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Where are you from? A short answer (like Beatrice, Nebraska) might help place you on a map, but it doesn't help convey what makes the places we're from our homes. Join poet Jennifer Fandel in an exploration of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of the landscapes that each of us call home. Homestead National Monument of America welcomes Fandel, its second Artist-in-Residence of the year, who will live and work at the monument June 2-15.

Her program will be held in the Homestead Education Center on Sunday, June 8, at 2 p.m. Participants will create their own poems using a fun and easy-to-use framework, while also exploring and drawing inspiration from the way Willa Cather brought images and feelings of home to life in her work. No poetry experience necessary. All ages are welcome and there is no registration or fee to participate. Just be ready and willing to write.

Jennifer Fandel is a poet who has also published more than 30 books of nonfiction for children. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, Measure, museum of americana, RHINO, The Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A Wisconsin native, she has lived up and down the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Louisiana. For the last four years, she has made St. Louis her home.

“Jennifer Fandel will be a great asset to the monument. Through her poetry work she can help us better interpret what ‘home’ meant to homesteaders and what it still means to us today,” said Superintendent Mark Engler.

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