For Minnesotans who love poetry and the arts, and particularly those with a prairie eye and a fondness for the open land of the southwestern part of the state, the author and poet Bill Holm was a beacon.
Bill, who wrote and taught and read and rambled all around Minnesota and the world, died this past February, and his friends and admirers will gather at the Fitzgerald Theater this coming Tuesday night for an appreciation.
Robert Bly will be there, as will Jim Harrison, Dan Chouinard and many others.
The event, hosted by Performance Today's Fred Child, is a fundraiser for the Bill Holm fund for authors, artists and community programs.
Through the kind cooperation of former KRSW (Worthington, MN) station manager Kim Hodgson, Radio Heartland was given access to a sound portrait of Bill Holm that was created over 30 years ago. Bill's fans will recognize the charming character in this piece, intact and fully formed back in 1978 as he plays a harpsichord he built himself (there's one sticky key), reads his work and describes his home of Minneota, Minnesota.
It's a special tribute to the late Bill Holm, tonight on Radio Heartland at 7pm.