Readings & Activities

  1. Peoria NEXT Creativity Forum, Poetry Reading and Presentation - February 6, 2004
  2. Norridge High School, Class Visits and Poetry Reading, Harwood Heights, IL - March 5, 2004
  3. Bradley University Professional Staff Luncheon, Poetry Reading - March 8, 2004
  4. Bradley University Students and Peoria Community, Poetry Reading, Hartman Center - March 9, 2004
  5. Illinois State Library, Presentation and Poetry Reading, Springfield, IL - March 11, 2004
  6. Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, Chicago, IL - March 26, 2004
    • Featured Poetry Reading with Selected Illinois Poets Susan Hahn, Rodney Jones, Laurence Lieberman, Demetrice Worley, and myself
  7. CYBER Workshop and Reading, via Internet2, Bernard Zell Anshe Amet Day School, Chicago, IL - March 29, 2004
    • First-ever Poet Laureate CYBER Workshop and Reading via Internet 2
  8. Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Poetry Reading, Peoria, IL - April 7, 2004
  9. Des Moines Area Community College Poetry Festival, Des Moines, IA - April 12-14, 2004
    • Residency, readings, lectures, and class visits on campus and within community
  10. St. Louis Community College – Meramec, St. Louis, MO -April 21, 2004
    • Reading of and lecture on James Wright’s poetry
  11. Mendota, IL Middle and High Schools, Class visits and discussions - April 23, 2004
  12. Mendota, IL Public Library, Community Reading - April 23, 2004
    • Received key to the city of Mendota
    • Read to over 200 residents and presented school poetry awards to students
  13. University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL - April 27, 2004
    • Conducted student poetry workshop and presented evening poetry reading
  14. Institute for Retirement Learning, Poetry Reading and Discussion, Bradley University - April 28, 2004
  15. Dunlap Grade School “Explore More Day”, Presentation, Dunlap, IL - May 14, 2004
  16. Norwood Park Nursing Home, Chicago, IL - June 1, 2004
    • Conducted workshop, presented lecture, and read poetry to 125 residents
  17. Southwest Kiwanis, Presentation and Reading, Peoria, IL - June 17, 2004
  18. Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, Arts Legend Silent Auction - Chicago, IL
    • Designed a SHOUT megaphone with handwritten poem - auction - June 2004
  19. Downtown Rotary, Presentation and Poetry Reading, Peoria - July 16, 2004
  20. Admissions Counselors, Presentation and Poetry Reading, Bradley University - August 20, 2004
  21. Aurora Library Foundation Gala Benefit, Aurora, IL, Poetry Reading - Sept. 10, 2004
  22. St. Xavier University, Class Presentation and Poetry Reading, Chicago, IL - September 23, 2004
  23. Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, September 29-30, 2004, Opening Address (9-29) and Poetry Reading (9-30)
  24. Poetry Center of Chicago, Introduced US Poet Laureate Louise Gluck, Chicago, IL - September 29, 2004
  25. Midwest Teachers of English Association Conference, Poetry Reading, Peoria, IL - October 7, 2004
  26. Bradley University, Board of Trustees Appreciation Banquet, Poetry Reading - October 21, 2004
  27. Watseka, IL Public Library, Poetry Reading and Q & A - November 9, 2004
  28. Peoria Poetry Club, Poetry Reading and Presentation - November 13, 2004
  29. Lutheran Hillside Village Retirement Home, Presentation and Poetry Reading, Chillicothe, IL - November 16, 2004
  30. A Celebration of the Arts: Byron DeHaan’s Breviary, Presentation and Reading Converse Marketing Mansion, Peoria, IL - February 25, 2005
  31. North Central College, Naperville, IL, Class visits, interview with student journal, and public reading - March 3, 2005
  32. Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Oak Park, IL, Class visits and presentation to an assembly of 95 sixth graders - March 4, 2005
  33. Illinois Philological Association, Keynote Speaker, IPA Annual Conference, Richland Community College, Decatur, IL - April 1, 2005
  34. Remarks written for the Park Forest, IL Public Library’s Village Poet Laureate Ceremony - April 3, 2005
  35. Peoria Public Library, 125 th Anniversary Celebration, Poetry reading and lecture, April 5, 2005
  36. Peoria Public Schools District 150, Grade School Students’ Daily Pledge Committee, Coordinated by Jennifer Lee, District 150 - Spring—Summer 2005
  37. Knox College, Galesburg, IL, Meetings with students and Public Reading - April 9, 2005
