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.




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.



 

  Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

2020-2021 Timeline:

  • Application Released: May 16, 2019 (online application)
  • Application Guidelines: Click here to download
  • Application Workshops
    Please RSVP to rallen@indyarts.org
    • July 31, 5:00 pm (Location: Arts Council of Indianapolis)
  • Application Deadline: August 16, 2019, 4:30 pm
  • Award Notification: December 2019 
  • Fellowship Period: January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

General Grant Information
In the late 1990s, the Lilly Endowment approached the Arts Council of Indianapolis to discuss the idea of creating an arts community version of its long standing Renewal Program, which includes fellowships for pastors, teachers, and social service and youth workers in a sabbatical type program. The collaboration created a new program that ultimately became the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, a two-year, $10,000 grant for artists and administrators. Since its launch in 1999, more than 400 grants have been awarded, infusing more than $3.7 million into our community.

The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards thirty $10,000 fellowships every other-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation called the “Retrospective," the results of their fellowship with the community.


 
 



Photo Credit: Jessica Hoffman

Indy Author Fair 2019 - Author Registration

The Library is excited to announce the 2019 Indy Author Fair, a day devoted expressly to Indiana's talented writers. This year's fair will take place on November 9th. 2019. The day includes activities for writers and book lovers of all ages. Workshop sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the writing community in Indianapolis, practice writing exercises, and explore marketing and publishing opportunities. Classes are designed for writers of all skill levels.  Attendees can network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available.

Are you an author? Would you like a table at the Author Fair?
Author Registration: June 17 - July 28 
Go here to register!

Authors must register to be considered for participation in the Indy Author Fair. Participants will receive table space to network with other authors, meet the public, and promote books. Registration does not guarantee participation. Registered authors will receive a notification confirming or declining participation no later than September 23, 2019.

The Indy Author Fair is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library in association with the Indiana Writers Center.



Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology


Editor’s note: the following is a call for submissions for a new anthology from our partners at Belt Publishing.

Queerness is not uniquely coastal. Queerness is not uniquely urban. Queerness has always existed in “Flyover country,” and it still does today. Belt Publishing is excited to announce an anthology of LGBTQ stories from the Midwest and Appalachia, to be published in Fall 2020.

What we’re looking for:
-Creative nonfiction stories, essays, reportage, and poetry that tell LGBTQ stories, past and present, in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt. Being queer does not have to be the central theme of the piece.
-Detailed, place-based narratives that illustrate the region’s diverse landscapes (wilderness, environment, rural, suburban, urban, etc.) are encouraged.
-First-person stories from communities where queerness is often overlooked or understated by mainstream narratives are encouraged: communities of color, immigrant communities, communities of faith, etc.
-Women, transgender, gender non-conforming, bisexual, asexual, and all queer people (broadly speaking) are encouraged to submit. There’s room for the whole acronym in this anthology.
-Stories about queer joy, humor, love, family, fun, and life are encouraged. There is beauty and nuance to be found in queer mundanity.
-Portraiture. Photography or illustrated portraits of queer people in the Midwest and Appalachia. Show us your beautiful faces!

Belt Magazine Editors:
Ryan Schuessler is a journalist and writer originally from St. Louis. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Public Radio International, and Al Jazeera. He edited Belt’s St. Louis Anthology, and also develops exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

Kevin Whiteneir Jr. is an interdisciplinary artist and art historian whose work focuses the relationships between gender and queer experiences as they relate to race, the effects of (neo)colonialism, and its parallels with magic, religion, and witchcraft. His work is published in various outlets including Howard University Journal of Communication, Dress Costume Society of North America, Venefica Magazine, and the Art Libraries Society of North America Reviews journal.
 

Go here for more info and guidelines.




Playwright Theater Lab

 Playwright Theater Lab

New for next season and in honor of Actors Theatre of Indiana’s 15th anniversary, a new program dedicated to nurturing new playwrights and developing future plays – the ATI TheatreLAB Series. You won’t want to miss being there when it all begins!

ATI is accepting submissions (locally and abroad) now through July 31. Submissions electronically can be sent to my attention via email to dfarrell@atistage.org with “TheatreLAB – (name of play)” in the subject or via snail mail to: Don Farrell “TheatreLAB – (name of play)”, Actors Theatre of Indiana, 510 3rd Avenue SW, Suite D, Carmel, IN 46032. Determinations will be made and announced before/by the season opener of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on September 6. #ATIstage#ATItheatreLAB #newplays

http://atistage.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ATI-TheatreLAB-Series-GUIDELINES.pdf


Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter Seeks Writers for Human/Nature Chapbook


Theme: Human/Nature.

How do we as humans interact with and impact nature, both positively and negatively?
How does the natural world affect us?
Can spending time in nature help us heal?
How has our relationship with the natural world changed?
Do we have a disconnect with nature, and has this been detrimental to our lives… and our planet?
Where do we go from here?

We invite writers to reflect on these questions and create poetry and prose in response. The deadline for submission is August 30, 2019. We will be publishing this chapbook to coincide with our art exhibition which will run in October & November. 
 
Please make sure you read the rules and regulations here before submitting your work.  You can complete the submission form online or you download and send in a form here.






 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Aesthetica offers opportunities to creative practitioners working in various media through two further awards including: Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are passionate about supporting new creative voices across a range of disciplines and this is at the heart of everything that we do.

Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  |  Poetry: £12
Go here to submit



 

DETAILS: It’s our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! Working with five agencies, our winner and honorable mentions earn agency review as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000. Second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Stay tuned for an announcement about our judge! Check out our Summer Award information and last year’s winners, including Caitlin O’Neil, who recently signed with Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman as a result of the contest.


Go here  for the Submission Page





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

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 topaper, 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/

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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: June, July, and August 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 — July 01, 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:



    Speakeasy Presents: Outlaws & Outcasts
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM
    Speakeasy: A Storytelling Show @ the White Rabbit

    1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

    Speakeasy returns in July with stories of broken laws and broken contracts.
    $5 cash at the door

    Second Flight Books
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    Hoosier Heartland Tour
    Thursday, July 18, 2-4pm

    The Virtue of Vices author, Jeremy McShurley, is taking his novel on the road.  Every chapter, a new chance to discover.  Each page another thread in Fate's timeless web

    If you would like to purchase a signed copy from the author for a discounted price, please feel free to visit during his stay.

    More info at:
    http://tenchimedia.com/thevirtueofvices



    That Peace Open Mic: 4 Year Anniversary Show!
    Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
    Central Library - IndyPL

    40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    Tickets
    Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm
    $7 online | $10 at door


    From Write-on the Poetry Spot to the Center for Black Literature & Culture, it's been FOUR UH-MAZING YEARS of That Peace Open Mic! Can ya'll believe it!? FOUR YEARS of FREE EXPRESSION, cultural impact, and safe space without censorship. FOUR YEARS of LAUGHTER, LOVE, and a whole lot of BOMB ART!
    A CELEBRATION is definitely in order!


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


    Indy Reads Zines!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/332859687425321/
    Saturday, July 20 at 7–8:30 PM

    Indy's favorite downtown bookstore is hosting this Indpls Zine Fest event. Although zines are the focus all spoken work is welcome. Please bring your journals and stories to read - a sign up sheet will be available. Works from young zinesters and writers are encouraged at this all ages event. There will be an activity to create your own real-time spoken work.

    We're rafflling off a few writing supplies as well! Proceeds from raffle tickets go towards INDPLS Zine Fest funding.



    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, July 23 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 author followed by an open reading that happens on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 

    This month Our featured poet is Lylanne Musselman.
    Author of the new book, It’s Not Love, Unfortunately,

    Lylanne teaches creative writing classes at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, and at the University of Indianapolis' School of Adult Learning.   Lylanne is a regular contributor on WFHB radio's BloomingOUT with her story feature L WordS. An award winning poet, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Flying Island, New Voices News, Etchings, Tipton Poetry Journal, Poetry Motel, and many others.

     


    Tuesday, July 23, 6:00–8:00 PM
    The Jazz Kitchen

    5377 N. College Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220
    Free!
    Go here to register

    The Arts Council of Indianapolis presents Artist Industry Nights to help build and strengthen our professional artist community. AIN brings together artists of all disciplines and experience levels to network, socialize, collaborate, and connect.

    Thanks to a generous donor to our Artist Services program, the Artist Industry Nights events are free and open to all professional and aspiring artists in central Indiana. Literary, performing, and visual artists are all encouraged to attend and help us "cross-pollinate" the Indy artist community. You may just meet your next collaborative partner or your mentor!

    For each event, the Arts Council partners with a different organization and/or venue to bring together the most diverse and interesting group of artists for drinks, nibbles, and conversation. This is not a meeting so don't worry about coming in late and please, come as you are. All artists are welcome.

    NEW THIS YEAR! Listen In will bring together established, well known artists, arts administrators, curators, etc. for casual conversations. Join in or listen in....there's a lot to learn from those who have been working in the field for years....sit in on one of these conversations to hear another perspective.

    Join us this month at the Jazz Kitchen
    Questions: e-mail us at artistservices @ indyarts.org




    Poets Attack! ft. Tasha Cotter, Ayla Walter & more TBA
    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    This month’s poets attack will be featuring Kentucky poet, Tasha Cotter who is releasing her third book of poetry in 2020.  We'll also have local poet, Ayla Walter in the house and more TBA!

    Tasha Cotter's third book of poetry, Astonishments, will be released in 2020 with FutureCycle Press. She is also the author of the poetry collections Some Churches (Gold Wake Press), The Aqua Notebook (Anaphora), and three chapbooks. Her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction, and Thrush. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her debut novel Us, in Pieces (co-authored with Christopher Green) will be released in July.

    Ayla Walter is a poet and visual artist attending Herron School of Art and Design. Her poems have been published in RISD/Brown Lit Mag "Visions", Parentheses Journal, and Herron Lit Mag "Genesis". Most recently she was an artist vendor at Three Hole Punch Arts and Music Festival. Her poetry can be found in the wild at local Indy open mic nights such as Iconoclast, Room of Requirement open mic, Barker's Lounge, Symposium Open Mic and VOCAB. Ask her for her business card! She's inordinately proud of the design (hers).
    ———————————————
    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.

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 01, 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.



    Poetry Workshop At the Limberlost State Historic Site
                                          Geneva, Indiana


    During my residency at Limberlost State Historic Site, I will lead four poetry workshops with writing activities designed to help participants explore the beauty, history, and ecological importance of the Limberlost, as well as its connection to renown nature writer and novelist Gene Stratton-Porter. Workshops will convene on trails, a covered bridge, and a cabin.
     
    All events will include a small fee for hikes with site naturalist Curt Burnette or for tours of the Cabin with a staff member. Otherwise, these events are free. Registration for the first workshop will begin in June.
                          Saturday, July 13    
                          Inside Gene Stratton-Porter's Cabin: 
                          A Poetry Workshop for Adults and High School Students

    You can register for "Inside Gene Stratton-Porter's Cabin: A Poetry Workshop for Adults and High School Students" by emailing Shari through her website https://www.throughthesycamores.com. This workshop is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission's Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program. As part of the workshop, there will be a small fee for a tour of Stratton-Porter's home. Spaces are limited.



      Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship

    For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

    2020-2021 Timeline:

    General Grant Information
    In the late 1990s, the Lilly Endowment approached the Arts Council of Indianapolis to discuss the idea of creating an arts community version of its long standing Renewal Program, which includes fellowships for pastors, teachers, and social service and youth workers in a sabbatical type program. The collaboration created a new program that ultimately became the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, a two-year, $10,000 grant for artists and administrators. Since its launch in 1999, more than 400 grants have been awarded, infusing more than $3.7 million into our community.

    The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program awards thirty $10,000 fellowships every other-year to qualified professional artists, or an arts administrator employed by a nonprofit organization. Qualified applicants must also meet the following criteria: (1) At least three years of consecutive residence and/or work in one of the following Indiana counties: Marion, Morgan, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson or Shelby; (2) Primary source of income is derived from work in dance, theatre, media arts, music, literature, visual art or multidisciplinary art forms; (3) At least 10 years of experience in the arts and at least three years in which the applicant's primary source of income was employment in the arts; and (4) recipients must agree to share, by way of a public presentation called the “Retrospective," the results of their fellowship with the community.




