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Litline and Illinois State University, in cooperation with the
Illinois Arts Council Artstour Program
Presents:
 
 


Most residents of the state are aware of Illinois’s proud literary heritage. What may be less obvious is that Illinois continues to be the home of many important poets, novelists, and playwrights. They may live down the street or in the next town over, but right here, in our own backyard, not just in Chicago but througout the state, Illinois writers are continuing to produce literature that is published, read, and talked about throughout the state, nation, and world.

The Unit for Contemporary Literature has assembled a group of Illinois writers whose books have been recently published or are about to appear. Nationally prominent, award-winning authors, whom you may have heard of but did not realize were from our state, these writers are also accomplished performers and skilled teachers who have worked with readers and audiences of various ages, backgrounds, and interests.

For information about arranging a reading, please contact Lisa Savage by phone: (309) 438-3026, email: lasavag@ilstu.edu, or mail: Litline, Campus Box 4241, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4241.

 
 

 

 


Becky Bradway
Creative non-fiction
Fiction

 


Nancy Steele Brokaw
Children’s fiction
Fiction
Creative non-fiction

 

 
Steven Burgauer
Fiction
Science-fiction
 
 


Ricardo Cortez Cruz
Fiction
Creative Non-Fiction

 

 
Lucia Cordell Getsi
Poetry
 


Reginald Gibbons
Poetry
Fiction

 
 


Philip Graham
Fiction
Creative Non-Fiction

 

 


Robert Hellenga
Fiction

 


Richard Jones
Poetry

 
 


John Kirk
Plays
Creative Non-Fiction

 

 


Li-Young Lee
Poetry

 


Beth Lordan
Fiction

 
 


Cris Mazza
Fiction
Creative Non-Fiction

 

 
Julie Parson-Nesbitt
Poetry
 
Sharon Solwitz
Fiction
 
 


Keven Stein
Poetry

 

 
Curtis White
Fiction
     
 
     
 

For more information about how you may secure funding from the IAC Artstour Program, click here.

 

For information about arranging a reading, please contact Rebecca Kaiser by phone: (309) 438-3026, email: rakaise@ilstu.edu, or mail: Litline, Campus Box 4241, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4241.

 

 
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