  38. Iles Middle School, Springfield, IL, Class visits and Writers’ Week Keynote Address - April 15, 2005
  39. Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL, Class visits and Public Reading - April 21, 2005
  40. Columbia College, Chicago, IL, Class visits and Public Reading - April 28, 2005
  41. Carl Sandburg Days, Galesburg, IL, Public Poetry Reading - May 5, 2005
  42. Wheaton North High School and Warrenville South High School, Wheaton and Warrenville, IL, Class Visits and Readings - May 10, 2005
  43. Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, Public Poetry Reading and Presentation- May 10, 2005
  44. Rotary North, Peoria, IL, Presentation and Poetry Reading - June 9, 2005
  45. Institute for School & Public Librarians, Presentation and Reading - June 14, 2005
  46. Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, Class Visits and Readings - September 15, 2005
  47. Western Illinois University Public Radio, Public Reading and Presentation before a Live Studio Audience, Q. and A., Broadcast on WIUM Public Radio - September 15, 2005
  48. Kankakee Community College, Class Visit and Poetry Reading - September 29, 2005
  49. Illinois Library Association, Illinois Authors’ Luncheon, Peoria, IL - October 14, 2005
  50. Kennedy Junior High School, Lisle, IL, Class visits & Poetry Reading - October 20, 2005
  51. Illinois Association of College Registrars Annual Conference, Presentation and Poetry Reading, Peoria, IL - October 28, 2005
  52. Vachel Lindsay Association, Address & Poetry Reading, Springfield, IL - Nov. 6, 2005
  53. Final Judge, 1 st Annual Emerging Writers Competition, Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State & State Librarian Jesse White - September 2005
  54. Middle Western Voices: Creative Writing Workshop for Senior High School Students Opening Address and Poetry Reading, Elmhurst, IL - November 3, 2005
  55. Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL, Public Poetry Reading and Presentation - Nov. 3, 2005
  56. First Annual Emerging Writers Competition, Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State Keynote Address for Awards Ceremony, IL State Library, Springfield - Nov. 8, 2005
  57. Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL, Residency, Class Visits, Poetry Reading, & Book Signing - November 17-18, 2005
  58. “Your Illinois,” an original 30-line poem on the history of Illinois, Commissioned for Illinois Studies, a Grade 4 Pupil Edition Illinois history text, Houghton-Mifflin School Division, Boston, MA, 2006, pp. 170-171
  59. First Federated Church, Presentation and Poetry Reading, Peoria, IL - January 25, 2006
  60. Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Glen Ellyn, IL, Ms. Heather Farrar’s Fifth Grade Class, Poetry Exchange via Correspondence and Website - January-February 2006
  61. Sangamo Club Literary Circle, Springfield, IL, Presentation and Poetry Reading - February 14, 2006
  62. Blessed Sacrament Elementary School Young Authors’ Program, Springfield, IL, Presentation and Reading - February 14, 2006
  63. Courtenay Language Arts Center, Chicago, Ms. Beth Jacoby and Ms. Judy Metzger’s Students, Poetry Exchange via Correspondence and Website - January 2006
  64. Illinois Arts Council Strategic Plan Task Force, Participant, Illinois Arts Council - 2006
  65. College of DuPage, DuPage, Illinois, Presentation and Poetry Reading - March 30, 2006
  66. College of DuPage, Videotaped Interview with Prof. Freda Libman - March 31, 2006
  67. Kewanee Public Library, Kewanee, IL, Public Reading and Presentation - April 6, 2006
  68. Kewanee High School & Wethersfield High School, Poetry Reading and Presentation Kewanee, IL - April 6, 2006
  69. Bomag Americas, Compaction Machinery Factory, Presentation and Poetry Reading Kewanee, IL - April 6, 2006
  70. Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, Poetry Reading and Presentation - April 20, 2006
  71. Annual Creative Writing Festival for High School Students, Western Illinois University Poetry Reading and Presentation to Students, Presentation to H.S. Writing Instructors and Workshop with Students - April 24, 2006
  72. Dunlap Middle School, Dunlap, IL, Classroom Presentation and Poetry Reading - April 28, 2006
  73. Illinois Association for College Admissions Counseling Conference - Itasca, IL - Presentation and Poetry Reading - May 5, 2006
