The @Salon 2017—Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial will be from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the McLean County Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, 601 N. East St.

A free public event, @Salon features renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual arts.

The program will feature readings by Chicago-based poet Daniel Borzutzky, author The Performance of Becoming Human, and winner of the National Book Award. Special guest poet/performer will be Duriel Estelle Harris, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, for the Illinois launch of No Dictionary of a Living Tongue. Highlighting the legacy of Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, the event will also launch Downstate Legacies’ release of Elizabeth Hatmaker’s Infrastructures and will feature a sound art exhibition and musical selections by DJ 1st Mind and actor/composer Duane Boutté.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and the McLean County Arts Center. This program is co-sponsored by Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and the Illinois State University Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs.

Find more information about @Salon visit or contact Harris via email at Details about this and other events can also be found at the Department of English website.

The Department of English at Illinois State University is dedicated to providing an environment that facilitates individual and communal creative, intellectual, and administrative work and outreach.

Images of the logos for @Salon Obsidian and McLean County Arts Center