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National Poetry Month 2014  

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Why Illinois Poets?

This year, Holman Library celebrates National Poetry Month by recognizing the achievements of Illinois poets such as Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lisel Mueller and more.  

According to Dr. Kevin Stein, the  Illinois Poet Laureaute, who created the poet laureate website, focuses on "the rich bounty of work created by Illinois's poets past and present. Through features on Illinois poets, this site highlights Illinois's poetic legacy and showcases the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.  

In addition, this venue celebrates Illinois's notably varied chorus of voices. Here, you encounter the divergent forms poems can engage to express our human condition. No doubt you will like some featured poets better than others. That's as it should be. By exposing yourself to a range of poetic styles, you broaden your experience as well as establish your own tastes. You also come to appreciate the vivifying ethnic and racial diversity of those who practice poetry in our state. In telling ways, this diversity reflects our vibrant multicultural heritage.."  Dr. Kevin Stein, Office of the Illinois Poet Laureate,

Dr. Kevin Stein, the Illinois Poet Laureate, visited Holman Library at McKendree University on March 27, 2014.  He visited classrooms and read his poetry.  It is appropriate that National Poetry Month celebrates Illinois poets this year! To read more information about this remarkable man, see

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