Poetry Now Project

My notion of the Poetry Now project is to create an audience for contemporary poetry in locales not generally immersed in the current poetry scene. Both rural and urban, these sites are populated by citizens of every hue and ethnic background.

The Poetry Now project has two complementary aspects. First, by visiting these spots, talking about Illinois poetry's rich history, and reading from my own work, I aim to persuade folks that current poets do indeed speak to the pressures and anxieties and beauties of our everyday lives. Second, by donating my personal funds toward the purchase of contemporary poetry books at local libraries, I hope to ensure that area readers are exposed to poets writing in and of their own moment in history.

Libraries Receiving "Poetry Now" Funds

Watseka Public Library
Watseka, IL - November 9, 2004

  • Janet Lewis, Selected Poems of Janet Lewis
  • Yvor Winters, Selected Poems of Yvor Winters
  • Kenneth Fearing, Kenneth Fearing Complete Poems
  • Karl Shapiro, Karl Shapiro - Selected Poems
  • John Knoepfle, Poems for the Sangamon
  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Laurence Lieberman, New and Selected Poems
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses

Richland Community College Library
Decatur, IL - April 1, 2005

  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • James McGowan, Benchmark: Anthology of Contemporary Illinois Poetry
  • Kevin Stein & G.E. Murray, Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life
  • David Wright, A Liturgy for Stones
  • Jeff Gundy, Rhapsody with Dark Mattter: Poems

Peoria Public Library
Peoria, IL - April 5, 2005

  • Stuart Dybek, Streets In Their Own Ink
  • Elaine Equi, The Cloud of Knowable Things: Poems
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life
  • Quraysh Lansana, Southsiide Rain
  • G.E. Murray, Arts of a Cold Sun: Poems
  • Alane Rollings, The Logic of Opposites
  • Maureen Seaton, Little Ice Age
  • Reginald Shepherd, Otherhood: Poems
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems
  • Dean Young, Elegy on Toy Piano

Knox College Library
Galesburg, IL - April 9, 2005

  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights: Poems
  • Li-Young Lee, Behind My Eyes: Poems
  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Lisel Mueller, Dependencies: Poems
  • John Knoepfle, Prayer Against Famine and Other Irish Poems
  • Susan Hahn, Self/Pity
  • Susan Hahn, Scarlet Ibis: Poems

Elgin Community College Library
Elgin, IL - April 21, 2005

  • Carlos Cumpian, Armadillo Charm
  • Carlos Cumpian, Coyote Sun
  • Elaine Equi, The Cloud of Knowable Things
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life
  • Elise Paschen, Infidelities
  • Reginald Shepherd, Otherhood: Poems
  • David Wojahn, Spirit Cabinet
  • Dean Young, Skid

Columbia College Library
Chicago, IL - April 28, 2005

  • Mary Kinzie, Drift: Poems
  • Alane Rollings, Logic of Opposites
  • Jim Elledge, Various Envies: Poems
  • Jerome Sala, Look Slimmer Instantly!: Poems
  • Lisel Mueller, Dependencies: Poems
  • Allison Joseph, Wordly Pleasures: Poems

Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Warrenville, IL - May 10, 2005

  • Kenneth Fearing, Selected Poems
  • Ana Castillo, My Father Was a Toltec: And Selected Poems
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life
  • Ana Castillo, I Ask the Impossible
  • Lucien Stryk, The Gift of Great Poetry
  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together
  • Bruce Guernsey, January Thaw
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights
  • G.E. Murray, Walking the Blind Dog
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
  • Dennis Schmitz, About Night

Wheaton North High School
Wheaton, IL - May 10, 2005

  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
  • Haki Madhubuti, Groundwork
  • Lucien Stryk, And Still the Birds Sing
  • G.E. Murray, Walking the Blind Dog
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights
  • Allison Joseph, Worldly Pleasures
  • Jeanne Murray Walker, A Deed to the Light

