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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Job Conger  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Conger is a lifelong Springfield citizen.

Biographical and Professional Information

Job Conger is an aviation enthusiast, and freelance writer/photographer. He wrote his first poem in sixth grade and is still at it. He considers himself a journalist. Job's articles and visual arts column "Art Seen" appear regularly in ''Illinois Times'', a Springfield-based news weekly. He has published three books of poetry and a compendium of poetry, biography and more about his favorite native-son poet Vachel Lindsay. Job's poetry has been published in several "small magazines," and regularly appears at his own Web site.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Minstrel's ramble: To live and die in Springfield, Illinois
ISBN: B0006S3E0E

J.C. Conger. 1996

Springfield Aviation (Images of Aviation: Illinois)
ISBN: 0738561592

Arcadia Publishing. 2008

Citizens of Springfield first witnessed human flight, a balloon ascent, on July 5, 1858. In 1861, the capital city’s most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln, then residing in the White House, authorized the creation of the first U.S. “air force,” a balloon to observe Confederate troops. Springfield’s interface with aviation has been a steady stream of hot-and-cold-running enthusiasm since airplanes began flying from the state fair racetrack infield about 1910. Springfield Aviation chronicles that flow and concludes with photographs from Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in early 2008. It presents photographs of memorable airplanes, airships, and prominent aviators from the author’s extensive collection, augmented by contributions from Springfield Airport Authority, Lincoln Library’s Sangamon Valley Collection, and many others.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Conger speaks about the life and times of Springfield Poet, Vachel Lindsay. He also recites Lindsay's poetry as well as his own.