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Joe McCauley Gallery presents Typo(etry): Poems, Images and Typewriters

February 28, 2019

A unique and interactive exhibit of poetry and visual art will be on display at Heartland Community College.

The Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College presents Typo(etry): Poems, Images and Typewriters, a selection of graphics printed with a manual typewriter, from March 4 through May 3.

Typo(etry) features work by staff, student and faculty poets, a manual typewriter station, and a community response wall.

A reception with readings by exhibiting poets takes place Monday, April 1 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Gallery. An afternoon poetry reading by Heartland students, and faculty of work featured in Typo(etry) follows on Wednesday, April 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Community Commons Building, room 1407. Both events celebrate National Poetry Month.

Poems typewritten by the authors anchor the exhibition. The keystrokes of each author, mechanics of the typewriter and structure of each poem create singular objects with visual variations of ink density and paper embossment. Featured is the work of poet Cathy Gilbert, whose poems are literary and visual diptychs. Gilbert’s poems are accompanied by reproductions of old family photographs.

At the typewriter station visitors can experience typing on a 1940’s Royal KMM manual typewriter. Visitors can also take part in the show by sharing and posting poems, drawings, designs and thoughts on the community response wall.

Heartland’s Library will also host a display of vintage typewriters and graphics by student interns Breanne Evans and Quinnie Calvert and selection of poetry books by staff librarians.

Co-curated by Danell Dvorak, Cathy Gilbert and Jennifer Pauken

About the poets:

Wayne Bass teaches Humanities and Religious Studies here at Heartland Community College. He has an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Tennessee and a PhD in Asian Languages and Cultures from UCLA. 

Quinnie Calvert is a student worker in the Marketing department here at Heartland. She is currently studying graphic communications in digital media. She loves creating designs, videos, and taking photos. She is also taking extra fine art classes for fun and to expand her portfolio.

Cathy Gilbert is a Professor of English at Heartland Community College. In 2015 she spent a sabbatical cleaning fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA. La Brea and her great-grandfather's early excavation work there has been an inspiration for much of her writing. Her work has previously appeared in Hobart, and decomP

Stephanie Kratz teaches composition and literature at Heartland Community College. She saw Panic! At the Disco perform live in 2018. 

Jennifer Pauken teaches first-year composition and the occasional literature class at Heartland Community College. Currently, she is a co-advisor for the Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa. When she is not teaching, she can be found riding her bicycle around town, and sometimes even across the country. Her work has been published in The Storyteller Magazine, Mused, r.kv.ry quarterly literary journal, Mom Writers Literary Magazine, Tipton Poetry Review, Haiku Journal, and The Scarlet Leaf Review.

Cherie Rankin is a Professor of English at Heartland Community College and the President of the Working Class Studies Association. A life-long poet, she only began submitting poems for publication relatively recently. Her work has been published in Dragon Poet Review and Labor: Studies in Working-Class History

Jeremy Scott was born and grew up in Neponset, a tiny village in Northwest Central Illinois, where the air-cushion vehicle, which later became the hovercraft, was invented. He strives to write poetry that can travel a few inches off the ground in all directions over any surface. His early influences include T. S. Eliot, e. e. cummings, Carl Sandburg, and Margaret Atwood. Carl Sandburg wrote a poem about Neponset.

Richard Seehuus is married to a recovering typewriter collector.

Rachael Stanford is a poet and playwright from Central Illinois. She writes prose, poetry and short plays which have been performed all over the Midwest. Follow her works at

Ardis L. Stewart teaches English composition, humanities, literature, and classical mythology at Heartland Community College and Illinois Central College. Her poetry has been published in Seeding the Snow, RHINO, Word-River, and in the anthology Where We Live: Illinois Poets. You can also find her, often in historical costume, volunteering for the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, Illinois, and dancing.

Libby Torbeck is a Flight Director/Science Educator at the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College.  When she’s not flying kids to Mars on simulated space missions at work, she enjoys teaching dance, reading out loud, making art, and escaping to fantastical far off lands through story-based games.

Amanda L. Webster teaches creative writing and personal writing workshops at Heartland Community College for the Continuing Education Department. She has a Master’s Degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI and is the author of Valley of the Bees and F-ing Freddy Fisher. Mandy lives in McLean with her two sons and two cats.

Alaina Winters studies and teaches and talks and writes about relationships, love, and sexuality. She’s a crafter who enjoys combining her hobbies of paper arts and poetry writing into chapbooks. She has a long-held appreciation for typography and worked as a typesetter and proofreader. She learned to type on an IBM Selectric and still prefers the outmoded practice of putting two spaces after a period.

Donelle York currently works as a Tutor and Reading Facilitator at Heartland where she helps students with their reading and writing skills. She received her M.A. from Indiana State University in 2017 where she majored in English with a concentration in creative writing. Her work has been published in the Indiana Voice Journal along with Allusions, Indiana State’s literary journal. She uses her free time to paint, read, write, and learn the piano. She believes artistic outlets are so important to have in one’s life and she hopes to never stop creating.

Kathi Zurkowski teaches English and creative writing at HCC and IWU. She has been influenced by The New York School of Poets, including Kenneth Koch and Amy Gerstler. Recently she took a course at The Newberry Library of Chicago on flash fiction and believes it to be an exciting genre, a cousin to poetry. She has just taught her first semester of creative writing at IWU and is over the moon.

About the Joe McCauley Gallery

Exhibits, events, and parking at Heartland’s Joe McCauley Gallery are free. The gallery is located in room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building on Heartland's Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. Hours are weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on days the College is open.

For more information about this exhibit, contact Danell Dvorak, gallery coordinator, at, or call Heartland’s Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department at (309) 268-8620.

Written by: Steve Fast