     

      Calling Indiana authors!

       Indiana Humanities is now accepting proposals for writing 
       workshops. If accepted, you will travel to give writing workshops at
       schools, libraries and other cultural organizations across the state.



    http://indianahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Writing-Workshop-Program-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

     




    Photo Credit: Jessica Hoffman

    Indy Author Fair 2019 - Author Registration


    The Library is excited to announce the 2019 Indy Author Fair, a day devoted expressly to Indiana's talented writers. This year's fair will take place on November 9th. 2019. The day includes activities for writers and book lovers of all ages. Workshop sessions provide an opportunity to learn about the writing community in Indianapolis, practice writing exercises, and explore marketing and publishing opportunities. Classes are designed for writers of all skill levels.  Attendees can network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available.

    Are you an author? Would you like a table at the Author Fair?
    Author Registration: June 17 - July 28 
    Go here to register!

    Authors must register to be considered for participation in the Indy Author Fair. Participants will receive table space to network with other authors, meet the public, and promote books. Registration does not guarantee participation. Registered authors will receive a notification confirming or declining participation no later than September 23, 2019.

    The Indy Author Fair is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library in association with the Indiana Writers Center.



    Call for Submissions: LGBTQ Anthology


    Editor’s note: the following is a call for submissions for a new anthology from our partners at Belt Publishing.

    Queerness is not uniquely coastal. Queerness is not uniquely urban. Queerness has always existed in “Flyover country,” and it still does today. Belt Publishing is excited to announce an anthology of LGBTQ stories from the Midwest and Appalachia, to be published in Fall 2020.

    What we’re looking for:
    -Creative nonfiction stories, essays, reportage, and poetry that tell LGBTQ stories, past and present, in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt. Being queer does not have to be the central theme of the piece.
    -Detailed, place-based narratives that illustrate the region’s diverse landscapes (wilderness, environment, rural, suburban, urban, etc.) are encouraged.
    -First-person stories from communities where queerness is often overlooked or understated by mainstream narratives are encouraged: communities of color, immigrant communities, communities of faith, etc.
    -Women, transgender, gender non-conforming, bisexual, asexual, and all queer people (broadly speaking) are encouraged to submit. There’s room for the whole acronym in this anthology.
    -Stories about queer joy, humor, love, family, fun, and life are encouraged. There is beauty and nuance to be found in queer mundanity.
    -Portraiture. Photography or illustrated portraits of queer people in the Midwest and Appalachia. Show us your beautiful faces!

    Belt Magazine Editors:
    Ryan Schuessler is a journalist and writer originally from St. Louis. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Public Radio International, and Al Jazeera. He edited Belt’s St. Louis Anthology, and also develops exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

    Kevin Whiteneir Jr. is an interdisciplinary artist and art historian whose work focuses the relationships between gender and queer experiences as they relate to race, the effects of (neo)colonialism, and its parallels with magic, religion, and witchcraft. His work is published in various outlets including Howard University Journal of Communication, Dress Costume Society of North America, Venefica Magazine, and the Art Libraries Society of North America Reviews journal.
     

    Go here for more info and guidelines.






     

    Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

    The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

    The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

    Aesthetica offers opportunities to creative practitioners working in various media through two further awards including: Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are passionate about supporting new creative voices across a range of disciplines and this is at the heart of everything that we do.

    Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

    Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18  |  Poetry: £12
    Go here to submit



     

    DETAILS: It’s our Summer Short Story Award for New Writers! Working with five agencies, our winner and honorable mentions earn agency review as well as publication. The winning story earns $3000. Second and third place runners up receive $300 and $200, respectively. Stay tuned for an announcement about our judge! Check out our Summer Award information and last year’s winners, including Caitlin O’Neil, who recently signed with Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman as a result of the contest.


    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: June, July, and August 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 — June 04, 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:


    Artist Industry Nights: June at Circle City Industrial Complex
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM


    Admission is FREE, but you must Register Here! If you cannot make it for some reason, please e-mail artistservices@indyarts.org to alert us so we can free up your space.
    Sales end on Jun 26 at 2 PM
        
    The Arts Council of Indianapolis presents Artist Industry Nights to help build and strengthen our professional artist community. AIN brings together artists of all disciplines and experience levels to network, socialize, collaborate, and connect.

    Thanks to a generous donor to our Artist Services program, the Artist Industry Nights events are free and open to all professional and aspiring artists in central Indiana. Literary, performing, and visual artists are all encouraged to attend and help us "cross-pollinate" the Indy artist community. You may just meet your next collaborative partner or your mentor!

    For each event, the Arts Council partners with a different organization and/or venue to bring together the most diverse and interesting group of artists for drinks, nibbles, and conversation. This is not a meeting so don't worry about coming in late and please, come as you are. All artists are welcome.

    NEW THIS YEAR! Curated Conversations will bring together established, well known artists, arts administrators, curators, etc. for casual conversations. Join in or listen in....there's a lot to learn from those who have been working in the field for years....sit in on one of these conversations to hear another perspective.

    This month we will gather on the near east side at the Circle City Industrial Complex. Ample parking lot on the south side of the road. Enter main door and go upstairs to Schweitzer Gallery. (see signs)
    Questions: e-mail us at artistservices @ indyarts.org



    In the Presence of My Enemies/by June McCarty Clair

    Opening Friday, June 21, 2019, at 7:30 p.m for two weekends, June 21,22,23, and 28, 29, 30
    Friday and Saturday
    performances will be at 7:30, Sunday performances at 2:30
    The Cat

    254 Veteran’s Way, Carmel, IN

    To make reservations, go here, or call 317-582-1007. Ticket prices are $14 for students and seniors, and $16 for adults. Groups of ten or more are eligible for a discount.


    After a successful run at DivaFest in April of 2019, the play “In the Presence of my Enemies” will be moving to The Cat in Carmel for a two week run. “In the Presence of my Enemies,” is a wickedly funny cautionary tale about greed and family, filled with relatable characters and outlandish actions. One theatergoer called it a “ heartfelt, feel good journey through the valley of the shadow of death!” The script was developed in Playwriting classes taught by Andy Black.

    Show Plot: When Sarah’s husband Frank dies unexpectedly, Sarah finds herself bereft and befuddled, as she tries to make plans for a funeral while wending her way through the morass of paperwork and bureaucratic documents. Sarah’s sister and daughter join her, but so do Frank’s relatives, swooping into town under the guise of ‘helping’ her with all the funeral plans, including finding insurance policies, and arguing between burial and cremation. The action soon proves comical, as it becomes a battle of wills as to who will find the will and whose wishes will prevail!






    The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, June 25 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 author followed by an open reading that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month our featured author is:
    Jim Powell.


    Jim Powell founded the Writer’s Center of Indiana (now the Indiana Writer’s Center) in 1979 as part of the Free University. He directed the Center for 20 years and has written over 70 stories.  He holds a MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University and in 2011 received a Creative Renewal Fellowship for the Arts Council of Indianapolis.  His new book of stories is called, Only Witness.




    Poets Attack! ft Sam Herschel Wein, Levi Todd, and more!
    Wednesday, June 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
    Irvington Vinyl & Books

    9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    For this month's Poet's Attack we are so thrilled to be hosting two wonderful Chicago poets along with some great local talent. Check out Sam Herschel Wein, Levi Todd, Ryan Rader, and the rest TBA!

    Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. His first chapbook, 'Fruit Mansion' (Split Lip Press, 2017) was the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. His second chapbook, 'Gesundheit!,' a collaboration with Chen Chen, is forthcoming with Glass Poetry Press in 2019. He co-runs the journal Underblong. Find him on twitter at @samforbreakfast

    Levi Todd is a queer poet and lifelong Chicagoan. They serve as Poetry Editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal and as a relationship health educator. Levi’s work is published or forthcoming in The Shallow Ends, The Ellis Review, Pinwheel, and elsewhere. Say hi on Instagram and Twitter at @levicitodd, and you can read more of Levi’s work at www.levitodd.com. They encourage you to smell a lilac bush today.

    Tasha Chopra is a poet, visual artist, and graduate student pursuing her masters at Herron School of Art and Design. She is the co-founder and visual art editor for Turnpike Magazine, an online publication dedicated to positive themes and marginalized voices. She also is a part of Indy Symposium, a group that holds bimonthly open mics and poetry slams at Black Circle Brew. Her poetry focuses on themes of family, identity, and human connection, and some of her work can be found in Genesis Magazine.

    Ryan J. Rader is a poet, former member of Indiana and Chicago rock and roll bands, and stand-up comedian with lifetime comedy earnings nearing triple digits.

    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.


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


    Jerry VanSchaik reading "Tripio"
    Wednesday June 26, 5:00PM - 7:00PM


    Tripio is historical fiction. The setting is Chicago summer of 1992. Jay Altonstreet is trying to climb the corporate ladder at a small but growing company called Starbucks. Jay left his stalled life in Dayton in 1990 and has been trying to finish his first novel for the last three years. But an unplanned, high risk pregnancy of his lover and co-worker forces him to decide which of these creations is the most valuable to him: a company, a novel, or a family.

    Tripio explores three types of creativity, business, literature, and family. Jay is forced to prioritize these endeavors and to decide what he most values.
    www.tripiothenovel.com



    Thomas Larson reading "Writing the Spiritual Memoir"
    Friday, June 28 at 7:00- 9:00PM
    A short reading by author Thomas Larson, followed
    by an interview and discussion led by Nathan Day Wilson, and book signing.

    Today, the surprisingly elastic form of the memoir embraces subjects that include dying, illness, loss, relationships, and self-awareness. Writing to reveal the inner self—the pilgrimage into one’s spiritual and/or religious nature—is a primary calling. Contemporary memoirists are exploring this field with innovative storytelling, rigorous craft, and new styles of confessional authorship. Now, Thomas Larson brings his expertise as a critic, reader, and teacher to the boldly evolving and improvisatory world of spiritual literature.


    In his book-length essay Spirituality and the Writer, Larson surveys the literary insights of authors old and new who have shaped religious autobiography and spiritual memoir—from Augustine to Thomas Merton, from Peter Matthiessen to Cheryl Strayed. He holds them to an exacting standard: they must render transcendent experience in the writing itself. Only when the writer’s craft prevails can the fleeting and profound personal truths of the spirit be captured. Like its predecessor, Larson’s The Memoir and the Memoirist,Spirituality and the Writer will find a home in writing classrooms and book groups, and be a resource for students, teachers, and writers who seek guidance with exploring their spiritual lives.
    www.thomaslarson.com

    Also at Indy Reads!





    Ora Lee Day reading "The Thoughts In My Head"
    Book Signing/Discussion
    Saturday, June 29 at 1-3pm


    The Thoughts In My Head is an inspirational book on purpose and the belief that you are more significant and you play a vital role in the earth.

    website: www.gitlifellc.com
    https://www.facebook.com/gitlife
    https://www.instagram.com/gitlifellc/



    An Evening with Author Jennifer Weiner
    Presented by JCC Indianapolis at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Indianapolis IN

    Sunday, June 30  7-9pm
    The Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (6501 N Meridian St)

    Join us for an evening with this New York Times bestselling author of Good in Bed, In Her Shoes and Best Friends Forever. Weiner was listed as one of the “25 Working Moms to Follow on Twitter” with “hilarious shards of brilliance (Forbes).”

    Jennifer Weiner grew up in Connecticut and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. She worked as a newspaper reporter in central Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Philadelphia, where she was a feature writer and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is now a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times Op-Ed and Sunday Review.

    This event is part of the JCC's Ann Katz Author Series made possible in part by the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts & Education Endowment Fund and in partnership with Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.   Go here for Tickets




    Writers Guild at Bloomington Spoken Word Series
    Wednesday, July 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN

    Featuring Ross Gay (poetry), John James (poetry), Shana Ritter (poetry and fiction)
    music by Hoosier Darling (gospel trio)
    + an open mic

    $5 suggested donation

    SHANA RITTER‘s newly completed novel, In the Time of Leaving, is set in Spain in 1492. Shana grew up in New York but lives out in the country near Bloomington, Indiana. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Lilith, Fifth Wednesday, Georgetown Review and others. Her chapbook, Stairs of Separation, was published by Finishing Line Press.Shana has been a recipient of the Indiana Individual Artist Grant multiple times. She offers workshops, interviews and readings.

    JOHN JAMES is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize (Milkweed, 2019). He is also the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Award. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Best American Poetry 2017, and elsewhere. A digital collagist, his image-text experiments appear in Quarterly West, The Adroit Journal, and LIT.

    ROSS GAY is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays,The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.


    Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 04, 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, 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.




    Featured Poetry Open Mic
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
    Presented by Nine Lives Cat Cafe

    1315 Shelby St #1, Indianapolis, IN 46203

    Hear poems from Crystal Stone’s new c
    ollection “Knock-Off Monarch” and after, share your own!

    Crystal Stone grew up in southeastern PA. She is currently an MFA candidate at Iowa State University. Her poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Daily, SWWIM, PHEMME, Better than Starbucks, peculiar, Sport Literate, Collective Unrest, Driftwood Press, New Verse News, Occulum, Anomaly, BONED, Eunoia Review, {isacoustic*}, Tuck Magazine, Writers Resist, Drunk Monkeys,


     
     
    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.


    The Passion Symposium: Open Mic/Slam
    https://www.facebook.com/events/black-circle-brewing-co/the-passion-symposium-open-micslam/1280816975389590/

    Wednesday, May 29  7:00PM
    No Cover | All Ages
    Black Circle Brewing Company

    2201 E 46th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205


    Cash Prize ($40) | Live DJ (Michael Knight) | Good Beer | Good Food | Good Friends. (Bring some canned goods to benefit Irvington Vinyl & Books and their homeless charities)

    The Indy Symposium is back, ladies and gentlemen!
    The theme this time around is ~passion~
    As always this is an idea to riff off of, so do with that what you will. Expecting a lot of love poems tonight, so get weird with it and write about hate if you want. Passion isn't always love and butterflies! Sometimes it's grueling 18 hour work days to live your dream. Sometimes it's hating someone so much that even the noise of them chewing gets under your skin. But, sometimes, passion is wonderful and sweet and all those great words. Come woo us.

    DM Vinny Corsaro, Tasha Chopra, or Matthew Scott Swain on Facebook to secure your spot in the slam! Open Mic is first come first serve.

    Schedule:
    Open Mic - 7ish (poet-time isn't real-human time)
    First Round of Slam - 8ish
    Featured Performer - 9ish:
    We are so excited to announce this evening's feature!
    Local artist, theater actor, writer, speaker, and every other artistic thing possible, Ariane Cyusa is in the spotlight tonight! She's also the winner of March's poetry slam, so be prepared to get learned a thing or two.
    Final Round of Slam - 930ish



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/

    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    An Evening with Cookbook Author Lauren McDuffie
    Thursday, May 30 at 5 PM – 7 PM


    Lauren McDuffie is a passionate storyteller, food writer, photographer, stylist and keeper of the award-winning blog, Harvest and Honey .  Although not a trained chef, it is Lauren's intense passion for all things food which drives her desire to share and connect with others. Her clear talent for storytelling and artistic eye in styling and photography were natural catalysts for her most recent adventure, becoming a published cookbook author. Lauren's memoir-style cookbook, Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest, explores her Appalachian roots and how they connect to her modern table.

    As a contributor for Edible Indy, we celebrate her journey, her story and the release of the unique and stunning cookbook. Join us in partnership with Indy Women in Food for a very special conversation with Lauren McDuffie about how she fought hard to create something uniquely hers.

