The events at the two Illinois Historic Preservation Agency sites
Here are details:
August 17, 2 p.m., Vachel Lindsay Home
Sarah Henning, author of the full-length collection “A Sweeter
Water” and the chapbook “To Speak of Dahlias.” Henning has been
praised for “edgy and haunted narratives” that ask questions “about
the mysteries of body and spirit.”
September 21, 2 p.m., Vachel Lindsay Home
Adam Clay and Ada Limón. Clay is the author of “A Hotel Lobby at the
Edge of the World” and “The Wash.” In the words of one critic, he
writes about everyday things in a way that suggests “magic is hidden
everywhere.” Limon has written “Sharks in the River” and the
prize-winning “This Big Fake World,” which has been called “part
domestic fairy tale, part urban grit.”
October 28, 7 p.m., Old State Capitol
Poet Roger Reeves appears as the latest issue of the literary review
Quiddity is released. Reeves is the author of “King Me,” which has
been called “muscular, gritty, at times confrontational, but always
rooted in human interactions and emotional life.” His work was
included in the “Best New Poets 2009” anthology, and Reeves received
a 2013 NEA fellowship.
November 9, Vachel Lindsay Home, 2 p.m.
Jim Moore, author of eight poetry collections and the upcoming
career retrospective “Underground: New and Selected Poems.” He is
the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a McKnight Foundation
Fellowship. The New York Times says his “poems are an artful amalgam
of humor and fierce attention.”
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December 14, Vachel Lindsay Home, 2 p.m.
The “Fishbowl Open Mic” event gives Springfield-area writers a
chance to share their latest work. Poets will be chosen randomly
from a fishbowl and face a strict five-minute limit.
Approximately 11 spots are available.
The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, operated by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open Tuesday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours. After
Labor Day, its hours will be 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through
The home, located at 603 South Fifth Street in Springfield, was
built about 1850. Poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel
Lindsay was born there in 1879 and died there in 1931.
The Old State Capitol State Historic Site recreates Illinois’
fifth capitol building, where Abraham Lincoln served as a
legislator, delivered his famous “House Divided” speech and ran
his transition after being elected president.
[Text received; CHRIS WILLIS,
ILLINOIS HISTORIC PRESERVATION AGENCY]