Local Literary Events

APRIL 1, 7pm, Katherine Boo
Nobel prize-winning staff writer for The New Yorker talks about her award-winning book Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Free.
Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield.

APRIL 5, 2-3pm, Dorothy Allison Book Discussion
Dr. Tena Helton and Dr. Meagan Cass lead discussion about the author and her work. (Allison will also be at UIS in April.)
Vachel Lindsay State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth Street.

APRIL 9, 5-6pm, A.D. Carson Reading
Local receiving his Ph.D. out of state, reading and holding a book discussion.
Vachel Lindsay State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth Street.

APRIL 10, 6pm, 5th Annual Poetry Variety Show
Join the Imagine Foundation's annual variety show with SPW member Dr. Joseph Kozma as host. Traditional, performance and other kinds of readings.
On the Rox, 41 South Central Park, Jacksonville.

APRIL 10, 6:30-8:30pm, A Night of Poetry
Decatur Arts Council's annual poetry event. This year, SPW President Hugh Moore is reading along with Millikin and Benedictine U. professors and others. There will be an open mic and free drinks and snacks.
Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water, Decatur

APRIL 12, 9am, Pondicherry Lodge, Sherlock Holmes Society
Public is invited to attend. Discussion of The Reigate Squires.
Barnes and Noble Cafe, 3110 W. White Oaks Drive.

APRIL 16, 6-8pm, SPW Poetry Open Mic 
Read your work every third Wednesday of the month. Hosted by the witty and charming Thea Chesley. Food and drink available for purchase. Join the fun!
Robbie's, Old Capital Plaza, south side of square.




APRIL 18, 5pm, Deadline for Youth Illustration Contest
The Vachel Lindsay Association and Home are holding this contest for elementary age students to illustrate a VL poem. Prizes. Visit, vachellindsay.org/programs.
Vachel Lindsay State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth Street.

APRIL 19, 2pm, Poets in the Parlor
Dan Guillory, Millikin University professor emeritus, "A Celebration of Poetry." He'll read some Shakespeare, Tennyson, Whitman, Lindsay, Angelou and more.
Vachel Lindsay State Historic Site, 603 S. Fifth Street.

APRIL 21, 12-1:30pm, Classics Book Group
Bring a sack lunch. Discussing 1984. Third floor, Bicenntenial Room.
Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh Street.


Email events to springfieldpoetsandwriters@gmail.com.