Sandburg Days festival for the mind April 17-20

April 3, 2013
GALESBURG—The 18th annual Sandburg Days festival for the mind will take place April 17-20 to honor Galesburg-born, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Abraham Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg and his family by celebrating with the community through educational and recreational activities. A compete list of events for the Sandburg Days festival for the mind appears below and can be found online at www.sandburg.edu/festival.

 

APRIL 17, Wednesday
4 p.m.
Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein — Alumni Room of Old Main, Knox College

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will read from his own work and discuss the nature and significance of poetry in our lives. Stein was named Illinois Poet Laureate in 2003. He also serves as Caterpillar Professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Bradley University. Stein's poetry has been acclaimed for its passion, humor and insight, reflecting on everyday experience with a surprising eye. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Knox College.

 

7:30 p.m.
Sandburg Days Kickoff Concert — Sandburg Historic Site Barn, 313 E. Third St., Galesburg

Special guest Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will speak and do a poetry reading. Local artist Dusty Scott will be recognized for the special Sandburg painting that is being showcased this year. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Sandburg Historic Site Association.

 

APRIL 18, Thursday
1:30 p.m.
Fiddler-Poet Ken Waldman to Speak and Perform — Galesburg High School, 1135 W. Fremont St.

Ken Waldman, long known as Alaska's Fiddling Poet, has drawn on his 25 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his own. A former college professor, Waldman has had published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children's book and has released nine CDs that combine old-time, Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry.

 

5:30 p.m.
Photo Contest Winners Announced — Sanderson Room, Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St.

Winners of the Sandburg Days Festival Photography Contest will be announced. Bill Gaither is the 2013 photo contest judge. Gaither is the coordinator of multimedia at Carl Sandburg College and a former photographer for the Galesburg Register-Mail. A $25 cash prize will be awarded to the local amateur photographer who wins Best of Show. A $20 gift certificate from The Frame Works will be awarded for first place in four categories: Fire Stations; Sports and Action; the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Site at Knox College's Old Main; and Bricks. The photo contest is sponsored by The Frame Works, Foley Photo Studio, the Galesburg Public Library and the Galesburg Register-Mail. For more information, contact Tom Foley at 309.342.9411 or tom@foleyphotostudio.com. There is no fee to enter, with a limit of 12 photographs per person, three per category. Photos should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches and created within the last year. Photos must have a secure wire on the back and be ready to hang on the display board. Prints in a frame are preferred, but prints in a matte are acceptable. Write name, address, phone number, photo title, category and email on the back of the photo. Entries are due no later than 8 p.m. April 16 to the Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St., Galesburg, Ill., 61401.

 

6:30 p.m.
24th Annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Awards Ceremony — Building B, Carl Sandburg College, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg

Carl Sandburg College will honor the winners of the 24th annual Carl Sandburg Poetry Contest. Entries of original poems are judged by Sandburg English professors in three levels of competition: elementary (grades 1-5), intermediate (grades 6-12) and adult. Category winners are invited to the awards ceremony to read their winning poems and accept their certificates and prizes donated by Carl Sandburg College. All winning poems will be published in a booklet that will be distributed at the ceremony. For more information, contact Carol Petersen at 309.341.5416.

 

APRIL 19, Friday
4 p.m.
Fiddler-Poet Ken Waldman — Taylor Lounge in Seymour Union, Knox College

Ken Waldman, long known as Alaska's Fiddling Poet, has drawn on his 25 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his own. A former college professor, Waldman has had published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children's book and has released nine CDs that combine old-time, Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored in part by Knox College and the John and Elaine Fellowes Fund at Knox College.

 

5:30 p.m.
Off Knox — Park Plaza, downtown Galesburg

Enjoy poetry readings, theatric performances and more.

