Arts on Monday, May 6th to honor the winners of the 2013 Jade G. Bute Adult Writing Contest. Honorees read their winning poetry and fiction pieces, then mingled at a reception at the Chesterfield Arts gallery.

This year's judge, Richard Newman, editor of River Styx, selected six poems and four fiction pieces to be shared at the reading and awards ceremony. The top three awardees in each division received cash prizes. All entries were inspired by the prompt "The first shall be last, and the last shall be first," whereby the first and last lines were the same, but carried a different meaning by the end of the piece.

The 2013 Jade G. Bute Adult Writing Contest elicited 39 submissions from throughout Illinois and Missouri - 29 in poetry and 10 in prose. Winners hailed from as far away as Chicago and as close as Chesterfield. Three of the honorees Monday evening also wrote winning pieces for the 2012 Jade G. Bute Adult Writing Contest. This year's winners are:


FIRST PLACE - W. E. Mueller

Incident Near Turtle Mountain

W. E. Mueller has won writing awards from the St. Louis Writers Guild, the Ozark Writers League, Saturday Writers, and from The Writer and Writers Digest magazines. He lives in Chesterfield with his wife Barbara and dog Rosie.

SECOND PLACE - Babara Moriarty

Swimming to Safety 

Barbara Moriarty is an English teacher, freelance writer, and self-proclaimed word nerd. She is inspired by all women who are battling breast cancer. Swimming to Safety is her second winning entry for Chesterfield Arts.

THIRD PLACE - Gail Cohen

The Waiting Game

Gail Cohen remains as enamored of the written word as she has been throughout her 30+year career as a writer and designer of children's Chanukah menorahs. Author or co-author of 17 books, hundreds of consumer and trade print aricles and thousands of online articles for,,Yahoo Voices,Tyra Banks' Type F and other websites, Cohen uses her master's degree in cultural anthropology to fashion her works of fiction and nonfiction. Mom to two and grandmother to six, Cohen plans to continue writing, assisted by her office critters--cats Tuna and Dreamsicle--until her brain can no longer identify a keyboard.


Strangers in a Crowd

Debbie Causevic is a writer of Young Adult fiction represented by Pooja Menon of Kimberley Cameron and Associates. She has completed three YA manuscripts, including Tumbling After, the first in an urban fantasy series, The Timebender's Curse, which is currently on submission.  Twitter: @dcausevic


FIRST PLACE - gaye gambell-peterson


gaye gambell-peterson: POET ~ artist ~ traveller ~ nature lover ~ cancer survivor ~ reader ~ recycler ~ thrift store shopper ~ photographer ~ journalist ~ walker ~ doer of yoga/aquacise ~ foodie ~ moon worshipper ~ day dreamer ~ list maker. Belong-er; Loosely Identified, Six on Saturday, StL Poetry Center, StL Writers Guild. Conflicting mantras: Be a body in motion. Nap.


This is How I Sing to You

Sarah Gray works at Webster Groves High School, where she has taught English for the past eleven years. She has recently completed her MFA in Poetry form UMSL and lives near Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.

THIRD PLACE - Gail Eisenhart


Gail Eisenhart recently had poems published in California Quarterly, The Centrifugal Eye, South Florida Arts Journal, Assisi and Qarrtsiluni. Her chapbook Dip in the Road was runner up in the 2012 Mary Ballard contest sponsored by Casey Shay Press. A retired Executive Assistant, she works part-time at the Belleville, IL, Public Library and likes to travel in her spare time.


Down on the Bottom Road He Crosses the Centerline

Steve Givens is a university administrator at Washington University, a songwriter, children's book author and sometime poet. He is also a widely published writer on Catholic-Christian spirituality. His most recent book is "Embraced by God: Facing Chemotherapy with Faith", and he writes a blog at

HONORABLE MENTION - Vincent Casaregola

Ode to Spam

Vincent Casaregola is a professor of English and Film Studies at Saint Louis University, where he teaches a variety of courses, including creative writing. He has written and published both poetry and creative nonfiction.


Walking with a Vet to Honor and View

The author has a B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and an M.A. in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. Dobrey won First Place in the 2012 Jade G. Bute Adult Writing Contest. His poetry appears in the September 2012 online journal, Bluestem, the literary quarterly of Eastern Illinois University. He currently works as a librarian/freelance writer and resides with his wife in southern Illinois on the bluffs of the MIssissippi River.




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2013 Poetry Out Loud St. Louis County Regional Championship

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, Chesterfield Arts hosted the 2013 Poetry Out Loud St. Louis County Regional Championship. Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest, was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to create awareness in the art of performing poetry.

Nine school champions from private and pubic schools throughout St. Louis County came together to share their passion for poetry through their memorized recitations of poems chosen from the literary canon. Teachers and parents showed their appreciation as these poised students recited poems penned from the 16th century to modern times. Emcee, poet and author Amy Gage shared biographical information of the poets between recitations. First, second and third place winners were selected by a panel of judges, based on accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic apropriateness, difficulty, evidence of understanding and overall performance. The judges were Daniel John Kelly, actor, director and teaching artist with COCA, Marsha Ramey, manager of Samual C. Sachs Branch of the St. Louis County Library, and Mary Shapiro, reporter for the Suburban Journals.

Jayvonn Wade from Parkway South High School took third place for his recitations of the poems: It Isn't Me by James Lasden, Spring by William Shakespeare, and A History Without Suffering by E. A. Markum.

Katharine Chang from Ladue Horton Watkins High School took second place with her recitations of: Echo by Christina Rossetti, The Hospital Window by James Dickey, and Candles by Carl Dennis.

The 2013 Poetry Out Loud St. Louis County Regional Champion is Berklea Going from Nerinx Hall, who recited The Truly Great by Stephen Spender, The Watchers by William Stanley Braithwaite, and Up-Hill by Christina Rossetti. Berklea recited these poems again as she represented St. Louis County in Jefferson City on March 14th at the 2013 Poetry Out Loud Missouri State Competition.


  1st place Berklea Going - Nerinx Hall High School


  2nd place Katharine Chang - Ladue Horton Watkins High School


3rd place Jayvonn Wade - Parkway South High School



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