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Speaker Program: Kevin McKelvey hosted by the Putnam County Public Library

Kevin McKelvey

Oct. 20, 2021
4:00 pm – 7:30 pm ET

Putnam County Public Library
103 E. Poplar St.
Greencastle, IN 46135

Kevin McKelvey will Speak at 4 pm on wednesday,oct. 20, at an event hosted by the putnam county public library.

Kevin will be leading a discussion on his works of poetry in our Kiwanis event room. Patrons will be invited to attend with masks as a requirement. Patrons will also be able to ask questions and purchase books by the author.

Kevin McKelvey is a place-based poet, writer, designer, and social practice artist. He teaches at University of Indianapolis and directs the MA in Social Practice Art. His first book, Dream Wilderness Poems, is a poetic trail guide for the Deam Wilderness Area near Bloomington that represents years of exploration in the Hoosier National Forest. Other poems are collected in Indiana Nocturnes, a collaboration on Indiana‚Äôs urban and rural divide with another native Hoosier, Curtis L. Crisler. McKelvey has been a writer-in-residence in the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon and at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. This inspired him to bring this model to Indiana, working with local land trusts to create annual, centuries-long creative and scientific reflections on natural areas, including NICHES Land Trust and ACRES Land Trust. His work in novels, essays, social practice, and placemaking continues to explore the intersections of art, writing, ecology, gardening, food, and farming. McKelvey attended DePauw University in Greencastle and completed his MFA in Poetry and Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.