Butler University Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series Presents:
Carmen Machado
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium

Carmen Maria Machado is an essayist, critic, and fiction writer. Her work defies and blends genres of nonfiction and surrealism, fantasy and fable, memoir and horror.

Her debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was long-listed for the National Book Award before it was even published in 2017. It was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, and it was the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. 

Machado’s much-awaited second book, a speculative memoir In the Dream House, just released in November 2019, is, as Lila Shapiro has written in Vulture, “both a memoir of her toxic relationship with her first girlfriend and a history of queer domestic violence with chapters that dance between genres. Some read like fairy tales, others like horror stories; there’s a choose-your-own-adventure section.”

Growing up in Pennsylvania, an hour north of Philadelphia, in a household where story-telling was always present, Machado learned about stories through reading, as well as oral tradition. Her grandparents were immigrants; one of her grandfathers left Cuba at 18.

Machado holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener- Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently, she is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife. 

IUPUI Reiberg Reading Series: Hieu Minh Nguyen
Thursday February 6, 2020
Herron School of Art and Design
735 W New York St, Indianapolis, Indiana

Hieu Minh Nguyen is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) and Not Here (Coffee House Press, 2018). In 2019 Hieu was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He is also 2018 Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, 2018 McKnight Writing Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine.

This event is made possible by the Reiberg Family, IUPUI's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. This event is free and open to the public.

 Poetry on Brick Street featuring Dana Roeser
Thursday, Feb. 6
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center: 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville, IN 46077

Please welcome special guest Dana Roeser for Poetry on Brick Street at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville. An open mic follows. Free admission.

Dana Roeser’s fourth book, All Transparent Things Need Thundershirts, won the Wilder Prize at Two Sylvias Press and was published in September 2019. She is also the author of The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, recipient of the Juniper Prize, as well as Beautiful Motion and In the Truth Room, both winners of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. Among her many awards and honors are the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and numerous residencies in the U.S. and abroad. She has read her work widely and taught in the MFA programs in poetry at Purdue, Butler, and Wichita State Universities. Recent poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Pushcart Prize XLIII, Crazyhorse, Laurel Review, North American Review, Indianapolis Review, and Notre Dame Review. For more about Dana Roeser, please see www.danaroeser.com.


Storytelling Art of Indiana Presents Regi Carpenter

WHAT: “Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood”
              Told by Regi Carpenter
              Sponsored by Jim Obermaier and Sally Perkins
              In partnership with Indiana Writers Center
              Interpreted for the deaf and hearing impaired
WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Frank and Katrina Basile Theater at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center,
450 W Ohio St., Indianapolis

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students with a valid ID. Members of the Indiana Writers Center are eligible for tickets at the $15 price- use the promo code "Writers". Tickets can be purchased online at Storytellingarts.org or by calling 317-232-1882.


VOCAB: The New New
February 12, 2020
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Indianapolis has some of the most talented artists in the game. This month's show features two that you might not know the name but you will never forget.

Poetry feature: Ayla Walter
Music Feature: Pearl Scott
As always we have our coveted open-mic.
Sign up is at the event and limited to 6 spots.

This is a 21+ event.
Show starts at show starts at 8pm
Cover is $10 cash at the door


75th Anniversary of the Firebombing in Dresden
February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm    $12

On the 75th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden and on the eve of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we celebrate women veterans. Come hear a history of women in the armed services and take part in an art exhibition and an original poetry reading by female vets. Hosted by former Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner and Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs women’s coordinator Laura McKee. Tickets on Eventbrite.

Notre Dame Creative Writing Reading Series: Zeyn Joukhadar
Thu Feb 13, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Faculty Hall room 232: Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30PM - 8:30PM
JCC Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.


The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5

Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email EggersEvent@vonnegutlibrary.org to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 04, 2020

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