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Karl Elder, Poet in Residence at Lakeland College and Jacob and Lucile Fessler Professor of Creative Writing, will help the area celebrate National Poetry Month by offering a free poetry reading and program at Mead Public Library on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Rocca Meeting Room.
Elder is the author of seven collections of poetry, including "Phobophobia," "A Man in Pieces," "The Geocryptogrammatist's Pocket Compendium of the United States," "The Minimalist's How-to Handbook," and from Marsh River Editions, "Mead: Twenty-six Abecedariums," which has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Elder's work also has appeared in "A Fine Excess: Fifty Years of the Beloit Poetry Journal," "September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond," "Sacred Fire," "Sacred Waters," "And We the Creatures," and other anthologies.
Among his honors are a Pushcart Prize, two appearances in the Best American Poetry series, the Lorine Niedecker Award, the Lucien Stryk Award, grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Lakeland's Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Robert Schuricht Endowment. Since 1978, he has been editor and publisher of the literary magazine "Seems."
Elder has a mater's degree in creative writing from Wichita State University and a master's in education from Northern Illinois University. Elder is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
A book sale and signing will follow the program. For additional information, call Kim Dalhaimer at 459-3400, ext. 3437.