Village Lights Poetry Nights
Open sign-up; open mic. Everyone is invited to participate. Read your own work or that of a favorite poet. Readers are welcome to draw from our shelves. MC for Village Lights Poetry Nights is well-known Madison poet, Jill Kelly Koren. We are pleased to feature guest poets Joyce Brinkman and Kay Stokes, who will be reading their entries from Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry. Joyce Brinkman served from 2002 to 2008 as Indiana’s first Poet Laureate and is one of six poets whose poetry is permanently installed in 25-foot, stained glass windows at the Indianapolis International Airport. Kay Stokes is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Gladish Center for Teaching and Learning at Hanover College.
Joyce Brinkman, Indiana Poet Laureate 2002-2008, believes in poetry as public art. She creates public poetry projects involving her poetry and the poetry of others. Collaborations with visual artists using her poetry for permanent installations include her words in a twenty- five foot stained glass window by British glass artist Martin Donlin at the Indianapolis International Airport, in lighted glass by Arlon Bayliss at the Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library and on a wall with local El Salvadoran artists in the town square of Quezaltepeque, El Salvador. Her printed works include two chapbooks, Tiempo Español, and Nine Poems In Form Nine, and two collaborative books, Rivers, Rails and Runways, and Airmail from the Airpoets with fellow "airpoets" Ruthelen Burns, Joe Heithaus and Norbert Krapf. Her latest books include the multinational, multilingual book Seasons of Sharing: A Kasen Renku Collaboration, from Leapfrog Press and Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 American Poets from San Francisco Bay Press, which she co-edited with Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda. Joyce organized the collaborative poems for the Bicentennial Legacy Book Mapping the Muse. She is a graduate of Hanover College and lives in Zionsville, Indiana, with her husband and a sweet cat.
Kay Stokes grew up in Florida but calls Madison, Indiana, her true home. In her 20 years in Madison, Kay has written a number of poems and essays focusing on the history and culture of the town and its residents. A former journalist, she has an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and an MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She currently directs the Gladish Center for Teaching and Learning and Hanover College, coordinating the college's academic support programs and teaching in the English Department.
Mapping the Muse: A Bicentennial Look at Indiana Poetry is the culmination of a project originated by Brick Street Poetry, Inc. designed to celebrate Indiana's 200th year by presenting a glimpse of poetry in Indiana. The Birthday Book project is an endorsed Bicentennial Legacy Project recognized by the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016. Mapping the Muse consists of poetry representing a wide range of experience: from every-day poets to university professors; from high school students to senior poets in their 90s; and a collaborative poem by a 5th grade class in Perry County.