FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date: March 4, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS to present evening of poetry

SPRINGFIELD -- “The Goblet Crying for Wine: An Evening of Poetry with Francis Quinn,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program will feature readings of Quinn’s own work, as well as the work of other poets, and is free and open to the public.

Quinn is poet-in-residence and co-director of the Visiting Writers Series at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is the author of three volumes of poetry -- Milk of the Lioness, The Goblet Crying for Wine, and At the Edge of the World (with artist Janet Forberg). A native of Massachusetts, he was a founder of the Worchester County Poetry Society and edited The Worchester Review. His long interview with American poet Robert Bly was recently published in the Paris Review.

The event is sponsored by the UIS Sociology/Anthropology and English programs, and the UIS Speakers Series Committee.  The Visual Arts Gallery is located in the Health Sciences Building on the UIS campus.

For more information, contact Michael Quam at 206-7583.