Featured Illinois Poet

Although this website's objective is simply to promote the art of poetry, its special focus is the rich bounty of work created by our state's poets past and present. Through features on the work of Illinois poets, the site will highlight the poetic legacy of Illinois and showcase the bevy of fine poets currently writing within the state.

Biographical Note

Rebecca WeeRebecca Wee

Rebecca Wee's first book, Uncertain Grace, won the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets in 2000 and was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2001. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins awarded Wee a Witter Bynner fellowship from the Library of Congress in 2003 and she served as Quad Cities poet laureate from 2003-2005. She is currently an associate professor of English at Augustana College where she teaches poetry, literature, and composition courses. She's working this summer to finish her second book, Instead.


Rebecca Wee's Poems

Ajabu - HTML
Ajabu - Audio

"Ajabu"

Beyond Preemption, Illinois - HTML
Beyond Preemption, Illinois - Audio

"Beyond Preemption, Illinois"

After the Crazy Mountains - HTML
After the Crazy Mountains - Audio

"After the Crazy Mountains"

Damage - HTML
Damage - Audio

"Damage"

Instead - HTML
Instead - Audio

"Instead"