Monday, August 27, 2012

Western Illinois University professor/poet debuts first chapbook collection

Set for release Sept 1
from 918studio
In Search of Lode, a collection of poetry by Nancy Ann Schaefer, will be released by 918studio on September 1. The chapbook is Schaefer’s first collection of poetry. Cover and interior design for the collection was by Sarah Throne-Ploehn of RivertownCreative.

Schaefer will read from her collection at a chapbook launch party and book signing to be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, at the Midwest Writing Center. The event will be held in the third floor conference room of the Bucktown Center of the Arts at 225 East 2nd Street, Davenport. The public is invited and refreshments will be available. 

Schaefer is a poet and Quad Cities area college professor, and teaches sociology and liberal arts at Western Illinois University’s new Riverfront campus. She was twice a finalist for the Max J. Molleston Award in the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest, and is a member of the Quint City Poets and the Rockford Writers’ Guild. Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals including The Rockford Review, Numinous, Off Channel, Avocet, Outloud, In Other Words: Mérida, Struggle, and Women’s Voices Journal.

Local poet, Ellen Tsagaris, had early praise for Lode: “With In Search of Lode, Nancy Ann Schaefer shows us that poetry is indeed a universal language by offering verses in English, Spanish, and Dutch that cross the United States but traverse the world. She makes the common and simple sublime, and the sublime simple to understand with verse that is lyrical yet familiar, as if the lode were the depths of our communal heart
songs.”


Milliken University English chair and award-winning poet, Stephen Frech, said Schaefer mines “mineral and personal depths…[to] recover ‘artifacts of concord […] tangible reminders of our conjoined / past.’ In Search of Lode beautifully reclaims the ironies of finding the pure and infinite in things “preserved like ants in amber—forever young.” 
 

Don Cellini, author of Translate into English, said, "With lean and lyrical poems, Nancy Schaefer encourages the reader to consider the art of digging, to mine the poems for their infinite essence. We sift through everyday moments and events looking for meaning. And the work is worth the effort: there are little gems and poetic jewels in this collection."



In Search of Lode is available for purchase at the Midwest Writing Center and on Amazon.com.

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