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Name:  John Hallwas  

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Illinois Connection

Hallwas was born in Waukegan and moved to Antioch when he was five years old. He attended Western Illinois University in Macomb in Macomb, where he received both his BS and MA degrees. His Ph. D. is from the University of Florida. He was an English professor at Western Illinois University from 1970 to 2004, and he still resides in Macomb today.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Hallwas has been an Editor, Historian, Archivist and Professor. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University and has written and edited many books on Illinois, the Midwest, literature and history.During the 1980's, Dr. Hallwas wrote columns of cutural commentary forseveral Illinois newspapers. His essays have also appeard in the ''St. Louis Post-Dispatch'' and ''Des Moines Register''. In 1992 and 1993, his weekly radio program, ''Prairie State Journal'', focused on Illinois history was heard over various National Public Radio stations.He has published journal and magazine articles on more than two dozen Illinois authors. He has also written several plays about Illinois, including ''The Conflict: A Soldier's Memories of the Civil War,'' produced in May 2011 at Hainline Theatre, Western Illinois University. He currently writes a newspaper column titled "On Community" for the McDonough County Voice, in Macomb, and he speaks on Illinois historical and literary topics throughout the state.Hallwas has also edited several books. They include: *''The Vision of This Land: Studies of Vachel Lindsay, Edgar lee Masters, and Carl Sandburg'', Western Illinois University, 1976, edited with Dennis J. Reader *''The Poems of H.: The Lost Poet of Lincoln's Springfield'', The Ellis Press, 1982 *''Spoon River Anthology: An Annotated Edition'', Univ. of Illinois Press, 1992 *''Tales from Two Rivers, I-VII'', Two Rivers Arts Council, 1981-2009, co-edited with various other scholars. *''Studies in Illinois Poetry'', Stormline Press, 1989 *''The Legacy of the Mines, Memoirs of Coal Mining in Fulton County'', Spoon River College, 1993 *''Kingdom on the Mississippi revisited: Nauvoo in Mormon History'', 1996, co-edited with Roger Launius.There is a ''John Hallwas Collection'' at Western Illinois University's Malpass Library in Archives and Special Collections. It has much information about John and his various books, almost all of which are related to Illinois, and has copies of his hundreds of articles. For additional information, contact WIU Archives at: 309-298-2717.

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-- *Society for the Study of Midwestern literature's MidAmerica Award, for Distinguished Contributions to the Study of Midwestern Literature, 1994. *Hallwas was honored at the 1995 Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Authors Book Fair at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois. *John Whitmer Historical Association Award