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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

The Scene With Poet Ian Winterbauer

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Ian Winterbauer's new book / the poet himself

Ian Winterbauer says his poems deal largely with the Midwest - it's rural, poor towns and the eccentric characters therein. He says he's anti-academic, that "anyone could write poetry." Well, he certainly can.He recently nabbed a book deal - the work was just released, called "Scream as You Leave". He'll be reading from it at an event Sunday night at Bar None in Springfield, more info here.

ICYMI: read a story Scott wrote for the Illinois Times about  Winterbauer and other young poets, Johari and Emma Wilson, who have both been featured on The Scene previously. Also this week: shout-outs to The Lit Review, a new podcast on books and black liberation struggles et. al.; Chicago rapper Noname; and the book "Shadowbahn" by Steve Erickson. Tune in to hear about other events in the central Illinois area coming up this weekend and beyond.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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