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Illinois historic site kicks off poetry month

SPRINGFIELD – A state historic site in Springfield is set to kick off its poetry month with readings and an art contest for kids.

The Vachel Lindsay Home Historic Site announced this week a slate of events for next month. April is National Poetry Month.

Children in the art contest can illustrate different poems by Vachel Lindsay, who gained national fame for his own poetry and art. The deadline for artwork is April 18.

Poetry events include readings and discussions with author Dorothy Allison, former hip-hop artist A.D. Carson, university instructor Lisa Higgs, and poet Dan Guillory.

The monthlong event concludes with the SIU School of Medicine’s SCOPE awards reception at 2 p.m. April 26. Artists and writers honored by the SCOPE literary magazine will give presentations of their work.

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