Arts America Discusses Literature in St. Louis With River Styx Editors

The Nine Network Arts Series Also Includes a Segment About Fringe Festival Performer Laren Loveless


St. Louis, MO—May 8, 2014—The Nine Network’s weekly arts series Arts America interviews River Styx Editor Richard Newman and Managing Editor Tina Shen in a segment that will air as part of the show on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. on Nine PBS (it will be broadcast again on May 18 at 1:00 p.m.). In the interview, Newman and Shen discuss the current state of literature in St. Louis, a city that they describe as one of the most prolific literary cities in the country.


Another Arts America segment explores the creative process of first-time St. Lou Fringe Festival performer Laren Loveless. Loveless is a local musician and playwright who currently works as an acting and vocal coach. For the Fringe Festival he is preparing a highly creative collaboration with former music students and homeless artists.


The River Styx story is an Art Fusion segment, which is created by the Nine Network in partnership with the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) and the Radio Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Arts America is a Nine Network weekly series featuring arts in St. Louis and across the country. Nine’s St. Louis arts segments are also shown on PBS stations in 30 cities nationwide. Every episode spotlights local arts organizations. Arts America and all arts programming on the Nine Network are sponsored by PNC Bank. All Art Fusion segments can also be viewed online in the Art Fusion Gallery at or as part of Arts America programs at


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


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