How to Make an Altar Start with an empty space—a nightstand, a book shelf, an old telephone nook in the wall. Or maybe start with shells gathered from Morro Strand, river stones pocketed from Mt. Tamilpias, acorns and pine needles from 14016 Quail Run Drive where you folded white paper bags with your father, filled […]
Leslie St. John
A native of Arkansas, Leslie St. John is a poet-yogi. She received her MFA from Purdue University, where she served as poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. She is the author of Beauty Like a Rope, a chapbook by Word Palace Press. Her poems have appeared in Apersus Quartery, Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Indiana Review, Linebreak, Oxford American, Pinch, Rougarou, and Verse Daily. Before attending graduate school, she immersed herself in the practice of dynamic yoga with Matthew Kreps. She continued her training with Tias Little, earning her 200hr RYT, whose methods synthesize the safety and stability of Iyengar with the strength and mobility of Ashtanga. Smiling Dog Yoga is her home studio, where her sweet vinyasa classes emphasize practicing “right effort”—finding the balance between exertion and surrender. As a former dancer and yogi, she is interested in the intersections between the body, movement, and poetry; her most recent project is Prose and Poses, a practice of yoga and writing to open creative channels. She teaches Composition, Romanticism, and Poetry at Cal Poly and yoga workshops/retreats along the central coast.