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'Poets in the Parlor' Saturday at Vachel Lindsay Home to Feature John Knoepfle and Irish Poetry

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[March 13, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, local poet John Knoepfle will present his own work and the poetry of Ireland on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth St. in Springfield. This latest in the "Poets in the Parlor" series is sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association and the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site.

Knoepfle, professor emeritus from the University of Illinois at Springfield, will read selections from his book, "Prayers for Famine," as well as the work of Irish poets. Audience members are invited to bring along examples from their favorite Irish poets to share during the afternoon. Light refreshments follow.

The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for free public tours.

[Text from Illinois Historic Preservation Agency news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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