The Life and Work of Vachel Lindsay

In the heart of our country stands the home of Vachel Lindsay; poet, illustrator, and pioneering film critic. From his lifelong base of Springfield, Illinois, Lindsay traveled America, thrilling early twentieth-century audiences with his powerful spoken-word performances. In his lifetime, Lindsay rose to international fame. Today, his words continue to inspire people of all ages. Watch the film now and do not miss the incredible filmed performances of Vachel’s work below. ➜

From Storyteller Studios, with the Vachel Lindsay Association, State Historic Sites Springfield, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, The Life and Work of Vachel Lindsay is a film made for tourists and visitors to the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois that explores the eclectic and passionate story of one of America’s most notable artists. It explores his influences and upbringing in the early 1900s and brings Lindsay’s poems to life through performances by actors and Lindsay experts.

Interviewed experts include Jennifer Caldwell, David Logan, Kevin Purcell, Sheila Ryan, and Ian Winterbauer. The film was directed by Kevin Christensen, with production assistant Jared Treece, of The Storyteller Studios. The documentary was produced by Kevin Christensen, Sheila Ryan, Elizabeth Cheney, Justin Blandford, and Aasne Daniels with Executive Producer Josh Hester. Poetry performances by Aasne Daniels, James Daniels, Kevin Purcell, Jack Drea, Alina Johnson, Asher Paris, and Sterling Paris.