Will Wells's most recent book of poems, Unsettled Accounts, was published in 2010 by Ohio University/Swallow Press after winning the 2009 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. He was a Walter Dakin Fellow in Poetry at the 2010 Sewanee Writers' Conference. He has poems forthcoming or recently appearing in Tampa Review, Paper Nautilus, Chrysalis Reader, 32 Poems, Image, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Cimarron Review. He teaches at Rhodes State College.
River Styx began in the early 1970's when a group of poets and musicians began reading and jamming together in various St. Louis apartments. The first issue of River Styx Magazine, printed on a lithographic press and hand-collated, hit the streets a few years later in 1975. Both the magazine and the readings were characterized by energy, accessibility, humor, wit and a spirit of inclusiveness.
In the 37 years that followed, the readings took place each month at Duff's Restaurant in St. Louis, often packed to capacity, and River Styx magazine bloomed into an international, award-winning journal of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews and art. The magazine has consistently been one of the first to publish some of the most important writers of our time, from U.S. Poet Laureates (Howard Nemerov, Mona Van Duyn, Rita Dove, Robert Hass and Ted Kooser), to Pulitzer Prize-Winners (Yusef Komunyakaa), to Nobel Laureates (Derek Walcott and Czeslaw Milosz).River Styx
Number 89 / 2013