  74. Great Performers of Illinois, Poetry Reading and Presentation, Sponsored by the Chicago Department of Tourism, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL - September 9, 2006
  75. Unitarian Church of Davenport - Presentation to Youth Group and Parents & “Poetry Sermon” to Congregation - Davenport, IA - October 1, 2006
  76. Tribute to Dr. John Stone, Physician, Essayist & Poet, Presentation and Poetry Reading, Dr. Allen Campbell Lecture Fund, Peoria, IL - October 12, 2006
  77. Final Judge, Second Annual Emerging Writers Competition, Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, the IL Center for the Book, and the IL State Library - November 2006
  78. Carol Stream, IL, School Presentations and Poetry Readings - November 2, 2006
    • Spring Trail Elementary School, 250 Fourth - Sixth Grade students
    • Jay Stream Middle School, 75 Sixth – Eighth Grade students
    • Evergreen Elementary School, 400 Kindergarten – Fourth Grade students
  79. Carol Stream, IL Village Hall, Poetry Reading and Presentation - November 2, 2006
  80. Fall Writers Festival - Millikin University, Decatur, IL, Class Visit, Poetry Workshop, Craft Lecture and Poetry Reading - November 10-11, 2006
  81. Second Annual Emerging Writers Competition, Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, IL Center for the Book, and IL State Library, Awards Ceremony Presentation IL State Library, Springfield - November 18, 2006
  82. Illinois Authors Festival, Poetry Reading and Book Signing, Illinois State Library Springfield, IL - November 18, 2006
  83. FB Chapter of P.E.O., First Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL - February 5, 2006
  84. Literacy Volunteers of Illinois Annual Conference, Poetry Reading and Book Signing University of Illinois Chicago - February 9, 2007
  85. Eureka College, Class Visit and Poetry Reading, Sponsored by Lilac Days Festival and Department of English - April 19, 2007
  86. Judge, Senior Olympics Poetry Contest, Peoria, IL - April 23, 2007
  87. Parkland Community College, Champaign-Urbana, IL, Class Visits and Poetry Reading - April 26, 2007
  88. Free Library, Urbana, IL, Poetry Reading - April 26, 2007
  89. Springfield College of Illinois, Benedictine University, Commencement Address, Springfield, IL - May 12, 2007
  90. Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL, Commencement Address - May 13, 2007
  91. Prairie Center for the Arts, Peoria, IL, Poetry Reading with James Ballowe and Laurie Anne Whitt - May 14, 2007
  92. Kettering University, Flint, MI, Class visits and All-Student Convocation - May 22-23, 2007
  93. Holmes Gender-Based Academy, Flint, MI, Presentation and Reading - May 22, 2007
  94. Sloan Museum and Planetarium, Flint, MI, Poetry Reading - May 22, 2007
  95. Whittier Classical Academy, Flint, MI, Presentation and Reading - May 23, 2007
  96. Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate’s Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle, and High School Students - July 2007
  97. Institute for School & Public Librarians, Presentation and Reading, Bradley University - June 15, 2007
  98. Association of Opinion Page Editors Conference, Northwestern University, Presentation and Reading - September 7, 2007
  99. Lincoln Presidential Library, Howard B. Austin Literary Artifacts Donation, Press Conference, Springfield, IL - September 20, 2007
  100. BlueLine Studios, Chicago, IL , Poetry Reading - October 20, 2007
  101. Ayer Public Library, Delavan, IL, Presentation and Reading - November 1, 2007
  102. MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL, Class Visits and Poetry Reading - February 21, 2008
  103. Lincoln Middle School, Berwyn, IL, Class Visits - April 3, 2008
  104. Berwyn Cultural Center, Berwyn, IL, Poetry Reading and Performance - April 3, 2008
  105. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Reading and Presentation - April 4, 2008
  106. Highland Park Public Library, Highland, IL, Reading and Presentation - April 17, 2008
  107. Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL, Commencement Address - May 8, 2008
  108. Institute for School & Public Librarians, Presentation and Reading, Bradley University - June 13, 2008
  109. Final Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate's Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle and High School Students - July 2008
  110. Midwest Writers Conference, Workshop, Class and Public Reading, Ball State University, Muncie IN - July 23-26, 2008
