Literary Organizations

American Audio Prose Library Inc.
Kay Callison
600 Crestland Ave., Columbia, MO 65205
Mission: Production of educational audio tapes
Publications: Annual series of recordings of contemporary authors: readings and interviews
Promotional materials: Catalog
Sponsored events: Produced "Spoken Word" radio program -- aired weekly on KOPN 89.5 FM (Columbia)

Center for Faulkner Studies
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Mission: To conduct and promote educational, research, and public service projects related to Faulkner and the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection
Promotional materials: Exhibit catalogs, flyers, announcements, news releases
Sponsored events: Faulkner lectures and conferences

The Center for the Humanities
Diane Touliatos, Center Director, or Karen Lucas, Center Assistant Director
484 Lucas Hall, University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499
Mission: To present programming on the various aspects of the humanities to a wide audience.
Publications: Newsletter about events and program participants; abstracts of talks delivered at conferences and symposia published on website.
Promotional materials: Flyers and brochures about conferences; Monday Noon Cultural Series mailersSponsored events: Free and open to the public, events such as a poetry and short story reading series, an annual conference called "What is a city?" about architecture, art, music, justice, community. Musical and dramatic performances. Talks by artists about their work and by historians.
Check our website for details on upcoming events.

Heartland Book Bank, Inc.
1425 Oak - Room 160
Kansas City, MO 64106
Mission: The Heartland Book Bank, Inc. promotes literacy throughout Kansas and Missouri by the collection and distribution of materials which empower lifelong learning.
We have been open 12 years and have over 75,000 books, magazines and other educational materials for agencies to receive free.  Please call the book bank for hours and days and if you are a homeschooler, please do not bring children unless they are 14 years or older. We are in the AT&T building and their insurance does not cover younger children.  AT&T is the sponsor of the book bank and gave us 5,000 square feet in-kind donation, because we are the Telecom Pioneers which is the volunteer organization of AT&T. The book bank has over 500 agencies that come in and receive free materials which distributes to over 690,342 children and adults.

Heartland Writers Guild
P.O. Box 652, Kennett, MO 63857
Mission: To promote and support the concept of professionalism in writers and by so doing, aid members toward the goal of marketing their writing.
Publications: The Journal, a monthly newsletter focusing on guild business, upcoming events/meeting topics and features on writing.
Promotional materials: Brochure for our biennial conference, monthly meeting topic flyers, About the Guild flyers, workshop brochures.
Sponsored events: Heartland Writers Conference, a biennial three-day event in Sikeston, MO, a popular fiction/nonfiction conference that brings agents and editors from New York to the heartland. Heartland Festival of Books. Booksignings by all published participants in the conference.

International Writers Center
Washington University
Campus Box 1071, 7425 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105-2103
Mission: The International Writers Center was established at Washington University to build on the strengths of its resident and visiting faculty writers; to serve as a focal point for writing excellence in all disciplines and in all cultures; to be a directory for writers and writing programs at Washington University, in St. Louis, the United States, and around the world; and to present the writer to the reader.

Publications:The Writer in Politics, edited by William H. Gass and Lorin Cuoco, Southern Illinois Press, 1996
With an introduction by Gass and essays by South African writer Breyten Breytenbach, Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, American poet Carolyn Forche, Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta, Argentine novelist Luisa Valenzuela, and Peruvian writer and Presidential contender Mario Vargas Llosa along with the discussions of these essays, This book documents the proceedings of the first international conference, The Writer in Politics, presented by the Writers Center in 1992.
The Writer and Religion, edited by William H. Gass and Lorin Cuoco, Southern Illinois Press, forthcoming 1998
With an introduction by Gass and essays by Irish poet Eavan Boland, South African writer J.M. Coetzee, American novelist William Gaddis, Indian writer Amitav Ghosh, American novelist A.G. Mojtabai, and Lebanese writer Hanan al-Shaykh. This book documents the proceedings of the second international conference, The Writer and Religion, presented by the Writers Center in 1994.
The Dual Muse: The Writer As Artist, The Artist As Writer, exhibition catalogue, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1997
With an introduction by Cornelia Homburg and essays by William H. Gass and Johanna Drucker. This catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition and symposium organized by the International Writers Center and the Washington University Gallery of Art held in 1997. The exhibition catalogue illustrates the 67 pieces in the exhibition with 38 color plates and contains essays on the relationship of literary and visual arts.
The Dual Muse: The Writer As Artist, The Artist As Writer, symposium proceedings, John Benjamins Publishing Company, forthcoming 1998
This companion volume to the exhibit volume will contain the proceedings from The Dual Muse symposium with papers by artists and authors Jennifer Bartlett, Breyten Breytenbach, Tom Philips and Derek Walcott.
Promotional materials: The International Writers Center publishes the St. Louis Literary Calendar monthly and the St. Louis Literary Bestiary annually during the summer. In addition, the center publishes a brochure every fall announcing its Reading Series for the coming year. Additional materials are sent out promoting the individual events.
Sponsored events: Every year the International Writers Center presents four or five poets and writers as part of its annual Reading Series. The center also hosts a marathon Bloomsday reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses annually, an international literary conference biennially, and works with university departments and state and regional arts and literary organizations in the community to present other programs.

