ISU alum Carl Hulse reveals the warfare politics behind Supreme Court nominations

ISU alum Carl Hulse reveals the warfare politics behind Supreme Court nominations
Is your head still aching from the Senate Judiciary Committee brawl last September over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court? A top Washington journalist who got his start on the student paper at Illinois State University has written a helpful book about how that came about and what it might mean for the future.

Urbana’s inaugural Poet Laureate plots higher visibility for the ‘art of poetry’

Urbana’s inaugural Poet Laureate plots higher visibility for the ‘art of poetry’
Will Reger was named 2019 Inaugural Poet Laureate in Urbana, a post that brings with it a $2,000 honorarium and the opportunity to work with the city’s cultural department and Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin in various outreach projects aimed at elevating the art of poetry locally. Reger was born and raised in the...

Urbana Free Library to host 'Quintessential' poetry

Quintessential Poets Reading
Five Champaign-Urbana poets known as The Quintessential Poets will read from their work on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Urbana Free Library. These poets - John Palen, Elaine Palencia, Frank Modica, Emily Kerlin and Karen Steiner - meet twice a month to critique each other’s work and also regularly give local...

Urbana librarian turned author earns critical acclaim for first poetry book

Urbana librarian turned author earns critical acclaim for first poetry book
Matt Murrey says there’s “a lot that disturbs me in this world,” a sensibility that shows up prominently in his poetry. There’s war, crime, violence, bigotry. There’s a child sobbing in a library “for something lost/ or broken, something/ that will never be replaced.” There’s also hope, Murrey said in an interview at his home in Urbana. “The hopeful things...