Readings at Underground

Readings at Underground

By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer

Ned Haggard, an award-winning narrative poet, has organized a series of readings featuring various poets to be held on various Saturdays at Underground Art Gallery, 2110 11th St. The first reader in the series titled “Let Freedom Ring,” will be Mark W. Van Wienen.

Van Wienen is an associate professor of English at NIU in DeKalb. He has a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a published essayist. He is the author of Partisans and Poets: The Political Work of American Poetry in the Great War and Rendezvous With Death: American Poems of the Great War. He was the recipient of a year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2002, and resides in Sycamore. Books by this author will be available for sale, contributed by Barnes and Noble, on the evening of the event.

Haggard will continue the series at least the third Wednesday of every month with different guest poets to bring some sort of linguistic culture to the area. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals nationally, and his studies of creative writing landed him at prestigious Harvard University.

“Let Freedom Ring” will continue monthly, with event dates listed in the Arts Calendar of The Rock River Times. The first evening’s readings start at 7 p.m., and there will be a period for discussion and questions. There is no entrance fee. For more information about this event or those in the future, call Roni Golan at 979-1944.

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