Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website's objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state's poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Please visit the Illinois Poet Laureate website to view past Featured Poets.

Simone Muench

Muench Photo

Simone Muench is the author of five books including Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014), which The Kansas City Star listed as one of “The 100 Best Books of 2014.” Her most recent chapbook Trace received the Black River Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2014).  Some of her honors include an NEA poetry fellowship, the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry, PSA’s Bright Lights/Big Verse Contest, two Illinois Arts Council fellowships, and residency fellowships to Yaddo, Artsmith, and VSC. She is Professor of English at Lewis University where she serves as chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. In 2014, she was awarded The Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award recognizing mid-career artists for their innovation, past achievements and community contributions.

Audio/Text Poems

  • "Hex"
  • "From the Frankenstein Sonnets...I think; where from and bound, I wonder, where"
  • "From the Frankenstein Sonnets....You thought I was the kind of animal"
  • "Wolf Cento (I want to be strung up in a strong light & singled out,)"
  • "Wolf Cento (Everything in these parts is geared)"
  • "Psalm"

Poet's Forum:

  • Simone Muench's "Simone Muench: Four Questions About the Writing Process" may be read in its entirety by clicking HERE.