James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home Poetry Series launches on February 25

Four Hoosier poets will present their works as part of a poetry series presented in the Billie Lou Wood Visitors Center on the grounds of the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. The first poet, Dave Shumate, will kick off the series on February 25, 2016. 

Shumate is the author of three prose poetry books, including Kimonos in the Closet. He has received numerous awards throughout his career which include, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for High Water Mark and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The event includes a Q & A and light refreshments will be served. No registration is required. 

Other poets in the series include Bonnie Mauer on April 29, Mary Sexson June 23 and Karen Kovacik September 1. =

WHO: Dave Shumate 

WHEN: February 25, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

WHAT: J.W.R. Home Poetry Series 

WHERE: Billie Lou Wood Visitors Center at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home,  528 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46227 

ADMISSION: Free to the public.  

The J.W.R. Home Poetry Series was launched to celebrate the legacy of James Whitcomb Riley, who built fame and fortune as a poet and performer. This series celebrates his life and legendary career.  

About the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Billie Lou Woods Visitor Center

528 Lockerbie Street is a true preservation of the Victorian home the great Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, resided in the last twenty-three years of his life. Open to the public since 1922, the home features the same furnishings and ornate décor Mr. Riley enjoyed during his lifetime. Visitors to the museum home will see beautiful ceilings painted by Italian Artisans, the desk where Mr. Riley penned some of his most well-known works such as Little Orphant Annie and The Raggedy Man, and a myriad of other treasures. The Billie Lou Woods Visitor Center, adjacent to the museum home, is a state of the art venue perfect for corporate functions and social gathering. It is modeled after the carriage house that was previously on the grounds. Both properties are supported by the Riley Children’s Foundation. More info at RileyKids.org/Museum.


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