Literary luncheon features poetry, quilts

Literary luncheon features poetry, quilts Yvonne Hollenbeck will stitch together cowboy poetry and quilt history at this year's Literary Luncheon on Wednesday, April 20 at the Vermillion Public Library.

In "Five Generations of Quilts," Hollenbeck illustrates stories of joy and hardship from five generations of her foremothers with over 30 quilts. From homesteading to the present, Hollenbeck illustrates her stories with more than a century of quilt history.

Her poetry reflects everyday experiences that arise on the range. Mostly humorous in nature, her poems sometimes take a turn toward the serious side.

A rising star in the world of cowboy poetry, Hollenbeck was the first poet to win both the Humorous and Serious Divisions in July 2003 and repeated this feat in 2004 in the Silver Buckle category for previous winners at the World's Only Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, held in conjunction with the Western Legends Roundup at Kanab, UT.

Yvonne has made four recordings of her poetry and published two books, including, Where Prairie Flowers Bloom, which won the 2003 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in Cowboy Poetry and her CD, My Home on the Range was the 2003 Western CD/Album of the Year. Copies of Hollenbeck 's books and CDs will be available for purchase.

Hollenbeck and her husband, Glen raise cattle and quarter horses on the family ranch near Clearfield. Hollenbeck is the daughter of National Champion Old-Time Fiddler Harry Hanson of Gordon, NE, and great-granddaughter of the well-known old-time cowboy and frontiersman Ben Arnold. Hollenbeck is herself a professional musician. She reins her talents towards spoiling her grandchildren, writing poetry and creating award-winning heirloom quilts.

Hollenbeck's appearance at the annual Literary Luncheon is one of the activities celebrating National Library Week at the Vermillion Public Library.

For more information about the luncheon, call the library at 677-7060 or e-mail vpl@sdln.net . For more information about Hollenbeck, visit www.yvonnehollenbeck.com .

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