Brown Bag/Local Lore: Poetry in Northern Illinois

Art, music, and poetry . . . you might not necessarily associate these subjects with history, but yes, they are! Artists shape our community and are an important part of our local historical narrative. Learn more about the poets in northern Illinois with WNIJ’s “Poetically Yours” host Yvonne Boose.

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Boose will discuss “Poetically Yours” contributors, how this area has attracted poets from across the country, and the importance of exploring this art in northern Illinois. Her show airs on Fridays where listeners hear voices from northern Illinois poets as they share their words about the world around them. The program will include clips from some of her interviews.

Boose covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions for WNIJ. This includes how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. In 2022 she won second place for Best Writing from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. Her award-winning piece was about 101-year-old “Jazzy Jean” Schildbach, who writes a poem a day.

The Brown Bag/Local Lore program is held on the first Thursday of the month at 12:00 throughout the year and is generously funded by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. The program is hybrid – in-person at the DeKalb County History Center, 1730 N. Main Street in Sycamore or online. Registration is encouraged on Eventbrite as either in-person or virtual.

Call 815-895-5762 or email


May 04 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


DeKalb County History Center