Jewish Community Center/St. Louis Jewish Book Festival
Carlyn H. Wohl Building
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO, 63146
Mission: To present to the St. Louis community literary and entertainment giants who have published during the current year, to stimulate discussion and thought about current Jewish issues, to expose the public to Jewish literature and stimulate the desire to establish or enhance a home library.

Sponsored events: Holds annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, the only event of it's kind in St. Louis. It is open to the entire community and more than 20,000 attend, making it the largest Jewish Book Festival in the United States. The goals of the festival are to present outstanding personalities from the world of literature and the arts, to stimulate the desire to read and create/enhance a home library, and to promote discussion and thought about current Jewish issues.
Marcia Evers Levy, Festival Director.
Phone: 314/442-3152

The Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri State Poetry Society
Missi Rasmussen, President
Website: or
Mission:  To celebrate poetry in all its forms by poets both contemporary and classic.  To encourage the appreciation of poetry in the Kansas City community.  To support the enthusiasm of this art form.
Publications:  Kansas City Metropolitan Verse Volumes 1 & 2 (These are compiled and published yearly.)
Sponsored events: Author receptions, open mics, youth poetry contests, poetry book drives, poetry readings, workshops.

Kate Chopin Society of North America
Kirkwood Public Library
140 East Jefferson
Kirkwood, MO  63122
Mission: To promote the study, appreciation and understanding of Kate Chopin’s works, her life, and her genius.
Participation in book related programs or events: Book discussions; an annual festival in conjunction with the announcement of the Kate Chopin Literary Award.

Mid-Missouri Organization of Storytelling (M.O.S.T.)
P.O. Box 1267
Columbia, MO 65205
Contacts: Larry Brown
Sarah Howard
Mission: An organization of both storytellers and story lovers dedicated to promoting the joy and art of storytelling throughout the State of Missouri.
Promotional materials: Teller brochure and information sheets, occasional "news" letters, flyers and programs for workshops.
Sponsored events: Tellabration every November, Saturday before Thanksgiving; Boone County Heritage Days Ghost Stories every September; workshops.

Missouri Arts Council
Beverly Strohmeyer, Executive Director
Old Post Office, 815 Olive Street, Suite 16
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-340-6845 or toll free 1-866-407-4752
Fax: 314-340-7215
Mission: Missouri Arts Council, a state agency and division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides grants to nonprofit organizations to encourage and stimulate the growth, development, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri. For over 40 years, MAC has provided vital support and leadership to bring the arts to all the people of the state. Through funds from the Missouri General Assembly, Missouri Cultural Trust, and National Endowment for the Arts, MAC provides grants to make possible quality arts programming to both large and small communities. Examples of organizations that utilize MAC funds include small local arts councils like the Shelbina Arts Council and internationally renowned organizations, such as the Saint Louis Symphony.
Publications: Missouri Touring Performers is produced by MAC to promote and support communities seeking quality performing artists as well as the performers themselves. Participants include over 60 musicians, music groups, storytellers, folk artists, theatrical performers, and dancers.
MACnotes is monthly newsletter with timely art news about MAC grant updates and legislative action affecting the arts community.
Programs/Events: The Missouri Arts Awards is presented each year by the Council to recognize individuals, arts educators, businesses, and other organizations for their contributions to the arts industry in Missouri. Also, in partnership with various arts and education agencies throughout the state of Missouri, the Missouri Arts Council, working in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), has introduced a national poetry contest to Missouri high schools, called Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The contest aims to encourage high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. The Council periodically hosts a conference that includes a variety of workshops and also sponsors several application-writing workshops each year at locations throughout the state. Other Council-sponsored programs include: Missouri African American Cultural Initiative, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, Missouri

Missouri Association of School Librarians
Author's Alley
 Missouri Humanities Council
Michael Bouman, Executive Director
543 Hanley Industrial Ct., Ste. 201
St. Louis, MO  63144-1905
Toll Free: (800) 357-0909 
Phone: (314) 781-9660 
FAX: (314) 781-9681
Mission: To help the people of Missouri learn about our history, our literature, and the ideas that shape our democracy.
Publications: monthly electronic newsletter
Promotional materials: Brochures for each program:  READ from the START, Cultural Heritage Development, Chautauqua, and other local initiatives (grant program).
Sponsored events: The Council grants funding for various book discussion groups and some intergenerational literacy programs. READ from the START is a Council initiative which provides families with a starter library of children's literature and family reading instruction. The Chautauqua program features authors as characters/performers. The Council also presents Governor’s Awards each year that recognize contributions to the humanities: The Community Heritage Award recognizes an individual or group who has made a special contribution to a community's understanding of its heritage, The Book Award recognizes an individual or group whose book or publication has increased our understanding and appreciation of Missouri's history and culture, and The Excellence in Humanities Education Award recognizes one or more teachers of English, history, languages, or social studies, grades K-12, in Missouri's public or private schools.

