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Dwight Bitikofer  BIO

Dwight Bitikofer has been active in St. Louis poetry circles for the past 20 years. He is a past president of the board for St. Louis Poetry Center.

Bitikofer poems have been published in various journals. Bitikofer recently published two poetry chapbooks. Poems and photos in “Square Miles & Roundabouts” celebrate “place,” including tributes to the poet’s origins on a Kansas farm. Poems in “View From the Third Eye” reflect perspectives and vantage points of seeing.

Dwight was active in poetry open mic circles for a number of years and was curator and emcee for several monthly poetry gatherings. He has performed in a “po-jazz” duo with a jazz musician friend. In addition to St. Louis, Dwight has read at open mics and other
events in London, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Amarillo, Key West, Silver City, New Mexico and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He has also read in the country’s last-funded Carnegie Library in his small hometown of Canton, Kansas. He has studied
with several poets at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival.

While at Webster University in St. Louis, Dwight and two other students started a community newspaper which became Dwight’s career of 42 years. Webster University noted Dwight’s accomplishments with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 2015.
Dwight is the parent of three adult children and delighted to be a grandparent. He walks daily, serves on a couple of boards and engages in several volunteer pursuits. He has served as auctioneer for various charity auctions. Travel is an important life component.
He has been in all 50 U.S. states, the provinces of Canada, a bit of Central America and several European destinations. Dwight also enjoys driving his family farm heirloom, a 1948 Chevrolet pickup truck.
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