FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         Date:  April 5, 2001

                                                                                                            Contact:  Lezli Austen

Poet and author Norbert Krapf to speak at UIS

SPRINGFIELD Norbert Krapf poet, author, translator, critic, and professor of English at Long Island University will perform a reading of his works at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Public Affairs Center conference room F on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus. Krapf’s reading will include material that will be published soon. His appearance is free and open to the public.

Krapf has taught literature and creative writing at Long Island University in Brookville, New York, since 1970, holding a full professorship since 1984. He has also been the director of the university’s C.W. Post Poetry Center since 1985, bringing poets and fiction writers to the campus each year.

Krapf has written 11 books of free verse, including Blue-Eyed Grass: Poems of Germany (1997), Somewhere in Southern Indiana: Poems of Midwestern Origins (1993), and March Songs for an English Half-Moon (1988). In addition, hundreds of his poems have been published in a variety of journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Krapf’s expertise is in detailing the German-American and Midwestern experiences. A portion of Blue-Eyed Grass is about his experience as an American of German heritage returning to Germany and experiencing the aftermath of the holocaust. Somewhere in Southern Indiana is about his Midwestern experiences as a boy.

Krapf received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana, and both his M.A. in English and Ph.D. in English and American literature from the University of Notre Dame.

Krapf’s performance is sponsored by the UIS English program and the Academic Affairs Speakers Committee. For more information, contact Ethan Lewis at (217) 206-7436.