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Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading, featuring John Palen

Thursday, 09 November, 2017 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM | Cost:free

John Palen’s new poetry collection, Distant Music (Mayapple Press, 2017) evokes his lifelong bond with the American Midwest. Raised in small towns in southwestern Missouri, he earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Michigan State University, and worked for 45 years as a journalist and journalism educator in Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines since the late 1960s, in Prairie Schooner, Kansas Quarterly, Passages North, Arcadia, Midwest Prairie Review, The MacGuffin, Bluestem and elsewhere. Mayapple Press brought out his Open Communion: New and Selected Poems in 2004. His work has appeared in anthologies from Wayne State University Press and Milkweed Editions. He lives and writes in retirement in Central Illinois, where he enjoys volunteer work as a certified Master Naturalist. Other readers will include a local writer from the Charleston/Mattoon community as well as a graduate student in creative writing from the English Department.

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