March 2017 - Check out the new Featured Illinois Poet, Judy Jordan, by clicking on the link above.

December 2016 - The 2016 Emerging Poet Award Winners have been announced. Their audio poems are featured under Poetry Awards (in left navigational pane).

April 2016 - Listen to Dr. Stein's radio interview with WBEZ's Morning Shift. Click on Kevin Stein and Interviews.




Illinois Poet Laureate - Kevin Stein

Welcome to Bradley University's Illinois Poet Laureate website. Here you'll find a broad array of poetry and poetry-related topics for your enjoyment. This site showcases Illinois poets of all ages, offering you selected text, audio, and video samplings of their fine works. You'll also learn about my various statewide laureate activities and see how those activities impact Bradley students as well as the larger Illinois community.

Over the years, Bradley has become a focal point for the study and promotion of Illinois poetry. Our students study the work of Illinois poets in the classroom, listen to Illinois poets read from their work within our Visiting Writers Series, and share their knowledge of Illinois poetry by working with area high school students. Illinois poetry is at the center of a lively dialogue here at Bradley. For instance, my own labors co-editing (with the late G. E. Murray) the Illinois Voices poetry anthology were greatly aided by Bradley students' input during several courses devoted to the subject.

Take a look at the Illinois Featured Poet page, the gallery of poetry recitations and performances, and the splendid gathering of Illinois Youth Poetry offered on the site. Also, don't miss the audio anthology Bread & Steel featuring twenty-four distinguished Illinois poets reciting their works and learn how my Poetry Now! project funds purchases of Illinois poetry by many of our state's public and school libraries. 

And, yes, you'll find a selection of my poetry and interviews here as well - including text, video, and audio presentations.

You're invited to return often to this site, as new work is added throughout the year. For a bevy of additional Illinois poetry offerings, please visit as well my state Poet Laureate's website at


Kevin Stein 
Illinois Poet Laureate 
and Caterpillar Professor of English