Important Update: GATHERING OF WRITERS POSTPONED

Dear Writers, Members, and Friends:
 
It's with a heavy heart and an abundance of caution that the Indiana Writers Center has decided to postpone the upcoming Gathering of Writers on March 28th, 2020. 

With an unprecedented pandemic spreading across the United States, the Indiana Writers Center wants to protect our members from unnecessary exposure. Many of our esteemed members also have chronic medical conditions or are in risk categories due to age. 

NEW DATE
At this time, we are coordinating with the venue, our speakers, and staff to find an appropriate new date. We have tentatively slated SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 as the new event date for The Gathering of Writers. It will still be held at the Indiana State Library. Our headliner, Michael Poore, has agreed to the new date. We are working to reschedule all the planned speakers and presenters. 

TICKETS
If you have already purchased your Gathering of the Writers ticket, it will automatically apply to the new date. No action is needed. 

If you can no longer attend the new date, the Indiana Writers Center offers four options:
            1) apply your ticket fee for IWC class credit within 12 months (by 3/28/2021).
            2) transfer your ticket to another member (with approval).
            3) apply your ticket fee as a donation to the IWC. You'll be supplied with a tax- deductible note.
           4) apply your ticket fee towards membership renewal.


If you can no longer attend, please reach out via SARAH@INDIANAWRITERS.ORG to make your alternative plans. 

Thank you for your understanding. We are all facing uncertainty and unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. We hope you will continue writing and learning. The Indiana Writers Center will continue to communicate changes and opportunities over the next several weeks. 

Thank you, 

Rachel Sahaidachny, Executive Director
Celeste Williams, President
IWC Staff and Board



https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf


 

The Indiana Writers Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — March 12, 2020

March 10 - Events Around Indiana

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

 

Depauw University Kelly Writers Series: Matthew G. Frank
Wed. March 11, 2020
7:30 P.M.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
10 W. Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s FoodPreparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks“Preparing the Ghost” was a New York Times Editors' Choice, an NPR Notable Book, and a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For.  “The Mad Feast” was selected as a Staff Pick by The Paris Review, a Best Book of 2015 by PloughsharesThe Millions, and Paste Magazine, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Entertainment Weekly. His forthcoming nonfiction book, A Brief Atmospheric Future, is due out in 2021 from W.W. Norton. His work appears widely in journals and magazines, including The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Guernica, The New Republic, Iowa Review, Salon, Conjunctions, The Believer, The Normal SchoolThe Best Travel Writing anthologies, The Best Food Writing anthologies, The Poetry Foundation, and as Notable selections in The Best American Essays anthologiesAfter spending 17 years in the restaurant industry, he now teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction/Hybrids Editor of the literary magazine, Passages North.


Vocab: 13 Year Anniversary Show
Wednesday, March 11
7-10 p.m.
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

13 years!!
Last year was like a family reunion and this year it will be more of the same join us as we celebrate being 13 years in the game.

Featuring Januarie York, Tony Styxx, Gabrielle Patterson, and Too Black.

With special guests: Allen Woods (also known as Allen Imagery), DJ Dezzy Dezz (Desmon Saxton)
& A special Mari Evans and Ethridge Knight tribute by Collins Michaal El El, Mat Davis and Manon Voice.

Door opens at 7pm and show starts at 8pm. $10 cash at the door


International Women's Day Celebration
20th Celebration!

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium (lower level)
755 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Women from the campus and Indy community will play the roles of diverse prominent Hoosier and U.S. suffragists to bring this important chapter of our history to life. Hear Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, May Wright Sewall, Sojourner Truth, and more!

 

 

Poetry in the Afternoon featuring Rachel Sahaidachny, Mary Sexson, and Nancy Chen Long
Sunday, March 15
3 PM – 4:30 PM
Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join Rachel Sahaidachny, Mary Sexson, and Nancy Chen Long for an afternoon of poetry in pre-launch celebration of the release of Nancy Chen Long's second book WIDER THAN THE SKY.

