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Celebrate Poetry Month with Local Poets

Thursday April 18 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for the first of two local poetry reading nights in celebration of Poetry Month! Two local published poets will read their work. Susan Porterfield and John Bradley, both of DeKalb will share from their published books as well as new works. Also, Nathan Dettman, local musician and song writer will share his music.

Susan Azar Porterfield is the author of a chapbook and three books of poetry—In the Garden of Our Spines and Kibbe (Mayapple Press) as well as Dirt, Root, Silk, which won the Cider Press Review Editor’s Prize. Her chapbook is Beirut Redux (Finishingline). She is the editor of Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk (Ohio UP) and has written on poetical subjects for Poets & Writers, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, and Translation Review. Her poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Barrow Street, Puerto del Sol, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, Rhino, Poetry Ireland Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Illiinois Arts Council award for poetry and is the Associate Poetry Editor of Fifthwednesday Journal.

Susan is a Professor Emerita of English at Rockford University, where she taught from 1989-2015.  Ms. Porterfield is currently a part-time, adjunct instructor of writing at the NIU School of Law.

John Bradley is the author of eight books of poetry and prose.  His most recent books are And Thereby Everything, poems on Billy the Kid and Henry Ford, and Erotica Atomica, poems on our nuclear history.  He is also the editor of Atomic Ghost: Poems on the Nuclear Age, Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader, and Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath.  The recipient of two national Endowment of the Arts Fellowships in poetry and a Pushcart Prize, Bradley lives and writes in DeKalb, Illinois.

Nathan Dettman, lead gardener and community educator with DeKalb County Community Gardens. Nathan is a local songwriter, using guitar and voice. His songs are most often focused on nature, life, and love. You will find him in the woods, in the garden, or practicing a song.

Susan Porterfield and John Bradley will have books available for purchase and will have a book signing after the reading.

This program is free and open to all, no need to register. We will be holding a second poetry night on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact Dan Kenney at (815) 793-0950.


Thursday April 18
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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