Vachel Lindsay Home welcomes 2 poets Saturday
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[September 19, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- Two poets, Justin
Hamm and Erika Eckart, will visit the Vachel Lindsay Home State
Historic Site on Saturday for the latest installment of the "Poets
in the Parlor" series.
The free event will be at 2 p.m., and light refreshments will be
Hamm is the author of two chapbooks: "Illinois, My Apologies" and
"The Everyday Parade/Alone with Turntable, Old Records." His work
has appeared in a host of poetry reviews and journals. He also edits
the Museum of Americana, an online journal.
Eckart's work has appeared in Quick Fiction, Quarter After Eight
and Women's Studies Quarterly. She specializes in prose poems,
saying the form gave her a new outlet. "To my delight and surprise,
I discovered I wasn't a failed fiction writer but a poet who hated
line breaks," Eckart said.
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The Vachel Lindsay Association is co-sponsoring the event.
Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, at 603 S. Fifth
St. in Springfield, is operated by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency. The home was built about 1850. Poet, author and
artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born there in 1879 and died there
in 1931. The site 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 Preservation Agency]