  111. Final Judge, Emerging Authors Competition (Poetry), Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Library, The Center for the Book, and Illinois Poet Laureate - September 2008
  112. Wheaton & Warrenville's Community Partners in Poetry - Wheaton, IL - Class Visits, Interview with the Mayor Mike Gresk and Poetry Reading (with Mary Kinzie) - September 17, 2008
  113. Literary Memorial for G.E. Murray, Hemingway Museum, Oak Park IL, Master of Ceremonies and Presentation - October 24, 2008
  114. Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL, Class Visits and Poetry Reading - November 13 & 14, 2008
  115. Kellar Grade School, Guest Reader, Peoria, IL - February 5, 2009
  116. The Phidian Club, Poetry Reading and Presentation, Dixon, IL - March 5, 2009
  117. Poetry Out Loud: National Poetry Recitation Competition, Illinois State Finals Judge Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, IL - March 10, 2009
  118. Indian Creek High School, Class Visit and Poetry Reading, Shabbona, IL - March 26, 2009
  119. Augustana College, Class Visit and Poetry Reading and Presentation, Rock Island, IL - April 2, 2009
  120. Spoken Word Revolution, Reading with Slam Poet Marc Smith, Sponsored by the Society of Midland Authors, Chicago, IL - April 14, 2009
  121. Forty-fifth Allerton English Articulation Conference, Poetry Reading and Presentation - Monticello, IL - April 15, 2009
  122. Bradley University, Poetry Reading and Presentation, Peoria, IL - April 20, 2009
  123. Watseka Public Library, Poetry Reading and Presentation, Watseta, IL - April 23, 2009
  124. Joint Poet Laureate Reading with Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen, Schlafly Library, St. Louis, MO - April 30, 2009
  125. Final Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate's Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle and High School Students - July 2009
  126. Final Judge, Emerging Authors Competition (Poetry), Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Library, The Center for the Book, and Illinois Poet Laureate - September 2009
  127. Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL - September 11, 2009
  128. Gold Star Mother's Event, Chicago, IL - September 27, 2009
  129. Morris Area Public Library, Morris, IL - November 12, 2009
  130. David Commandy's Heartland Symphony production, "A Soldier's Tale", Peoria, IL - November 15, 2009
  131. Gwendolyn Brooks Emerging Poets Award Ceremony, Springfield, IL - November 19, 2009
  132. "Paged, Staged, and Engaged: The Poem On and Off the Page," Collaborative Project with Eight Bradley University Faculty, Gallery Exhibition, Bradley University - December 2-18, 2009
  133. Lincoln College Charter Day Celebration, Lincoln, IL - February 14, 2010
  134. Celebrating Language Arts Institute Day, Wheaton, IL - February 26, 2010
  135. Des Moines Area Community College Celebration of the Literary Arts, Des Moines, IA - April 12-14, 2010
  136. English Articulation Conference, Allerton, IL - April 21, 2010
  137. Kankakee Public Library, Kankakee, IL - April 29, 2010
  138. Institute for School & Public Librarians, Presentation, Bradley University - June 18, 2010
  139. Final Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate's Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle and High School Students - July 2010
  140. Final Judge, Emerging Authors Competition (Poetry), Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Library, The Center for the Book, and Illinois Poet Laureate - September 2010
  141. Gold Star Mother's Event, Chicago, IL - September 26, 2010
  142. National Day on Writing Celebration, Morton High School, Morton, IL - Oct. 14, 2010
  143. National Day on Writing Presentation, Farmington High School, Farmington, IL - Oct. 20, 2010
  144. Gwendolyn Brooks Emerging Poets Award Ceremony, Springfield, IL- Nov. 18, 2010
  145. One Book, One Batavia Celebrating Poetry, Batavia Public Library, Batavia, IL - March 10, 2011.
  146. Literature Festival, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL - March 14, 2011.
  147. "Prayers for the People: Music and Poetry in Celebration of Carl Sandburg" Musical Performances and Poetry Readings, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana IL - March 13, 2011
  148. University of Illinois, Poetry Reading, Illini Bookstore, Champaign-Urbana IL - March 14, 2011
  149. Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL - April 7-8, 2011.
