'Poets in the Parlor' Aug. 18 at Vachel Lindsay Home to feature John
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[August 10, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- John Muchmore,
who was inspired by Vachel Lindsay at a young age and has always
incorporated Lindsay's poetry into his own teaching, will make his
second appearance as part of the "Poets in the Parlor" series on
Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site.
Muchmore has been a longtime reader and performer of Lindsay's
poetry. When he was a child, his mother introduced him to Lindsay's
"The Little Turtle," and John was hooked. His fascination for
Lindsay's powerful and exciting use of poetry tools was reinforced
by a series of teachers who were great Lindsay fans, and that
Muchmore was a member of the founding faculty and a longtime
professor of speech and theater at William Rainey Harper College in
Palatine. During his career as an English, speech and theater
teacher, he was always able to find a way to fit a Lindsay poem into
his classes. Now retired, Muchmore continues to take great pleasure
in sharing Lindsay's work with others. He was featured in the "Poet
in the Parlor" series in August 2008. This past year Muchmore
performed Lindsay's poetry at the Gail Borden Library's celebration
of National Poetry Month.
Limited seating is available for the program. Refreshments and
tours of the Lindsay Home will follow.
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The free program is sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association
and the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site.
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St.
in Springfield, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet,
author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931. It is open
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic