Events Around Indiana

There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

International Film Premier - Kurt's Karass-Dan Wakefield

Tuesday, May 21  7:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Shortridge High School
3401 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Free film premier.


Kurt’s Karass: Dan Wakefield, a 35-minute short documentary about Kurt Vonnegut Jr, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the star of the film segment, Indiana’s own Dan Wakefield.

In the film, Wakefield reminisces about Kurt, a 1940 graduate of Shortridge and editor of the school’s daily paper, The Echo. Wakefield, also an Echo writer, graduated a decade later. Wakefield traces his friendship with Kurt from his first meeting with Vonnegut in 1963 to the year before Vonnegut died.

There will be a panel discussion to follow.



As I Recall Storytelling Guild

Tuesday, May 21 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville

1 Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060

Join us for a fun evening of stories. This is your chance to share a story or memory from your life. Listeners are welcome too!



Speakeasy Presents: The Mother of All Tales
Tuesday, May 21, 8:00PM
$5 | 21+
​White Rabbit Cabaret


Our mothers birthed us, adopted us, raised us, left us, built us up or tore us down -- let's talk about it. Come to Speakeasy on May 21 to hear stories about our moms, about motherhood, or about what mothering means to us.
Doors 7, Show 8   
$5 cash at the door  Must be 21+ w/ Valid ID
Interested in telling a story?
Contact the show on Facebook - HERE



Friends of the Library Annual Meeting-Monroe County Library

Michal Koryta guest speaker
May 22, 2019 @ 5:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Monroe County Public Library

303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
This program is free and open to the public.
Doors open at 5:15 pm.



New York Times bestselling author, Michael Koryta, will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. Koryta has been heralded as a master of mystery and suspense.  Come hear about Koryta’s newest book, If She Wakes, coming out May 14. Author Raymond Fleischmann will interview Koryta to help us discover more about his writing.

Bring a friend to enjoy an engaging conversation with Michael Koryta, and to learn about all of the amazing things happening at your public library! If She Wakes will be available for sale.
Please join us for a reception and book signing at 7:15 pm after the program in Meeting Room 1B.

 

Pride Poets Attack! ft. Sylvia Thomas
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

This month's Poets Attack! format will deviate a little from our typical structure--BUT FOR A VERY EXCITING REASON.

We'll be hosting the last reading for the Indy Pride Resident Poet competition. The final three contenders from a series that begins Wednesday May 8th at VOCAB and continues into ICONOCLAST the following week on May 16th, will feature at this reading to determine who is crowned victor.

We'll also be featuring local poet Sylvia Thomas who has just released her chapbook, Divine! Join us for this wonderful event.


 
Poets 4 Unity Special Edition: Featuring Tony Brewer


Thursday, May 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Runciple Spoon Cafe and Restaurant
412 E. 6th St, Bloomington


The Poets 4 Unity monthly reading series was held from December 2016 through April 2017 in response to the 2016 presidential election outcome. The series showcased Bloomington’s diverse voices to build solidarity during those first five post-election months. Poets 4 Unity now returns to co-host with the Writers Guild at Bloomington a special edition featuring Tony Brewer, who will read from Homunculus, his most recent book of poems (Dos Madres, 2019) featured in the April 2019 issue of The Ryder Magazine. Come and enjoy a cozy after hours evening of poetry over excellent Runcible Spoon fare!
Homunculus will be available for $17.00 per copy.

The featured reading will open with Joan Hawkins and Adam Henze.

TONY BREWER is a poet, event producer, voice actor, and live sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He is Executive Director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival, and his books include: The Great American Scapegoat (self-published, 2006), Little Glove in a Big Hand (Plan B Press, 2010), Hot Type Cold Read (Chatter House Press, 2013), and Homunculus (Dos Madres Press, 2019). His work has been anthologized in And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2011), and Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite (Chatter House Press, 2017). Tony co-founded the first poetry slam in Indiana in 2001 and competed, coached, and toured with a team until 2006. He is a literary consultant, a sound effects artist, and a regular voice for Cricket’s Bone Caravan audio theatre, which has won awards from the Kansas City HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival and the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced and recorded for the lit programs Books Unbound, and The Linen of Words, on WFHB community radio; and Anthology and The Poets Weave on WFIU public radio. He was made a Kentucky Colonel in 2012, and has won numerous awards, earning national recognition for his live sound effects work. Tony has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, cemeteries, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over 10 years, and he is one-third of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods. By day, a mild-mannered book compositor at Indiana University Press, Tony also appears on the 2017 album Paris Suite, and frequently collaborates with experimental audio collective Urban Deer.



Krapf & Bonham: Bob Dylan 78th Birthday Bash
Friday, May 24,  12:15-1:10
Indy Artsgarden

free
https://indyarts.org/artsgarden

Former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf & bluesman Gordon Bonham celebrate Bob Dylan's 78th Birthday with a blues and poetry tribute. Gordon will perform Dylan songs, some originals, and back Norbert as he recites poem tributes to Dylan and some of the blues greats he loves, including Robert Johnson. This is a free event. You may eat lunch at one of the tables during the performance. Food Court is up the steps from the AG. Bring friends, relatives, etc. We always have fun performing together and want you to have fun too. Some folks even dance!



A play by Ramla Bandele
Go here for tickets:
http://www.indyfringe.org/theatre-show/fan-me-lord-0


The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
(www.artsforlawrence.org)
 
Tuesday, May 28 from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
Sterrett Center

8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – we host a monthly featured poet followed by an open reading that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month our featured poet is: Terry Kirts.

Terry Kirts is a graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, He hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis,Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.

 
Second Flight Books
https://www.facebook.com/events/787854584933585/
2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904



Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered Release Party
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM


Join us for a Murderino party to celebrate the release of Karen & Georgia's new book! We'll have true-crime trivia, giveaways, and snacks so good you'd murder for them. You'll have an opportunity to share your favorite murders with the group. We'll also have goodies for everyone who pre-orders the book (while they last!)

PRE-ORDER BOOKS HERE: https://www.bookmanager.com/scndflt/?searchtype=keyword&qs=stay+sexy+don%27t+get+murdered&qs_file=&q=h.tviewer&using_sb=status&qsb=keyword

If you don't know who we're talking about, go check out the My Favorite Murder podcast, and thank us later for the recommendation.



Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 06, 2019

Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share?  Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:  

*Advice on Writing Contests:

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.



Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.


Apply to Participate in the 2019-20 Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar

The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that brings together artists, religious leaders, religious communities, humanities experts, and a broad range of publics from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment. Directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, these textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations to members of the Central Indiana community, including religious organizations, congregations, schools, libraries, and community groups.

Go here to learn more and register.

 

Flash Fiction Contest Guest Judged by Kathy Fish

Open through the end of the month! The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review. Winners will earn a spot in Kathy Fish’s Fast Flash© online workshop. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.
Submit Today!


Go here  for the Submission Page 





MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from published authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books.

On Thursday and Friday, you can choose from 28 craft sessions according to your own interests. On Saturday, we have options for everyone!

  • If you are a published author or about-to-be-published author, you can choose Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp with Jane Friedman.
  • Sessions to hone your first 10 pages!
    • If you write fiction and nonfiction, you can choose Manuscript Makeover or Developmental Editing.
    • If you write mystery or romance, you can choose that Intensive with an award-winning instructor.
  • If you have a nonfiction book idea, you can choose Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop.





Call for Submissions/The University of New Orleans Press

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 31st. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx










Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!

August 2-3, 2019
Campus of Taylor University,
236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
of writers from beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
your writing journey.

The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
faculty page on the conference website.

Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
your choice. Housing is extra.

Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
<https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"



Wisconsin in summer sounds lovely, especially a few days at the Priory Writers Retreat with writers in residence Nickolas Butler (fiction), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), David McGlynn (memoir) and Mary Mack (comedy writing for all genres). Former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland will deliver the keynote address. The $460.00 price includes three-nights private lodging, all meals, drinks, workshop, instruction, a private concert with the Eggplant Heroes, transport and ticket to a reading in our region's newest art center, the Pablo Center. Check it out!
All info is available at:
http://www.cvwritersguild.org/2019retreat



The Indianapolis Review
is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu.

https://theindianapolisreview.com/

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Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

Go here to learn more and submit




 
Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

Call for submissions:

 Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/





    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.

    Go here for all the submission details: 
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: March, April, and May 2019

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  

     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 06, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/


    Spoken Word Series at Bears
    Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington
    Featuring Jason Ammerman (poetry),  David O’Nan (poetry),   Hiromi Yoshida (poetry)
    and music by Kyle Quass Quartet (conduction ensemble)
    plus and open mic
    $5 suggested donation
    Go here for the reader's bios


    Divine by Sylvia Thomas Chapbook Release Reception
    Wednesday, May 1 at 6 PM – 8 PM
    Tube Factory artspace

    1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

    Sylvia Thomas is releasing her first chapbook into the world, DIVINE! Please join us as we celebrate her book release! This will be the the first release party where people can buy the chapbook! There will be performances by incredible poets, a reading of the chapbook, and available autographed copies of DIVINE.

    Book Description:DIVINE (written by Sylvia Thomas, foreword and edited by Elle Roberts) is a series of poems reflected on my experiences with sex, religion, love, divinity, and my trans body. In order to heal my spirit, faith, and womanhood from the violence I have experienced, my own self-love became my religion.

    Sylvia Thomas is an international spoken word artist. She shares her experience as a plus-size, queer, multicultural, transgender woman through her poetry. She is an award winning advocate for transgender rights. Sylvia's work as an artist is focused on restorative justice and community empowerment. In her full-time work, Sylvia works at Step Up Inc. in Indianapolis as a Medical Case Manager for people living with HIV/AIDS. After performing poetry for 3 years, she is releasing her first chapbook!

    I would be honored for you to celebrate with us!
    Please invite friends! Chapbooks will be $15!



    MOKB Presents


    Neil Hilborn w/ Special Guests
    Thursday, May 2nd @ Fountain Square Theatre Building
    Doors 7PM / Show 8PM

    All shows 21+

    Advance: $22
    Day of Show: $24
    Get Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neil-hilborn-fountain-square-theatre-tickets-56747223473

    More info at http://www.mokbpresents.com/. Have a question? Email us at natalie@mokbpresents.com!

     

    Neil Hilborn is a bestselling author and, with over 150 million views to his credit, he is the most-watched poet ever. He has performed in 40 states and 8 countries, and in 2016 alone he traveled more than 100,000 miles to perform poetry. Originally from Houston, Texas, he now lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing.

     

    Conversation & Panel
    Thursday, May 2 at 6:00pm
    Central Library

    40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204


    The Kheprw Institute is launching a new initiative, Café Creative. We’ll be talking to a panel of writers about the work they’ve been doing around the country in their communities. This will be followed by a networking time for artists and those interested in the work.

    PANELISTS
    Sheree Renee Thomas
    Author of Sleeping Under the Tree of Life
    Editor of  Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative from the African Diaspora

    Troy Wiggins
    Author and Editor of Fiyah Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction

    Bill Campbell
    Author: Sunshine Patriots/Publisher: Rosarium Publishing

    Rev. Mike Mather
    Pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church
    Author of Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places

    Moderated by:
    Maurice Broaddus and Stacia Murphy
    Join us for a conversation and reception where we can come together and dream about possibilities.

    Reception & Networking
    8:00pm
    Kheprw Institute

    3549 Boulevard Place. Indianapolis, IN 46208
    Brought to you by the Kheprw Institute, Mo*Con, The Build, Center for Black Literature & Culture, The Indianapolis Public Library and Afrofuture Friday



    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    Featuring a reading by Jason L. Ammerman
    Thursday, May 2 at 7pm
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville
    An open mic will follow at the free event.



    Meet Jason L. Ammerman, one of the established voices on Indy's poetry stages. His performance is in support of his spoken word CD, Revival, released in November 2018 through Spoken Mix Records.

    Avian Suite Debut
    Saturday, May 4 at 4pm
    Prophetstown State Park

    5545 Swisher Rd, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

    Brick Street Poetry will debut a new musical/poetry composition at Prophetstown State Park on May 4. Enjoy the view from the deck overlooking the park's prairie and enjoy the sounds of the poetry and music of this piece, Avian Suite, for flute and percussion. The parks avian residents will surely be there to join in as we celebrate their lives in poetry and music. The performance is free with park admission thanks to an Indiana Arts Commission Arts in the Park grant.



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202


    Jamie Collins reading "I Am Jessica: A Survivor's Powerful Story of Healing and Hope"
    Saturday, May 4, 7pm – 9pm
    Come meet Jessi, the survivor of the "Pelley" quadruple murders that shook the community of Lakeville, Indiana, 30 years ago, and her cousin, Jamie Collins, who wrote the riveting memoir to tell her powerful and deeply disturbing story of tragedy, trauma, healing, and hope.

    Jessi was the little girl who returned from a sleepover to find her home surrounded by crime scene tape and police cars everywhere. She was told that her entire family was murdered. Jessica was the broken little girl left behind to tell this story. Three decades later, she is now the remarkable woman who is rising to tell it.

    Be the first to not only read this compelling book, but to own a double-signed copy! Jessi & Jamie would love to chat with you and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please join us in officially welcoming Jessi "home."

    www.iamjessicabook.com
    https://www.facebook.com/iamjessicabook/



    Kelly McGlone and Elizabeth McGlone reading "The Lonely Bat"
    Sunday, May 5,  12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Free tickets are available at Eventbrite
     
    "The Lonely Bat" is a short story which teaches children important lessons about friendship and acceptance. Gregory, the lonely bat, will inspire kids to develop empathy for others and hopefully, give them curiosity to learn more about bats. Available in Preschool and Elementary Editions.

    Elizabeth and Kelly McGlone are both the authors and illustrators of these books. They are very passionate about reading and teaching children to reach for the stars. This is the first book event for their first book!



    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/

    First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
    Sunday,May 5,  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington, IN

    The featured readers are: Ray Zdonek and Dennis McCarty
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!


    Vocab: Releases and prelim for Indy Pride Poetry Resident
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
    The White Rabbit Cabaret

    1116 Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

    Join VOCAB, Iconoclast, and Indy Pride as we band together to hunt for Indianapolis' very first Pride Poetry Resident. Kicking off as a portion of VOCAB's renowned open mic event, this series will take the form of a literary death match tournament. Anyone interested in competing must perform at VOCAB's open mic to be considered by a panel of judges and advance to the next round. Those selected to move on must appear again before judges at Iconoclast's event Thursday, May 16th. When our final few are chosen, they'll face each other one last time at a curated reading, no open mic, where each will feature for 15 minutes. This is when YOU, the audience will pick our winner! Follow along with each event and meet some of Indianapolis' premier poetry community at two of the best open mics in the city. Or if you dare, COMPETE for your shot at the title, The 2019 Poetry Resident of Indy Pride.

    We are excited to be apart of the journey of so many artists in Indianapolis. This month's show will be featuring the latest releases from some of our favorite artists.

    Sylvia Thomas with the release of DIVINE (written by Sylvia Thomas, foreword and edited by Elle Roberts) is a series of poems reflected on my experiences with sex, religion, love, divinity, and my trans body. In order to heal my spirit, faith, and womanhood from the violence I have experienced, my own self-love became my religion



    Vonnegut on Stage
    War, technology and Unintended Consequences


    Friday, May 10 at 3 pm
    Saturday, May 11 at 6:30 pm
    At the Ivy Tech Waldron
    122 S Walnut St,, Bloomington, IN
    Tickets $10, available now

    Cardinal Stage presents an evening of dramatic adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut’s short stories from Welcome to the Monkey House in partnership with the 2019 Franfalloon Festival presented by the IU Arts & Humanities Council.  Staged readings will include “Epicac” (adapted by Vonnegut) and “Report on the Barnhouse Effect” (adapted by Claris A. Ross for NBC radio), which speak to Vonnegut’s wariness of the military industrial complex and the unintended consequences of technological advancement.

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 12, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

    Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share?  Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:  

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

    When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.



    Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.



     
     
    FINAL DAY TO ENTER: Short Fiction Prize
     
    Today is the final day to enter the 2019 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize. Send us your original fiction under 5,000 words. The winner will be selected by guest judge Elizabeth McCracken, receive $2000, and a subscription to Journal of the Month. Runners up receive $500 and $300. Entries are open until 12 midnight PST. Submit below!
     
    SUBMIT NOW





    Guests of Honor
    Award-Winning Authors, Editors, Agents, Publishers, and You!

                                             
    Sheree Renée Thomas       Diana M. Pho                      Bill Campbell
    Author                                      Editor                                   Publisher
                                               
    Jennifer Udden                  Troy L. Wiggins                   Jason Sizemore   

    Agent                                     Author                                   Publisher

    Go here for all the details and to register



    Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Prepare. Pitch. Publish.

    Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. You will have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

    We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our new Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.




    MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from published authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books.

    On Thursday and Friday, you can choose from 28 craft sessions according to your own interests. On Saturday, we have options for everyone!

    • If you are a published author or about-to-be-published author, you can choose Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp with Jane Friedman.
    • Sessions to hone your first 10 pages!
      • If you write fiction and nonfiction, you can choose Manuscript Makeover or Developmental Editing.
      • If you write mystery or romance, you can choose that Intensive with an award-winning instructor.
    • If you have a nonfiction book idea, you can choose Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop.



     


    Go here  for the Submission Page 




    Apply to Participate in the 2019-20 Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar

    The Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Program (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute that brings together artists, religious leaders, religious communities, humanities experts, and a broad range of publics from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives for sustained study, analysis, and discussion of religious texts in a classroom environment. Directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, these textual discussions, which explore the varieties of religious experience and understanding, provide the inspiration for creating new artistic works (e.g. music, poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, dance). Artists share their creations through exhibitions and presentations to members of the Central Indiana community, including religious organizations, congregations, schools, libraries, and community groups.

    Go here to learn more and register.

     



    Call for Submissions/The University of New Orleans Press

    The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 31st. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx














    Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!

    August 2-3, 2019
    Campus of Taylor University,
    236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

    Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
    of writers from beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
    explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
    paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
    be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
    your writing journey.

    The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
    Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
    General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
    Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
    media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
    faculty page on the conference website.

    Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
    lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
    your choice. Housing is extra.

    Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
    register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
    <https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
    questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"



    Wisconsin in summer sounds lovely, especially a few days at the Priory Writers Retreat with writers in residence Nickolas Butler (fiction), Dasha Kelly Hamilton (poetry), David McGlynn (memoir) and Mary Mack (comedy writing for all genres). Former Wisconsin poet laureate Max Garland will deliver the keynote address. The $460.00 price includes three-nights private lodging, all meals, drinks, workshop, instruction, a private concert with the Eggplant Heroes, transport and ticket to a reading in our region's newest art center, the Pablo Center. Check it out!
    All info is available at:
    http://www.cvwritersguild.org/2019retreat



    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu.

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/

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    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

    Go here to learn more and submit




     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/





    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.

    Go here for all the submission details: 
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: March, April, and May 2019

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  

     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 02, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    Undocumented: Poems of Social Justice, featuring Indiana Poets

    Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
    Indiana Writers Center
    1125 E. Brookside Ave., Ste. B25,
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Featuring four former Indiana poet laureates reading their work from poets the anthology UNDOCUMENTED: GREAT LAKES POETS LAUREATE ON SOCIAL JUSTICE, edited by Ron Riekki and Andrea Scarpino: Shari Wagner, Karen Kovacik, Norbert Krapf, and George Kalamaras, plus other selected poems to be read by guest readers.
    Free!

         
    Sponsored by PEN America and the Indiana Writers Center



    Brick Street Poetry at the Indianapolis Artsgarden
    Twelve outstanding Indiana poets will share their work with audiences at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on four Mondays in April in honor of National Poetry Month.

    Join us (12pm) at the Indianapolis Artsgarden to hear works from:

    April 15: Dan Carpenter, Jessica Thompson and David Shumate

    April 22: Mary Sexson, Rosemary Freedman and Lylanne Musselman

    Poets who would like to share their poems during the program can stop by the College Avenue library, phone 317 275 4322, or e-mail at sbahler@indypl.org to pre-register.
    (Registration is not required if people simply want to attend the event.)



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave

    Doug Walsh reading from "Tailwinds Past Florence"
    Friday, April 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


    Tailwinds Past Florence is a road-tripping love story with a time travel twist, inspired by the two years the author spent cycling around the world.

    Doug Walsh was born in New Jersey and now writes from the Snoqualmie Valley in Washington state. A longtime author of video game strategy guides for Brady Games, Tailwinds Past Florence marks his debut into fiction. The novel was inspired by his round-the-world bicycle travels.
    www.dougwalsh.com
    https://www.facebook.com/DougWalsh.Author/
    https://www.instagram.com/dougwalshwrites/
    https://twitter.com/doug_walsh75

     

    Big Read: True Grit Kickoff Event
    April 13 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
    500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204    

    Join us for a day of Western-themed family programming inspired by the book True Grit. Families can expect to enjoy chuck wagon grub, meet and learn about Cameo the horse and her cowboy Paul, hear stories of real western heroes such as Nat Love and Stagecoach Mary, play western games, get creative with hands-on art activities and don’t forget to snag a pic with John Wayne.

    1 p.m. – Hear from Jay Jennings, author of Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany, who will provide insight from his 30-year relationship into the life of Charles Portis, author of True Grit. A book signing will follow.

    Cost:
    Eiteljorg members – Free
    Non-members/General Public – Program included with admission to the museum



    Nandi Comer: American Family: A Syndrome Reading
    With Manon Voice and Lydia Johnson
    Saturday, April 13 at 7 PM – 9 PM
    Future Friends Holographic Magic Club

    1043 Virginia Ave Suite 213, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

    Nandi Comer is the author of the chapbook, American Family: A Syndrome on Finishing on Line Press. Her first full length about Mexican wrestling, Tapping Out will be out next year on Northwestern University Press. She’s had poems published Crab Orchard Review, Blue Shift Journal, and The Offing. In 2016 she was named a Write A House fellow but she’d like everyone to know the house was never awarded so please don’t ask her about a house. She is originally from Detroit.

    Free but donations for poets encouraged.
    Nandi will also have chapbooks for sale.


    Storytelling Arts of Indiana
    https://storytellingarts.org/event/annual-fundraiser-featuring-kevin-kling/?instance_id=304


    Talk of the Town featuring Kevin Kling telling the Best Summer Ever
    Saturday, April 13 at 07:00-10:00 pm
    Indiana History Center

    450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
    Tickets: $35-$50  

    Kevin is perhaps best known for his role on NPR’s All Things Considered.  He is also well known for his stage performances such as Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log.  He is also an accomplished author and playwright, and has five published books.  He has received numerous accolades and endowments, Including The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and many more.


    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Andre AcimanAndré Aciman
    Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 PM
    Atherton Union, Reilly Room

    Harvard Square (2013), Eight White Nights (2010), and Call Me by Your Name (2007), the memoir Out of Egypt (1994), and the essay collections Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere (2011) and False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory (2000). He also coauthored and edited The Proust Project and Letters of Transit (2004).

    His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, Granta Magazine, and the Paris Review, as well as in several volumes of The Best American Essays. He has won a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

    Aciman earned his Ph.D. and A.M. in comparative literature from Harvard University and a B.A. in English and comparative literature from Lehman College. Aciman is currently Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of City University in New York. Previously he taught creative writing at New York University and French literature at Princeton University and Bard College.

    Although his specialty is in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English, French, and Italian literature, he is especially interested in the theory of the psychological novel (roman d’analyse) across boundaries and eras. In addition to the history of literary theory, he teaches the work of Marcel Proust and the literature of memory and exile.

    His novel Call Me by Your Name won the 2007 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction and was released as a film which won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay in 2018.

     


    Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
    Central Library - IndyPL

    40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

    HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH FAMILY!  We're back this month with another beautiful edition of TPOM! We call this one "Poetry & Prose" as we UPLIFT and CELEBRATE the craft of Poetry, Spoken Word, and Hip-Hop!

    We're excited to bring BACK one of our favorite Sistars to FEATURE this month! Representing the city of Chicago will be none other than International Spoken Word Artist and Author, K-LOVE THE POET!  We're also excited to FEATURE one of Indy's FINEST - Visual Artist and Live Painter, MECHI SHAKUR!
    Hosted By Mariah Ivey!
    Live Music Provided By TribeSouL AND SlickVic the DJ!

