C-U haiku, Oct. 25, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

canvas of color

leaves paint the ground

in an autumn graveyard

— Katie Chrzanowski, Urbana

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Oct. 25, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Many of the poems that have survived for hundreds if not thousands of years perfectly capture a single vivid moment. There's an entire season packed into this very short poem by Ed Ochester from his recent book, "Sugar Run Road." Ochester lives in Pennsylvania.


Crows, crows, crows, crows

Celeste Choate: Great adventures to discover the truth

By Celeste Choate

I recently asked a colleague at the library for a book series recommendation — something my 12-year-old daughter and I could both read until "Winter" by Marissa Meyer comes out in November.

Library events, Oct. 18-25, 2015

Selected events provided by local libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today, Big Bluestem will perform at the main library. With a classic American repertoire, their music is drawn from bluegrass, country, folk, blues and Cajun traditions.

Patricia Hruby Powell: Book takes close look at a bold union organizer

Clara Lemlich works in the garment district of New York City at the turn of the 20th century with other teenage girls from the old country — various "old" countries.

Jim Dey: Savage act of war

The story of the doomed Lusitania

The tale of a doomed ship — the best example being the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic — carries with it a morbid fascination, one that has drawn interest for more than a century.

C-U haiku, Oct. 18, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Sounds of falling leaves

Crunching beneath skipping feet.

October joy!

— Jerry Wood, Paxton

Susan McKinney: 'The Stranger' is full of twists and turns

By Susan McKinney 

Adam Price is a successful lawyer. His wife, Corinne, is a schoolteacher, and they have two boys. They are active in their community, especially the boys' lacrosse teams.

He is living the American Dream — perfect job, perfect wife, perfect house, perfect kids.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, Oct. 18, 2015

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

In our 10 years of publishing this column, I don't believe we've ever printed a poem about lullabies, the first poetry each of us is to hear. Now is the time. Patrick Phillips lives in Brooklyn. Here's a poem from "Elegy for a Broken Machine," published by Alfred A. Knopf.

The Singing

I can hear her through

Author edits collection of Depression-era writing on black history in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Local author Brian Dolinar has edited a long-lost Depression-era collection of writing about black history in Illinois, making it available for the first time from the University of Illinois Press.

"The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers" was produced by the Illinois Writers' Project, one of President Franklin Roosevelt's Work