  150. Hinckley Public Library, Hinckley, IL - April 7, 2011.
  151. Hinckley-Big Rock Grade School, Writing Workshops Grades 1-5, Hinckley IL - April 8, 2011
  152. Poetry for the President, Final Judge, Ronald Reagan Birth Centennial Poetry Contest Illinois Statewide Grade, Middle, High School Categories - April 2011
  153. Elgin Community College, Egin, IL - April 13-14, 2011.
  154. Limestone Community High School, Bartonville, IL - Class Visits - April 18, 2011.
  155. Final Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate's Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle and High School Students - July 2011
  156. Final Judge, Emerging Authors Competition (Poetry), Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Library, The Center for the Book, and Illinois Poet Laureate - September 2011
  157. Gold Star Mother's Event, Chicago, IL - September 25, 2011
  158. Elgin FallBack Arts Event, Elgin, IL - November 5, 2011
  159. Peoria Poetry Club, Peoria, IL - November 12, 2011
  160. Emerging Writers Ceremony, Springfield, IL - November 17, 2011
  161. Wordsfair - Southeast Missouri State University - February 16-17, 2012
  162. Associated Writing Programs (AWP), "Illinois Poets Past and Present", Reading with Susan Hahn, Laurence Lieberman, Ed Roberson, and Christina Pugh, Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL - March 2, 2012
  163. Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, "Poet and Polis: State Poets Laureates on Poetry and the Public Sphere", Panel, Chicago, IL - March 3, 2012
  164. Teleconference with Reavis High School - March 21, 2012
  165. Batavia High School, Literary Fest - April 13, 2012
  166. Vachel Lindsay House, Springfield, IL - April 21, 2012
  167. Dwight Township High School, Dwight, IL - April 27, 2012
  168. Illinois State Library Advisory Committee (ISLAC) Meeting, Springfield, IL - September 6, 2012
  169. Final Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate's Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle and High School Students - July 2012
  170. Final Judge, Emerging Authors Competition (Poetry), Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Library, The Center for the Book, and Illinois Poet Laureate - September 2012
  171. Gold Star Mother's Event, Chicago, IL - September 30, 2012
  172. Chicago Regional Forum on Ethics & Sustainability, Chicago, IL - October 16, 2012
  173. ICC Little Laureates Writing Club, Peoria, IL - October 26, 2012
  174. Poetry Reading & Class Presentation, Methodist School of Nursing - Peoria, IL - Nov. 5, 2012
  175. Emerging Writer's Award Ceremony, Springfield, IL - November 15, 2012
  176. Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL - April 9, 2013
  177. Knox College, Galesburg, IL - April 17, 2013
  178. Carl Sandburg Historical Site, Galesburg, IL - April 17, 2013
  179. David Hernandez's Celebration of Life, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL - April 26, 2013
  180. Poetry Judge, Heart of Illinois Senior Games, Peoria, IL - May 2013
  181. Gwendolyn Brooks Birthday Celebration Readings, Chicago Cultural Center - June 7, 2013
  182. Printer's Row, 2 pm, Chicago, IL - June 8, 2013
  183. Final Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate's Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle and High School Students - July 2013
  184. Bradley University OLLI Workshop at Starved Rock - September 5, 2013
  185. Carol Stream Public Library - September 19, 2013
  186. Final Judge, Emerging Authors Competition (Poetry), Sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Library, The Center for the Book, and Illinois Poet Laureate - September 2013
  187. Gold Star Mother's Ceremony, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL - September 29, 2013
  188. Webster University, St. Louis, MO - October 3, 2013
  189. Detroit Mercy High School, Video Conference - November 14, 2013
  190. Emerging Poets Award Ceremony, Gwendolyn Brooks State Library - November 19, 2013
  191. Glen Oak School, Class Presentation, Peoria IL - December 20, 2013
  192. Class Visits, Princeville High School, Princeville IL - February 27, 2014
  193. Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know," National Public Radio (NPR) - March 22, 2014
  194. McKendree University, Lebanon, IL - March 27, 2014
  195. Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago, IL - April 3, 2014
  196. Richwoods High School, Peoria, IL - April 10, 2014
  197. "After Hours with Rick Kogan," Radio Interview, WGN Chicago, IL - April 13, 2014
  198. Methodist College of Nursing, Peoria IL - April 23, 2014
  199. The Ernest Hemingway Foundation, Oak Park IL - April 26, 2014
  200. Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards Ceremony, Evanston Public Library - May 4, 2014
  201. Final Judge, Annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English and Poet Laureate's Poetry Contest for Illinois Grade, Middle and High School Students - July 2014
  202. Peoria Area Retired Teacher's Association, Peoria IL - September 8, 2014