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Literary events planned at Gabis Arboretum, Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

You can enjoy literature in the great outdoors at a pair of upcoming events in the Region.

Historian and spoken word performer Glory-June Greiff aims to bring poetry to life at a spring-themed Poetry at the Park storytelling program from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the Outdoor Amphitheater at the Indiana Dunes State Park, or at the Nature Center in case of rain.

"Indiana Dunes is a special place, what better site to present poetry?" she said in a news release. "The program explores the wonders of nature and encourages the audience to appreciate nature and poetry more. Celebrate Spring."

Greiff has performed poetry for 30 years and published the books "Remembrance, Faith and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture in Indiana" and "People, Parks, and Perceptions: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks."

She encourages attendees to bring a favorite nature-themed poem if they like.

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Then on June 9, the Indiana Writers’ Consortium, a Northwest Indiana-based creative writing group best known for its annual Steel Pen Conference, will present a daylong Writer’s Day Camp at the Gabis Arboretum in Porter County.

"Experience a recharge and restoration in writing while exploring the beautiful Gabis Arboretum between writing-intensive workshops," Gabis said in a news release. "In sessions facilitated by IWC members, attendees will focus on character, setting, plot and poetry."

Participants will tour the grounds as they move from session to session, each of which will include a presentation and time to write. They also can purchase an optional box lunch.

The Writer's Day Camp costs $29 for Gabis Arboretum or IWC, or $35 for the general public.

For information or to register, call (219) 462-0025, email ekapitan@pnw.edu or visit Taltree.org by June 2.

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