Missouri Press Women/National Federation of Press Women
Allison Stein   Janice Denham, Co-presidents
528 Pamela Lane
St. Louis, MO 63122
E-mail: or
Mission: Missouri Press Women is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women
The Missouri Region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Mission: To promote professionalism and excellence among writers and illustrators of children's books and other literature.
Publications: The national organization provides a variety of published materials to members, including a bi-monthly Bulletin, market information, lists of book reviewers and agents, and more. Visit the national organization's web site and look under "Publications."
Promotional Materials: The Missouri region produces its own newsletter, MoScribbles, available to both members and nonmembers.
Sponsored events: A variety of activities throughout the year, including a workshop in May, a conference in November, and one or more casual meetings (dates vary). See Web site for event schedule.

Missouri Writers' Guild
Current Address:
1203 Spartina Drive

Florissant, MO 63031
President: Deborah Marshall
Mission: A non-profit educational association for professional writers throughout Missouri and surrounding states.
Publications: A quarterly newsletter; Web site containing member bios, publications, and listing of speakers; an annual members' directory, and an occasional anthology.
Sponsored events: Annual conference, held in late April, provides educational and marketing information. MWG hosts a members only online writers group and bookstore link for member book sales. The guild also sponsors annual writers' contests and provides an annual scholarship award to a college student.
Chapters: The Guild has 13 chapters located in Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas. MWG chapters hold regular meetings, have educational speakers, sponsor writing contests, give readings, hold regional workshops, publish literary anthologies, and perform other writing-related activities, such as celebrating Missouri Writers' Month each April.


National League of American Pen Women
Ruth G. Ericson, President
2932 Delavan Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63121-4610
Mission: To promote development of the creative talents of professional women in the arts: Letters, art, music
Publications: "The Pen Women" is the official publication of the League and features news, accomplishments and works of its members.
Promotional materials: 2-color brochure
Ozarks Romance AuthorsPresident: Virginia Pohlenz
835 W. Mount Vernon
Springfield, Missouri 65806
Mission: To educate and support all writers, with a main focus on romance writing.
Events: Meetings are held the first Saturday of every month at the Library Station on North Kansas Expressway in Springfield, Missouri.


St. Louis Poetry Center
Nancy Hughes, Executive Director
567 North & South, #8
St. Louis, MO 63130
Publications: Newsletter, chapbook of winners of local contests
Promotional materials: Flyers, e-mail distribution
Sponsored events: Workshops September through April, monthly poetry readings at 2 different locations, poetry reading for winners of local contests in May. Special workshops at varying times during the year.


St. Louis Publishers Association
244 Mid Rivers Center, Suite 198
St. Peters MO 63376
Mission: To help members publish quality products and market them effectively
Publications: News and Views (monthly 8-page newsletter)
Promotional materials: Flyers
Sponsored Events: Each of our monthly meetings helps our members publish and/or market books. We also exhibit members' books at various venues, sponsor self-publishing seminars, and participate in radio and TV interviews about publishing.

St. Louis University Library Associates
Pius XII Memorial Library
3650 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-3100
Fax: 314-977-3587
Other contacts: Kathy Luther, Director of Development for the Libraries,
Officers can be found on the website.
Mission: The Mission of the Library Associates is to enhance the visibility of Saint Louis University libraries in order to promote the development of their collections and services.
Publications: Newsletter to members: Literary Letter
Promotional materials: Brochure describing organization, posters, invitations, etc. Also materials regarding Saint Louis Literary Award.
Literary Award: The prestigious Saint Louis Literary Award was first presented as The Wilma and Rosell Messing, Jr., Award in 1967. In the decades since, literary giants from around the world have traveled to our community to accept this award. The honor today known simply as the Saint Louis Literary Award is presented annually by Saint Louis University Library Associates and a select group of Patrons.
Literary Award recipients include some of the following...for a complete list go to our website:Tennessee Williams, Richard Ford, Michael Frayn, R. Buckminster Fuller, James A. Michener, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Purdy Wilbur, Tom Wolfe, Shelby Foote, David McCullough, Stephen Jay Gould, Edward Albee, Antonia Fraser, Stephen E. Ambrose, Chinua Achebe, N. Scott Momaday, Simon Schama, Joan Didion, Margaret Drabble, Garry Wills.Evenings at Home: The Evenings at Home series began in 1981 with literary programs being held in private homes. Presentations are made by authors and scholars of local and international merit.
Donations of Collections: The Saint Louis University Library Associates is also a vehicle for donating major collections to the Libraries.