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL - September 25, 2005

  • Kenneth Fearing: Selected Poems
  • Dan Guillory, The Alligator Inventions
  • Li-Young Lee, Books of My Nights: Poems
  • Karl Shapiro: Selected Poems
  • Yvor Winter: Selected Poems
  • Stuart Dybek, Streets in Their Own Ink
  • Albert Goldbarth, Budget Travels Through Time and Space
  • Lucia Perillo, Luck is Luck: Poems
  • Luis J. Rodriguez, My Nature is Hunger: New and Selected Poems 1989-2004
  • Reginald Shepherd, Otherhood: Poems
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Kevin Stein, Bruised Paradise
  • David Wojahn, Spirit Cabinet
  • Dean Young, Elegy on a Toy Piano

Kankakee Community College
Kankakee, IL - September 29, 2005

  • Ana Castillo, So Far From God
  • Ana Castillo, Watercolor Women/opaque men
  • Maxine Chernoff, A boy in Winter, Evolution of the Bridge
  • Maxine Chernoff, Some of Her Friends That Year
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman And Woman Hollering Creek
  • Sandra Cisneros, Vintage Cisneros
  • Stuart Dybek, Coast of Chicago, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods: Stories
  • Stuart Dybek, I Sailed With Magellan
  • Lucia Cordell Getsi, Intensive Care Poems
  • Edward Hirsh, The Demon and the Angel
  • Edward Hirsh, Lay Back the Darkness
  • Paul Hoover, Fables of Representation, Postmodern American Poetry
  • Paul Hoover, Saigon, Illinois
  • Angela Jackson, And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New
  • John Knoepfle, Prayer Against Famine and Other Irish Poems

Kennedy Junior High School
Lisle, IL - October 20, 2005

  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses (2 copies)
  • Kevin Stein and G.E. Murray , Illinois Voices (2 copies)

Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL - November 3, 2005

  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Lucia Perillo, Luck is Luck
  • Susan Hahn, Self/Pity
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Orchard
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights
  • Kevin Stein & G.E. Murray, Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry
  • Angela Jackson, And All These Roads Be Luminous

Illinois College
Jacksonville, IL - November 17-18, 2005

  • Michael Anania, Selected Poems
  • Ana Castillo, I Ask the Impossible: Poems
  • Lucia Cordell Getsi, Intensive Care
  • Edward Hirsh, Wild Gratitude
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • G.E. Murray, Walking the Blind Dog: Poems
  • Michael van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems

College of DuPage
DuPage, IL - March 30, 2006

  • African American Audio Experience (CD set includes poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks)
  • Ana Castillo, My Father was a Toltec: and Selected Poems
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Hispanic in the United States Various Envies: Poems (Includes works of Sandra Cisneros)
  • Stuart Dybek, Streets in Their Own Ink: Poems
  • Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems: Ernest Hemingway
  • Lucia Perillo, Luck is Luck: Poems
  • Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems
  • Michael Walleghen, Tall Birds Stalking
  • Yvor Winters, Yvor Winters: Selected Poems

Carol Stream Public Library
Carol Stream, IL - November 2, 2006

  • Richard Jones, Apropos of Nothing
  • G.E. Murray, Arts of a Cold Sun: Poems
  • Elaine Equi, Cloud of Knowable Things: Poems
  • Dean Young, Elegy on Toy Piano
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life
  • David Wojahn, Interrogation Palace
  • Maureen Seaton, Little Ice Age
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • Quraysh Ali Lansana, They Shall Run

Millikin University Library
Decatur, IL - November 10, 2006

Kewanee Public Library
Kewanee, IL - April 6, 2006

  • Kevin Stein, Bruised Paradise
  • Kevin Stein, Chance Ransom
  • Kevin Stein & G. E. Murray, Illinois Voices
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Albert Goldbarth, Troubled Lovers in History:  A Sequence of Poems
  • Susan Hahn, Harriet Rubin’s Mother’s Wooden Hand
  • Lucia Cordell Getsi, Intensive Care:  Poems
  • Poets & Writers Magazine - a Mt. Morris, Illinois publication

Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL - April 20, 2006

Eureka College, Melick Library
Eureka, IL - April 19, 2007

  • John Knoepfle, Poems for the Sangamon
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems
  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman
  • Stuart Dybek, Streets in Their Own Ink
  • Li-Young Lee, Books of My Nights: Poems
  • Maxine Chernoff, Evolution of the Bridge
  • Allison Joseph, Wordly Pleasures: Poems

Urbana Free Library
Urbana, IL - April 26, 2007

  • Ana Castillo, My Father Was a Toltec and Selected Poems 1973-1988
  • Jim Elledge, A History of My Tattoo: A Poem
  • Elaine Equi, Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems
  • Angela Jackson, And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New
  • Richard Jones, Blessing: New and Selected Poems
  • Rodney Jones, Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems, 1985-2000
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life
  • Lucia Perillo, Luck Is Luck: Poems
  • Luis J Rodriguez, My Nature is Hunger: New and Selected Poems, 1989-2004
  • Reginald Shepherd, Fata Morgana: Poems
  • David Wojahn, Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004
  • Dean Young, Embryoyo: New Poems

Parkland Community College
Champaign-Urbana, IL - April 26, 2007

  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • G.E. Murray, Arts of a Cold Sun: Poems
  • Li-Young Lee, City in Which I Love You: Poems
  • Janice N. Harrington, Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems
  • Susan Hahn, Incontinence
  • Lucia Cordell Getsi, Intensive Care: Poems
  • Alane Rollings, The Logic of Opposites
  • Jerome Sala, Look Slimmer Instantly!: Poems
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • Lucia Perillo, Luck Is Luck: Poems

Bradley University
Cullom-Davis Library - June 15, 2007

  • Carlos Cumpain, Armadillo Charm
  • Li-Young Lee, Behind My Eyes
  • Albert Goldbarth, Budget Travel Through Space and Time
  • Lisel Mueller, Dependencies
  • Mary Kinzie, Drift
  • Maxine Chernoff, Evolution of the Bridge: Selected Prose Poems
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems
  • Susan Azar Porterfield, In the Garden of Our Spines
  • Cordell Lucia, Intensive Care
  • David Wojahn, Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004
  • Alane Rollings, Logic of Opposites
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman
  • Ana Castillo, My Father was a Toltec and Selected Poems 1973-1988
  • Susan Hahn, Scarlet Ibis
  • Janet Lewis, Selected Poems of Janet Lewis
  • Yvor Winters, Selected Poems of Yvor Winters
  • Susan Hahn, Self/Pity
  • Stuart Dybek, Streets in Their Own Ink
  • G.E. Murray, Walking the Blind Dog

A. N. Pritzker School
Chicago, IL - October 20, 2007

  • Carl Sandburg, Billy Sunday and Other Poems
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Bronzeville Boys and Girls – 2 copies
  • Stuart Dybek, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods: Stories
  • Carl Sandburg, From Daybreak to Good Night: Poems for Children – 2 copies
  • Carl Sandburg, Rainbows Are Made – 2 copies
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
  • Carl Sandburg, Selected Poems

Ayer Public Library
Delavan, IL - November 1, 2007

  • Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading From their Work CD
  • Li-Young Lee, Behind My Eyes: Poems
  • Sandra Cisneros, My Wicked, Wicked Ways
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life
  • Stuart Dybek, Brass Knuckles
  • J. Patrick Lewis, Under the Kissletoe: Christmas Time Poems
  • Kevin Stein, Chance Ransom
  • Kevin Stein, Bruised Paradise
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Kevin Stein, Illinois Voices

