Sarah Barasch, a native of St. Louis who has been 'reading and writing since preschool' said, " I think St. Louis can be a good environment for artists because people here are good at sharing. I mostly write poetry on personal themes, even if not about my personal life, then the personal lives of others. Some call this the confessional style. It is important to me that poetry sound good read out loud. I am influenced by the delta blues, hip hop, feminism, the Talmud, W.H. Auden and Cubism.
Nicky Rainey, a poet, and the event's organizer commented , "For me, hearing the writing of brilliant women aloud is powerful." She explained that, "poetry is an avenue to explore topics that are not always easy to talk about in a community setting."
Next Dor was created, in part, to provide a haven for artists and to help develop a Jewish cultural and arts scene for young adults in St. Louis. With events like these, that reality is one step closer.