GWA is a student run reading series, focused on bringing in emerging poets and writers from all around the country. Each year, GWA hosts several readings, free to the public, followed by a book signing and Q&A with the writer. UMSL MFA students have the chance to attend informal dinners with visiting writers before readings. GWA serves as a great opportunity for MFA students to network with emerging and established writers, as well as gain insight into the process of running a reading series.
Through public readings, books signings, workshops, and other literary events, GWA hopes to grow the St. Louis literary scene not only within the UMSL MFA program, but in the St. Louis community as a whole.