By Lisa Palmeno
Editor and Publisher, Market Street Press
“Word Up” will take place Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Nicholas Conservatory at Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford. The spoken- and written-word poetry event will host book-signings by local authors, poetry readings by guest poets, including Chris Sims and Sheba Gardner, and opening remarks by Webbs Norman. Norman is the former executive director of Rockford Park District and author of the local history book about Rockford Park District, Building a Lasting Dream.
Norman will be signing his book, which was written in conjunction with Geri Nikolai and Tim Dimke. Local author and Market Street Press employee John Hardt will introduce and sign his book, Confessions of an Ordinary Man, and Flora Cousins will be there to sign and sell copies of Don’t Be A Bully, Be A Buddy. Freeport columnist and author Sue Langenberg of “The Write Hag” will also be present. An Irma Bombeck-style writer, Langenberg will sign copies of Hot Flashes. The latest author to join is poetess Christine Swanberg, who has a column in The Rock River Times and has published several books.
Anyone wishing to bring a copy of their own published book(s) may bring a few copies to sell as well. Poets are invited to read, and the poetry contest theme for this event is “For the Love of Rockford.” Poets are encouraged, but not required, to write something positive about Rockford, Transform Rockford, Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford Parks, the Natural Land Institute, or anything that reflects Rockford or the region in a positive light. All pieces must be G-RATED and non-political, per Park District rules. (More controversial pieces will be accepted at a future event at Dodge Lanes.) Judges for the contest will be Flora Cousins, Lisa Palmeno, Dave Kaye and Norman. The poetry contest winner will be awarded $50 cash at the end of the event.
Poets wishing to participate should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail their information to: Market Street Press, 115 Seventh St., No. 206, Rockford, IL 61104. Include your name, phone number and/or e-mail address and the name of your piece for the roster. Bring a hard copy to the event for reference. Sign-ups will also be taken at the door before the event.
Word Up will begin at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 18, and end at 8:30 p.m. Participants will be need to be there at 5 p.m. Chris Sims will provide background music for those requiring it for their reading/performance.
Nicholas Conservatory is at 1354 N. Second St., Rockford. The conservatory will be open during the event for regular admission price. Admission to “Word Up” is free.
For more information, call Lisa at (815) 608-6175 or e-mail email@example.com.
Posted Feb. 12, 2014