St. Louis Writers Guild
P.O. Box 411757
St. Louis MO 63141
Mission: The St. Louis Writers Guild mission is to further Missouri's literary heritage and connect, support, and promote writers and literary organizations.
In 1920, St. Louis Writers Guild was formed by six St. Louis authors, which included Sam Hellman, a Hollywood screenwriter of 36 produced films (some of which were blockbusters), Shirley Seifert, a Putlizer prize nominee, Jay Gelzer, Ralph E. Mooney, William Bennan, and Leonora McPheeters, prolific short fiction writers and novelists.  Charles Guenther and Rev. William B. Faherty, both acclaimed Missouri authors, served the Guild for decades. In 1935 Tennessee Williams won the Guild's short story contest for his work, "Stella for Star," an accomplishment noted in his memoirs and by his official biographers as instrumental in his pursuing writing as a career.
Today, St. Louis Weiters Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with more than 200 writers of all genres and levels of experience.  The organization maintains an affiliation relationship with the Missouri Writers Guild.
Publications: Weekly electronic newsletter, monthly print newsletter, annual membership directory, occasional other publication projects for community entertainment and historical value.
Promotional materials: Bi-monthly electronic newsletter, monthly print newsletter, annual membership directory, creative publication projects.
Sponsored events: SLWG hosts 3-4 regular events every month: a workshop, lecture, and two open mic nights.  Workshops and lectures feature top authors, editors, and publishing experts-both national and regional. Special events and contests are also offered throughout the year.  Members have access to an online Blog and Discussion Board and critique groups.  Authors may publicize their books in SLWG's online bookstore and in its electronic newsletter. 
See our website for full details on current benefits and offerings or email:


Saturday Writers
Louella Turner, President
Mission: Organized as a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild in January 2002 to assist writers in the St. Charles-Lincoln County area in accomplishing their writing goals. Because of the expansion of the group to the surrounding Missouri counties of Warren and St. Louis and St. Louis City, the chapter changed its name to Saturday Writers. Saturday Writers provides a forum for writers in central-eastern Missouri to network by offering support and by sharing ideas and markets for publication. Saturday Writers strives to assist writers in achieving their publication goals so that they may become members of the Missouri Writers' Guild, our parent organization.Publications: Quarterly newsletter, edited by Amy Harke-Moore Promotional materials: News releases, quarterly newsletter, fliers, membership brochure Sponsored events: Monthly meetings, usually held the last Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Peters Community & Arts Center, 1035 St. Peters Howell Rd., St. Peters, MO. Meetings feature speakers, writers' panels, round-table discussions, or readings of works in progress. Annual poetry and short story contests, book signings, and annual workshop. Also holds an annual meeting devoted to children and children's writers, with awards ceremony for student writers.


Springfield Writers' Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild
Yvonne Erwin, President
1269 E. Guinevere Ct., #30
Springfield, MO 65804
Mission: To encourage local writers in their craft, provide mutual support among members, encourage aspiring writers to become published writers, recruit members into the Missouri Writers' Guild and encourage writers in the marketing of their materials for payment.
Publications: monthly newsletter, The Freelancer.
Promotional materials: Missouri Writers' Guild and Springfield Writers' Guild conferences; annual Poetry/Prose Contest.
Annual dues: $15 for a full year (January-December); $7.50 for a half year (July-December)


The Writers Place
3607 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Mission: To promote writers and their work; to nurture an interest in writing and literature; to provide educational programs related to writing.
Sponsored events: Book Signings, Publication Parties, Readings, Writers Workshops, Poets-at-Large, William Rockhill Nelson Awards (for Missouri and Kansas writers).


Webster University Department of English
Dr. Karla Armburster, Chair
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
E-mail: —or—
Publications: The Green Fuse, a student literary magazine
Sponsored events: Regular series of poetry and fiction readings (contact Karen Miller, 314/968-7170 or, for information

Writers Hall of Fame® of America
Paul W. Johns, Executive Director
P.O. Box 6022 Springfield, MO 65801
Mission: Recognize those who have made major contributions to writing; stimulate interest in writing among young people; and promote lifelong learning.
Promotional materials: Brochures describing organization, past inductees, etc.
Sponsored events: Annual youth writing contest, college scholarships, adult and youth writing seminars and workshops, annual Induction & Recognition Banquet. Permanent exhibit of inductees and their memorabilia at the The Library Center on south Campbell Avenue in Springfield.