Library Square Sidewalk Poetry

 

A new opportunity for writers and poets who are in Indiana, or have close Indiana ties:

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with Buckingham Companies, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, and the Indiana Writers Center, is seeking poetry from writers/poets who are interested in having their poems direct-stamped into sidewalk concrete around Buckingham’s new Library Square development just north of Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. Up to 12 poems will be selected for placement around the development, located between Pennsylvania, Meridian, St. Joseph, and 9th Streets. The selected poems also receive $250.00 honorarium.

Submissions are free!

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify, writers/poets must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be previously published (not self-published)
  • Live in or have close ties to Indiana
  • Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to the strict timeline

Entry Guidelines

  • Text and subject matter must be appropriate for viewing by the general public. Poems that are explicitly religious, political, graphically violent or overtly sexual will not be considered.
  • The submitted poems may be published or unpublished, as long as they are the original work of the applicant, the applicant owns the rights to the poem, and the applicant has the right to allow third parties to publish the poems.
  • Applicants may enter one submission of up to THREE short poems, or may submit up to three short excerpts from larger works as long as the excerpt stands on its own as a complete poem. Applicants may submit any combination of short poems and excerpts as long as no more than three total are submitted.  One submission per applicant.
  • Poems may be in any language but must be accompanied by an English translation. For additional information, email Rachel Sahaidachny, rachel@indianawriters.org  
  • Poems must have a maximum of 10 lines each (including blank lines and title lines). Poems must have no more than 40 characters per line (including punctuation and spaces), and a maximum total of 225 characters (all lines combined).
  • Applicants will retain full copyright of their poems; however, by applying for this call, poets agree that, if selected, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Buckingham Companies, and the Indiana Writers Center may freely use and/or print the poems as many times and in as many locations as they wish, and may also use the poems, and images of the installed poems, in whole or in part for promotional, documentary, and/or celebratory purposes.
  • Preference may be given to poems that are in some way reflective of books, reading, literature, or the power of words, but adhering to that theme is not required for acceptance. Poems may also be inspired by the works of the authors whose names are inscribed around the crown of the Central Library’s Cret Building.

    Submission Process

    To enter, applicants must provide the following information in two separate documents, as indicated.  Files can be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

    • Applicant Information (including a list of 1-3 previous publications)
    • Poetry Submissions
      • 1 – 3 short poems or excerpts from poems in one document
      • Please name this document according to the following format: LastNameFirstName_Poems.doc (or .docx or .pdf)

     

    Delivery of Submissions

    Emailed submissions are preferred.  Attach the two separate documents (Applicant Information Form and the poetry document) to a single email.  All required materials must be RECEIVED by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, June 30, 2017.  Direct emailed submissions to:  LibrarySquarePoetry@indianawriters.org

    Alternatively, the applicant form and poetry submissions may be typed and/or printed out on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper.  Paper submissions should be mailed to the Indiana Writers Center, PO Box 30407, Indianapolis, IN 46230-0407. Please do not mail applications to the street address!

    For more information and to read the complete Call to Writers/Poets Request for Short Poetry (RFP) from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, please copy & paste this link into your browser: http://www.indyartsguide.org/classified/arts-council-seeks-poems-sidewalk-poetry-project/

     

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — June 02, 2017

An Evening with the Muse

Join us Sunday, June 11 at 7 p.m.


With Featured Poet

Mary Place Godsey


FREE!

Followed by refreshments, book selling, signing, exchange and an Open-Mic reading.

Audience is encouraged to bring a poem written by yourself or by a favorite poet you may wish to read.


Mary Place Godsey is a lifelong resident of Indiana. She was born in northern Indiana and has spent most of her adult life in Indianapolis.  She has an A.B from Indiana University and a J.D. from the Indiana University Law School in Indianapolis.  She has taught high school and had worked for the legislative and the judicial branches of state government.

Mary has always been involved with written word. She currently is a member of the Central Indian Writers Association and leads the Garfield Poetry Circle that meets at Garfield Park. Mary has had poetry published in six issues of "Poetry Garden."  Her poems have also appeared in "The Advocate," "Branches, " "Tipton Poetry Journal," and in "Midwest Poets, from Pen to Paper". She also served as Poetry Editor for "Poetic Portions."

She also writes short stories and other as yet unidentified collections of written words. Mary has participated in the "Poetry in Free Motion" projects and that combine the skills of quilters with poetic work. Mary's goals include organizing and polishing some of her existing poems and writings to the point where she is willing to let them go into books. She says she writes because she has to.

Location:

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

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

Barb's Banned Books

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Wednesday, July 5   6-8 pm
The Athenaeum's Max Cade Room

407 East Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

In July, we will meet in The Athenaeum's Max Cade Room to discuss our reading of Journalist Luis Alberto Urreas’ The Devil’s Highway, which is the true story of 26 Mexican immigrants who attempted to cross into the United States in 2001 through an area known at The Devil’s Highway. Only 12 survived the journey.

If you are interested in joining this FREE one-of-a-kind book club, sign up here so that we know how many will be participating:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbs-banned-books-tickets-34798526329?aff=erelexpmlt
 

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:

Inside Gene Stratton-Porter’s Cabin: A Poetry Workshop
Instructor: Shari Wagner, IWC Teacher and Indiana Poet Laureate 2016-17
Date: Saturday, July 22    Time: 10 AM-4 PM
Location: Limberlost State Historic Site, 200 6th St., Geneva, IN
Cost: Free except for the Cabin Tour fee, $6 Adults / $5 Seniors, 60+
Registration: Starts June 22 until full;
Contact Shari Wagner at
sharimwagner@aol.com

The naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter was not only a novelist and non-fiction writer, she was also a poet who loved creating music and imagery through the crafting of language. I’m excited to be celebrating Gene’s poetic spirit through a series of poetry workshops I’ll be leading at the Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva. These workshops are part of the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sties program sponsored by the Indiana Arts Commission. Each workshop will include poetry prompts, models, collaborative exercises, onsite writing, and information about Porter’s relationship to the Limberlost. All participants will be invited to share their poems at a celebratory event in October. The first workshop will focus on writing poems inspired by Gene’s historic home in Geneva.


Rail Lines

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

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

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

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

 

Join us from the comfort of your own home to learn picture book basics! A Webinar on June 27, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST

Find out for yourself as author/illustrator Elise Parsley shares the basics of picture books for writers and illustrators. She'll share the crucial components of these seemingly simple books, such as story length, story topics, intended audience, how to find an illustrator, how to be an illustrator, character arc, story arc, pacing, rhyme, and prose. There will also be time for Q&A at the end.
 
Elise Parsley is the author/illustrator of three picture books published by Little Brown: If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! (2015), If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! (2016), and the just released If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! (2017) She also illustrated The Magic Word, written by Mac Barnett and published by Balzer & Bray. She lives in Beresford, South Dakota.

The fee for the webinar is $15 for members, $35 for non-members. (Non-members, if you would like to become a member prior to registering, go to SCBWI.org.)
Go to the website to learn more and register: https://dakotas.scbwi.org/events/webinar-the-big-picture-of-picture-books-with-authorillustrator-elise-parsley/


IUPUI professor offers grants to creative types to battle Islamophobia


Edward Curtis, a professor of religious studies at IUPUI who researches Islam and Islamophobia, is offering 10 $1,000 grants to local artists, writers, musicians, religious congregations, linguists and others. For the Community Competition to Prevent Islamophobia, he is looking for highly original projects that tackle anti-Muslim prejudice through performance, social media, dialogue and producing objects and other ideas.

Collaborations between Muslims and non-Muslims are especially welcome. All individuals who are not currently employed by or enrolled at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit three- to four-page, double-spaced, carefully crafted proposals that outline (1) what the project is, (2) who will be involved, (3) who the audiences will be, (4) how the project will be accomplished, (5) where it will take place, (6) how it will be marketed, and (7) why it is likely to reduce anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. A timeline should be included.

Proposals are due by Sept. 1, 2017, with notification of awards expected by Sept. 15, 2017. All projects must be implemented sometime between October 1, 2017, and May 1, 2018. Please send inquiries and/or final proposals to Prof. Edward Curtis, ecurtis4@iupui.edu. Proposals must be sent as a Microsoft Word file or PDF attachment to an email. The email must include the applicant's address and phone number.  Half of the award will be payable immediately, with the other half contingent upon completion of the project.  The specifics are available at http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/religious_studies/pages/event-view-folder/news_article.php?id=298



Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions
for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2017!

Our judge this year is Nicole Brossard. An important voice in poetry over
the last 40 years, she has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize
and has twice won the Governor General's Award for Poetry. We are honoured
to have her as our judge!

Submit up to 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. The $25 entry fee covers
3 poems. You may submit more than once. Poems may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published. Begin each poem on a new page, use 12-point font and single spacing.
1st prize is $750, 2nd $250. Both 1st and 2nd prize-winning poems will be
published in Vallum Magazine and on Vallum's website. Honourable Mentions
may be selected and published but are not eligible for cash prizes.

Send us your best work!  DEADLINE: July 15th, 2017
http://www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html


It's that time of the year! Find the 2017 Indiana Holiday Author Fair Information and Application. The deadline for applications is August 4th.

 

Go here for a PDF with all the details.

 


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



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

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open from April 5-August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx




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

The Matador Review

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

Our purpose is to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude. Submission information can be found at: www.matadorreview.com/submissions

Submissions can be sent to editors@matadorreview.com
Questions and concerns can be sent to contact@matadorreview.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matadorreview
Twitter: https://twitter.com/matadorreview

 




Submissions

 


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


 


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

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


 


Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Make Some Noise


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

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

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



Entrophy Magazine


Where to Submit: June + July

I’ve been thinking about all that goes into these Where to Submit posts, and have been grateful for the kind words that I hear about it more and more these days. One fact you may have observed: I include only a few short story/essay/poetry contests in our literary magazine section. While full manuscript submissions are often organized around contests, I worry that having a “contest” mentality toward literary publications (particularly in the short form) can be discouraging, especially to newer writers. I like thinking of magazines and presses as living breathing organisms rather than as slot machines, and it makes me happy when our list can reflect that.




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

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:

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, June 27  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.)
Fort Ben
Tonight, instead of a featured poet, we will meet at the Theater at the Fort, then carpool to nearby Fort Harrison Park to write nature inspired poetry.  Those interested can send tonight’s writing to submit to the Fort Ben Writer’s online journal for publication.  https://fortbenwriters.com/



Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

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Book Club meeting
Wednesday, June 28 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


We will be discussing My Father Before Me: A Memoir with author Chris Forhan.  Everyone is welcome to attend.



Indy Reads Books
http://indyreadsbooks.org/events/
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202
 
InSURJent meetup: Sister Outsider
Wednesday, June 28, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
InSURJent is back! This month, we will be taking a dive into Audre Lorde's anthology, Sister Outsider.

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.

As always, our book club is an OPEN book club. Everyone is welcome. Haven't been to one before? Join us for June! This discussion is truly bookclub style - we will sit in a circle and share our thoughts and questions and tease out the nuances of the black feminist lesbian mother poet, Audre Lorde.

You can pick up the book at Indy Reads Books for $16.99.

Indy SURJ is a local chapter of a national network of groups and individuals organizing people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.
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Cassandra L Richardson-Welch reading A Tree With Only One Leaf
Thursday, July 6,   4pm – 6pm

Tree with one leaf
EMILY RICHARDSON girl on the threshold of life, but what can she really expect? This story, is the second in a series of twelve enchanting short stories, fiction mingled with fact, tales of the accelerating and witty encounters Emily faces as she fumbles her way through the journey of ages, trying to find her true purpose. Based on the life and experiences of author Cassandra L Welch, ‘A Tree with Only One Leaf (VOLUMEII): Multiple Vertices Connected By One Path’ masterfully blends fact with fiction set to educate a generation about not only Welch’s achievements, but also illuminate the civil rights movement in a way never done before.  The life of Young Emily will offer more than entertaining diversion; it will inform, inspire, and investigate. If knowledge is power and laughter is the best medicine, Volume II is a soothing treasure indeed!


Adrian Matejka-Presented by UIndy’s Social Practice Art MA program and Etchings Press
Friday, July 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tube Factory artspace, 1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, 46203
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With the lean, long jab and agile step of a boxer, Adrian Matejka delivers this knockout dramatization of the larger-than-life life of heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. In dexterous interpolating voices, and in forms ranging from enveloping sonnets to prose letters and interviews, Johnson emerges as a scrappy, hard-edged hero—troubled by his own demons but determined to win the “fight of the century,” a fight that underscored the bitter realities of racism in America. These poems don’t pull no punches.

The legendary Jack Johnson (1878–1946) was a true American creation. The child of emancipated slaves, he overcame the violent segregationism of Jim Crow, challenging white boxers—and white America—to become the first African-American heavyweight world champion. The Big Smoke, Adrian Matejka’s third work of poetry, follows the fighter’s journey from poverty to the most coveted title in sports through the multi-layered voices of Johnson and the white women he brazenly loved. Matejka’s book is part historic reclamation and part interrogation of Johnson’s complicated legacy, one that often misremembers the magnetic man behind the myth.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) and Mixology (Penguin, 2009). He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, a National Poetry Series Award, the New York/New England Award, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with his wife, Stacey Lynn Brown, and their daughter.

 


Riley Poetry Series
ANNOUNCING the third reading in our 2017 Poetry Series with writers Shari Wagner and Elizabeth Krajeck!

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

528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis    Info:
317-631-5885

 

Greenwood Public Library
310 S. Meridian St, Greenwood, IN 46143

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Register for this event at
http://greenwoodlibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=18388&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/07/01

Barb's Banned Book Club


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

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

An Evening with the Muse

Join us Sunday, May 14th

7 p.m.


You are the Featured Poet!

 

FREE!

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


Location:

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

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

 

Events Around Indiana

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

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, May 23  from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month we are featuring Tracy Mishkin.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!



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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Recurring Events:


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

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

Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

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

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



Rail Lines

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

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

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

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




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



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

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

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

 




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



So It Goes Literary Journal

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

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


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

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open from April 5-August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx




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

The Matador Review

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

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

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

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




May submission deadlines

 


Essays for Democracy- Call for Submissions


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

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

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




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


 


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

Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

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

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


 


Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Make Some Noise


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

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

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


Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Where to Submit: April + May 2017

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




The Butler Bridge Program


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

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

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

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

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

Click here for more information.

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

 



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

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


speakyourstory.org


Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

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



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



Free Magazine for Writers

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest

 

Events Around Indiana

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


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


The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, April 25  from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  In honor of National Poetry Month we are having a Poem By Heart Challenge: learn a poem by heart (by your favorite poet, one of your own creations, or both!)  We will take turns sharing these well-cared for, deeply learned poems and discussing the process of learning poetry by heart (which is different than just memorizing.)


Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

Click here to see the flyer with all the details.



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


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



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

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

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


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Go here for all the details about Booth X


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

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


Poetry Month's Lit End
https://www.facebook.com/events/574366649437826/permalink/580257298848761/
Featured reader Derek Mong

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


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

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

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



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Go here to get your tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-author-scott-turow-tickets-32628902927


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


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