06 January, 2013


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (USA) -- 6 JANUARY 2013 -- The International Men’s Day Coordination Committee has announced that Chicago, Illinois native MR. JOHN D. EVANS has been selected as the Illinois (USA) Regional Coordinator for 2013 International Men’s Day ( Mr. Evans is an educator, humanitarian, folklorist, author, and poet whose literary work, Diary of A Renaissance Man, a component of The Evans Poetry Collection was named Children's Choice 2008 by the International Reading Association, the Children's Book Council, and 10,000 schoolchildren. Mr. Evans is a member of the Poetry Society of America, The Academy of American Poets, the Illinois State Poetry Society, The Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society of Education and Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity of America, Inc. He has written several volumes of poetry, which include, but are not limited to “Acres Of Green And Oceans Of Blue,” “More Than A Club Kid,” “Things That Make My World Go ‘Round,” and “How Deep I Can Be” -- all of which are components of The Evans Poetry Collection.

In the summer of 2000, Mr. Evans published Acres Of Green And Oceans Of Blue: Diary Of A Runaway. This literary work was later followed by More Than A Club Kid: Man Versus Self (2002); Things That Make My World Go ‘Round: A Poetic Memoir (2003); How Deep I Can Be: Lessons And Confessions (2005); Diary Of A Renaissance Man: Axioms, Aphorisms, Art, and Poetry (2007); J.D.’s Groove: Poetry by John D. Evans (2008); and Between The Sun And The Shade: Thanksgiving with the Davis Family (2009); The Adventures Of Snout Series, a four-volume children’s book series (2009); From Shining Doorknobs to Sporting Diamonds: Poetry and Nuggets of Wisdom (2009) and Washin' My Hands (2013), a spoken word CD and the first audio recording of The Evans Poetry Collection, capturing over 200 years of African American poetry.

 Mr. Evans who can be contacted by e-mail at: will coordinate the participation of individuals, organizations, institutions, and communities throughout the State of Illinois in connection with the worldwide observance of 2013 International Men’s Day. International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the sacrifices that Men have made and continue to make to our families, communities, and our society. The theme for 2013 International Men’s Day is “Our Children … Our Future” – a theme that celebrates the 48 hour partnership that International Men’s Day has with Universal Children’s Day, which is celebrated on 20th November 2013 and endorsed by the United Nations.

 “Mr. Evans is a consummate professional who has a strong work ethic and a history of building effective coalitions. He served as the Illinois (USA) Coordinator for International Men’s Day in 2010 and 2011. We look forward to working with Mr. Evans and supporting him and are thrilled that he has decided to resume his leadership role for International Men’s Day as the Illinois (USA) Regional Coordinator for 2013 International Men’s Day,” remarked Diane A. Sears, United States Coordinator for 2013 International Men’s Day and a member of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee. 

Individuals, institutions, and organizations in Illinois in the United States that are interested in participating in 2013 International Men’s Day, should contact Mr. John D. Evans, the Illinois (USA) Regional Coordinator, by e-mail at:

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