Katelyn Delvaux's poetry has appeared in such publications as formercactus, Split Lip, Menacing Hedge, and Slice. She currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri where she teaches composition and literature. In between grading, she also serves on the poetry staff for Rivet. Katelyn's poems have received multiple nominations for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, while her scholarly work has earned her fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Poetry Foundation.
Katelyn grew up a military brat with shallow roots and perpetually the new kid. Before landing in academia she was an EKG technician, massage therapist, and even a blackjack dealer. Her interests are just as varied as her professions, including board games, bingo, urban legends, folk lore, moral psychology, refinishing furniture, and all things pop culture.
“St. Louis-based poet Katelyn Delvaux and Los Angeles-based actor–producer Skyler Patton discuss poetry’s oral tradition and the similarities between how actors and poets unpack the structure and language of a text, in particular, how they make poetry relatable by getting to the essence of the story being told.”
“A quiet ride on MetroBus or on a MetroLink train is a perfect setting to read, contemplate and appreciate wonderful poetry,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts in Transit. “I continue to be amazed by the incredibly talented community of poets living in the St. Louis area, and we are excited to have this opportunity to share their work with our transit riders.”
The MetroLines posters will be installed on MetroBus vehicles and MetroLink trains in October, but you can be one of the first to see them at the MetroLines Poetry Reading and Reception at 7 p.m. on October 11 at the Regional Arts Commission, located at 6128 Delmar Boulevard.
Winners Selected for MetroLines Poetry Contest
"Delvaux hones her students’ critical thinking and writing skills with a mix of esoteric references and popular culture. She’s not afraid to fuse the 18th-century French artist Joseph Ducreux with memes and rap lyrics or analyze James Oppenheim’s union song “Bread and Roses” while referencing “Orange is the New Black.” As a result of her enthusiasm and efforts in the classroom, Delvaux has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship"
"I’m sure my cohorts are tired of reading this from me in comments on submissions, but Rivet should be electrifying. It should be a jolt, a shot, all those things terrible gum commercials promise but never deliver. Each submission should give you a little shiver."
"Too often we flip through a journal and dog ear the poems we like, scoff at the ones we don’t, but how often do you stop and think of the life and experience that gave way to that particular piece of writing? Not just the authors, but the staff that saw themselves in those words. Working on mojo for the last three years has left me with a stronger sense of the people involved in this process, and now I can’t help but see faces on pages."