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In honor of National Poetry Month, embrace your inner romantic with these STL poetry readings.

Make time for the Monday Noon Series at UMSL (1 University Blvd., Hazelwood, umslce.org) on April 2. Poet Jeff Friedman, a former Distinguished Poet-in-Residence for the MFA program at UMSL has returned to present literately delightful readings with poet-and-professor emeritus Howard Schwartz.

Catch a reading and Poetry Workshop by Richard Newman, poet and editor of River Stxy, at the St. Louis Poetry Center on April 15 (567 North & South, #8, University City, stlouispoetrycenter.org).

Join John Murillo and Jill Alexander Essbaum April 16 at the popular reading series, River Styx at Duff’s (392 N Euclid Ave., Central West End, riverstyx.org) for some down-to-business literatureand-beer fun. Murillo’s chicano-influenced work won him a Pushcart Prize in 2008, and Essbaum’s religious and erotic poetry earned her a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

SLPC’s "The Center Will Hold" Benefit includes readings of Irish poet W.B. Yeats’ praise-worthy work, as well as a champagne reception and discussion. Celebrate the Nobel Laureate in Literature recipient at Blueberry Hill April 22 (6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, stlouispoetrycenter.org).

Missouri’s first poet laureate, Walter Bargen, is joined by Howard Schwartz at Foundry Art Centre (520 N. Main St., St. Charles, foundryartcentre.org) April 27 for an Evening of Poetry, a signing and discussion. Check out Bargen’s latest work and Schwartz’s master retelling of Jewish folklore in his fiction, children’s books and more.

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