MacMurray College
Jacksonville, IL - February 21, 2008

  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Kevin Stein, Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • Kevin Stein, Bruised Paradise
  • David Wojahn, Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004
  • Rodney Jones, Salvation Blues: One Hundred Poems 1985-2005
  • Edward Hirsch, Wild Gratitude
  • John Knoepfle, Poems from the Sangamon
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems
  • Allison Joseph, In Every Seam
  • Lucia Perillo, The Oldest Map with the Name America
  • Lucia Perillo, Luck is Luck: Poems

 

 

Lincoln Middle School
Berwyn, IL - April 3, 2008

  • Carl Sandburg, Billy Sunday and Other Poems
  • Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems
  • Reginald Gibbons, It's Time: Poems
  • Archibald MacLeish, Collected Poems, 1917-1982
  • Sterling Plumpp, Johannesburg & Other Poems
  • Luis Rodriguez, Trochemoche: Poems
  • Carl Sandburg, Rainbows Are Made
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
  • Carl Sandburg, Selected Poems

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL - April 4, 2008

  • John Bradley, Add Musk Here
  • Richard Jones, Apropos of Nothing
  • Li-Young Lee, Behind My Eyes
  • Reginald Gibbons, Creatures of a Day: Poems
  • Susan Azar Porterfield, In the Garden of Our Spines
  • Tyehimba Jess, Leadbelly
  • Kent Johnson, Lyric Poetry After Auschwitz: Eleven Submissions to the War
  • Arielle Greenberg, My Kafka Century
  • Luis J. Rodriguez, My Nature is Hunger: New & Selected Poems, 1989-2004
  • John Knoepfle, Prayer Against Famine and Other Irish Poems
  • Edward Hirsch, Special Orders: Poems
  • Barry Silesky, This Disease: Poems
  • Allison Joseph, Worldly Pleasures: Poems

Highland Park Public Library
Highland Park, IL - April 17, 2008

  • Susan Hahn, The Note She Left: Poems
  • Susan Hahn, The Scarlet Ibis
  • Dan Guillory, The Lincoln Poems

Wheaton Public Library
Wheaton, IL - September 17, 2008

  • Dennis Schultz, About Night: Selected and New Poems
  • David Hernandez, Always Danger
  • Mary Kinzie, California Sorrow
  • Maura Stanton, Immortal Sofa
  • Allison Joseph, In Every Seam
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window
  • Bruce Guernsey, The Lost Brigade
  • Li-Young Lee, Rose
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Song
  • John Knoepfle, Walking in Snow

Warrenville Public Library
Warrenville, IL - September 17, 2008

  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman
  • Stuart Dybek, Streets in Their Own Ink
  • Allison Funk, The Knot Garden
  • Susan Hahn, The Note She Left
  • Janice N. Harrington, Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • Mary Kinzie, Drift
  • John Knoepfle, Walking in Snow
  • Quraysh Ali Lansana, They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems
  • Li-Young Lee, Behind My Eyes
  • Haki Madhubuti, Run Toward Fear
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window

Jacksonville Public Library
Jacksonville, IL - November 13, 2008

  • Susan Hahn, The Note She Left: Poems
  • Michael David Madonick, Waking the Deaf Dog: Poems
  • Li-Young Lee, Rose
  • Lucia Perillo, Luck Is Luck: Poems
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • Roy Jacobstein, A Form of Optimism
  • Michael Van Walleghen, The Wichita Poems
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems
  • Laurence Lieberman, New and Selected Poems, 1962-92
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Kevin Stein, Bruised Paradise
  • Kevin Stein, Chance Ransom

Indian Creek High School
Shabbona, IL - March 26, 2009

  • Edited by Lucien Stryk, Heartland II: Poets of the Midwest
  • Stephen Frech, If Not for These Wrinkles of Darkness: Rembrandt, A Self Portrait
  • Edited by Kevin Stein and G. E. Murray, Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
  • Kevin Stein, Sufficiency of the Actual
  • Kevin Coval, Everyday People
  • Kevin Coval, Slingshots (A Hip-Hop Poetica)
  • Lucien Stryk, And Still Birds Sing: New & Collected
  • G. E. Murray, Walking the Blind Dog

