Check out the Monday Aug. 23 edition of the Rensselaer Republican for a feature article about PWG president Connie Kingman.
The article, written by Kaylee Hofmeister, talks about all the work Connie does for various groups in the community, including all the behind the scenes work she does for our own annual From the Edge of the Prairie community series.
It’s nice to see some of the unsung heroes of the community getting a moment in the spotlight. Connie definitely deserves it.
First Friday Pre-Party Honoring Indiana’s Poet Laureate to Feature Jazz and Poetry
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Humanities Council will host a send-off party for Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf, featuring several of his favorite collaborators, on Friday, June 4. Krapf’s two-year term as IPL, a hallmark of which has been to “reunite poetry and music,” concludes at the end of June.
Join the Council from 5-7 p.m. at its Old Northside headquarters, in the historic Meredith Nicholson House at 1500 North Delaware Street, for a serving of poetry and jazz, as well as complimentary food and wine.
In support of IDADA’s First Friday tour, the Council pairs art exhibits with humanities-inspired programs and receptions on the first Friday of every month.
“First Fridays in Indy are a chance to strengthen our community through conversations about arts and culture,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council. “We encourage the community to drop by for good food and good conversation.”
To help Krapf say Auf Wiedersehen in style, three poets in his “Airpoets” group will read their poems included in stained-glass panels created by Martin Donlin at the new Indianapolis Airport. Joining Krapf for the jazz portion of the evening will be pianist Monika Herzig and violinist Carolyn Dutton.
“I like to present poetry in ways in which it’s not usually experienced,” said Krapf.
An exhibit of photographs of interior Chatterbox Jazz Club images by artist DeAnne Roth will be on display. Also, Krapf will arrange a display of framed broadside editions of his poems, some with original illustrations.
All First Friday events attract visitors to the Indiana Humanities Council, located in the former home of Indiana author Meredith Nicholson, at 1500 N. Delaware Street. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
A Perfect Summer Afternoon of Chamber Music
Sunday, June 6, 2010
St. John Parish
St. John, IN 46373
Admission: $7 in advance
$10 at the door
Available at St. John the Evangelist Parish Office
or by calling 365-5678 x266
This concert of classical chamber music will feature a balanced variety of music—vocal and instrumental, sacred and secular, serious and light-hearted, baroque through modern. Settings of poetry from Victor Hugo to Sheherazade to the Latin Mass text. The lush Romantic instrumental scoring of Ravel and Saint-Saens to the lucid musical thinking of Salonen and Bach. All rounded off with some virtuosic singing on a set of vocal showpieces.
Sarah McIntyre, soprano
Simon Kyung Lee, tenor
John Wachala, flute
Enrique Llama, clarinet
Elif Allenfort, piano
Other Calumet Chamber Musicians performances that same weekend:
Friday, June 4, 2010
North Shore Hotel
1611 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, June 5, 2010
at Columbia College
1312 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Admission: Suggested Donation $10
For more information on these events:
June Meeting: Prairie Writers Guild Wednesday, June 2, 2010 City Office & Pub Downtown, Rensselaer 6:00 PM John Groppe will introduce his idea for a Spoon River Anthology Reading and discuss Dramatic Monologue. Come try your hand at it.
John Groppe sends along some information about an upcoming reading on Tuesday, April 20th at the Pub. The reading will begin at 7:00, but the dining room will be open earlier so that people can order supper before the reading starts. The readers will be Mark Brouwer, Russ Martin, Alan McFarland, and John. They’ll be reading narrative poems like “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” “Casey at the Bat,” “Gunga Din,” “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” (the anniversary of the which is the day before) as well as some other things like “Oh to be In England”, and “I Hear America Singing.”
PWG will be hosting another poetry read in honor of National Poetry Month. This time the event will be at the Rensselaer Public Library at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 19.
We are adding an open mic session following our readings. Please come and support this event and encourage others to come along and listen or to take part in the open mic session. Please let Connie know if you would like to sign up to read that night.
Last evening Prairie Writers Guild was honored to be the featured reader(s) for Poetry on Brick Street in Zionsville. Connie Wachala, Sally Nalbor, Pat Kopanda, John Groppe, Connie Kingman, and our own Poet Laureate, Norbert Krapf read poems from our publications. It was a great way to kick off National Poetry Month. I wish you all could have been there.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
6:00 PM City Office and Pub Downtown Rensselaer
Announcement: of Readers’ Choice Awards
Announcement: 2011 Theme for From the Edge of the Prairie As always, bring something to read.
Reminder: Yesterday was the deadline for submission to From the Edge of the Prairie. If you still plan to submit, please email me and let me know that you will be late. The Edge just won’t be the same without your unique voice.