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Age: Adults

Poet, fiction writer, photographer, and citizen of the American Middle West.

Join us as we open Midwestern, the exhibit of photography by Justin Hamm featured in our gallery from April - July. Justin will discuss his regional photographic subjects and read from his collections of poetry, Lessons in Ruin and American Ephemeral.

Originally from the flatlands of central Illinois, Justin Hamm now lives near Twain territory in Missouri. He is the founding editor of the museum of americana and the author of American Ephemeral and Lessons in Ruin, as well as two poetry chapbooks. His poems, stories, photos, and reviews have appeared in Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Sugar House Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and a host of other publications. Recent work has also been selected for New Poetry from the Midwest (2014, New American Press) and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize from the St. Louis Poetry Center. Justin's photographs have hung in the Art House Gallery in Fulton, Missouri and have earned a twelve-page, full-color feature in San Pedro River Review and the Inkslinger Award from Buffalo Almanack. His first solo exhibition took place in the fall of 2017 in Columbia, Missouri; further exhibitions are scheduled for the Mississippi River Gallery in Hannibal, Missouri, and Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico, Missouri. 

Sponsored by the Normal Public Library Foundation.