SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois at Springfield's 2008 Verbal Arts Festival will be Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, on the UIS campus. Events will range from a presentation by a noted poet to a luncheon, a readers' theater, and a preview of the latest Alchemist Review. All events in this annual celebration of the arts are free and open to the public.
The festival will begin with an address by award-winning poet Pamela McClure at 6 p.m. Friday in Brookens Auditorium, lower level of UIS' Brookens Library. A reception will immediately follow McClure's address.
After the reception, the 2008 edition of the campus' literary magazine, The Alchemist Review, will be unveiled as a number of this year's contributors present excerpts from their works.
On Saturday, a lunch will be served beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center restaurant, followed at 1:30 p.m. by a Readers' Theater in Brookens Auditorium. Short plays written, directed, and performed by UIS students will be featured.
Dr. McClure is an assistant professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her portfolio includes five poetry collections -- Holding the Air, Blood Lily, and Sweet Geometry (all from Sutton Hoo Press), Rock Dove (Red Dragonfly Press), and January House (in progress) -- as well as individual publications in many literary journals and magazines. She has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Mary Roberts Rhinehart Award, and has received an Academy of American Poets Award.For more information about any event in the Verbal Arts Festival, contact Michael Gammon, UIS English department graduate assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-7460.