Rachel Sahaidachny holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University. She is Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, co-editor of Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers and associate editor of The Indianapolis Review. She was a finalist in the 2016 Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, and she was awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards.

Mary Sexson is the author of 103 in the Light, Selected Poems 1996-2000 (Restoration Press), and co-author of Company of Women, New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press). Her newest work is in HoosierLit Literary Magazine (The Geeky Press) , Flying Island, and Tipton Poetry Journal (Brick Street Poetry). She has two Pushcart Prize nominations.

Nancy Chen Long is the author of Wider than the Sky, selected for the Diode Editions Book Prize, and Light into Bodies, winner of the Tampa Review Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and her work was selected for the Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award. She works at Indiana University.

Poetry at the Yard: Cover Me Up Edition
Monday, March 16
7 PM – 9:30 PM
Coal Yard Coffee
5547 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

Welcome to the Cover Me Up Edition of Poetry at the Yard!  This month, we would like to give tribute to our influences and inspirations.  Bring your favorite poem by your favorite poet or spoken word artist or share a tribute of someone who has influenced or inspired your work and life!  This is an open mic so please bring your own work to share as well!  It is open to everyone of all backgrounds, ages and levels of expertise in writing.  It is free aside but please, support the Coal Yard by purchasing a cup of coffee or tea!  Be in the local!   We meet every third Monday evening of the month.  Tell you friends, family and anyone who you think may enjoy this event!   We will see you there!

The Town of Whispering Dolls by Susan Neville- Book Party!
Friday, March 20
6 PM – 9 PM
Butler University Efroymson Center for Creative Writing
530 W Hampton Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Celebrate the release of Susan Neville's latest book, The Town of Whispering Dolls. Susan will read and sign books, and we'll all be in awe.

"Located somewhere in the rust belt in the early twenty-first century, residents of The Town of Whispering Dolls dream of a fabled and illusory past even as new technologies reshape their world into something new and deeply strange: Dolls walk down the streets, cradling their empty heads and letting the wind turn them into flutes. A politician heads to Washington DC and leaves a toxic underground plume in his wake. A woman eats car parts instead of confronting the children who've forgotten her. A young woman falls in love with the robot who took her job at the candy factory. The manufacturing past of the Midwest haunts these stories, as does the opioid epidemic and the technology of war. In The Town of Whispering Dolls, it's usually the grandmothers and the children who grieve."- susan-neville.com

 

Woman's Press Club Luncheon
Saturday, March 21
11:30 a.m.
George’s Neighborhood Grill
6935 Lake Plaza Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Two professionals with long writing careers will share their knowledge at the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana’s Spring Workshop and Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 21 at George’s Neighborhood Grill on Indy’s northside, 6935 Lake Plaza Dr. This event is open to the public but reservations are required.

Award-winning writer Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp will talk about her journalism journey, “From Newsprint to Potting Mix: A Career with Dirty Hands,” detailing how her career segued from general reporting to garden writing. According to Sharp, it’s the story of a late bloomer.

Also presenting will be Rachel Sahaidachny, the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center. Her talk, “Indiana Writers Center: The Benefits of a Writing Community,” will describe the programs, classes and other activities of the Indiana Writers Center.

Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

Diana Ensign Official Book Launch & Panel Discussion!
March 21, Saturday 2 PM
Tube Factory Artspace
https://www.tubefactory.org
1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, IN 46203

Join award-winning author, Diana J. Ensign, for this community celebration of her book, The Freedom to Be: Stories from Transgender Youth, Adults, and Their Families. Informative panel discussion with Kimberly Acoff (Indiana Youth Group Director of Programming), Diana Asberry (parent of a transgender and a nonbinary youth), Andru Lanning (awesome young adult), and Sa'hara Miller (BU Wellness Sophisticated Divas Program Coordinator). LGBTQ organization info tables, book signing, and more! Event is Free and Open to the Public.

Presented in partnership with Trinity Haven and Queering Indy. This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency. 

