Literary Hook: Previewing upcoming events on the local literary circuit

Rockford provides many opportunities for writers. A brief overview follows.

Over the years, the Rockford Writers’ Guild has nurtured countless writers and published its highly-rated Rockford Review. Womanspace published 10 volumes of Korone, in which many women got their start in publishing. Both organizations offer workshops, critique groups, opportunities for discussion, publishing opportunities, contests, conferences and other literary celebrations.

The Rockford Public Library has hosted conferences, poetry slams, and a summer literary festival. The Rockford Area Arts Council provides literary artists to schools through their Arts Resource booklet and funding. In addition, Barnes & Noble bookstore has recently reignited its local author nights as well as genre nights and discussion.

This column will let you know what events are scheduled. In addition, in the future, it will profile each organization with more detail.

The Rockford Writers’ Guild announces its spring schedule of events: Jan. 15, Eric Goetz; Feb. 19, Dan McGuire; March 19, Keith Call; April 16, Richard Vargas; May 21, S. P. Perone; June 18, Madge Walls; June 16, The GALA. Meetings are at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 6685 E. State St., Rockford. For more specific information regarding the program time and content, please write to Rockford Writers’ Guild, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105.

In addition, the Rockford Writers’ Guild announces its Annual Ides of March Poetry and Prose Contest. Original, unpublished poetry (up to 50 lines) and prose (up to 1,300 words) are eligible for submission. The theme is “The Cutting Edge of the Human Condition.” The entry fee is $5 for every three poems, and $5 for each prose entered. All fees will be returned as prizes, and winners will be considered for the summer issue of The Rockford Review and will be invited to the summer GALA celebration and reading in July. For further information, please write to: The Rockford Writers’ Guild, The Ides of March Contest, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105.

Barnes & Noble also announces its January literary roster: Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Christine Swanberg signing, discussing and reading from her newest book of poetry, Who Walks Among the Trees With Charity; Jan. 28, 2-4 p.m., Gene Woolcott, book signing and talk on writing Sci-Fi.

See you on the literary circuit.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry and formerly wrote a column called “The Writer’s Garret” for this newspaper.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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