A Lyrical Gathering
to bring noted poets
to Madison for readings
Laureates from Indiana,
Kentucky to take part in event
Helen E. McKinney
(APRIL 2012) Norbert Krapf thought he would never
write poetry until he moved to the East Coast. Little did he know when
he did move, his work would not center on his new surroundings but would
reflect his upbringing in Indiana.
My uprooting had something to do with my reaching
back, said Krapf, now a distinguished author of nine books of
poetry collections and a former Indiana Poet Laureate. His second passion
is music, something he strives to combine with his poetry to bring a
deeper level to it.
at Village Lights Bookstore,
110 E. Main St., Madison, Ind.
Live music with The Chestnuts
6 p.m.: Richard Hague & Michael Henson
8 p.m.: Live music with The Chestnuts
1 p.m.: Jack Ramey
2 p.m.: Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate,
3 p.m.: Karen Kovacik, Indiana PoetLaureate,
4 p.m.: The Airpoets: Norbert Krapf, Indiana
Poet Laureate, 2008-2010; Joyce Brinkman, Indiana Poet Laureate,
2002-2008; Joseph Heithaus, Chair, English Dept., DePauw University;
7 p.m.: Community Open Mic Night
1 p.m.: Jill Kelly Koren
2 p.m.: Jonathan Greene
3 p.m.: Maureen Morehead, Kentucky Poet Laureate,
4 p.m.: Reservoir Dogwoods: Jason Ammerman,
Tony Brewer, Matthew D. Jackson, Joseph Kerschbaum
While in college, Krapf told a friend he would write poetry
if he ever moved to the East Coast. In 1970 he married and moved to
Long Island, residing not far from New York City. He taught at the C.W.
Post Campus of Long Island University from 1970 until 2004, and is the
current emeritus Professor of English. He was director of the C.W. Post
Born in Jasper, Ind., Krapf served twice in Germany as a Senior Fulbright
Professor of American Poetry at the Universities of Friburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg.
But his travels did not stop in Germany. He was a U.S. Exchange Teacher
at West Oxon Technical College in England.
Krapf, 68, and his wife moved back to his home state in
2004 and he continued to write poetry, although he no-longer teaches
full-time. In June 2008 he was appointed to a two-year term as Indiana
Poet Laureate, and often gives readings in libraries, schools and other
public venues to share his love of poetry. Being Poet Laureate was a
great way to re-experience Indiana, he said.
He will be sharing his talent with many other local poets on Friday
through Sunday, April 27-29, at Poetpalooza 2012: A Tri-State
Poetry Summit. This inaugural poetry event will be held at Village
Lights Bookstore, 110 E. Main St. in Madison, Ind.
Hourly readings and signings by many high-profile poets from Kentucky,
Indiana and Ohio will include the current Poets Laureate of Kentucky
and Indiana, and three Poets Laureate emeriti of Indiana and Kentucky.
On Friday evening, live music will be provided by The Chestnuts.
Nathan Montoya, co-owner of Village Lights Bookstore said, Were
a bookstore. This is the kind of thing we do. It comes with the territory.
Montoya said he met Krapf just after he had opened Village Lights Bookstore.
In addition to many author readings and book signings, every other month
the store holds an open mic poetry night and has hosted creative writing
students from Hanover College.
Krapf will be reading with a group of Indiana poets known
as The Airpoets. The other poets are Joyce Brinkman, Joseph
Heithaus and Ruthelen Burns.
We all had a poem selected to become part of a stained-glass mural
in the new Indianapolis International Airport, he said.
The four poets did not know one another before the project. They now
have written two books together and meet regularly to write and critique
one anothers work. The groups second book, Airmail
from the Airpoets, is a collection of poems sent to one another
on postcards. All were chosen through an open competition to become
part of The Airpoets.
Krapf has previously appeared at the bookstore for its Salon Series
concerts, which featured musical accompaniment to selected readings.
He gave a reading with Monika Hertizig. So interested is he in combining
music with his poetry that Krapf took up guitar lessons four years ago.
He praises the bookstore for its promotion of poetry, art and music.
Its wonderful what an independent bookstore is doing there
For more information please contact Village
Lights Bookstore at (812) 265-1800.
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