    Space is limited, tickets are recommended. Noshes and light beverages will be provided by Indy Women in Food who celebrate the sisterhood of foodies and outstanding women in their field and there will be an opportunity to purchase her cookbook.  Tickets


    Also at Indy Reads:
    Susan Bethea reading "TagS"
    Friday, May 31, 7pm – 9pm

    One Woman's Journey from loneliness and pain to love and joy


     

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

    Writers Guild Spoken Word Series
    Wednesday, June 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Bear's Place

    1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN

    Featuring Tim Heerdink (poetry), Brian Boucher (poetry), Juliana Ramos Crespo (fiction)
    and music by Jason Fickel + VLF Trio (blues/soul)
    plus and open mic
    $5 suggested donation

    Tim Heerdink is the author of Red Flag and Other Poems (Bird Brain Publishing, 2018) and president of the Midwest Writers Guild. His short story, The Tithing of Man, won first place in the guild’s annual anthology contest. He also has several of his poems published in Poetry Quarterly, the Fish Hook, the Midwest Writers Guild’s Shared Words, Distinct Voices and The Eye of the Storyteller, and All Poetry’s On Earth as it is in Poetry. He graduated from University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts in English and currently resides in Newburgh, Indiana with his wife, Amber, daughter, Audrey, and their two cats. His debut novel, Last Lights of a Dying Sun, and his full-length poetry collection, The Human Remains, will also be available soon.

    Juliana Ramos Crespo’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review, Literary Orphans, Flash Fiction Magazine, Mothers Always Write, Mud City Journal, Ruminate, Fiction Southeast, and OTV. She is an English teacher at a high school in Bloomington, Indiana, where she also lives with her family.


    Brian Boucher graduated from Indiana University in 2016 . . . and is still in Bloomington. He is in debt and wading in the shallows. With a passion for creative communication, Brian dabbles in mainly stream of consciousness prose and poetry, with grandiose visions of someday producing and directing a few films. For the time being, Brian’s main focus is in the study of various “energy arts” such as Yoga, Taiji and Qigong, the historical elements that inform these practices, as well as, the practical application of such practices in a modern context. Brian hopes to combine his creative communication skills with his knowledge of “energy arts” in order to further bridge gaps of understanding between people and the truth of our inescapable connectedness. Brian has completed a Novella entitled “Wahoo” recounting his true-life experience commercial fishing for Halibut on the Bering Sea, and excerpts from the work can be found in last month and this month’s addition of the Ryder Magazine. He has also completed a book of poems entitled “Arrogant Enlightenment and A Cry for Purpose,” which has been released exclusively through the social media platform Instagram.


    Poetry ON Brick Street
    Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm
    Sullivan Munce Cultural Center

    225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville, IN 46077

    Special reading from poets in the Cowboys & Cocktails anthology. You'll love it.



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/

    911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


    Cade North reading "Until Death Do Us APART"
    Saturday, June 8, 4pm – 5pm
    A book launch party, reading, and signing with Indiana author Cade North.

    Nature’s splintered wreckage, laughter, & the carcass of love prove to be the ingredients for one woman to become her own hero.
    CadeNorth.com



    A play in a pub: ‘Bloomsday’ coming June 9 for one-night only: Discount code for IWC members

    Lou Harry & Patrick Chastain invite you to celebrate James Joyce and his novel Ulysses at this live reading of the play Bloomsday by Steven Dietz!
     
    Sunday June, 9th, 6-8 p.m.
    The Aristocrat Pub
    5212 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220
     
    “Bloomsday” is set during a celebration of that famous (to literary folks, at least) day when fictional Leopold Bloom wandered around Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses.
    A brief encounter between a Dublin guide to locations in James Joyce's Ulysses and an American who never read the book is complicated and enhanced by visits from their 35-years-later selves in a reading of Steven Dietz's award-winning play. Come early for live music, order cottage pie or bangers and mash (with a draft, of course) and enjoy this magically beautiful one-night-only local premiere in the perfect setting.
    Go here to read the blog on the IWC website and get all the details!
     
    IWC members receive $3 off with the code: Leopold
    This is a single-use promo. One use per purchase.
    Purchase tickets through eventbrite. 



     

    See Norbert Krapf's adaptation of his Catholic Boy Blues poetry collection into a play of the same title largely developed in classes taught by Andrew Black
    through the Indiana Writer's Center.

    The play runs the weekend of June 14-16.
    Follow this link for more info about the play, the playwright, and follow the red tab to order tickets:
    http://www.indyfringe.org/theatre-show/catholic-boy-blues.

     

    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. Deadline 05/28/2019.

    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/

    .

     

    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/

    .

     

    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.

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    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


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