Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Longtime Illinois Poet Laureate to step down
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Longtime Illinois Poet Laureate to step down

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

* Press release…

Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein has announced he is stepping away from the position effective Dec. 1, 2017.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as Illinois Poet Laureate,” said Stein, a Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University in Peoria. “It has been an honor, as well as a challenge, proffering surprising rewards. The role not only deepened my understanding of poetry’s sustaining gifts but also enriched my appreciation of our state’s diverse citizenry ranging from Chicago to Cairo, Decatur to Moline, and all locales in between.”

Appointed in December 2003, Stein engaged the state’s residents through nearly 250 presentations, poetry readings, school visits and judging activities. One of Stein’s most notable endeavors was the Poetry Now project, in which he presented his work at more than 5o libraries in Illinois and donated funds to these libraries for the purchase of collections written by Illinois poets.

Stein collaborated with Secretary of State Jesse White, the Illinois State Library, and the Center for the Book to fund and cosponsor the Gwendolyn Brooks Emerging Poets Contest for 13 years. Several winners from that contest have since gone on to publish full-length collections of verse. Stein is a teacher and advocate for poetry, as is demonstrated through his time as Illinois Poet Laureate.

Gov. Bruce Rauner will establish a search committee to initiate the laureate selection process. The new Illinois Poet Laureate will be announced in the coming months.

No word on whether he was forced out by Tillman and Proft. [/snark]

Replacement suggestions?

…Adding… And continuing with the snark…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

28 Comments »
  1. - Moist von Lipwig - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:36 pm:

    His poem and his performance of it were wonderful at the Quinn portrait unveiling. A very solemn, beautiful rendition.


  2. - Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    Chance the Rapper. No snark.


  3. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    I believe Fate is the new poet laureate of the Rauner administration.


  4. - Anonymous Hipster - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    == Chance the Rapper. No snark. ==

    Oh great so his head can get even bigger? He peaked with Acid Rap. “Angels” was his last decent single. Now that he’s finally living up to his father’s expectations, all of the statehouse types are taking notice, just in time for his musical career to fade into the obscurity of preachy, uninspired songs.

    How about an actual literary figure and not a self-promoting hack?


  5. - Henry Francis - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:43 pm:

    Someone who has a lot of ideas for phrases that rhyme with “right to work”


  6. - @MisterJayEm - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    “Replacement suggestions?”

    I’ve heard big things about a man from Nantucket…

    – MrJM


  7. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    – Someone who has a lot of ideas for phrases that rhyme with “right to work” –

    Jeannie Ives twerk


  8. - Tommydanger - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:50 pm:

    I confess my ignorance for all to see
    Shame and scorn cascades down upon me
    For I did not know we had a poet laureate
    But now you know I am an idiot

    (unless of course you already knew that)


  9. - The Captain - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:51 pm:

    The IPI cartoonist is the obvious choice.


  10. - Just Observing - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:56 pm:

    How about nobody? Do we really need this position, even if it is mostly honorary?


  11. - Ghost - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 3:59 pm:

    strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.


  12. - A guy - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:00 pm:

    There’s a poet in the alley, his name is Tommy Tucker…


  13. - Swift - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:06 pm:

    Why has the state not been touting that we have a caterpillar that is a poet and a professor? I know Rauner’s press office has had some turnover, but this caterpillar poet needs more publicity, sigh, just another sign we are living in a failed state.


  14. - Anon221 - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:12 pm:

    Swift- It is an actual title.

    https://www.bradley.edu/academic/galleryofexcellence/caterpillar/


  15. - Dome Gnome - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:13 pm:

    Would love to get Radical Candor into the position.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    I can’t get enough of @RadicalCandorIL

    To the Post,

    If Rauner can find the Deputy Poet Laureate from Wisconsin or Indiana, boy, that would really be a coup.


  17. - Swift - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    Just great Anon221, now the Japanese and Amazon know we don’t really have a caterpillar poet, way to flush the state’s economic future down the toilet…now how are we going to attract business investment in the state? Right to work? Property tax cuts? Worker’s Comp reform? Those will never get enacted, so all we had left was our caterpillar poet.


  18. - Ghost - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:29 pm:

    Two problems one stone

    Name Jeff Bezos


  19. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:49 pm:

    Be poetic about it not “failed” state, but enfeebled


  20. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 4:52 pm:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Bruce Rauner is a failed Governor who has zero accomplishments and
    “Anonymous Hipster” should comb out his man bun and get his skinny jeans washed and tightened too.


  21. - Anonymous Hipster - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 5:38 pm:

    -47th Ward- I lol’d.

    Man buns are out. All about the topknot these days.


  22. - Moist von Lipwig - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 6:13 pm:

    @Anonymous Hipster: I get it, he’s not your type. But he’s a hometown boy made good, and inspiring a generation of young people in the city - mostly of color. You should have gone to the Billiken Parade this year — if you were there, you’d see that he’s doing a lot of good.


