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A Lyrical Gathering

‘Poetpalooza’ to bring noted poets
to Madison for readings

Poet Laureates from Indiana,
Kentucky to take part in event

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(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.

Norbert Krapf

Krapf

“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.

‘Poetpalooza’ Schedule
at Village Lights Bookstore,
110 E. Main St., Madison, Ind.

Friday, April 27
• 5 p.m.:
Live music with The Chestnuts
• 6 p.m.: Richard Hague & Michael Henson
• 8 p.m.: Live music with The Chestnuts

Saturday, April 28
• 1 p.m.:
Jack Ramey
• 2 p.m.: Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1999-2001
• 3 p.m.: Karen Kovacik, Indiana Poet
Laureate, 2011-2012
• 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; Ruthelen Burns
• 7 p.m.: Community Open Mic Night

Sunday, April 29
• 1 p.m.:
Jill Kelly Koren
• 2 p.m.: Jonathan Greene
• 3 p.m.: Maureen Morehead, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 2011-2012
• 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 Poetry Center.
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.

Kovacik

Kovacik

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, “We’re 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.

Maureen Morehead

Morehead

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 another’s work. The group’s 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. “It’s wonderful what an independent bookstore is doing there in Madison.”

• For more information please contact Village Lights Bookstore at (812) 265-1800.

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