Renowned Poet Dr. Kevin Stein to Speak at Eureka College

Mar 25 2019

EUREKA — For its final event of the 2018-19 school year, the Eureka College Arts and Lectures Board is hosting a presentation on “poetry and the public sphere” by poet, critic, editor and professor Dr. Kevin Stein.

It will take place in the South Terrill Room of the Donald B. Cerf Center of the Eureka campus on April 9 at 7 p.m.

During the presentation, Stein will discuss his efforts to promote poetry in society during his time as Illinois Poet Laureate, share a selection of youth poems and recite a handful of his own work. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Stein has published eight poetry collections and chapbooks, three scholarly books, two poetry anthologies and numerous poems and essays,

He was the Illinois Poet Laureate from 2003 to 2017. In that capacity, Stein co-sponsored Illinois poetry competitions for Emerging Writers as well as grade, middle, and high school students. He also created the Poetry Now! project that has donated funds to nearly 50 Illinois libraries for the purchase of poetry by Illinois writers.

Stein’s efforts as professor and creative writing program coordinator at Bradley University have garnered the University’s highest honors, including Bradley Faculty Member of the Year and the Samuel Rothberg Award for Professional Excellence. In 2000, Stein was named Caterpillar Professor of English, an honor recognizing his accomplishments as poet, critic, editor and teacher.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to request accommodations, contact Maggie Dietz at

The Arts and Lectures Board at Eureka College is a student-driven committee that works to bring nationally known educational and cultural events to campus through diverse programming that strives to further support the mission of Eureka College in the areas of learning, service, and leadership. The Board is comprised of students and is advised by a faculty member and staff member from the Office of Student Life.

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