(Photo of Emily Wilson at the first-ever YAPRS reading, below is Kristina Marie Darling at the same reading)

Des Moines Metro Arts Alliance was kind enough recently to interview us about our reading series, Younger American Poets, and feature it on their site. Link is here. Thanks, Metro Arts!

From the article:

“The Younger American Poets Reading Series is a monthly poetry reading event that takes place at Beaverdale Books. Wendy Xu, along with Kyle McCord, are Des Moines natives who founded the series to provide exposure to poetry, which is art that is traditionally less visible. The series gives up-and-coming American poets a place to share their work alongside nationally renowned authors.

“I really believe that every city deserves a place where people can go to see writing in action. We’re just happy to be a part of the larger conversation which connects artist-to-artist in Des Moines’ dynamic community,” Xu says. “I think Younger American Poets Reading Series is valuable because it promotes arts education, literacy, and local writers looking for a supportive community.”

When Xu moved back to Des Moines from New York City and was looking for a way to plug into the arts community so she connected with Metro Arts Alliance. “I was introduced to the staff by a local artist and I fell in love with all the great work they do to serve their community,” Xu says who currently writes and manages the Metro Arts Alliance blog and social media networks.

Xu says Metro Arts Alliance has been the most supportive and helpful non-profit partner from the very beginning assisting with tasks like fundraising, promotions and publicity. Metro Arts Alliance provides a means of connecting to a vast network of Des Moines artists and to reach a wider audience.

Xu wants to continue working with Metro Arts Alliance because she believes it’s an important hub of artistic-centric resources which everyone in the Des Moines community should take advantage of. “Metro Arts Alliance is aware of how important it is to artists to be able to turn their passion into a legitimately lucrative career,” Xu says. “So they strive to connect every kind of artist to the right kind of professional opportunity for them.”"

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