2019

James

GATES

PERCIVAL

INTERNATIONAL
POETRY FESTIVAL

POETS TO DATE

Beatriz Badikian-Gartler /

Daniel Dahlquist /

Christopher p. Collins /
Harvey L. Hix /

Ioannis Karalias /

Mary Petrine Livoni /
Christian Narkiewicz-Laine /

 

INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

JAMES GATES PERCIVAL

2019

Day 1

Friday, May 17 

The James Gates Percival Prize for Literature Presentation: 3:00-5:00 PM

Seating is limited

 

Grace Episcopal Church

107 North Prospect Street, Galena

 

Christopher P.Collins, Laureate

 

Mary Petrine Livoni Reads

The Poetry of James Gates Percival

 

Private Opening of The Galena Athenaeum Reception for the Art Exhibitions

The Reception is followed by a Private Dinner in the Museum Courtyard

 

Dedication of a new outdoor work "Piet Wall" by the Italian architect, Alessandro Mendini.

ART EXHIBITIONS

• "The Poetry of Light and Motion" by Gary Justis."

• "Echoes/Mirrors" by Mary Petrine Livoni

Press Release

Download James Gates Percival International Poetry Festival press release.

Day 2

Saturday, May 18 

Workshop for Young Poets 1:00 PM

Seating is limited.

 

GalenaARC

413 South Bench Street, Galena
 

Poetry Readings 2:00-5:00 PM

The Chicago Athenaeum

601 South Prospect Street, Galena

 

Public Opening of the Exhibitions at the Galena Athenaeum 5:00 PM

The Chicago Athenaeum

601 South Prospect Street, Galena

 

Poetry Night Readings 6:00-8:00 PM

The Chicago Athenaeum

601 South Prospect Street, Galena

 

Dinner with the Poets

Day 3

Sunday, May 19

Morning Poetry Readings.

 

Tours of the Historic City of Galena.

 

Closing ceremony of the three day poetry

festival.

 

ABOUT

The James Gates Percival International Poetry Festival is an annual THREE-day art, poetry, and literature event bringing poets and poetry lovers together from across the world.

The Festival commemorates the great American Poet James Gates Percival.
Born in Berlin, Connecticut, James Gate Percival is considered the father of modern American Poetry.
In the 1850s, Percival relocated from New England to work for the American Mining Company in Galena, Illinois and settled in nearby Hazel Green, Wisconsin. He is considered the first poet of Illinois and Wisconsin.


This annual festival is held in the Historic Landmark City of Galena, Illinois, which was founded in 1828 and nestled in the Upper Mississippi River Valley at the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

The Magnificent Mississippi River is minutes away. The City of Galena and its unique physical location in the pre-historic unglaciated or Driftless Region along the Mississippi River, together with the rolling hills, history, and 19th-Century architecture, has attracted artists, painters, and writers to Galena for over 100 years. For decades, the City of Galena attracted such literary figures such as Chicago writers Nelson Algren and Janet Ayer Fairbank who worked in the city.  In the 1920s, the famed early 20th-Century sculptor, Lorado Taft summered in Galena.

This festival showcases a variety of extraordinary local and regional poets, and engages the public through readings, workshops, panels, music, and visual arts in the backdrop of the historic city.
Each year, the Festival honors an important international and national poets and that poet’s contribution to contemporary literature.A highlight of the festival poetry are readings in National Landmarks, historic buildings, and libraries. 

LOCATION

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum | 601 South Prospect Str. | Galena, Illinois | 61036, USA

Contact

Tel: 815/777-4444 | Fax: 815/777-2471 | E-mail: jennifer@chicagoathenaeum.org 

 

VISIT GALENA THE HISTORIC CITY

MERCHANDISE

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Landmark Galena
Architecture and the City

Prometheus. A Poem.

James Gates Percival

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Clio. Part I.II.III.

James Gates Percival

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American Night

by Christopher P. Collins

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Galena Guide

Compiled and Written by Nelson Algren

Youth Poetry Awards

The local contest is open to young people from Kindergarten through 12th grade in Northwest Illinois, Southwest Wisconsin, and Northeast Iowa.

• Students can be at schools (public, private, home, etc.) or other institutions. 

• There is a limit of one poem per student. 

• Poems cannot exceed 16 lines for poems submitted by K-5th graders and cannot exceed 50 lines for 6-12th graders. 

• Students can enter on their own or have a parent or teacher submit their entry. 

• All entries must be the original work of the student. 

• Submit all typed entries with the name of the writer, name of the school, grade, home address, and home telephone number.

Deadline Sunday, May 5, 2019

 

Awards will be announced Friday, May 17, 2019

 

First Place $100

Second Place $50

Third Place $50

Send Entries to

The Chicago Athenaeum at Galena

601 South Prospect Street, Galena, Illinois 61036

Tel.: +815/777-44444

JAMES GATES PERCIVAL

INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Manolis Aligizakis (Canada/Greece)

Daniel Dahlquist (USA)

Luigi Fontanella (Italy)

Johannes Heldén (Sweden)

Harvey L. Hix (USA)

Ioannis Karalias (Greece)

Francesco Levato (USA)

Ernesto Livorni (Italy/USA)

John Marx (USA)

Luis Muñoz (Spain)

Christian Narkiewicz-Laine (Finland/Lithuania)

Rodriguez Nunez Victor (Cuba)

Aidan Rooney (Ireland/USA)

Almantas Liudas Samalavičius (Lithuania)

Gabriele Tinti (Italy)

John Wilkinson (USA)

Al Zolynas (Lithuania/USA)

SUPPORTING INSTITUTIONS

Chicago-Lucerne Sister Cities

Consulate General of Lithuania

Consulate General of Sweden in Chicago

Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

Embassy of Finland

Embassy of Iceland in Washington, D.C.

Embassy of Sweden

Italian Consulate General in Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Royal Norwegian Embassy

Consulate General of Greece in Chicago

Supporting Libraries

Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Platteville Public Library

East Dubuque Public Library

Participating Hotels

ORGANIZED BY

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SPONSORED BY

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© 2019 by James Gate Percival International Poetry Festival.

USA
601 South Prospect Street
Galena, Illinois 61036, USA
Tel: 815/777-4444
Fax: 815/777-2471

Email: jennifer@chicagoathenaeum.org

IRELAND
28 Butlers Court
Sir Rogerson's Quay
Dubln 2, Ireland
TEL/FAX: +353/(0)1-670 8781

Email: apostolos@europeanarch.eu

GREECE
Mitropoleos 74, GR 10563
Athens, Greece
TEL: +30 210 3428511
FAX: +30 210 3428512

Email: apostolos@europeanarch.eu

James

GATES

PERCIVAL