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.



Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University
https://www.butler.edu/vws
Diane Seuss
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 PM

Robertson Hall/Ford Salon
4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208
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Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956 and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Seuss is the author of three books of poetry: Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), recipient of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; It Blows You Hollow (New Issues Press, 1998); and her third book Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press, 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016.

She served as the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the English department at Colorado College in 2012 and is currently writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, where she has been on the faculty since 1988.
 

University of Notre Dame/Institute for Latino Studies

http://latinostudies.nd.edu/news-events/events/2017/04/19/rigoberto-gonzalez-reading-from-his-work/
Poet Rigoberto Gonzalez reading from his work
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30-8:30PM

Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium
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Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the Institute for Latino Studies presents award-winning author, Rigoberto Gonzalez on April 19. Pre-event reception at 6:15 pm at 204 McKenna Hall West Lounge.
Co-sponsors:
Creative Writing Program, Department of Romance Languages and literatures, Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

INconversation with Alan Lightman
Thursday, April 20
6:30pm-8pm

Eidson-Duckwall Hall, Butler University
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A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. Its poetic vignettes explore the connections between science and art, the process of creativity and the tender fragility of human existence. It’s the kind of genre-defying book that is only possible at the intersection of the humanities—literature, history, philosophy—and STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. That’s why Indiana Humanities is pleased to welcome author Alan Lightman to Indianapolis to kick off our new thematic initiative Quantum Leap. Join us as we talk with Alan, author of many acclaimed books, plays and essays, about the links between the physical and metaphysical worlds and discover how a physicist becomes a National Book Award finalist and humanities professor at MIT. Conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Director of Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative.

 
This event is proudly presented by Indiana Humanities in partnership with the daVinci Pursuit and Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative.

Reserve your free tickets here.  Doors open at 6pm for cocktails and light hors d’ouevres. Book signing to follow.


Brick Street South Poetry Series and Big Car Collaborative
Present Dan Grossman
Thursday, April 20  at 6:30 PM

Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis
An open mic follow the reading.

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Dan Grossman
is a freelance writer with an 10-year track-record covering the central Indiana art scene for NUVO News. He has won four awards from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his writing. His poetry has been published in So it Goes (the literary magazine of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library), Punchnel's. Five Fingers Review, and other publications. His novel, Rogue Elephants, was inspired by his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa.


The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI

https://www.facebook.com/events/1635647253116668/
Featuring Novelist Lili Wright
Thursday, April 20  8pm

IUPUI Campus Center/Room 405, Indianapolis, Indiana
Free Admission/Tickets Available at www.iupui.edu
(Attendees are encouraged to register for free tickets, as seating will be limited. Books will be available for purchase, and the author will sign books after the reading.)
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Lili Wright is the author of Dancing with the Tiger, a literary thriller set in Mexico, and the travel memoir Learning to Float. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and numerous other publications. Wright will read from and discuss her new novel, which The New York Times called “electric with plot.”


Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Jan Maher book signing
Friday, April 21 at 6:30pm

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Jan Maher will be discussing and signing her book, Earth As It Is.

Bookmamas 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.
 


Indy Reads Books
http://indyreadsbooks.org/

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Samrat Upadhyay Book Launch for Mad Country
Friday, April 21 at 7PM
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Samrat Upadhyay’s Mad Country tells (poignantly and pitilessly) the stories of a cross-section of characters in Nepal and the United States: journalists harassed and murdered by their own government, a Nepali-American immigrant who joins the Ferguson protests, a white American woman in Kathmandu obsessed with Nepali culture, and a range of others: loners, fractured families, characters drawn to or repelled by otherness, people caught between cultures in global currents they can only partially comprehend. The narrator of the title story, lying sleepless in a prison cell, her world turned upside down by a change in politics, thinking about the people she used to know, says: They came to me as though they were people I’d known a long time ago, perhaps when I lived in a distant, mad country. Is it the past that’s mad, or the present? Or are we the mad ones, for believing in any particular system—that it will endure, that our positions in it will be safe?

Samrat Upadhyay is the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University.
You can learn more about his book here: http://samratupadhyay.com/


Robert Stephen Craig's book release: "The Innocent and the Dead" at Indy Reads
Saturday, April 22, 2pm – 4pm

A ghost story with a subplot of reincarnation and spirit channeling:
In 1889 two men rode out into the night to murder an Indiana farm family. After almost a hundred years Bill, Diane, and their daughter Mary move into a house built on the site of the old massacre. They bring a haunted past to a haunted house, and it involves not only this life but two previous life times. One man, John McCauley, can help them. John has a haunted past of his own, and it involves his relationship with the man who orchestrated the nineteenth century mass murder.

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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/

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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 24: Luke Austin Daugherty, Barry Harris, Bonnie Maurer




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.)



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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.




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Go here for all the details about Booth X


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.


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.

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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



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:



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: 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

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.

Platt
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:


 

 

 

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:

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/.



Zionsville Cultural District announces Step-On-Us Sidewalk Poetry Contest
Zionsville’s first ever poetry contest to transform downtown sidewalks

Got a rhyme? Got a thought? Got a poem for a sidewalk? Now is the time, and Zionsville’s the place. Put that poem on paper or computer screen and send it to the Zionsville Cultural District (ZCD). That organization is sponsoring the first-ever “Step-On-Us Sidewalk Poetry Contest.” 

The project, unique in Indiana and one of only a handful in the nation, is to promote the arts in the Village of Zionsville. Winners, one adult and one youth, will see their work stamped into a Village sidewalk. Winning poems will be stepped on, stomped on, skipped on, and read by villagers and visitors alike for years to come.

Poems may be simple or profound but may not be political or profane. They must be short. Poets are divided into two categories – youth (students 18 and under, Zionsville residents) and adult (Indiana residents 19 and over). Entry fees are $5 for youth and $10 for adults.  Entries are due March 30 with the winners announced in April – which is National Poetry Month. Entries can be mailed to Zionsville Cultural District (225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville, IN 46077) or submitted online at www.zionsvilleculturaldistrict.org. Submitted poems will be reviewed without the authors’ names on them by ZCD Board members, a board member from Poetry on Brick Street and a board member from the Poetry Society of Indiana.



POET TO PRESENT  “POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE & BY THE PEOPLE”
WORKSHOP AT MOUNDS STATE PARK

Poet John Sherman of Indianapolis will present a “Poetry for the People and by the People” workshop at Mounds State Park, 4306 Mounds Road, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 1. The workshop has been scheduled prior to the April 15 deadline for the park’s annual photography and poetry competition.

Sherman, an Indianapolis-based poet with three poetry books and two spoken-word CDs, received an Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. He has written poetry and taken photos in the park in preparation for the workshops.

Registration is required so that ample supplies and seating will be available. The workshops are free. All supplies are provided. To register, email kmorgan1@dnr.in.gov or call the park’s nature center at 765-649-8128.
Sherman will also be on site to meet with students on field trips to the park on April 5 and April 12 to discuss the park and work on poetry based on the students’ observations. Registration is required.

Words and phrases that Sherman feels represent aspects of the park have been put on display at the park, with the request for the public to add their own.
Click here to read a poem.

 

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 to get information and register:

http://womenwhowrite.com/events/297/spring-rejuvenation-conference/




Proudly announces it's 2nd International Writing Contest for Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction

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.

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.
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.

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/




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

Events Around Indiana

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


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

Second IUPUI Student Reading of Spring 2017 
Wednesday, March 22  7:00-8:30 PM
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Join us for another IUPUI Student Reading at Indy Reads, celebrating the literary spirit of the IUPUI and Indianapolis community. We're still looking for poets, writers, comedians, singers, spoken-word performers, memoirists, secret tellers, and manifesto shouters to join us on our stage for this event, so please contact Terry at tkirts@iupui.eduor (317) 274-8929 if you'd like to sign up for a slot on performance stage! Hope to see you all there!

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


Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/spring-2017/

Bonnie Jo Campbell,
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium

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Award-winning novelist and short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell, called "an original American voice" by the Los Angeles Times, is coming to DePauw University as Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing.

Campbell was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction for her short-story collection American Salvage, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was named one of that year's top six books by the Kansas City Star. She has won a Pushcart Prize for her story “The Smallest Man in the World,” received the 1998 Associated Writing Programs Award for short fiction (for Women & Other Animals), and her “The Inventor, 1972” earned Campbell the 2009 Eudora Welty Prize from Southern Review.  Once Upon a River, published in 2011, was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award and was deemed "vivid and mesmerizing" by Entertainment Weekly. Her most recent work, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, was published last year. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ontario Review, Story, Witness, Mid-American Review and Utne Reader, among other publications.

This event, sponsored by the the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing fund, is supported by the Kelly Writers Series.
 
 

Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program
http://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

Hilary Plum & Zach Savich Reading
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00-9:00PM

Hammes Campus Bookstore
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Hilary Plum is the author of the work of nonfiction Watchfires (Rescue Press, 2016) and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). Recent prose and criticism has appeared in Full Stop, Bookforum, the Seneca Review, Poetry Northwest, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. With Zach Savich she edits Rescue Press’s Open Series. She lives, teaches, and edits in Philadelphia.

Zach Savich's fifth collection of poetry, The Orchard Green and Every Color, was published by Omnidawn in 2016, and Diving Makes the Water Deep, his memoir of cancer, teaching, and poetic friendship, was published in 2016 by Rescue Press. His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, and other honors. His poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, A Public Space, Mid-American Review, VOLT, jubilat, Best New Poets, and The New Census. He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

The reading is free and open to the public.


Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club meeting
March, 22 - 7:00 to 8:00pm

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We will be discussing books written about Hoosier composer, Cole Porter.  Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite biography or autobiography.

Andrew Arthur Olson III book signing
Saturday, April 1 - 2:00pm


Andrew Arthur Olson III will be speaking about and signing copies of Forging the Bee Line Railroad: The Rise And Fall of the Hoosier Partisans and Cleveland Clique.



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."

 


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: Abegunde and Patsy Rahn
Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Free parking in the back.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
This event is free and open to the public.
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Dr. Abegunde is an egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition, Reiki Master, and doula with a focus on the recovery of ancestral memory from the Earth and human body. Her writing has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Kenyon Review, Best African American Fiction 2010, Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, and nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts.  She is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Sacatar (Brazil), Ragdale, and Norcroft.
More information about her work can be found at:  http://iub.academia.edu/MariaHamiltonAbegunde
http://abegunde.com
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Patsy Rahn is a poet and prose writer.  Her writing has been published in academic journals and various literary publications. She has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles and Bloomington.  In 2016 she read at a number of public events, including with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Patsy has been a reader for the radio shows Books Unbound on WFHB, and Anthology on WFIU. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and works at the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
 


The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, March 28 @ 7pm
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.)
 
Branches Magazine
Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm.  This month is a Celebration of 30 years of Branches Magazine,  an Indiana magazine that publishes poetry and essays by Indiana authors.  Our featured readers will be authors who have published in Branches over the years and editor Elsa Kramer, publisher Tom Healy will be our guests. Bring your favorite Branches writings!  We will have a pitch in feast, so bring your favorite food to share as well.
 
 
Reiberg Reading Series
the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI English Department
Featuring Angela Palm
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 pm
The Lilly Auditorium/IUPUI Library
755 W. Michigan St. Indianapolis
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Palm will read from and discuss her new book, Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, a mesmerizing account of Palm’s childhood in rural Indiana on the banks of the Kankakee River, which flooded each year due to a man-made alteration of its course.

Her memoir is an Indie Next selection and winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Palm has been awarded the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in Ecotone, At Length Magazine, Brevity, Paper Darts, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont, where she works as a developmental editor and teaches creative writing at Champlain College and the New England Young Writers’ Conference.
 
Attendees are encouraged to register for free tickets, as seating will be limited. Books will be available for purchase, and the author will sign books after the reading.

Go here for your ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reiberg-reading-series-angela-palm-tickets-32360648571



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Thursday, March 30
at 7 PM - 8 PM
James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

ANNOUNCING the start of our 2017 Poetry Series with husband and wife team Chris Forhan & Alessandra Lynch!

Forhan
authored the memoir “My Father Before Me” and three books of poetry, including the winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize “The Black Leapt In.” Lynch currently teaches at Butler University and has authored three books of poetry, including the forthcoming “Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment.”

Poetry readings are held in the Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center at 528 Lockerbie Street. Refreshments will be served and attendees receive complimentary tickets for a future tour of our historic Museum Home.

 

Purdue University/Literary Reading Series

https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradfields/creativewriting/series.html

Alexander Chee Reading
March 30, 7:30 pm
Krannert Auditorium, Purdue Campus

Alexander Chee
is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night,  from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.

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.


Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis
http://www.uindy.edu/arts/kellogg-writers-series

Darryl Pickney Reading
Monday, April 3   7:30-9:00 PM

Schwitzer Student Center - Trustees Dining Room
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Novelist, playwright, and magazine writer Darryl Pinckney will read from his recent work. Pinckney was born in Indianapolis and now lives in New York City.

For more information, contact: mckelveyk@uindy.edu


Indiana University-Department of English
https://apps.iu.edu/ccl-prd/events/view/15179672?pubCalId=GRP22041&type=month

Colson Whitehead - The Susan D. Gubar Annual Lecture

Monday, April 3,  7 PM
Neal-Marshal Center, Grand Hall
Free to the Public
Colson-Whitehead

Whitehead just won the National Book Award for The Underground Railroad. A MacArthur Genius Award Recipient, he is the author of six novels and is simply one of the most talented living American writers.



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.

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.
 

Countdown to the 2017 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, author of World Famous Love Acts, Lost Men, and Take Me Home, is a past recipient of the Lambda Literary Oustanding Mid-Career Prize. Other honors include the Asian-American Literary Award, Willa Award, and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. His short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, online venues, and anthologies. “Shuhua’s Suite” originally appeared in Blythe House Quarterly. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He lives with his husband in Lafayette, Indiana, where he is the Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University.  http://www.readbrianleung.net/



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


*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 provided for all attendees who pre-register. 

                

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An Evening with the Muse

Join us Sunday, March 12, 2017

7 p.m.


You are the Featured Poet!

 

FREE!

Two sessions of Open-Mic reading with an intermission for refreshments and book signing, buying or exchanging.

The all-seeing-eye of more daylight to be awake in, begins today. Come read some poems to us, which you enjoy: your own or by a favorite poet. If you need a prompt think of light, warmth, wave lengths, clocks, sunrises and sunsets, how late the stars come out, the bright glow in the sky long after supper.



 


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

  And don't forget to reset your clock...

Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 04, 2017


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