    Open Mic List Sign Ups start at 7PM (first come, first serve)!
    Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm
    Cover $7 (cash)



    NEA Big Read True Grit: Saloon Night
    https://www.facebook.com/events/301121760760750/

    Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

    500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

    Don your favorite western duds and learn about the colorful origins of real saloon drinks with James Nottage, vice president and chief curatorial officer emeritus. Enjoy cocktail samples created by Hotel Tango bartenders and learn how old recipes are updated for today’s discerning palates. Enjoy poetry shared by local poets, inspired by surprising original saloon drink names, then get to know your table mates as you come up with your own poem to share. Recipes will be available so you can experiment with cocktails at home.
    **Event is 21+**
    Tickets by Eventbrite


    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/events/295948061079226/
    2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904


    Author Annie Ward Reading from Beautiful Bad
    Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM


    Join author Annie Ward as she reads from her new thriller Beautiful Bad (A staff favorite!).
    In the tradition of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes the psychological thriller everyone is talking about, a twisted novel about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.

    She'll sign copies following the reading.

    Annie Ward has a BA in English Literature from UCLA and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starring Adam Scott was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship and An Escape to Create Artists residency. She lives in Kansas with her family.

     

    MOKB Presents

    Neil Hilborn w/ Special Guests
    Thursday, May 2nd @ Fountain Square Theatre Building
    Doors 7PM / Show 8PM

    All shows 21+

    Advance: $22
    Day of Show: $24
    Get Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neil-hilborn-fountain-square-theatre-tickets-56747223473

    More info at http://www.mokbpresents.com/. Have a question? Email us at natalie@mokbpresents.com!

     

    Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 02, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, March 26 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Sterrett Center

    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)


    Join us for our monthly featured author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month we are Honoring Mary OliverTo celebrate the life and work of much loved poet Mary Oliver, Liza Hyatt, monthly host of Poet’s Laureate of Lawrence, will share a selection of favorite Oliver poems.  In the open mic portion of this evening, all attending are invited to share their favorite Oliver poem, or poems inspired by and responding to her.


    The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI
    https://www.facebook.com/The-Rufus-Louise-Reiberg-Reading-Series-at-IUPUI-187997164587825/

    Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30– 9 PM
    Indianapolis Athenaeum

    401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    Free Tickets by Eventbrite

    What are the effects of poetry and music on the mind and the body? Where do art and medicine meet? Join us for a conversation with Adrian Matejka, Nate Marshall, and Eileen Misluk about Poetry, Music & Mind.

    Adrien Matejka is a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet who teaches at Indiana University Bloomington and is Poet Laureate of Indiana. His most recent book is Map to the Stars (Penguin, 2017).

    Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh, 2015) and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket, 2015). He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than a Bomb and has been featured on the HBO original series Brave New Voices. He lives on the South Side of Chicago.

    Eileen Misluk is Director of Art Therapy and Assistant Clinical Professor at Herron School of Art + Design, IUPUI. She is a registered and board certified art therapist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed mental health counselor.

    This event is part of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute’s Entanglements Series which puts scientists, social scientists, humanists, and artists in conversation with the audience to ask questions that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

    Poetry, Music, & Mind is co-presented with the Department of English at IUPUI and the Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI. Support for this event comes from the Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant program.

    Thursday, March 28, at 7pm in the Damenverein Room of the Athenaeum.

    Come join us as IUPUI students and community members perform their original poetry, short stories, essays, and songs. Meet fellow writers and artists and join in audience participation games to win fun prizes. Step up to the mic and share your own creative works.

    Established in 1999, the IUPUI Student Readings are sponsored by IUPUI's Creative Writing Program and are free and open to all. Please contact us at least one week before each reading to be a featured reader. Open-mic spaces are limited and cannot be guaranteed on the night of the reading.
    Contact Terry Kirts to be a featured reader at
    tkirts@iu.edu.

    Penrod Lecture: Robert Edsel

    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
    Ruth Lilly Performance Hall

    Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
    1400 East Hanna Avenue, University of Indianapolis Campus, Indianapolis, IN 46227

    Free, register here.

    Robert M. Edsel is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the non-fiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci, The Monuments Men and Saving Italy.

    The lecture, titled, “The Monuments Men: Anthropological Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” describes the race against time as a special force of museum curators, art historians and architects from fourteen countries scoured Europe looking for works of art that Nazi forces had confiscated from private citizens and museums.

    One of Edsel’s goals is to expand awareness of “who the Monuments men and women were and what their roles were during World War II, and the truly epic achievements they had during the most destructive conflict in history,” he explained.

     
    The Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/

    Andy Hubbard Reading
    Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    The Venue
    114 S. Grant St, Bloomington

    His current books are available from Amazon or from the author.
    Things That Get You (2014)
    The Divining Rod (2016)
    Meeting the Moon Halfway (2018)

    Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
    Sunday, March 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Monroe Country Convention Center,
    Rogers room
    302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403

    Writer Guest Readers are  Alex Chambers and LuAnne Holladay
    Followed by an Open Mic
    It’s all free!

    Alex Chambers is the author of Bindings, a collection of poems forthcoming this summer from Pickpocket Books. His radio stories appear on Earth Eats, out of WFIU, and his poems and essays in Gulf Coast,Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. He teaches American Studies and breadbaking.

    LuAnne Holladay writes poetry — and other stuff — to help her make sense of the wonder and worry of the world. She tries to pay attention to things, and writing helps her do that.

    Indiana University Presents


    Valeria Luiselli Reading
    Thursday, March 28  7:30-9:30 pm
    Buskirk Chumley Theater

    114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

    Valeria Luiselli is an award-winning Mexican novelist and nonfiction writer. She will present a public reading and give a talk, as part of IU’s Mexico Remixed series.   

    Free and open to the public but you need tickets: https://www.visitbloomington.com/event/mexico-remixed-presents%3A-valeria-luiselli/40882/
     


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave

    InConJunction presents The Works of Kilgore Trout
    Sunday, March 31, 2–4pm

    In excerpts from Kurt Vonnegut's works, we get to know the mind of his alter ego, Kilgore Trout, the greatest science fiction author who never lived!

    This event is hosted by InConJunction, the local fan-run sci-fi and fantasy convention (July 5-7), presented by the Circle of Janus SF/F fan club for the 39th year. The convention regularly donates to literacy causes, including to Indy Reads Books in recent years. This year's beneficiaries are Indy Reads and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

    John L. Belden, 2019 convention chair, will host the reading.
    www.inconjunction.org



    Brick Street Poetry at the Indianapolis Artsgarden
    Twelve outstanding Indiana poets will share their work with audiences at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on four Mondays in April in honor of National Poetry Month.

