'Poets in the Parlor' Saturday at Vachel Lindsay Home to feature
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[September 18, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Maureen Flannery,
whose award-winning poetry about the human condition reflects her
life experiences in Wyoming, Mexico and Chicago, will appear as part
of the "Poets in the Parlor" series on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St. in
The free program is sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association and
the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site.
Flannery is a Wyoming rancher's daughter who has lived in Evanston
for many years. Her poems scan the breadth of her attachment to
landscapes, from the demanding beauty of the Big Horn Mountains and
sustaining farmland of the plains, to the culturally diverse streets
of Chicago and enigmatic villages of Mexico. Flannery will read her
poems about birth and death, children and love, and youth and aging
-- poems imbued with wisdom, humor and just plain bafflement at the
Flannery grew up in a sheep-ranching family in Wyoming. She lived
for a while in Mexico, where she became infatuated with the rich
complexity of its culture, and later moved to Chicago, where she
settled to raise her family of three sons and a daughter. These
offspring, along with her husband of 42 years, have provided much
raw material for her poetry.
Her volumes of poetry are "Tunnel Into Morning," recently
published by Puddin'Head Press, in addition to "Destiny Whispers to
the Beloved," "Ancestors in the Landscape," "Secret of the Rising
Up" and "Remembered into Life." Her poems have been heard on
"Dial-A-Poem, Chicago" and WBEZ's "Metropolis." Her work has been
published in more than 100 literary reviews and journals and more
than 50 anthologies.
Flannery received a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council
and was nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. She is a
two-time grand prize winner of Sparrowgrass' Award of Poetic
Excellence and first-place winner in the Joanne Hirshfield Memorial
Award, WyoPoets, New River Poets, and Poets and Patrons contests.
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She was one of three poets whose work was selected for Smoke
and Mirror Productions' "The Ives of March and Poetry Show,"
performed at Chicago's Loop Theatre. Evanston Arts Week featured a
production of "A Fine Line," a musical theater piece with 60 of her
poems as the basic text.
Flannery received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English
literature from Creighton University and has taught English as a
foreign language for 30 years.
She has been active in end-of-life care and support of home
funerals and green burial.
Limited seating is available for the poetry event Saturday.
Refreshments and tours of the Lindsay Home will follow.
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site 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 tours.
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic