Barb's Banned Book Club


 
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This month we will be reading Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir Fun Home. In 2014 the South Carolina House of Representatives considered cutting funding for the College of Charlston's summer reading program simply for including Bechdel's memoir for a reading program. Fun Home was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award in the memoir/autobiography category. It was also hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by The New York Times, The Times of London, Publisher's Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, and others.

If you are interested in joining this FREE one-of-a-kind book club, sign up here so that we know how many will be participating:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbs-banned-books-tickets-33319361106?aff=erelexpmlt

An Evening with the Muse

Join us Sunday, May 14th

7 p.m.


You are the Featured Poet!

 

FREE!

Because so many people are busy with domestic festivities during the Mothers’ Day holiday, we have decided to shorten our activity to an Open Mic. For all those not exhausted from family activity, you are invited to come read this Sunday.


Location:

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

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048

 

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
Tuesday, May 23  from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
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 poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month we are featuring Tracy Mishkin.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!



Tracy is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA student in Creative Writing at Butler University. She is the author of two chapbooks, I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press, 2016).  An Indiana native, she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Parody. 



Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club meeting
May 24 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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We will be discussing The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.  Everyone is welcome to attend.



Indy Reads Books
http://indyreadsbooks.org/events/

Adrian Matejka. Indiana Humanities IN Conversation
Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inconversation-with-adrian-matejka-tickets-32631404409
Adrian Matejka
Growing up in Indianapolis in the 1980s, Adrian Matejka dreamed about outer space. In a time of space shuttles and the Strategic Defense Initiative, Star Trek and Sun Ra, the stars both guided and obscured the earthly complexities of race, poverty, masculinity and migration. These themes play out in Adrian’s new collection of poetry, Map to the Stars. Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Indy Reads Books, is proud to host the Circle City debut of the Pulitzer Prize finalist’s new book. Join us to hear Adrian read from the collection, talk about his inspirations and answer questions from the audience. Light snacks and drinks—space-themed, of course—will be served, and a book signing will follow.

Adrian Matejka is the author of three collections of poetry: The Devil’s Garden (2002); Mixology (2009), which was a winner of the National Poetry Series competition; and The Big Smoke (2013) which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Adrian is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation and United States Artists. He lives in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife and daughter.



Writers Guild At Bloomington
http://writersguildbloomington.com/

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center

Guest Readers: Breon Tyler,  Charles Culp
Sunday, May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403

This event is free and open to the public.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!  Free parking in the back.
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Breon Tyler is a visual artist from Gloucester, Virginia who also writes poetry. Her favorite medium is lithography, a form of printmaking. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and is wrapping up a master’s degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. Her research contemplates why and how Black people love despite the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual violence they have endured and are still enduring. Some of the things that bring her the most joy, aside from creating, include laughing, cooking, and dancing.
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Charles Culp was born in Vincennes, Indiana and has been writing poetry in some form since he was 17. After receiving his degree in Education from Indiana University in 2008, he joined Americorps. Since then he has been an advocate for non-profit and community education in Colorado, Tennessee, and now back in his home state. He is passionate about making a truthful and lasting connection through his poetry, and he believes every person has an opportunity to grow and thrive as they discover their calling through the most formative years of their life.


Norbert Krapf and Gordon Bonham
Presented by Arts Council of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Artsgarden
Tuesday, May 30 at 12:15 pm
Poetry and Blues
Indianapolis Artsgarden
110 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
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This free concert is open to the public as a part of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Garden Jams Series. Enjoy the music of local Indiana artists, as you relax in the beautiful glass dome of the Indianapolis Artsgarden. 


Poetry on Brick Street
https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/
Poetry on Brick Street presents featured guest Ann Hostetler 
Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 pm

SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville
An open mic follows.
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Ann Hostetler is the author of Empty Room with Light and editor of A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry. She has published scholarly work in PMLA, as well as articles in the Mennonite Quarterly Review and Emerson Studies Quarterly. Ann has also published poetry in The American Scholar, The Cream City Review, Mankato Poetry Review and other literary journals. She is the site editor for the online Center for Mennonite Writing.

Poetry on Brick Street is a monthly series sponsored by Brick Street Poetry Inc. A nonprofit literary arts group that brings poetry to public spaces.

Recurring Events:


Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at sarahemorin1836@gmail.com

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:

Register now for annual IU Writers’ Conference!
The 77th annual IU Writers’ Conference is June 3 to 7 on the IU Bloomington campus.
Workshops include fiction, science fiction and poetry, and there are classes in fiction, poetry and comics.

Have questions? A complete schedule, a list of faculty and information about scholarships and registration are available on the conference website: http://www.iuwc.indiana.edu/



Rail Lines

An invitation to poets and writers in support of saving the Nickel Plate railroad tracks and the Indiana Transportation Museum.

When poets and writers feel strongly about something, we take to our pens, typewriters and keyboards. Lines of that literary self-expression will be published on the Facebook page, Rail Lines.

To submit a poem or short essay, email it to WritersforRails@gmail.com. Writers of all ages are welcome. Please keep your work brief, succinct and suitable for even the youngest readers’ eyes. If we think edits are needed, you will be contacted for approval.

Rail Lines is a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit that publishes a literary journal and hosts a monthly reading series in Zionsville and other poetry-related events throughout central Indiana.




The Summer 2017 submission window is officially open! We are accepting any and all creative fiction for consideration! Please, email your submissions to 1932quarterly@gmail.com no later than June 10th! See the following for the submission guidelines:
Poetry: 1. You may submit up to ten pieces of poetry with any type of formatting.
2. Each piece must be in a separate word processing document (Microsoft Word preferred but not mandatory) WITHOUT your name in the document.
Prose: 1. You may submit up to three pieces of short prose, no more than 10 pages each.
2. Each piece must be in a separate word processing document (Microsoft Word preferred but not mandatory) WITHOUT your name in the document. In your submission email, please denote which files are prose and which are poetry and include a short third-person biography of no more than 40 words. Also, keep in mind you may choose to resubmit work if it was not accepted for publication in either our Winter 2016 or Spring 2017 issue! Your adherence with following these guidelines is greatly appreciated as our team of editors will be going through a lot of work.



Brebeuf Jesuit Creative Writing Workshop for Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Instructor:  Chuck Wagner
June 12-16, 2017, Noon-3:00 PM
Cost: $160

 Do you have children in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are interested in exploring the craft of Creative Writing? Brebeuf Jesuit's Creative Writing Workshop will remind young writers to value and nurture their imaginations. Activities will include journaling, community creativity circles, character creation, drafting, and more. To register and for more information on the complete list of engaging programs offered by Prep@Brebeuf Academic & Sports Summer Camps, please visit  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BrebeufJesuitPreparatorySchool1

 




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. Currently, we are assembling our inaugural issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu. Visit us at https://theindianapolisreview.com/.



So It Goes Literary Journal

The submission period for our sixth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens March 1, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm. This year’s theme is A Little More Common Decency.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library was founded in 2009 to keep the literary, artistic, and cultural legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut alive, and in 2016, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared 2017 the “Year of Vonnegut.” In celebration of Vonnegut’s legacy, KVML, Visit Indy, and the Mayor’s Office, along with other community partners, have joined to offer monthly programming around the theme of common decency – an ideal that was very important to Kurt. In fact, this is what he had to say about common decency in his 1976 novel, Slapstick:

“I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as “common decency.” I treated somebody well for a little while, or even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in return. Love need not have anything to do with it…Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, ‘Please – a little less love, and a little more common decency'” (1976, p. 2).  Go here to learn more and submit.
 


The University of New Orleans Press is excited to announce that our third annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open.  We are looking to publish the best novel/short story collection written this year.
The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans is a project of UNO Press and UNO Center for the Book.

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish 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 from April 5-August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx




We are putting together a weekend of literary loveliness to celebrate and support small presses and independent authors. The events will take place in the performance and common areas of an artist live/work building in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan City, Indiana. Not only a beautiful place along Lake Michigan to visit in the summer, the Arts District is home to a growing number of art galleries, performance venues and special events. August 4th through 6th is especially busy and brings with it a great increase in foot traffic to the area. Registration is currently open for the book fair and that evening's "Speakeasy." Please take a moment to check out the details on our website and consider participating. http://theliteraryunderground.org/litfest/

The Matador Review

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is seeking submissions for the Summer 2017 publication. We publish poetry, fiction,flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end on May 31.

We call ourselves an alternative magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. We want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre;we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the alternative, The Matador Review is a home.

Check out our submissions page for more information: www.matadorreview.com/submissions

Submit to: editors(at)matadorreview.com
Questions, concerns? Email contact(at)matadorreview.com
Find us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/matadorreview
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/matadorreview




May submission deadlines

 


Essays for Democracy- Call for Submissions


In an effort to document what is proving to be a unique era in American political history on several fronts, Dr. Betty Wells and I have developed a project we are calling Essays for Democracy. The purpose is to provide the venue whereby women's voices can create the historical record of this era.  To this end, we are soliciting essays from women
activists for a book, tentatively titled "Resist: Women's Voices Speaking Truth to Power" being published by McFarland Publishers.

We are inviting any women members of various writing groups to submit an essay for this book, on a topic of their choosing.  This might be immigration, health care, the environment, a living wage, or any other concern they feel passionate about and are committed to protecting and defending.

Anyone who is interested should contact us at womenresisting@gmail.com for further details.  We will work with essayists on the deadline.




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/


 


The Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
 Go here to listen.

Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

We are accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.
Deadline July 31, 2017.

Finally, we have just started a new reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.


 


Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download and learn more:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Write for us: http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/English/pdfs/Submission%20Call%20Rethinking%20Magazine.pdf

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 

 

 

Make Some Noise


Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.


Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Where to Submit: April + May 2017

Happy spring—brought to you in part by “Hit,” the digital collage you see at the top of this post, by artist Marcos Morales: Marcos Morales is a graphic designer from Buenos Aires,…




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.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Click here for more information.

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

 



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears. Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril: http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelines/


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.  



The current edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/



Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.

 

 

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 to the Writing Contest

 

Events Around Indiana

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


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This is National Poetry Month and there are many poetry events happening on a daily basis.  Since we cannot possibly list all the events,  please click here for JL Kato's Poetry Notebook.  He has a wonderful comprehensive list for you to access.


The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, April 25  from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
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 poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  In honor of National Poetry Month we are having a Poem By Heart Challenge: learn a poem by heart (by your favorite poet, one of your own creations, or both!)  We will take turns sharing these well-cared for, deeply learned poems and discussing the process of learning poetry by heart (which is different than just memorizing.)


Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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We will be discussing A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut.  Chris LeFave of the Vonnegut Memorial Library will be leading our group discussion.


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Sunday, April 30 at 3-5 PM
 
Come celebrate National Poetry Month & the Indianapolis release of Nancy Chen Long's 'Light into Bodies,' winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Long will be joined by poets Rachel Sahaidachny and J.T. Whitehead.

Nancy Chen Long, a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellow in poetry, is the author of Light into Bodies, winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (University of Tampa Press, 2017)  as well as Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bat City Review, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. As a volunteer with the local Writers Guild, Nancy coordinates a reading series and works with others to offer free poetry workshops to the public. To give back to the writing community at-large, she reviews poetry books and interview poets at the blog Poetry Matters (readwritepoetry.blogspot.com), as  well as on her blog nancychenlong.blogspot.com. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA. She works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division. www.nancychenlong.com
Praise for Light Into Bodies:
"Nancy Chen Long’s poems are lush, meditative, and quietly urgent. With lines that are lyrically charged and haunted by the past, these poems long to be heard and carried in the ear. Here are poems that are   not afraid of beauty, or silence, or to know, “Dust is never an option. I have no need to hide.” "~Ada Limón

Rachel Sahaidachny holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University. She was a finalist in the 2016 Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards, and twice nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Award. She is co-editor of Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and former poetry editor of Booth: A Journal. Recent writing has been published in Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, Red Paint Hill, Nuvo, Indiana Humanities, and others. She works as programs manager for the Indiana Writers Center in Indianapolis.

J.T.Whitehead has traveled in Holland, France, Hong Kong, and China, and has studied in the U.K. Whitehead's work has appeared in Left Curve, the Lilliput Review, and Gargoyle. He is a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author, a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, and the winner of the 2015 Margaret Randall Poetry Prize. He is also the Editor in Chief of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt  Vonnegut Memorial Library. His collection of poetry The Table of the Elements (Broadkill River Press 2015) was nominated for the National Book Award. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons, where he practices law by day, and writes poetry by night.



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An Evening with the Poets at Franklin College
Thursday, April 27  at 7:00 P.M.

Branigin Room Napolitan Student Center/Franklin College
Featuring Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah

Click here to see the flyer with all the details.



Indy Reads Books
http://indyreadsbooks.org/
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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The last IUPUI Student Reading of the 2016-17 school year!
Thursday, April 27,  7:00pm – 8:30pm


Don't miss your last chance to be on our stage and win a prize for your silly scribblings. We could still use a few poets, fiction writers, memoirists, spoken-word performers, or musicians to add their talents to the stage. Contact Terry at tkirts@iupui.edu or (317) 274-8929 if you'd like a spot on our featured performers list! Come one, come all! 
https://www.facebook.com/IUPUI-Student-Readings-228507667180301/
Open to all IUPUI and area college students as well as community members, the IUPUI Student Readings provide a lively local stage for literary performance.



An Evening with Author Edward Kelsey Moore
at Creston Middle School Library

Friday, April 28,  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Born and raised in Indiana, Edward Kelsey Moore will be appearing in his home state on April 28th in Novel Conversations at Creston Middle School in Indianapolis. E.K.M. will be discussing his writing and will read from his New York Times bestselling novel, The Supremes At Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, and from its forthcoming sequel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. During an appearance earlier in the day, he will talking about the connections between being an accomplished cellist and successful writer; perhaps he will also play for the public appearance!

Sponsored by Indiana Humanities & the Glick Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-author-edward-kelsey-moore-tickets-33822641431


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Go here for all the details about Booth X


Writers Guild At Bloomington
http://writersguildbloomington.com/
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center

Guest Readers: Richard Durisen and Samuel Franklin
Sunday, April 30 @ 3:00–4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
This event is free and open to the public/Free Parking in the back.
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Richard H. Durisen is a retired Professor of Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington. As a theoretical astrophysicist, he has worked on a variety of topics, including planet formation, meteoroid bombardment of Saturn’s rings, and the growth of black holes at the centers of galaxies. Since retirement in the summer of 2010, after family, friends, and travel, Richard has devoted most of his time to creative writing, including poetry and short stories, often with science fiction, fantasy, and horror themes. He has had three pieces of flash fiction published (at 713 Flash, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Disturbed Digest), and one of his longer fantasy stories was included in the 2014 fiction issue of Bloomington’s magazine The Ryder.  His speculative poetry has appeared in Disturbed Digest, Illumen, FrostFire Worlds, and Space and Time. Richard is an active member of the local writers group Our Writing League and of the Emeriti House Poetry Appreciation Group. He has given public readings of his poetry and fiction in Bloomington and elsewhere.
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Samuel T. Franklin is mostly from Indiana, by way of Clayton, Terre Haute, and Bloomington, where he has lived since January 2014. He currently puts his degrees in history and English to good use as a technical writer, and his first book of poetry, The God of Happiness, was published in November 2016 through Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Although he has no desire to live in one again, he will always have a soft spot for small, structurally questionable apartments. He can be found at samueltfranklin.wordpress.com.


Poetry Month's Lit End
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Featured reader Derek Mong

Sunday, April 30 at 4:30 PM - 7 PM
Knickerbocker Saloon
113 N 5th St, Lafayette, Indiana 47901
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Join us and hear this great featured reader! Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (forthcoming, 2018), and a chapbook of Latin adaptions, In the Shadow of the Scrivener’s Quill (Two Sylvias Press, 2017). The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he holds degrees from Stanford, the University of Michigan, and Denison University. His poetry had appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Pleiades, Court Green and elsewhere. With his wife and co-translator, Anne O. Fisher, he has completed The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin. He blogs at Kenyon Review Online.


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Author Ben Winters
Monday, May 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

JCC Indianapolis, IN
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Imagine an America where the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists. Acclaimed author Ben H. Winters has done just that, and the result is his stunning and audacious thriller, UNDERGROUND AIRLINES—the lead summer title from Mulholland Books for 2016.

In UNDERGROUND AIRLINES, Ben Winters mashes and manipulates the thriller and speculative-history genres to explore deeper themes of slavery and racism’s bitter legacy. Victor’s world cannot quite be described as a dystopia, as there are far too many echoes of his damaged surroundings within our own. Ben’s attempt at holding up a mirror to our current world to see what looks back is a noble one, but reminds us still of Bertolt Brecht, who believed that “art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” UNDERGROUND AIRLINES will be, for some readers, the hammer that helps shape a new reality of understanding, awareness, and dialogue. Click here for the flyer.
Go here for Tickets



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Recurring Events:


Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at sarahemorin1836@gmail.com

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:

Bookmamas/Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 29 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219

The first 10 customers will receive swag bags. We will have "Make Your Own" Golden Books, an in-store scavenger hunt, authors Sherri Wood Emmons and Brian Sweeney, and many special IBD items for sale. (http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/shop-1/)
 
1:00 pm - We will begin reading A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut. Anyone wishing to volunteer to read, please  contact us at info@bookmamas.com  
 
Three Gift Drawings -
There will be a Bookmamas drawing for a gift basket.
A special drawing will be held for those who visit 2 of the Indianapolis participating stores (Bookmamas, Kids Ink and The History Market at Indiana History Center)and a very special drawing for people who visit all 3 stores. 



We are excited for the debut of Booth Books, a natural extension of the Publishing Lab at Butler University. Our first project will be an anthology: 'Birth of the White House Cool: Reflections on the Obama Years.' We are actively seeking submissions of literature and art. More info here: http://www.boothbooks.org/     Deadline 04/30/2017


So It Goes Literary Journal

The submission period for our sixth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens March 1, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm. This year’s theme is A Little More Common Decency.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library was founded in 2009 to keep the literary, artistic, and cultural legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut alive, and in 2016, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared 2017 the “Year of Vonnegut.” In celebration of Vonnegut’s legacy, KVML, Visit Indy, and the Mayor’s Office, along with other community partners, have joined to offer monthly programming around the theme of common decency – an ideal that was very important to Kurt. In fact, this is what he had to say about common decency in his 1976 novel, Slapstick:

“I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as “common decency.” I treated somebody well for a little while, or even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in return. Love need not have anything to do with it…Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, ‘Please – a little less love, and a little more common decency'” (1976, p. 2).  Go here to learn more and submit.

 




Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park

Frankfort, recently received a $3,000 grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program to offer a program for writers at all levels called Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park.

Writers can participate in the program by submitting essays, poems, and short stories about or inspired by McCormick’s Creek State Park to a chapbook being compiled, edited, and published by Craig, who also is a freelance editor and writing coach. Writers don’t have to attend the Writing in Place workshop or be a resident of Indiana to participate, but they do have to have visited McCormick’s Creek State Park and must write about or from their experiences there. Submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, April 30, 2017, and are limited to 1,000 words of prose or two poems (no more than 1,000 words combined) per participant.

The public can participate in the Writing in Place program by purchasing copies of the chapbook, which also will be titled Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, at the park’s annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Get more details here:
http://writinginplace.charitysingletoncraig.com/. Those interested can also find more details at the program’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/writinginplace/.


 
Proudly announces it's 2nd International Writing Contest for Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction
Deadline 04/30/2017
Go here for all the details and to submit: https://hourglassonline.org/

 


Mother’s Day 2017 Essay Contest

This year for Mother’s Day, in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest with a $200 prize for the winning essay!
In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life.  In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero.  Deadline 05/01/2017.

Go here for all the details: http://www.swiftriver.com/my-mother-my-hero/


Go here for many April submission deadlines.

 

Brebeuf Jesuit Creative Writing Workshop for Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Instructor:  Chuck Wagner
June 12-16, 2017, Noon-3:00 PM
Cost: $160

 Do you have children in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are interested in exploring the craft of Creative Writing? Brebeuf Jesuit's Creative Writing Workshop will remind young writers to value and nurture their imaginations. Activities will include journaling, community creativity circles, character creation, drafting, and more. To register and for more information on the complete list of engaging programs offered by Prep@Brebeuf Academic & Sports Summer Camps, please visit  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BrebeufJesuitPreparatorySchool1

 

Essays for Democracy- Call for Submissions


In an effort to document what is proving to be a unique era in American political history on several fronts, Dr. Betty Wells and I have developed a project we are calling Essays for Democracy. The purpose is to provide the venue whereby women's voices can create the historical record of this era.  To this end, we are soliciting essays from women
activists for a book, tentatively titled "Resist: Women's Voices Speaking Truth to Power" being published by McFarland Publishers.

We are inviting any women members of various writing groups to submit an essay for this book, on a topic of their choosing.  This might be immigration, health care, the environment, a living wage, or any other concern they feel passionate about and are committed to protecting and defending.

Anyone who is interested should contact us at womenresisting@gmail.com for further details.  We will work with essayists on the deadline.




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/


 


The Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
 Go here to listen.

Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

We are accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.
Deadline July 31, 2017.

Finally, we have just started a new reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.


Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event

I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM.  260-357-5485.

This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate.  Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate.  You will keep all your money you make from selling your books.  The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter.  Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.

Light refreshments will be offered.  Contact me Janie Ebinger chefjanie@hotmail.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett




Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download and learn more:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Write for us: http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/English/pdfs/Submission%20Call%20Rethinking%20Magazine.pdf

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 

 

 

Make Some Noise


Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.


Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Where to Submit: April + May 2017

Happy spring—brought to you in part by “Hit,” the digital collage you see at the top of this post, by artist Marcos Morales: Marcos Morales is a graphic designer from Buenos Aires,…




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.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Click here for more information.

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

 



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears. Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril: http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelines/


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.  



The current edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/



Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.

 

 

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 to the Writing Contest

An Evening with the Muse

Join us Sunday, April 9
at 7 p.m.

 

And Celebrate National Poetry Month!

 

With Featured Poet

David Shumate

FREE!
His reading will be followed by finger food and an Open-Mic reading.

David Shumate holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kansas University and a master of arts in English from Indiana University. His is an emerti faculty member at Marian University and is currently a lecturer in Butler University’s MFA program.

It is the work of a most fertile of imagination that engages us as this poet captivates with images that morph in the blink of an eye. We discover the trivial is not trivial, after all. His images open up like a new rose or fall away like the layers of well cooked Vidalia onion.  All of the quotidian dreck is still there but fantastically transmuted. He possesses a magical way of seeing things, saying things that is not part of ordinary intellectual insight. His writing, like good music, can be heard or read over and over and we still find something new and pleasurable.

This poet’s first book of prose poems, High Water Mark (University of Pittsburgh, 2004), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett prize and the 2005 Best Books of Indiana, poetry category. His second volume of prose poems, The Floating Bridge was published by the (University of Pittsburgh, 2008).  The title for his new, third book is Kimonos in the Closet.  His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals and has been anthologized in Good Poems for Hard Times and The Best American Poetry 2007.

This year (2014) David has been featured several times on National Public Radio’s Writer's Almanac, hosted and read by Garrison Keillor. This now makes a total of about 20 presentations of his work.

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

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048

Events Around Indiana

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


Marian University and the Unleavened Bread Cafe are excited to announce that authors of The Unleavened Bread Cafe: Twenty Years of Living Water will read their published poems. 
UBC Reading- Celebration
Tuesday, April 4th, at 6:30 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium at the Indianapolis Central Library
This reading is free to attend and requires no RSVP.

The Unleavened Bread Cafe: Twenty Years of Living Water is a collection of writing in celebration of the cafe’s 20th anniversary. It includes creative pieces written by women who have overcome substance abuse, domestic violence, and other injustices and trauma. The women created the poems and memoirs in a writing workshop held at the Unleavened Bread Cafe and facilitated by Assistant Professor of English, Wendy Vergoz, and student writing interns from Marian University. The book also includes a history of the cafe and a biography of its founder, Elease Womack, both written by student interns. Finally, the book contains a compilation of remembrances written by people whose lives have been touched by the cafe’s presence in the Mapleton-Fall Creek Community.

Copies of The Unleavened Bread Cafe: Twenty Years of Living Water will be available for purchase for $20 by cash or check with all proceeds benefitting the cafe.

The cafe’s Anniversary Celebration will continue on Sunday, April 9th, from noon-3 p.m. at the Unleavened Bread Cafe, 3003 North Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205. The Sunday celebration will feature a video tribute to the cafe created by Vergoz and her interns with help from Marian University’s videographer, Peter Matsoukas.


Indiana Historical Society
Book Talk and Signing with Ruth Ann Ingraham
Tuesday, April 4,  6:30-7:30pm
Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

“Cap” Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight
 
Discover early military aviation during World War I with Ruth Ann Ingraham, author of “Cap” Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight. On the anniversary of U.S. involvement during World War I, learn more about Ingraham’s father Colonel “Cap” Cornish and his role as a fighter pilot and in Indiana aviation. 
Free. Registration encouraged.


Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219
Mark Shaw book signing
Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00pm


Investigative reporter and former Indianapolis attorney Mark Shaw will be signing and discussing his new book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of "What's My Line" TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen.

For more information about Dorothy Kilgallen, the book, her articles and columns, photos, and videotaped interviews with those who knew her, check out the website: http://www.thedorothykilgallenstory.org

Jennifer Hurley and Tracy Mishkin
Saturday, April 8 - 2:00pm

 
Jennifer Hurley will reach from her new chapbook, "Origin".
Tracy Mishkin will also be reading from her book "The Night I Quit Flossing." 



Purdue University/Literary Reading Series
https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradfields/creativewriting/series.html

The Department of English at Purdue University is pleased to announce that author Margaret Atwood will be our distinguished guest speaker for the 2017 Literary Awards celebration
 
Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00PM
Loeb Playhouse-Purdue University
Memorial Mall Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Free and Open to the Public

A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, was made into a documentary.  Her recent novel, Madaddam (the third novel in the Oryx and Crake trilogy), has received rave reviews: “An extraordinary achievement” (The Independent); “A fitting and joyous conclusion” (The New York Times). The trilogy is being adapted into an HBO TV series by celebrated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Atwood’s most recent collection of short stories is Stone Mattress. Her most recent novel is called Hag-Seed, and it is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest.  In addition, Atwood has authored a graphic novel: volume one of Angel Catbird appeared in 2016 and the second volume will be released soon.

In March 2017, Atwood will be the honored recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the National Book Critics Circle.  Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004, she co-invented the LongPen, a remote signing device that allows someone to write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the internet. She is a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. She is also a popular personality on Twitter, with over a million followers.

Dana Roeser Reading
Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 pm

Krannert Auditorium/Purdue
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Dana Roeser is the author of three books of poetry: The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, winner of the Juniper Prize (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), and In the Truth Room (2008) and Beautiful Motion (2004), both winners of the Samuel French Morse Prize (Northeastern University Press/University Press of New England).  She has been the recipient of an NEA fellowship, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Laurel Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Northwest Review, POOL, Shenandoah, Sou’wester, and other journals, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Roeser has received fellowships for residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Le Moulin à Nef (VCCA France), St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (Valletta, Malta) (VCCA International Exchange), and Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.


Poetry on Brick Street
Will celebrate National Poetry Month with a Reading by Donald Platt

Thursday, April 6,  6:30 pm
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville
An open mic will follow.

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Donald Platt
is the author of Tornadoesque (2016), Dirt Angels (New Issues Press, 2009), My Father Says Grace (Arkansas University Press, 2007), Cloud Atlas (Purdue University Press, 2002), and Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, & Guns (Purdue University Press, 1994). His honors include the Discovery/The Nation Poetry Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Prize, two Verna Emery Poetry Prizes, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Purdue University and lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University
https://www.butler.edu/vws
Charlie Jane Anders
Charlie Jane Anders
Thursday, April 6
Atherton Union Reilly Room, 7:30 PM

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky and Choir Boys, which won the Lambda Literary Award. She’s the organizer of the Writers With Drinks reading series, and she was a founding editor of io9, a website about science fiction, science, and futurism. Her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Tor.com, Lightspeed, Tin House, ZYZZYVA, and several anthologies. Her novelette “Six Months, Three Days” won a Hugo award.

She writes: “I was a founding editor of io9.com, where I’m probably best known for my reviews of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Last Airbender. Or my super detailed look at the making of Mork and Mindy. Or for my Game of Thrones recaps.  Or for my writing advice columns. Or my in-depth investigation of people who claim HIV doesn’t cause AIDS. Or my geeky articles about topics like the search for a cure for cancer, or how Leonard Nimoy changed everything, or how the TV show Star Blazers helped me deal with being bullied. Or just generally being an obnoxious loud-mouth.”


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April 8, 2017, at 7 p.m.
The Athenaeum
407 E. Michigan Street
Co-Sponsored by Ice Miller, LLP

The 8th annual Night of Vonnegut, co-sponsored by Ice Miller — the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library’s signature event. We are thrilled to announce the 2017 keynote at Night of Vonnegut will be our friend Steve Inskeep, host and reporter with National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, who will participate in a conversation with Nuvo’s David Hoppe on common decency. Broadcast journalist and political reporter Jim Shella will host the event and author Dan Wakefield will present the Kurt Vonnegut Writing Award and the Jane Cox Vonnegut Writing Award to two Shortridge High School students. In honor of the 2017 Year of Vonnegut, KVML will be presenting the first ever Kurt Vonnegut Common Decency Award to a special guest.  Get all the details here: http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/events/night-of-vonnegut/
 
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In partnership with Brick Street Poetry, Inc. and the Quilt Connection Guild, the Indianapolis  Artsgarden presents weekly poetry readings from Indiana poets each Monday at 12:15 pm in April
  in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Monday, April 10: Mary Place Godsey, Richard L. Lankford, John Sherman

Monday, April 17: Joyce Brinkman, Lylanne Musselman, Mary Sexson, Shari Wagner

Monday, April 24: Luke Austin Daugherty, Barry Harris, Bonnie Maurer



Writers Guild At Bloomington

http://writersguildbloomington.com/
Players Pub Spoken Word Series
April 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Players Pub

424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
$5 cover (can be added to your tab).

Featuring: Featuring Jason Ammerman, Shawna Kay Rodenberg, Erin Livingston, and more
There will also be an open mic.
 
Marilyn Chin
April 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center IU
275 N Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405

Marilyn Chin is a poet, translator, novelist, and a professor at San Diego State University. She is author of Hard Love Province, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Award in 2015. She is also author of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty, and Dwarf Bamboo.

Chin has received a Stegner fellowship, the PENen/Josephine Miles award, five Pushcart Prizes, the Patterson Prize, a Fulbright fellowship, and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has read her poetry at the Library of Congress and was interviewed by Bill Moyers and featured in his PBS series “The Language of Life” and in the PBS series “Poetry Everywhere.”
Event is free, no tickets required. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Vocab: Wordsmiths
Wednesday, April 12 at 8-11:30 PM
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 E. Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
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Join us for a night featuring three of the best to hit the mic...
These three embody what is pure and true about using words to capture a audience.

Featuring:  Wil Gibson, Manon Voice, Sylvia Thomas21+ $7 and a open-mic 



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37th Annual Christamore House Guild’s Book & Author Benefit Luncheon
Friday, April 21
Indiana Roof Ballroom

This year we have FIVE new authors all with new book releases—three of them are New York Times bestselling authors, and two are debut novelists.  Full list of 2017 authors:  Christina Baker Kline, A PIECE OF THE WORLD (best know for her bestselling ORPHAN TRAIN); Sara Jio, ALWAYS; Christina Kovac, THE CUTAWAY; Benjamin Ludwig, GINNY MOON; Vaddey Ratner, MUSIC OF THE GHOSTS. 

All of the proceeds from the Luncheon go to scholarships and educational programming at the
Christamore House in the Haughville neighborhood of Indianapolis. Tickets at http://christamoreguild.org/book-and-author-benefit/



Bookmamas

http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219
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Sunday, April 30 at 3-5 PM
 
Come celebrate National Poetry Month & the Indianapolis release of Nancy Chen Long's 'Light into Bodies,' winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Long will be joined by poets Rachel Sahaidachny and J.T. Whitehead.

Nancy Chen Long, a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellow in poetry, is the author of Light into Bodies, winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (University of Tampa Press, 2017)  as well as Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bat City Review, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. As a volunteer with the local Writers Guild, Nancy coordinates a reading series and works with others to offer free poetry workshops to the public. To give back to the writing community at-large, she reviews poetry books and interview poets at the blog Poetry Matters (readwritepoetry.blogspot.com), as  well as on her blog nancychenlong.blogspot.com. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA. She works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division. www.nancychenlong.com
Praise for Light Into Bodies:
"Nancy Chen Long’s poems are lush, meditative, and quietly urgent. With lines that are lyrically charged and haunted by the past, these poems long to be heard and carried in the ear. Here are poems that are   not afraid of beauty, or silence, or to know, “Dust is never an option. I have no need to hide.” "~Ada Limón

Rachel Sahaidachny holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University. She was a finalist in the 2016 Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards, and twice nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Award. She is co-editor of Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and former poetry editor of Booth: A Journal. Recent writing has been published in Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, Red Paint Hill, Nuvo, Indiana Humanities, and others. She works as programs manager for the Indiana Writers Center in Indianapolis.

J.T.Whitehead has traveled in Holland, France, Hong Kong, and China, and has studied in the U.K. Whitehead's work has appeared in Left Curve, the Lilliput Review, and Gargoyle. He is a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author, a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, and the winner of the 2015 Margaret Randall Poetry Prize. He is also the Editor in Chief of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt  Vonnegut Memorial Library. His collection of poetry The Table of the Elements (Broadkill River Press 2015) was nominated for the National Book Award. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons, where he practices law by day, and writes poetry by night.



Recurring Events:



Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at sarahemorin1836@gmail.com




Poetry Open Mic
Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater

Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre.
 

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:

So It Goes Literary Journal

The submission period for our sixth annual So It Goes Literary Journal opens March 1, 2017 and ends on June 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm. This year’s theme is A Little More Common Decency.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library was founded in 2009 to keep the literary, artistic, and cultural legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut alive, and in 2016, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett declared 2017 the “Year of Vonnegut.” In celebration of Vonnegut’s legacy, KVML, Visit Indy, and the Mayor’s Office, along with other community partners, have joined to offer monthly programming around the theme of common decency – an ideal that was very important to Kurt. In fact, this is what he had to say about common decency in his 1976 novel, Slapstick:

“I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as “common decency.” I treated somebody well for a little while, or even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in return. Love need not have anything to do with it…Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, ‘Please – a little less love, and a little more common decency'” (1976, p. 2).  Go here to learn more and submit.

 




2017 Poetry Prize
Final Judge: Vievee Francis

Submissions to the 2017 Poetry Prize have been extended until April 15, 2017! The winner receives $1,000 and publication of the winning poem in Indiana Review.

The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year-long subscription to the journal. All entries will be considered for publication.  Go here to for details and to submit.



Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park

Frankfort, recently received a $3,000 grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program to offer a program for writers at all levels called Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park.

Writers can participate in the program by submitting essays, poems, and short stories about or inspired by McCormick’s Creek State Park to a chapbook being compiled, edited, and published by Craig, who also is a freelance editor and writing coach. Writers don’t have to attend the Writing in Place workshop or be a resident of Indiana to participate, but they do have to have visited McCormick’s Creek State Park and must write about or from their experiences there. Submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, April 30, 2017, and are limited to 1,000 words of prose or two poems (no more than 1,000 words combined) per participant.

The public can participate in the Writing in Place program by purchasing copies of the chapbook, which also will be titled Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, at the park’s annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Get more details here:
http://writinginplace.charitysingletoncraig.com/. Those interested can also find more details at the program’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/writinginplace/.

 

April 13April 15
Speak Easy Downtown
47 South Meridian, Indianapolis, IN  46204

3 days. 4 new plays. Staged readings. Playwrights from across the country. Indy actors. Indy audiences.

Playwrights are coming to Indy from across the country for YOUR feedback on their work. Be a part of developing new plays at the first annual Circle City New Play Fest!
THURSDAY, APRIL 13 at 7PM - Daughters of the Moon by Reginald Edmund
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 at 7PM - Spineless by Elise Lockwood
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 at 4PM - Time and Sarah by Merri Biechler
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 at 7PM - Tectonic Mélange by Deborah Yarchun
$10 gets you admission + a drink.
Doors open an hour before each show for happy hour with the playwright and a discussion session will follow each staged reading.

The Circle City New Play Fest is produced by Bo Frazier and KT Peterson in association with The Geeky Press and Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis.

Check out the individual events for more about each show!
Circle City New Play Fest: The Daughters of the Moon
Circle City New Play Fest: Spineless
Circle City New Play Fest: Time and Sarah
Circle City New Play Fest: Tectonic Mélange

Don't forget to attend a one-night-only playwriting workshop led by Deb while she's in town: WRITING TO IMPACT! Monday April 17 6-8pm at Metonymy in Fountain Square. $20 cash. ***All proceeds of readings and workshop go to the playwrights. Deborah Yarchun Ben Asaykwee Casey Ross Paige Scott Janice Florczak Hibbard Derek Kaellner Kait Burch Claire Wilcher Patrick Weigand Denise Michelle Frankie Bolda Zack Neiditch Bennett Ayres


Brebeuf Jesuit Creative Writing Workshop for Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Instructor:  Chuck Wagner
June 12-16, 2017, Noon-3:00 PM
Cost: $160

 Do you have children in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who are interested in exploring the craft of Creative Writing? Brebeuf Jesuit's Creative Writing Workshop will remind young writers to value and nurture their imaginations. Activities will include journaling, community creativity circles, character creation, drafting, and more. To register and for more information on the complete list of engaging programs offered by Prep@Brebeuf Academic & Sports Summer Camps, please visit https://campscui.active.com/orgs/BrebeufJesuitPreparatorySchool1

 

Go here for many April submission deadlines.





Proudly announces it's 2nd International Writing Contest for Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction
Deadline 04/30/2017
Go here for all the details and to submit: https://hourglassonline.org/

 


Mother’s Day 2017 Essay Contest

This year for Mother’s Day, in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest with a $200 prize for the winning essay!
In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life.  In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero.  Deadline 05/01/2017.

Go here for all the details: http://www.swiftriver.com/my-mother-my-hero/



Essays for Democracy- Call for Submissions



In an effort to document what is proving to be a unique era in American political history on several fronts, Dr. Betty Wells and I have developed a project we are calling Essays for Democracy. The purpose is to provide the venue whereby women's voices can create the historical record of this era.  To this end, we are soliciting essays from women
activists for a book, tentatively titled "Resist: Women's Voices Speaking Truth to Power" being published by McFarland Publishers.

We are inviting any women members of various writing groups to submit an essay for this book, on a topic of their choosing.  This might be immigration, health care, the environment, a living wage, or any other concern they feel passionate about and are committed to protecting and defending.

Anyone who is interested should contact us at womenresisting@gmail.com for further details.  We will work with essayists on the deadline.




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/


 


The Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
 Go here to listen.

Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

We are accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.
Deadline July 31, 2017.

Finally, we have just started a new reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.




We are excited for the debut of Booth Books, a natural extension of the Publishing Lab at Butler University. Our first project will be an anthology: 'Birth of the White House Cool: Reflections on the Obama Years.' We are actively seeking submissions of literature and art. More info here: http://www.boothbooks.org/
Deadline 04/30/2017



Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event

I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM.  260-357-5485.

This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate.  Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate.  You will keep all your money you make from selling your books.  The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter.  Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.

Light refreshments will be offered.  Contact me Janie Ebinger chefjanie@hotmail.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett




Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download and learn more:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Write for us: http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/English/pdfs/Submission%20Call%20Rethinking%20Magazine.pdf

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 

 

 

Make Some Noise


Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.



Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Where to Submit: February + March 2017

Hello writers! Here’s another round of submissions opportunities.
As you search for places to submit your writing, don’t forget the rest of Entropy’s cornucopia of offerings, which includes the Small Press Database, a compendium of small press interviews that has recently reached 115 presses. Do your research, keep writing, and good luck!





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.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Click here for more information.

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

 



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears. Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril: http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelines/



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.  



The current edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/



Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.

 

 

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 to the Writing Contest

Countdown to the Gathering of Writers!

Writing Well-Done: How Do You Know Your Work is Reader Ready? 

Fiction writer Bryan Leung, will address this topic in his keynote lecture for this year’s Gathering of Writers, “Raw, Rare, Medium, or Well-done: When can You Stick a Fork in It? (vegetarian version)”.

Leung offers a 100% guarantee that the moment his lecture is over, “…you will know with absolute certainty when any piece of writing you are working on is done, complete, fin.”

Though, he says, Restrictions may apply: Side effects may include nausea, writer’s block, inner peace, turf toe, prolific output, self-doubt, self-confidence, mixed metaphors, and/or a lifetime of satisfying manuscripts. You will learn ways to know when your story, poem, essay, or play is finished—and much, much more.

Join us at the Indiana Landmarks Center when Indiana's best established and emerging writers will meet for a full day of classes on the writing craft.  Sessions in poetry, fiction, playwriting and creative nonfiction will be presented by nine accomplished Indiana writers, including Andrew Black, Brian Brodeur, Mary Ann Cain, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Jean Harper, George Kalamaras, Adrian Matejka, Michael McColly and Greg Schwipps.  You’ll leave full of inspiration, armed with ideas to reach the moment when you know your work is well-done—along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way.  


Brian Leung is the author of Take Me Home (HarperCollins) which was a recipient of a Willa Award for Historical Fiction, World Famous Love Acts (Sarabande Books) the recipient of both the Mary McCarthy Award in Short Fiction and the Asian American Literary Award for fiction, and the well-received novel, Lost Men (Random House). In 2012 Lambda Literary Foundation presented him with its Mid-Career Novelist Award. Brian’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies as well as Story, Numero Cinq, The Ocean State Review, Crazyhorse, Grain, Gulf Coast, Kinesis, The Barcelona Review, Mid-American Review, Salt Hill, Gulf Stream, River City, Runes, The Bellingham Review, Hyphen, Velocity, The Connecticut Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crowd, and in the short story anthologies, The Habit of Art, Law and Disorder, and Altered States. He is also the co-author of the non-fiction humor title, Not Another Feel Good Singles Book.  For six years Professor Leung worked with the U.S. Department of State Institute on Contemporary U.S. Literature where, in his final year, he served as Principal Investigator and Director. He is a recipient of the University of Louisville's President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity, and a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award at that same institution.  Currently, he serves as Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. A native of California, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He has teaching experience in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, literary genre, and special topics in contemporary American literature. His writing interests include writing within difference and diversity including concerns surrounding race, class, gender, and sexuality. His novel, Ivy vs. Dogg is forthcoming from C&R press in fall, 2017.



Make your Gathering experience complete and take the Sunday Master Class with Brian Leung!  $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
Master Class: Revising Revision


$85 Members / $150 Nonmembers

Special Scholarship Opportunity:
One scholarship available for a woman in financial need, who has overcome or lives with a learning disability, or a disability of another kind.  Please submit a 250 word statement which describes your need and how you would benefit from going to the Gathering of Writers. This scholarship was made possible by donation, and includes registration for the Gathering of Writers on Saturday, March 25th, as well as the Master Class with Brian Leung on Sunday, March 26th. Non-transferable.
Email your statement to rachel@indianawriters.org.


*A limited number of scholarships are available for full-time students. They may be requested with a teacher recommendation. Email rachel@indianawriters.org 

Lunch will be guaranteed for all attendees who pre-register by 03/21/2017. 

                

 

Gathering of Writers Refund Policy

 

 

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:


 

 

 


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