    Join us (12pm) at the Indianapolis Artsgarden to hear works from:

    April 1: Tracy Mishkin and Kyle Hunter

    April 8: Liza Hyatt, Thomas Alan Orr and Shari Wagner

    April 15: Dan Carpenter, Jessica Thompson and David Shumate

    April 22: Mary Sexson, Rosemary Freedman and Lylanne Musselman


    Poetry on Brick Street

    Presenting Kevin Mckelvey reading from his book "Wilderness Dream Poems"

    Thursday, April 4  7:00-8:30pm
    Sullivan Munce Cultural Center
    in Zionsville
    225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, Indiana 46077

    Kevin McKelvey is a place-based writer, poet, designer, and social practice artist. His poetry book, Dream Wilderness, was published last year, and another book, Indiana Nocturnes, written with Curtis Crisler, will be published this year. He is at work on a novel and regularly completes workshops, art installations, and placemaking projects around Indiana. At the University of Indianapolis, he serves as Associate Professor in the English Department and as director of the university's Masters in Social Practice of Art program. McKelvey grew up on the edge of a cornfield near Lebanon, Indiana, and attended DePauw University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Eula Biss in Conversation on "Writing as Life's Purpose"
    Thursday, April 4, 7:30 PM
    Atherton Union, Reilly Room

    Co-sponsored with Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation, we're pleased to present a candid conversation with Eula Biss about her personal journey to writing as vocation which fosters public dialogue on race, resistance, culture and identity. Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation (2014), named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and chosen by Mark Zuckerberg for Facebook’s Year of Books; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays (2009), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists (2002). 

    A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity, Notes from No Man’s Land was described by Salon as “the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the 21st century. It provokes, troubles, charms, challenges, and occasionally hectors the reader, and it raises more questions than it answers. It is strident and brave in its unwillingness to offer comfort, and, unlike all but a handful of the best books I have ever read, it is unimpeachably great.”

    Biss’ work has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as by a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and teaches writing at Northwestern University. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The BelieverGulf CoastDenver QuarterlyThird Coast, The New York Times Magazine, and Harper’s.


    Purdue University/Department of English
    https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradstudies/creativewriting/series.html

    Visiting Writers Reading Series with Tommy Orange reading from his fiction.  
    Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm

    PHYS 112/Purdue Campus

    Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.  

     
    Drop a Line - Evansville Open Mic Night
    by Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville

    Monday, April 8, 7:00–8:30 PM CDT
    COWORK EVANSVILLE

    318 Main Street, Evansville, IN 47708

    Join the Writers of Central Florida or Thereabouts as they continue their award-winning - and losing - literary Open Mic series in Evansville, Indiana for writers, authors, storytellers, poets, filmmakers, musicians, bloggers, and aspiring circus clowns. Please, no mimes.

    Hosted within Cowork Evansville, this event will be emceed by Erik Deckers, professional writer, content marketer, newspaper humor columnist, book author, and smartass. He also knows words that rhyme with 'purple' and 'orange,' which he promises to share. (And no, "door hinge" is not one of them.)

    Newbies or seasoned veterans welcome
    Please keep it to a maximum of 6 to 8 minutes or about 1,000 words
    Showcase your work and have fun

    A sign-up sheet is available when you walk in starting at 7:00 PM. Or you can simply sit back and enjoy the evening. Coffee will be available.
    The show starts at 7:30 PM.

    MOKB Presents

    Neil Hilborn w/ Special Guests
    Thursday, May 2nd @ Fountain Square Theatre Building
    Doors 7PM / Show 8PM

    All shows 21+

    Advance: $22
    Day of Show: $24
    Get Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neil-hilborn-fountain-square-theatre-tickets-56747223473

    More info at http://www.mokbpresents.com/. Have a question? Email us at natalie@mokbpresents.com!

     

    Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 05, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

    Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share?  Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:  

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

    When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.



    Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.



    Go here for all the details and to submit.  Deadline was extended to April 1st.




    Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Prepare. Pitch. Publish.

    Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. You will have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

    We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our new Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.



    MWW19 will allow you to connect with fellow writers and gain insight from published authors who will help you move forward in your writing career, regardless of whether you’re currently a beginner or a veteran of several books.

    On Thursday and Friday, you can choose from 28 craft sessions according to your own interests. On Saturday, we have options for everyone!

    • If you are a published author or about-to-be-published author, you can choose Author Platform and Career Development Bootcamp with Jane Friedman.
    • Sessions to hone your first 10 pages!
      • If you write fiction and nonfiction, you can choose Manuscript Makeover or Developmental Editing.
      • If you write mystery or romance, you can choose that Intensive with an award-winning instructor.
    • If you have a nonfiction book idea, you can choose Nonfiction Book Proposal Workshop.




     

    Go here  for the Submission Page 
     



    Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!

    August 2-3, 2019
    Campus of Taylor University, 236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

    Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
    of writers—beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
    explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
    paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
    be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
    your writing journey.

    The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
    Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
    General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
    Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
    media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
    faculty page on the conference website.

    Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
    lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
    your choice. Housing is extra.

    Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
    register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
    <https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
    questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"

     



    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu.

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/

    .

     

    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

    Go here to learn more and submit





     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.

    Go here for all the submission details: 
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/


     

    Where to Submit: March, April, and May 2019

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  

     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 05, 2019

    Only Witness, A Benefit for the Indiana Writers Center featuring Jim Powell



    Only Witness

    A Benefit for the Indiana Writers Center featuring Jim Powell,
    with an introduction by Dan Wakefield

    Friday, March 8th    6-8 p.m.
    Schwitzer Gallery of the Circle City Industrial Complex
    1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202


    Join us to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Indiana Writers Center with the launch of Only Witness, a collection of short stories by its founder, Jim Powell. We’ll share drinks and hors d’oeuvres, then listen to Jim read a short selection from the book. Signing will follow.  Live music for the evening provided by Nick Ivanovich.

    Go here for Location and Directions.

    The event benefits the IWC.   


