Allison Joseph - Poet

When: Thursday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kreft Center Recital Hall
Free and open to the public.

Allison Joseph is the author of What Keeps Us Here, Soul Train, In Every Seam, Imitation of Life, Worldly Pleasures, and My Father’s Kites. Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and The Academy of American Poets prize. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers. She holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship at Southern Illinois University and directs the SIU MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Robert Sabuda – Best-selling Children’s Book Author, Illustrator, and “Paper Engineer”

When: Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kreft Center Black Box Theater
Free and open to the public.

Children’s book author and illustrator, Robert Sabuda has published many stunning pop-up books, including America the Beautiful, Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and A Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey. Sabuda has been awarded the Meggendorfer Prize three times, an award instituted by the Movable Book Society of America in honor of German illustrator Lothar Meggendorfer. He is a multiple #1 New York Times best-selling children's book creator and has over five million books in print published in over 25 languages. His latest project, Mysterious Cases, combines the drama and intrigue of a long lost tale, with the puzzle solving marvels of an Escape Room. “Part game, part book, and part interactive adventure, each Mysterious Case contains codes to crack, puzzles to solve, letters to snoop, boxes within boxes to unlock...all leading to the dramatic conclusion of an intriguing mystery.”