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Vachel Lindsay Home “Poets in the Parlor” Events for January, February and March

Justin Blandford
Vachel Lindsay Home “Poets in the Parlor” Events for January, February and March
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The public is invited to attend poetry events in January, February and March at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site in Springfield.  The “Poets in the Parlor” poetry readings on January 21, February 18 and March 25 will provide an opportunity for guests to listen to and discuss poetry in the home of the artist Vachel Lindsay. The programs are free and each will begin at 2 p.m.
Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m. with Tim Hunt
Tim Hunt is the author of three collections: Poem’s Poems & Other Poems (2016), The Tao of Twang (2014), and Fault Lines (2009). Chapbooks include Redneck Yoga, White Levis, and
Thirteen Ways of Talking to a Blackbird. He is the winner of the Chester H. Jones National Poetry Prize and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. Educated at Cornell University, he has taught American literature at various schools, including Washington State University, Deep Springs College, and most recently Illinois State University where he was University Professor of English. His academic publications include The Textuality of Soulwork: Jack Kerouac’s Search for Spontaneous Prose (University of Michigan Press), Kerouac’s Crooked Road: Development of a Fiction (California University Press), and the five-volume edition The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers (Stanford University Press). Originally from the hill country of Northern California (a land of played out quicksilver mines), he now floats in a central Illinois sea of corn, where it seems that Normal is literally a place.

Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m. with Meagan Cass
Meagan Cass will read from her first full-length collection, ActivAmerica, which won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and was released in November 2017 by UNT Press. She is author of the chapbook Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014) and her stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among other places. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, she is co-curator of the Shelterbelt Reading Series and an editor for Shelterbelt books, a literary press focused on mentorship and community building. She also serves as assistant editor for Sundress Publications. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She lives in St. Louis, MO.

Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. with Amy Sayre Baptista
Amy Sayre Baptista’s writing has appeared in The Best Small Fictions (2017), Ninth Letter, The Butter, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her flash fiction chapbook is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, September 2018. She was a SAFTA fellow (2015), a CantoMundo Poetry fellow (2013), and a scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal (2011). She performs with Kale Soup for the Soul, a Portuguese-American artist’s collective, and Poetry While You Wait (Chicago). She is a co-founder of Plates&Poetry, a community arts program focused on food and writing. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and teaches Humanities at Western Governors University. She lives in Illinois.

The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site is one of seven historic sites in the capital city managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Vachel Lindsay Home, open on weekends and by appointment, is located at 603 South 5th Street in Springfield.  Visit the State Historic Sites at Springfield Facebook page for information on additional events or call 217-524-3971.
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