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Celebrate Poetry Month with Local Poets
April 24 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for the second of two local poetry reading nights in celebration of Poetry Month! Two local published poets will read their work.
Becky Prafitt is a Native of New Hampshire and a longtime resident of DeKalb. She is a retired from Safe Passage where she worked for years as a counselor and advocate for abused women and children. She has had several poems published and is the author of a nonfiction book, The Birth Primer.
Joseph Gastiger grew up in Westbury, a working class town on Long Island, where many of his poems hitchhike back to from time to time. In high school, he went door to door for Gene McCarthy, ran from the hoods who wanted to beat him up, got parts in plays, and rode the train in to see shows at Fillmore East when he had the money to. Joe attended college at SUNY Stony Brook, where he was active in antiwar work, then went to Iowa where he took poetry workshops and almost wound up teaching high school. After a sorrowful stint as a bank teller in New York, he escaped westward to Fort Collins, earned his M.A. in creative writing, and wept when he left. From there, he took a job as an English instructor at Northern Illinois University. After getting a PhD, and working for twelve years for NIU’s Honors Program, he opted to be something else when he grew up. Joe turned up at Chicago Theological Seminary and, since 2001, has been a pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, Illinois. Currently, he serves on the City of DeKalb’s Human Relations Commission, and on the boards of Oak Crest and the Youth Services Bureau.
He has published two books of prose poems — Loose Talk and If You So Desire — with Lost Horse Press in Sandpoint, Idaho, and has written at least three more that may never see the light of day.
This program is free and open to all, no need to register.
For more information contact Dan Kenney at (815) 793-0950.