Freedom Fighter

by Mary Lamphere

“The summer I was nine years old, I stopped wearing dresses, tucked my long ponytail up into my baseball cap and asked people to call me Mark. I said things like, “This sucks!” and “Crud!” and “Shut up!” And I spit. That’s right, I spit. I wasn’t very good at it, nothing by air loogies, but I tried, and trying was enough o get me in trouble. That was the summer I saw the movie, The Bad News Bears. It was also the summer my mother died. The year was 1976 and the entire nation was rejoicing in their independence. Except me.”

Mary is one of eight In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word. The current theme answers the question, “What makes a story worth telling?”

Mary’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of May. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford

In Print Radio – Episode 30

Tim Chapman and Sandy Colbert

Tim Chapman and Sandy Colbert

Sandy Colbert talks with author and former forensic scientist Tim Chapman.  The show was recorded in front of an audience at Barnes and Noble in Cherry Valley, Illinois, on March 22.

Wish you had been part of the fun?  In Print Radio plans to record more shows with an audience in the near future.  Sign up to receive information on upcoming show guests, dates and locations.  Dates and times will also be posted on this website and the In Print Facebook and Twitter pages.


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A Story Worth Telling

by Caryl Barnes

“Ada Fell took several deep breaths and surrounded herself with light. With her psychological and spiritual boundaries protected, Ada’s thoughts turned to Ben Martin. Recently dead, he had signaled Ada for help two weeks earlier in a Sarasota cemetery. Ada, who often performed services for the departed, was clairvoyant. With her inner vision, she saw that Ben was not ready to cross over from the earth plane to the Light. First he had to correct an injustice.

“Ben asked Ada to locate Todd, his estranged son. She must give Todd a bundle of letters in Ben’s office safe. Ben and Janice, his first wife, wrote the letters during the Korean War while they were still very much in love. Because the marriage had ended badly forty years ago when Todd, their only child, was a baby, Ben never told his son that Opal, his second wife, wasn’t his birth mother. As a teenager Todd learned of the truth from a neighbor and demanded information. Ben refused to talk about the past, and Todd left home in a fury. Now in his grave, Ben felt that the letters properly belonged to Todd. They were literally letters of introduction to his mother!

“Ada had not yet found Todd. Where had he been all these years? Had he changed his name? Had he found his birth mother? Could she still be alive? Ada was forever asking herself questions to which she might never know the answers. That’s just as well, she told herself, since I’m almost as interested in the questions as answers.

“She remembered the story about Gertrude Stein. “What’s the answer?” Stein asked on her death bed. Her partner, Alice B. Toklas, and the friends gathered around her were silent. “Then, what is the question?” Stein inquired and died.”

Caryl is one of eight In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word. The current theme answers the question, “What makes a story worth telling?”

Caryl’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing starting Friday, April 11 from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday, April 12 from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm. After that, they will be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of May. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford

Welcome to the Club

Originally posted on Mary Lamphere:

Coming off a whirlwind weekend in Madison at the 25th annual Writers’ Institute , I am overwhelmed, exhausted and really really excited about the now and future of publishing.

The four day event covered much more than I could possibly summarize in a single Monday Blog. The Institute offers sessions for every level, every genre, and every interest of writers. It is hosted by agents, editors, managers, publishers, and professionals that should be beyond my piddly reach and yet, there they are– willing to talk to, teach, share, entertain and mentor. It is an incredible affair.
But enough gushing.

Parting Gifts was the closing panel– “3 things every writer should seriously think about doing the minute they walk out of the conference.” Three of their recommendations:
1. Digest
2. Be thankful
3. Continue contact

Lists of 3 should help me cover a lot of ground without being overwhelming or exhausting, but…

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In Print Writers Featured at the Allegory Project

Allegory Project LogoIn Print members will have their work featured as part of the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Eight In Print members wrote short pieces answering the question, “What makes a story worth telling?” Their pieces have been framed at the gallery and will be available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of May. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.

The opening weekend will have extended hours – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Christopher Sims will host an “open mike” session each night at 9:00 and attendees can share original poetry and stories.

Poetry Featured in April Meeting

Christopher D. Sims

April is National Poetry Month and In Print’s April meeting will feature a local poet.

Christopher Sims is an award winning poet who – in the words of his website – “educates, uplifts, spreads peace and harmony” through poetry.

Members can also participate in a “poetry slam”.  Bring in a poem you’ve written to read in front of the group, or share a favorite poem from another poet.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library.  Everyone is invited to attend.

WordPress Workshop

In Print is proud to present a workshop!

Linda Kleczkowski, creator of the original In Print website and many others, will be teaching a workshop on creating a writer’s website with WordPress. In this three-hour class she will cover:

  • How to open up a free WordPress account.
  • How to choose a template (there are over 160 free ones).
  • How to customize your website layout.
  • What’s the difference between pages and posts.
  • How to upload images.
  • How to add pages and sub-pages.
  • How to add a blog to your website.
  • How to register a domain.

This is a hands-on workshop. You will actually be building your own website during the class, so bring your laptop.  Please decide on a name for your website prior to the session (and a backup in case your first choice has been taken already).

This workshop is Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Cherry Valley District Library in the medium conference room. Cost is $30 for In Print members, $35 for non-members. Registration is REQUIRED. You MUST register by April 22. Register early, space is limited.

To register for this class, please fill out the workshop form and submit it along with your check to:

In Print
c/o WordPress Workshop
PO Box 2146
Loves Park, Illinois 61130

Celebrate National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month 2014 PosterAfter the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996.  President Clinton declared, “National Poetry Month offers us a welcome opportunity to celebrate not only the unsurpassed body of literature produced by our poets in the past, but also the vitality and diversity of voices reflected in the works of today’s American poetry… Their creativity and wealth of language enrich our culture and inspire a new generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best.”

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In Print Radio – Episode 29

Tim Chapman and Sandy Colbert

Tim Chapman and Sandy Colbert

Sandy Colbert talks with author and former forensic scientist Tim Chapman.  The show was recorded in front of an audience at Barnes and Noble in Cherry Valley, Illinois, on March 22.


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Authors Wanted for Event in DeKalb

20140321 - Writers YarnThe DeKalb Public Library is looking for local authors for their third annual Writer’s Yarn.  Any local author interested in participating at the fair to promote their books, meet fans, interact with fellow authors or publishing houses is welcome. Authors should fill out the application and return it by April 30, 2014 to be considered.

The Writer’s Yarn will be held on  Saturday, May 31, from 11 am – 3 pm at the Haish Memorial Library in DeKalb.  For more information, contact Edith Craig.

Author Application