    Jim Powell
    founded the Writers’ Center of Indianapolis (now the Indiana Writers Center) in 1979 as part of Free University, and served as its director for twenty years. He taught composition and creative writing at IUPUI. The author of more than seventy stories, Powell was the recipient of a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He holds an MFA from Bowling State University.

    $35- individual (includes a copy of Only Witness)
    $50- couple (includes 1 copy of Only Witness)

    Go here to register for this event.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 08, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

    There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

    Only Witness,
    A Benefit for the Indiana Writers Center featuring Jim Powell, with an introduction by Dan Wakefield

    Join us on Friday, March 8 from 6-8 PM to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Indiana Writers Center with the launch of Only Witness, a collection of short stories by its founder, Jim Powell. We’ll share drinks and hors d’oeuvres, then listen to Jim read a short selection from the book. Signing will follow. Go here for all the details.

     






    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, February 26 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Sterrett Center

    8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
    (Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)
     
    Join us for our monthly featured author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured poet is Mary Sexson.


    Mary Sexson, nominated for a Best Books of Indiana award in 2005, and co-author of Company of Women, New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press). Her poems have appeared in Flying Island, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Verse News, and Hoosier Lit Literary Magazine, among others, and in several anthologies, including The Globetrotter’s Companion (UK, 2011), Reckless Writing (2013), A Few Good Words (2013), The Best of Flying Island (2015), and Words and Other Wild Things (2016). She was recently a part of the DaVinci Project, and her poetry is part of a year-long installation at the Prophetstown State Park in Indiana.   She has upcoming work in Flying Island in January 2019. Find her at Poetry Sisters, on Facebook.


    Indy Reads Books
    http://www.indyreadsbooks.org/events/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

    Robert Moss reading Mysterious Realities
    Tuesday February 26, 5:30-7:00PM


    Sigmund Freud called dreams the "Royal Road to the unconscious," but to bestselling author and world-renowned dream explorer, Robert Moss, they are more: portals to the imaginal realm, a higher reality that exists at the intersection of time and eternity.The traveler's tales in this book are just-so stories in the sense that they spring from direct experience in the many worlds. As you journey from the temple of the Great Goddess at Ephesus to an amazing chance encounter on an airplane, from Dracula country in Transylvania to the astral realm of Luna, you'll confirm that the doors to the other Other-world open from wherever you are.
    Read more about Robert Moss at: http://mossdreams.com


    Saturday, March 2 at 4–5PM
    Join Kristin at Indy Reads Books for a reading from Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin. You’ll also hear a few poems from the forthcoming Each Darkness Inside.

    Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin is a poetry chapbook of a granddaughter's memories woven with narrative drawn from the final years of her grandmother's life.

    Read more about Kristin and her work:
    https://www.kristinbrace.com/


    Irvington Vinyl & Books
    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis IN 46219

    Poets Attack ft Curtis Crisler, Allyson Horton, and & more!
    Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00-8:30PM


    Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

    Go here to get all the details.

    Poetry Open Mic at the Irving Theater

    Thursday, February 28 (and every Thursday)
    7:30pm to 9:30pm

    free
    [LOCAL POETS] [ORIGINAL POETRY] [COME READ OR LISTEN]
    A completely nonjudgmental and safe space to share poetry held every Thursday at the Irving Theater. Come enjoy original poetry and readings from local and regional artists.

    More information at http://www.attheirving.com





    The Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/


    First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
    Sunday, March 3 @ 1:00–2:45 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington, IN
    (Parking in back and also free in t
    he Jordan Lot if there’s not a special event)
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
    With guest readers Kalynn Brower, Lisa Kwong, and Shana Ritter

    Kalynn Brower is a multi-media storyteller and educator. Her YA series chronicling the Bosque Family Adventures to Blue Grannus and Green Terra is a delight.  As is the show she’s currently hosting on WFHB, Eco Report.  She’s an eco-warrior and a feminist, the producer of the wonderful Stardust and Moonbeams. And a smart, witty presence in public school classrooms, where she shares her passion and her work.

    Lisa Kwong is an AppalAsian writer in the Midwest, where she currently teaches courses in Asian American Studies and English at Indiana University. Her poems and essays are forthcoming or have appeared in A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Best New Poets 2014, the minnesota review, Banango Street, Pluck!, and other journals. Her honors include poetry scholarships and fellowships from Indiana University, The Frost Place, and Sundress Academy for the Arts, where she was the 2017 Appalachian Writer-in-Residence. Lisa will be the keynote speaker at the 17th annual Vietnamese Interacting As One (VIA-1) Conference, hosted by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations-Midwest at IU on March 22-24. She will debut a preliminary version of her keynote at this reading.

    Shana Ritter’s  poetry and short stories have appeared in Lilith, Fifth Wednesday, Georgetown Review and others. Her chapbook, Stairs of Separation, is available from Finishing Line Press. Her new novel set in Spain in 1492 will be released this month.  Shana has been a recipient of the Indiana Individual Artist Grant multiple times.

    Spoken Word Series
    Wednesday, March 6, 6:00–9:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E Third St, Bloomington
    Featured readers:Charles Culp,  Patsy Rahn,  Paul Smedberg, with musical guest Calib Lail
    Plus an Open Mic/$5 cover

    Charles Culp was born and raised in a town called Vincennes. After receiving his degree in Education from Indiana University in 2008, he joined Americorps. Since then he has been an advocate for non-profits and community education in Colorado, Tennessee, and now in his home state of Indiana. He is passionate about making a lasting connection with readers, and he believes every person has an opportunity to grow and thrive as they discover their passions through the never-ending, formative years of our lives.

    Patsy Rahn‘s poetry and prose have been published in various journals and anthologies. Her book of poetry The Grainy Wet Soul is available through online booksellers. For more information visit her website at https://patsyrahn.com

    She worked for many years as an actress in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles and has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Bloomington. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington.

    Paul Smedberg was born early in life and, over the years, inflated to his present size and age. He enjoys long walks on imaginary beaches, getting imaginary sand in his inexpensive street shoes. Blissfully married with three hominid spawn, Paul came to Bloomington so long ago that pterodactyls could be seen lazily circling the courthouse dome. He did some higher ed at the local land grant and then founded and crashed a number of small businesses in a never ending quest to avoid real work. His first volume of poetry, “Event Horizon” was self-published in the late Cenozoic era.