  23. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 6:38 pm:

    –Gov. Bruce Rauner will establish a search committee to initiate the laureate selection process.–

    Remember, one for show, then the real one stashed on contract in an agency.

    Two of everyting, like Noah.


  24. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 9:44 pm:

    I think Marc Smith, founder of the Poetry Slam Movement, is probably the most influential poet living in America today, and he happens to be a proud Chicagoan.

    Here he is in action:

    https://youtu.be/PFWJpIsEVWc


  25. - Anonymous Hipster - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 10:29 pm:

    Believe me, Moist. He’s my type. In general, I’m a fan of Chance. Have his Acid Rap tour poster on my wall. I even somewhat enjoy his less creative newer stuff. Perhaps I’m just cynical in wondering if there might be some cynicism behind his good works. But I suppose the ends justify the means in this case.


  26. - Gregorio Gomez - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 10:32 pm:

    Marc Smith is good enough, but his rival Gregorio Gomez down at Weed’s Poetry at the Hideout much better encapsulates the absurd, eclectic vibe of Chicago’s literary scene.

    http://tinyurl.com/y8rav6k9


  27. - blue dog dem - Wednesday, Sep 13, 17 @ 10:46 pm:

    Like tommydanger, what the he k is a poGet laurette. Did he/she get paid by the state?


  28. - PublicServant - Thursday, Sep 14, 17 @ 6:10 am:

    I’m available:

    A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
    Its beak can hold more than its belly-can.
    Its beak can hold enough food for a week,
    and I don’t know how-in-the-helican.

    - Thank You. I’m here all week.


TrackBack URI

Post your comment... And please take a half second to come up with a nickname. It makes following the posts easier for everyone... Thanks

In other words, do your best to be civilized and smart.


* Raoul takes "full responsibility" for "bad" Erika Harold comment, Maze Jackson apologizes to listeners
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Durkin says he doesn't think Illinois "needs to give away the store" to snag Amazon
* Biss tries to explain the Ramirez-Rosa matter
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Legislative candidate announcements
* An argument against assisting the St. Louis Amazon bid
* Why did Lisa Madigan retire?
* Currency exchanges say they want higher fees to boost lagging profits
* DGA tour coverage roundup
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Illinois economy "stuck in neutral"
* The great exodus
* Rauner signs civil asset forfeiture reform bill
* Harold unveils long list of legislator endorsements
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* Rauner administration set to increase child car.....
* AG candidate Raoul apologizes for ‘bad characte.....
* Many in Peoria offer to hold door open for outg.....
* Durkin says he doesn't think Illinois “needs to.....
* Rauner's support of St. Louis for Amazon bid 'a.....
* Rauner signs law tightening civil forfeiture ru.....
* Why did Lisa Madigan retire? - The Capitol Fax .....


* Life term reduced for Illinois woman in 4-year-old's death
* University of Illinois at Chicago to create $100M facility
* Authorities: Deadly Bloomington fire was intentionally set
* Seymour woman gets 4 years in boyfriend's stabbing death
* EXCHANGE: Hundreds visit Exelon's nuclear plant in Byron
* Quad City airport using $3.3M from US to replace lighting
* Bloomington zoo's Malayan sun bear euthanized at age 33
* UIS to conduct first responder training with state agency
* Palestinian activist deported to Jordan from Chicago
* Fugitive Chicago police sergeant arrested after 15 years

* AG candidate Raoul apologizes for 'bad characterization' of opponent
* Report: Payments for treatment of addictions, mental illness often denied
* Republican McClure will run against McCann in 50th Senate district
* Republican McClure will run against McCann in the 50th Senate district
* Rep. Drury leaves governor's race to run for attorney general
* Rauner signs revamp of EDGE business tax-credit
* Rauner to lawmakers: Help me balance the budget
* Bernard Schoenburg: Running mates help balance governor tickets
* Statehouse Insider: AFSCME contract suit may not be heard until next year
* Chris Kennedy and running mate bring anti-violence campaign to central Illinois

* The best events in town this week—and beyond
* Illinois Medical District to get largest ambulance garage in Cook County
* United's turnaround wobbles after airline fare war jolts investors
* United's turnaround wobbles after fare war jolts investors
* Centegra turns to layoffs, outsourcing jobs to stop financial bleeding


* LETTERS: Get voter registration going in high school civics classes
* Study: Most states would take a hit from GOP health bill
* Man reported missing from Near West Side
* CTA worker injured after making contact with third rail on North Side
* Ask the Doctors: Child seeks evidence to convince parents to get a dog
* Authorities investigating death of 2-month-old South Side boy
* Woman found dead in bathroom stall 2 days after going to health club
* ROBERT REICH: One way the rich could get richer under Trump
* Pedestrian fatally struck by Metra train in Lisle
* Ben Roethlisberger on Bears QB Mitch Trubisky: ‘Tremendous athlete’


