@Salon to inspire with poetry, art and music

ISU’s Creative Writing Program and McLean County Arts Center will host @Salon on Saturday, March 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at the McLean County Arts Center in downtown Bloomington.

The first @Salon was held in April 2011 at a gallery on Main Street in downtown Bloomington. It has been an annual event in Bloomington-Normal ever since.

Based on literary salons of the 17th and 18th centuries, @Salon is a modern twist that aims to amuse, entertain and inform participants. Attendees can enjoy a multitude of art forms, including poetry, paintings, sculpture, performance art and music.

@Salon will include presentations and performances by local and regional artists and poets. “We are committed, as an Illinois Arts Council funded program, to showcasing Illinois artists.” Dr. Duriel E. Harris, Associate Professor in ISU’s creative writing program, said.

Students in ISU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program will present their works-in-progress and invite the audience to engage in open discussion with the artists and give feedback on their work.

The program will also feature renowned artists, including the critically acclaimed poet CM Burroughs, who currently teaches poetry at Columbia College in Chicago. Burroughs was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award; her work has appeared in multiple journals and she was also the recipient of several fellowships and grants.

“Everything promises to be delightful. We’re very excited about all of our featured participants. CM Burroughs, our special guest who’s coming down from Chicago, is a highly regarded literary poet and each of our featured musicians has quite a following and a distinctive sound,” Duriel said.

Just a few of the other forms of art involved in this year’s @Salon are cinepoetry, which is a combination of film and poetry, as well as musical performances by Drip Hop MC Grill Billyenz with DJ Polifino, and musician/performance artist Teaadora Nikolova, who will be accompanied in his performance by Barry Blinderman, the Director of University Galleries.

“Further, the cinepoetry program is top notch and the works-in-progress sessions are always stimulating. Highlights will likely depend on individual tastes but honestly, I recommend it all.”

Works by featured artists will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

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