    University of Notre Dame Creative Writing
    https://english.nd.edu/events/2019/03/06/creative-writing-reading-series-ft-sarah-chavez/

    Presents Sarah Chavez
    Wednesday, March 6, 7:30-9:00PM
    Hammes Bookstore


    Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014), selections of which were awarded the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship.  Her manuscript, This, Like So Much, was an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest and she was named one of the 2016 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) by LatinoStories.com.  Chavez holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies Xicanz: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands as well as the journals Brevity, North American Review, VIDA, Pretty Owl Poetry, Atticus Review, and The Fourth River Tributaries Series, among others.  She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses.  She serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Amherst.


    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    Thursday, March 7 at 7–8:30 PM
    Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville
    225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, Indiana 46077

    Norbert Krapf returns to the Poetry On Brick Street microphone to share poems from his latest book. whether you are a grandparent or remember fondly being a grandchild you'll enjoy this poetic celebration of life.

    “Thinking about this happy come-together of grandfather and grandson in these tender, personal poems, I was struck by the reality in this grim world: Very few children in the world get this intense kind of attention and devotion. How lucky we are to write and read poetry like this! To have the benefit of leisure and understanding! To have the right words for this closeness and affection. To have the chance of documenting these precious times that pass so quickly and irretrievably.” Helmut Haberkamm, poet & playwright.


    The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI
    https://www.facebook.com/events/299081497421051/

    International Women's Day + Dark / / Salt Sisters Tour
    Thursday, March 7 at 7:30–9 PM
    IUPUI University Library

    755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Join us for an International Women's Day celebration featuring Dark / / Salt Sisters Tour poets Tina Braziel and Ashley Jones. International refreshments will be served in the lobby starting at 7 p.m., and a multicultural, multilingual open-mic will follow the main performance. If you would like to be a part of this open-mic reading, please contact Terry Kirts at tkirts@iupui.edu. This event is made possible by generous support from the Reiberg Family, IUPUI's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at IUPUI.

    Tina Mozelle Braziel won the 2017 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry for her book Known by Salt (Anhinga Press 2019). Her chapbook, Rooted by Thirst, came out in 2016 with Porkbelly Press. Her individual poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tampa Review, Appalachian Heritage, PMSpoemmemoirstory (where her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize) and other journals. In 2018, she was awarded a fellowship for the Alabama State Council for the Arts. In 2017, she served as an artist-in-residence at Hot Springs National Park. She was awarded an M.F.A. scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2013. She earned an M.F.A in Poetry from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in Poetry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.A. in Intercultural Studies at the University of Montevallo. She directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and she and her husband, novelist James Braziel, live and write in a glass cabin that they are building by hand.

    Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University (FIU), where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. She served as Official Poet for the City of Sunrise, Florida’s Little Free Libraries Initiative from 2013-2015, and her work was recognized in the 2014 Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writer’s Exchange Contest and the 2015 Academy of American Poets Contest at FIU. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Hub City Press New Southern Voices Contest, the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including the Academy of American Poets, Tupelo Quarterly, Prelude, Steel Toe Review, Fjords Review, Quiet Lunch, Poets Respond to Race Anthology, Night Owl, The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, pluck!, Valley Voices: New York School Edition, Fjords Review: Black American Edition, PMSPoemMemoirStory (where her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016), Kinfolks Quarterly, Tough Times in America Anthology, and Lucid Moose Press’ Like a Girl: Perspectives on Femininity Anthology. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She was an editor of PANK Magazine. Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her second book, dark // thing, won the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. She won the 2018 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize from Backbone Press, and she is the 2019 winner of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, 2nd Vice President and Membership Chair of the AWC , co-coordinator of the Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.




    https://power-promise.eventbrite.com


    MOKB Presents


    Neil Hilborn w/ Special Guests
    Thursday, May 2nd @ Fountain Square Theatre Building
    Doors 7PM / Show 8PM

    All shows 21+

    Advance: $22
    Day of Show: $24
    Get Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neil-hilborn-fountain-square-theatre-tickets-56747223473

    More info at http://www.mokbpresents.com/. Have a question? Email us at natalie@mokbpresents.com!

    Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing.

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 05, 2019

    Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

    Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share?  Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:

    *Advice on Writing Contests:

    When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.



    Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.




    You are invited to submit up to three previously unpublished poems for a new anthology, "Cowboys and Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon", that Brick Street Poetry Inc. will publish in conjunction with a Big Read partnership with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art.

    There will be a $500 prize given for the Best of the Book Award. We are open to any style, form, length or old west subject, with the caveat that you will stand the best chance of being the Best of the Book choice if your poem is about or references one of the cocktails from the list in the submission guidelines. Help us taste these concoctions and see life in the days of the western saloon.  A number of poets who write using one of the listed drinks will also be chosen to participate in a public reading from the book at the True Grit Saloon on the night of April 25, 2019, at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. A $100 prize will be given for the poem voted the People's Choice Award at the public reading.  Entry must be received on or before March 1, 2019.
    To submit your poems please see submission guidelines at http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/truegrit








    Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Prepare. Pitch. Publish.

    Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. You will have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

    We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our new Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.





    Go here for all the details and to submit.


     


    Go here  for the Submission Page



    Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!


    August 2-3, 2019
    Campus of Taylor University, 236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

    Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
    of writers—beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
    explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
    paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
    be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
    your writing journey.

    The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
    Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
    General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
    Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
    media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
    faculty page on the conference website.

    Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
    lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
    your choice. Housing is extra.

    Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
    register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
    <https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
    questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"

     



    The Indianapolis Review
    is an online journal based in Indianapolis looking to publish fresh poetry and art. We have a focus on connecting and promoting the writers and artists of our region, but we also want to showcase poetry from all over the country and the world. We are interested in all aesthetics and voices, and only concerned with the art itself. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu.

    https://theindianapolisreview.com/

    .

     

    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

    Go here to learn more and submit





     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/submissions/



     




    Call for submissions
    BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.  Branches has rolling monthly deadlines.

    Go here for all the submission details:
    http://www.branches.com/submissions/



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2018-19

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    The Butler Bridge Program


    Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

    We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

    Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

    This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

    Click here for more information.

    For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

     

    speakyourstory.org


    Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

    Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  

     

     

    Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
    Check out the magazine here.

    Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 


    Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

    For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

     

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 05, 2019


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