 

8 p.m.
7th Annual Rootabaga Poetry Slam by Marc K. Smith — 156 East, 156 E. Main, Galesburg

Slampapi Marc K. Smith, founder and creator of the international poetry slam movement, will lead the seventh annual Rootabaga Poetry Slam, a unique form of performance poetry competition. Smith brings a regional slam competition to Galesburg and the festival. Top “slammers” from across the Midwest are expected to compete for cash prizes totaling $350. Those interested in competing may contact Smith at slampapi@slampapi.com. Visit Smith’s website, www.slampapi.com. There is no entry fee to compete. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

 

APRIL 20, Saturday
9 a.m.
Girl Scouts Historic Hikes — Sandburg Historic Site, 313 E. Third St., Galesburg

Girl Scouts will offer two historic hikes open to any girl — not just scouts — this year. A 3-mile hike that will include boyhood homes of Carl Sandburg and the same 10-mile hike from the Historic Site to Carl Sandburg College. Both will start together after meeting at the Birthplace for a tour, activities, and Swedish dancing, then proceed with the hike, including a stop at historic Coney Island for lunch. There will again be a Girl Scout patch and a reading component. Barry Swanson will give a Sandburg talk at 9 a.m., Alaskan fiddling poet Ken Waldman will perform at 9:20 a.m., followed by Bishop Hill volunteers demonstrating Swedish dancing.

 

11 a.m.
Photography Seminar — Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St., Galesburg

Seminar presenter Stephen Tourlentes was born in Galesburg and currently resides in Somerville, Mass. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Knox College and a Master of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, where he currently is a visiting professor of photography. His work is included in many collections, including the Princeton University Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago and has been exhibited at the Revolution Gallery in Ferndale, Mich.; Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and SF Camerawork in San Francisco, among others. Tourlentes has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Polaroid Corporation Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants, MacDowell Colony Fellowships and was a finalist for the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s Foster Prize for 2010. This event is sponsored by the Galesburg Camera Club and Foley Photo Studio.

 

1:30 p.m.
Writers Workshop, Four Writing Prompts: The Beginning of Four New Stories or Poems by Ken Waldman — Carl Sandburg Historic Site Barn, 313 E. Third St., Galesburg

The more you write, the luckier you get and each time you start a story or poem, there's an opportunity to get luckier than ever. The trick is getting started. Here, you'll not only begin four new pieces but will learn strategies to begin many more. The session is open to writers of all levels and experience. Ken Waldman, the workshop leader, is a former college professor with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. He has six full-length poetry collections and a memoir, and more than 400 of his stories and poems have appeared in such journals as Quarterly West, Beloit Poetry Journal and South Dakota Review. Workshop participants may submit their work (no more than 10 pages of poems or 20 pages of prose) by April 5 for Waldman’s feedback at the workshop. Email to rdemott@sandburg.edu or mail to Sandburg Marketing Office, Attn: Sandburg Days Festival, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg, Ill., 61401. Cost for the workshop is $20. To register, email mnelson@sandburg.edu or call 309.341.5328.

 

4 p.m.
Knox College Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony — Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union, Knox College

Winning poems for the Knox College Sandburg Days Poetry Competition will be read and refreshments will be served. The contest is open to all Knox County students in grades 5-8. Winners will receive cash prizes from Knox College, read their works at the awards ceremony and have them published on the Knox College website. Division 1 is for students in fifth and sixth grade. Division 2 is for students in seventh and eighth grade. Prizes include $50 for first place and $25 for second place in each division. The judges are faculty in the Knox College English Department. Deadline for entries is April 5. Mail entries to Barbara Tannert-Smith, Campus Box K-17, Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., 61401. For more information, contact Barbara Tannert-Smith at 309.341.7428.

 

7 p.m.
Special Songbag Performance by Chris Stevens and Ken Waldman — Sandburg Historic Site Barn, 313 E. Third St., Galesburg

Alaska fiddling poet Ken Waldman and guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Chris Stevens will give a Special Songbag performance. Stevens, an alumnus of Carl Sandburg College and Knox College, is a guitarist from Galesburg who has played in area rock bands since the 1970s and on every primary festival stage in central Illinois. He cofounded the seminal Galesburg 1990s rock band, Henderson and Main. He co-wrote, played acoustic guitar and sang on his own recent self-titled album. This event is sponsored by the Sandburg Historic Site Association.
 

The Sandburg Days festival for the mind is a nonprofit organization supported by local educational institutions and businesses in the Galesburg area, including Carl Sandburg College, Knox College, the Galesburg Public Library, BNSF Railway, the Sandburg Historic Site Association, The Register-Mail, WGIL/WAAG, WIUM, WAIK/WRAM/WMOI, 156 East and Foley Photo Studio, and is partially funded by The Big Read.
 

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