Stefene Russell is a St. Louis-based editor, writer, and poet. She’s also a member of Poetry Scores, an arts collective dedicated to translating poetry into other media. In her past life, she was co-editor of 52nd City and Prinsesstårta literary magazines. Her work’s appeared in Public Art Review, The Curator, Gadfly, Otis Nebula, Bad Shoe, The Lumberyard, and LocusPoint. She’s read for Observable (including 2005’s infamous “Three Stephanies” reading), Get Born, River Styx’s Hungry Young Poets Series, HEARding Cats, Laumeier Sculpture Park’s Poetry in Place, The Archive, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Art’s Sound Waves series, and the fort gondo poetry series. She is also a former co-host of KDHX’s Literature for the Halibut.
Her poem “Thylacine,” part of a cycle of endangered species poems, was put to music by Tim Rakel of The Union Electric and released as a 7-inch single on colored vinyl, co-produced by Poetry Scores, with cover art by Sleepy Kitty. In 2007, Poetry Scores translated her poem Go South For Animal Index into a postpunk score. The poem, with essays by Russell and Poetry Scores artistic director Chris King, was released as a letterpress book with a CD of the score, printed by The Firecracker Press. Go South was also translated into Turkish in 2012 by artists in Istanbul, Poetry Scores’ first sister city; a film adaptation screened at the St. Louis Filmmakers’ Showcase in the fall of 2013, and at the International Uranium Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the spring of 2014.
Her chapbook, Inferna, the first installment in a three-part book series paralleling Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, was published in 2013 by Intagliata Imprints, with a cover by The Firecracker Press. The Possum Codex was published by Otis Nebula in the fall of 2015; you can watch the lovely series of book trailers here. She is currently working on a manuscript for Kansas City’s Spartan Press, to be published in December of 2018.