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Typoetry exhibit extended and expanded

June 4, 2019

The Joe McCauley Art Gallery at Heartland Community College presents Summer Typo(etry), an interactive exhibit of art, graphic design, poetry, and typewriters, from Monday, June 3 through Thursday, July 25.

Summer Typo(etry) is an expansion of the gallery’s spring exhibit, redesigned with additional graphics, poetry, manual typewriters, vintage ads and ephemera, and an expanded typewriter station. Visitors are invited to type on manual typewriters, and post their poems, drawings, designs and thoughts on the community response wall.

Summer Typo(etry) includes:

Artworks by Matt Erickson and Lisa Lofgren

Blackout poetry by students

Community wall responses by spring contributors

Ekphrastic poems by Cathy Gilbert paired with source photographs

Graphics by marketing and design interns Quinnie Calvert and Bree Evans

Typewriters, ephemera, and reproductions of vintage typewriter ads and manuals

Typewritten poems by faculty, staff, and students, selected by Cathy Gilbert and Jennifer Pauken

Participating Poets:

Wayne Bass, Quinnie Calvert, Cathy Gilbert, Stephanie Kratz, Jennifer Pauken, Cherie Rankin, Jeremy Scott, Richard Seehuus, Rachael Stanford, Ardis L. Stewart, Libby Torbeck, Amanda L. Webster, Alaina Winters, Donelle York, Kathi Zurkowski.

About the Joe McCauley Gallery

The gallery is located on the second floor of the Instructional Commons Building (ICB) in room 2507 on Heartland's Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on days the College is open.

Exhibits, events, and parking at Heartland’s Joe McCauley Gallery are free.

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.

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.

Written by: Steve Fast