* Police officer fatally shoots deaf man holding pipe in Oklahoma City
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 9/20/17
* Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica
* Hillary Clinton and Stephen Colbert talk Trump, Russia, Putin and chardonnay
* Pedestrian dies after being struck by Metra train Tuesday night in Lisle
* Cops: Woman found dead at suburban health club - two days after entering
* Ben Roethlisberger impressed by Mitch Trubisky after pre-draft workouts
* 25 bodies pulled from collapsed school as rescuers search for survivors of Mexico earthquake
* Bulls projected to be the NBA's worst team this season
* Judge delays decision on whether to lock up convicted Chicago cop


» Palestinian Activist To Be Deported To Jordan From Chicago
» Looking For Analog: Old Button-Mashing Arcades Come Back For A New Generation
» County In Illinois To Use Grant To Aid Endangered Bumblebee
» Canada Could Stop Dealing With Boeing Over Dispute
» Currency Exchanges Pushing Fee Increase
» 3 Big Takeaways On Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Decision To Not Run For Reelection
» Judge: Sessions Can't Deny Grant Money For Sanctuary Cities
» State Week: Blagojevich Speaks; (Lisa) Madigan & Currie Leaving
» Illinois Attorney General Won't Seek Re-election In 2018
» House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie Won't Run Again


* AG candidate Raoul apologizes for 'bad characterization' of opponent
* Report: Payments for treatment of addictions, mental illness often denied
* E.J. Dionne: The priority is still to save Obamacare
* Over DACA, an acute case of Trump panic syndrome
* Ralph Martire: Illinois needs to make higher education a priority
* Catherine Rampell: A chilling study shows college students hostile toward free speech
* Michael Gerson: The dangerous triumph of tribalism in America
* Republican McClure will run against McCann in 50th Senate district
* Rep. Drury leaves governor's race to run for attorney general
* Marc A. Thiessen: Hillary Clinton still doesn't get 'what happened' in the 2016 election


* At least one shot at Mattoon high school shooting
* Retired educator who taught at Belleville West for three decades dies
* Suspect in custody after shooting at Mattoon High School
* Shooting reported at Mattoon High School
* One person shot at Mattoon High School
* Noon update: Near-record highs, Jersey Mike's opens, and new I-74 bridge work
* It’s almost time for the world to end. Or not, depending on whom you believe.
* Rep. Dave Severin announces bid for re-election
* Lady Bulldogs spike Panthers to extend streak
* Marion man sentenced to 30 years for cocaine offense


* Geneva High School steps up security after rumors of possible shooting threat
* Beekeeping could be come to Elgin next year
* Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95
* Northwest suburban police blotter
* Busse Triangle apartment plan sails through preliminary phase in Mount Prospect

* Indivisible billboard targets Hultgren, Ro...
* Hultgren pleads for continued funding of f...
* 14th District Democratic candidates square...
* Montgomery mayor hosts health care forum a...
* Rep. Hultgren advocates for CHIP reauthori...
* Looking at Fintech through the Legislative...
* Hultgren calls on FEMA to help assess Nort...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren announces 2017 Congres...
* Congressman Randy Hultgren Visits Raue Cen...
* Hultgren pushes for CHIP funding ahead of ...

* All of us should reject the religious test......
* The Return of Criminal Justice Reform - Re......
* Democratic Senators Oppose Rescinding of 2......

* US Sen. Tammy Duckworth pushes for airport......
* Quad City Airport Using $3.3M To Replace L......

* Retired and elderly with the health care in the U.S. we have.
* Lumpen Radio. Chicago’s best low-power FM radio.
* Hitting Left. Last week and Friday’s show.
* Medicare for all? Medicare and more.
* CPS enrollment drop and budget
* Tiny houses for the homeless
* 100-Year-Old Petrified Uniformities Of The Modern Art World vs. The Moral Grandeur Of Majestic Impressionism
* Supreme Court decision one of 6 case studies in latest DR Legal News
* Morning Minute: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers guidance on credit following Equifax data breach
* TrackNotes: The Immortal Penny Chenery


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Project Fi adopting Android One version of Moto X4
* Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 40 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements
* Nest Announces New Alarm System, Smart Doorbell, and Outdoor Cam IQ
* If Face ID ‘fails to impress’, Apple may need to make under-display Touch ID work for 2018 iPhones
* Google brings the $399 Android One Moto X4 to Project Fi (and the U.S.)
* Snapchat’s new partners attach instant apps and games to ads
* PSA: Snapchat Still Notifies You When Someone Screen Records Privately Messaged Snaps on iOS 11

* Nicky Delmonico falling as fast as he rose
* Quiet bats waste Giolito's solid effort
* Shields knows not to take Astros lightly
* Sox Century: Sept. 19, 1917
* Giolito holds his own against Astros
* Quiet bats waste Giolito's solid effort
* Shields knows not to take Astros lightly


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller