FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Libraries Hosts
Centennial Celebration of Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems
Gala Will Feature Illinois Poet Laureate and Other Local Figures
The Loyola University Chicago Libraries spring gala, “SINGING SO PROUD,” will honor the 100-year anniversary of Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. The fundraiser will feature a keynote address from Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, PhD, and poetry readings by several notable government and cultural figures.
The event, which will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dinner, is open to the public. For more information, please visit LUC.edu/sandburg.
Poet, critic, and editor Kevin Stein, PhD, will deliver the keynote address, “Sandburg’s Chicago Poems: The Poetics of Populism.” Stein has served as Illinois Poet Laureate since 2003, a position previously held by Gwendolyn Brooks, Howard Austin, and Carl Sandburg. Stein’s poems, scholarly books, anthologies, and essays have appeared in notable publications, including American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, and Poetry. His work has been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as by Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize, the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize, and the Indiana Review Poetry Prize.
Other poetry readings scheduled during the event will be given by:
- Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM, Executive Director, Misericordia Heart of Mercy
- Father Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago
- Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners
- Nike Whitcomb, Executive Director, American Writers Museum
- Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State
Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago
Lake Shore Campus
Klarchek Information Commons, Fourth Floor
6501 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626