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Word poetry made with block wooden letters next to a pile of other letters over the wooden board surface composition. April is national poetry month. (Getty Images)

National Poetry Month, what’s in it for you

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | April 18, 2023

The month of April is dedicated to spreading awareness about the Earth, autism, stress and, less known, celebrating poetry. Whether it’s an ode, haiku, sonnet or any other style, April celebrates the history and wonder that comes from poetry all over...

Angélica Maria Aguilera posed in a multi-colored dress in front of a curved brick wall.

Angélica Maria Aguilera shares her music process, love for poetry

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | March 28, 2023

Angélica Maria Aguilera is a poet, singer, educator and master storyteller. Recently, she visited NIU where she hosted a poetry workshop and presentation. Over the past few years her work has brought her across the country, visiting over 100 college...

A photograph of 5 easy books to read during the spring semester.

5 short, easy books to read over the busy semester

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | January 18, 2022

It’s the start of a new semester meaning less time to read for personal enjoyment and more time going to classes and being active on campus. Here are five short books that won’t take up most of your busy time, but will help reach your reading goals.  “Death...

House Cafe hosts night of Disability in Song, Dance, Sign and Poetry

By Tyler Neal | October 14, 2018

Disability Awareness DeKalb is hosting a night of Disability in Song, Dance, Sign and Poetry 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway. This event is part of a broader Disability Awareness Month initiative that takes place in DeKalb...

New House owners a fresh start for venue

By Northern Star Editorial Board | November 21, 2013

The Editorial Board has high hopes for The House Cafe’s new ownership.The House, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, was purchased by Anthony Solario, Lisa Cowley and Corey Twombly in October.The House has always provided a sense of community that’s unlike that...

Instructor explores vulgarity in poems

By Shaz Sheikhali | November 6, 2013

Instructor Ryan Hibbett discussed British poet Philip Larkin’s use of vulgar language in poetry at a Tuesday event.Hibbett’s presentation, Poetry Said Fuck, was a part of the Brown Bag series. The Brown Bag series, hosted by the English department,...

Poet J. Ivy who has worked with Kanye West on the song Never Let Me Down will attend NIUs first Poetry Night.

Poet J. Ivy will attend Poetry Night this Friday

By Jerene-Elise Nall | February 28, 2011

DeKALB | Poet J. Ivy, who is known for his contribution to the Kanye West track, "Never Let Me Down," is going to be involved in the first Poetry Night of this semester from the Campus Activities Board on Friday. "I booked J. Ivy because I know on campus...

NIU alumnus returns to DeKalb with published poetry book

By Jerene-Elise Nall | November 11, 2010

DeKalb has yielded many great things, including writers. Gary McDowell, a 2003 graduate of NIU, will be reading in the Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational Church's, 615 N. First St. at 7:30 p.m on Saturday with fellow poet Chad Sweeney. Both authors...