This notice appeared in The Register-Mail on June 10, 2016. You may access the original text here.
BISHOP HILL — Galesburg’s native son, Carl Sandburg, will be the topic of a program at Bishop Hill on Saturday.
The Bishop Hill Heritage Association is hosting “Carl Sandburg: Poet of Community and Human Struggle,” a program provided by the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speaker Bureau.
Sandburg launched his poetic career with the publication of his powerful collection,
“Chicago Poems,” in 1916. It was a tradition-shattering book, written in free verse and focused substantially on city life. It revealed the poet’s empathetic identification with the lives of ordinary people, who were often struggling.
Dr. John Hallwas, a literary scholar and professor from Western Illinois University, has published editions of “Chicago Poems” and has spoken in more than 100 Illinois communities.
sing a lively lecture-with-readings presentation, Hallwas will introduce the audience to the poetry of Sandburg. The free program will start at 2 p.m. in the Dairy Building, 410 N. Erickson St.