Lylanne Musselman is an award winning poet, playwright, and artist. Her work has appeared in Pank, Flying Island, The Tipton Poetry Journal, Poetry Breakfast, So it Goes, Issue 3, among others, and many anthologies, including the Nancy Drew Anthology, from Silver Birch Press, released in October 2016, one that is due in late 2016: Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets, from University Professors Press, and Words and Other Wild Things, from Brick Street Poetry, Inc.  In addition, Musselman has twice been a Pushcart Nominee. She is the author of three chapbooks, with a fourth forthcoming, Weathering Under the Cat, from Finishing Line Press. She also co-authored Company of Women: New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press, 2013). Presently, she teaches writing at IUPUI, and online for Ivy Tech Community College. She is currently facilitating a writing workshop at The Church Within – Survivors to Thrivers, which tackles writing to heal from domestic violence and sexual abuse. She lives in Irvington with her two purr-fect cats, Tink and Fiyero. She recently lost her beloved third cat, Graham, to lymphoma.

Lylanne Musselman – (on writing, philosophy, happiness, and sadness):
Lylanne writes every day, even if it’s as mundane as writing a snippet in her journal about the things that transpired that day or whether she’s chasing words around the page to form an image, a metaphor, or some dialogue to put into a finished poem or play. She also feels that deep revision is the key to any writing that gets to see the light of day in the world, unless it’s that one time on a very lucky day that a poem falls out nearly perfect in one sitting.

Lylanne draws happiness from writing and helping others find their way with their own writing, and when she’s not doing that she loves being at home with cats on her lap, reading a good Vonnegut novel, or any number of volumes of poems that she owns. A good latte or a thin crust pizza doesn’t hurt either.Her sadness comes from the lack of empathy in this world. She feels it comes from the lack of reading good fiction and getting inside the characters, something she did over and over as a child. Her most recent major heartbreak was losing her beloved 11-year-old cat.

Location:
The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center in the Arts Complex foyer.