Tredway Library Augustana College
Rock Island, IL - April 2, 2009

  • Lucia Perillo, The Body Mutinies
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Song
  • Martha Collins, Blue Front
  • Albert Goldbarth, Budget Travel through Space and Time
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman
  • Susan Hahn, Holiday
  • Susan Hahn, Confession
  • Courtney Queeney, Filibuster to Delay a Kiss: And Other Poems
  • Campbell McGrath, Spring Comes to Chicago
  • Campbell McGrath, American Noise

Hinsdale Public Library
Hinsdale, IL - September 11, 2009

  • Gwendolyn Brooks, In Montgomery: And Other Poems
  • Elizabeth Alexander/Gwendolyn Brooks, The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: Selected Poems
  • Brigit Kelly Pegen, The Orchard
  • John Knoepfle, Prayer Against Famine and Other Irish Poems
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman: Poems
  • Campbell McGrath, Spring Comes to Chicago
  • Richard Jones, Apropos of Nothing
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems
  • Susan Hahn, The Scarlet Ibis
  • Janice Harrington/Elizabeth Spires, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights: Poems

Morris Area Public Library
Morris, IL - November 12, 2009

  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Kevin Stein, Chance Ransom
  • Illinois Voices edited by G.E. Murray and Kevin Stein
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems (P.S.)
  • Carl Sandburg, The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg
  • Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems (Revised Edition)
  • Ray Bradbury, I Live by the Invisible: New & Selected Poems
  • G.E. Murray, Arts of a Cold Sun
  • Quraysh Ali Lansana, Southside Rain
  • Li-Young Lee, Rose (New Poets of America)

Kankakee Public Library
Kankakee, IL - April 29, 2010

  • Caroline Kennedy, She Walks in Beauty
  • Sylvia Plath, Ariel
  • T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems
  • Tom Raworth, Collected Poems
  • Billy Collins, Ballistics and Saling Alone Around the World
  • W.S. Merwin, Shadow of Sirius
  • Kevin Stein, Sufficiency of the Actual

Morton High School
Morton, IL - October 14, 2010

  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights: Poems
  • Carl Sandburg, The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg
  • Edited by Kevin Stein and G.E. Murray, Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
  • Kevin Stein, Sufficiency of The Actual: Poems

Batavia Public Library
Batavia, IL - March 10, 2011

  • Joseph Allison, Voice: Poems
  • Michael Anania, Heat Lines
  • Elaine Equi, Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems
  • Kenneth Fearing, Kenneth Fearing: Selected Poems
  • Jeff Gundy, Spoken Among the Trees
  • Susan Hahn, The Scarlet Ibis
  • Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems: Ernest Hemingway
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights: Poems
  • Laurence Lieberman, Hour of the Mango Black Moon
  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Elise Paschen, Bestiary
  • Alane Rollings, The Logic of Opposites

University of Illinois Library
Champaign, IL - March 14, 2011

  • Lucien Stryk, Heartland II
  • Michael Anania, Heat Lines
  • Jim Elledge, Various Envies
  • Daryl Hine, &: A Serial Poem
  • Allison Joseph, Imitation of Life: Poems
  • Susan Hahn, Note She Left: Poems
  • Barry Silesky, This Disease: Poems
  • Allison Joseph, Voice: Poems
  • Arielle Greenberg, Home/Birth: A Poemic
  • David Wright, Liturgy for Stones
  • Paulette Roeske, Bridge of Sighs: A Novella and Stories
  • John Bradley, Add Musk Here
  • Stephen Frech, If Not for These Wrinkles of Darkness: Rembrandt van Rijn: A Self-Portrait
  • Bruce Guernsey, Lost Brigade: Poems
  • Laurence Lieberman, Hour of The Mango Black Moon
  • Maxine Chernoff, Evolution of The Bridge

