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@Salon 2017 – Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
ISU Creative Writing Program & McLean County Arts Center announce interdisciplinary art event celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial
A free public event, @Salon features renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of
conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual arts.
Bloomington, IL – 21 February 2017 – On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the McLean County Arts
Center in downtown Bloomington (601 N. East ST), the Illinois State University Creative Writing
Program and the Department of English will present @Salon 2017—Gwendolyn Brooks
Centennial. The event will feature renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of poetry,
conversation, music, and visual art. The salon program will feature readings by Chicago-based
poet Daniel Borzutzky (author The Performance of Becoming Human and winner of the National
Book Award) and special guest poet/performer Duriel E. Harris for the Illinois launch of No
Dictionary of a Living Tongue (winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize). Highlighting the legacy of
Illinois Poet Laureate Brooks, the event will also launch Downstate Legacies’ release of Elizabeth
Hatmaker’s Infrastructures and will feature a sound art exhibition and musical selections by DJ
1st Mind and actor/composer Duane Boutte. This free public event will run from 12noon-5pm.
A theater of conversation and exchange, ISU’s @Salon welcomes artists and arts enthusiasts from
area colleges and universities, the larger Bloomington-Normal community and beyond. In
addition to showcasing featured artists, @Salon will include presentation and discussion of
works-in-progress using Liz Lerman’s Format for Critical Response. Works by featured artists
will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state
agency, and the McLean County Arts Center. This program is co-sponsored by Obsidian:
Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and the Illinois State University Ethnic Studies and
Women’s and Gender Studies Programs.
For more information about @Salon visit http://atsalonisu.org or contact Duriel E. Harris via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details about this and other Illinois State University English
Department events can also be found at http://english.illinoisstate.edu.
The Department of English at Illinois State University is dedicated to providing an environment
that facilitates individual and communal creative, intellectual, and administrative work, and
Contact: Duriel E. Harris, Department of English, Illinois State University
309/438-7165 (direct) | 309/438-3667 (main) | http://english.illinoisstate.edu