headshot of Phillippa Yaa De Villiers

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

UPDATE: The @Salon event scheduled for March 21 has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. An update will be provided if this event is rescheduled. 

Renowned international, regional, and local artists will highlight an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual art at the annual @Salon.

@Salon, the annual, interdisciplinary arts event, will be from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, at Uptown Station, off Broadway and Beaufort streets. The event is free and open to the public.

The salon program will feature award-winning South African poet/performer Phillippa Yaa de Villiers on her 2020 U.S. tour and an LGBTQ sound art showcase curated by trans poet/sound artist Samuel Ace. The event will also celebrate Obsidian journal’s print and digital releases.

Programming will also feature works-in-progress presentations by Creative Writing Program graduate students. Books and other merchandise by featured artists will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.

This year’s program is supported by Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, ISU’s own innovative international literary/scholarly journal of African diaspora arts and letters.

@Salon is sponsored by Illinois State University’s Creative Writing Program and Department of English. Co-sponsors include ISU’s Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the ISU LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute. Building on a tradition of innovative programming and stellar artistry, @Salon 2020 will be set amidst the stunning exhibition of the 2020 Faculty Biennial.