Hinckley Public Library
Hinckley, IL - April 7-8, 2011

  • Elizabeth Alexander/Gwendolyn Brooks, Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: Selected Poems
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman: Poems
  • Dave Etter, Alliance, Illinois
  • Susan Hahn, Note She Left
  • Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems: Ernest Hemingway
  • Li-Young Lee, Behind My Eyes
  • Lucia Perillo, Body Mutinies
  • Maureen Seaton, Furious Cooking: Poems
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Edited by Kevin Stein and G.E. Murray, Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • Lucien Stryk, Bells of Lombardy

Batavia High School
Batavia, IL - April 13, 2012

  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Alexander, The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman: Poems
  • Joseph Gastiger, Loose Talk
  • Albert Goldbarth, Everyday People: Poems
  • Albert Goldbarth, The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972-2007
  • Albert Goldbarth, To Be Read in 500 Years: Poems
  • Janice N. Harrington, Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone
  • John Knoepfle, Prayer Against Famine and Other Irish Poems
  • Campbell McGrath, American Noise
  • Campbell McGrath, Spring Comes to Chicago
  • Lisa Mueller, Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
  • Maura Stanton, Immortal Sofa
  • Lucien Stryk, Takashi Ikemoto, Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter

Dwight Township High School
Dwight, IL - April 27, 2012

  • Edited by Kevin Stein and G.E. Murray, Illinois Voices, An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry
  • Kevin Stein, Sufficiency of the Actual
  • Kevin Stein, Everyday People
  • Kevin Stein, American Ghost Roses
  • Lucien Stryk, And Still Birds Sing: New & Collected
  • Susan Hahn, The Note She Left: Poems
  • Susan Hahn, The Scarlet Ibis
  • Dan Guillory, The Lincoln Poems
  • Lisel Mueller, Alive Together
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems
  • Haki Madhubuti, Groundwork
  • G.E. Murray, Arts of a Cold Sun
  • Kevin Coval, L-vis Lives! Racemusic Poems
  • Li-Young Lee, Book of My Nights

Carol Stream Public Library
Carol Stream, IL - September 19, 2013

  • Kevin Stein, Sufficiency of the Actual
  • Ernest Hemingway, Complete Poems
  • Sandra Cisneros, Loose Woman
  • Ray Bradbury, I Live by the Invisible
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Amy Newman, Dear Editor
  • Rebecca Liv Wee, Uncertain Grace
  • Richard Jones, The Correct Spelling and Exact Meaning
  • Janice Harrington, The Hands of Strangers
  • Stuart Dybek, Brass Knuckles
  • Susan Hahn, The Note She Left
  • Edward Hirsch, The Living Fire
  • Li-Young Lee, The Winged Seed

McKendree University
Lebanon, IL - March 27, 2014

  • Bruce Guernsey, From Rain: Poems, 1970-2010
  • Bruce Guernsey, The Lost Brigade
  • Susan Hahn, The Scarlet Ibis
  • Susan Hahn, Mother in Summer
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Song
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • John Knoepfle, Shadows and Starlight
  • John Knoepfle, Walking in Snow
  • Haki R. Madhubuti, Kwanzaa: A Progressive and Uplifting African American Holiday
  • Haki R. Madhubuti, Killing Memory, Seeking Ancestors
  • Haki R. Madhubuti, Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems: 1966-2009
  • Haki R. Madhubuti, Black Men, Obsolete, Single, Dangerous?: The Afrikan American Family in Transition
  • Haki R. Madhubuti, YellowBlack: The First Twenty-One Years of a Poet's Life
  • Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke
  • Adrian Matejka, Mixology
  • Christina Pugh, Grains of the Voice: Poems
  • Christina Pugh, Restoration: Poems
  • Michael Van Walleghen, In the Black Window: New and Selected Poems
  • Michael Van Walleghen, The Last Neanderthal