Butler Visiting Writers Series: Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

For thirty years, Bornstein has been writing—with boldness and humor—about nonbinary gender identity, in books such as Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (2016) and her memoir A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today (2013). Bornstein appeared in the 2018 feature film Saturday Church, was a regular cast member of the second season of the reality TV series I Am Cait, with Caitlyn Jenner, and was the subject of a documentary, Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, released in 2014.

That same year, Bornstein was awarded the Pioneer Award by Lambda Literary, an organization devoted to nurturing and advocating for the work of LGBTQ writers.



Poetry Reading Featuring Bree JoAnn
Friday, March 27
3 PM – 4 PM
The Gallery at the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center
2725 N. Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Free Refreshments and Poetry Reading for "The Day of Reading" event featuring Indianapolis poet, Bree JoAnn, author of the book, Black Glitter.


Reading: Susan Neville & Bryan Furuness
Saturday, March 28
5 PM – 6 PM
Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

Join us as two Indianapolis authors read from their new books.
We'll also have Eleventh House coffee pop-up in store about an hour before with drinks available for purchase!

Poetry Den
Sunday, March 29
6 PM – 8 PM
Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 West Washington St, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Local new and experienced poets and spoken word artists get a stage to share and shine.

Whether you’re a seasoned poet, someone newly expressing themselves, or just looking to sit back and listen, The Poetry Den is your place to be.

Following an open microphone session, host Pam Blair welcomes a featured artist to round out the night.

Whether you come to relax or recite, come and enjoy the beautiful words shared by some of the regions’ amazingly talented folx.

The Poetry Den is free and public participation is encouraged. Because some poets may use mature language, attendance by those 18 and over is encouraged. No smoking or alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — March 10, 2020

March 10 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:  

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

 

Changing the Narrative: Indianapolis
Thu, March 26
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Indiana Humanities
1500 North Delaware Street Indianapolis, IN 46202
Free

A 90-minute mix of reading, discussion, and flash writing workshop, each event features local writers and journalists reading from their work, followed by a facilitated conversation led by Belt Publishing senior editor Martha Bayne, on the process of telling our own stories and the work of responsible journalism. The event will end with a short writing workshop, in which participants will be given the opportunity to write about the places where they live in response to a prompt. These short bits of creative writing will be collected and edited for possible publication on Belt Magazine (beltmag.com).


Concrete Roses: A Creative Writing/Slam Poetry Workshop
Hosted by Flanner Community Writing Center
Saturday, March 28
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Flanner House
2424 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
$10

A Creative Writing Workshop Led by the Youth Poet Laureate of Indianapolis, Alyssa Gaines.

Unlearn: Languagx Through Black Womxn Writxrs with Manon Voice
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 5-8 p.m.
Irvington Vinyl & Books
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
$10

Ending black history month and going into women’s history month I am excited to share that UnLearn will be celebrating in a 3 hour multimedia 1 day poetry workshop, exploring the work of the black women writers during the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT with guest facilitator, the brilliant and gorgeous Manon Voice! Participants will explore and discuss how black women artist and writers revolutionized the world through their art and activism

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org

 

MITCH Collective Artist Residency - Martins Ferry, OH
Deadline: Rolling
The Artist Residency Program at MITCH collective offers visual artists, writers, composers, and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form in a century-old house overlooking the Ohio Valley. Artists are asked to plan a community workshop to be held during their residency. Programs can be tailored to your medium, interests, and experiences. There is a $20 non-refundable application fee for applying to the residency, which can be paid by check if mailing application, or online through PayPal.

 

Indiana Review 2020 Poetry Prize

Send us up to three poems for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final Judge: Javier Zamora!

Indiana Review 2020 Fiction Prize

Send us one short story, up to 6K words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final judge: Angela Flournoy!

 

John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House - Columbus, OH
Deadline: March 31, 2020
The four-week residency at the historic home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber offers a $5,000 stipend. The resident stays in a two-bedroom apartment at Thurber House and must be available for at least three community outreach opportunities.

 

The Ryser Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Annual support for a writer from South Central Indiana to pursue excellence by attending a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing. The $350 2020 Ryser Scholarship will be awarded to a High School junior or senior student in Monroe County, Brown County, Lawrence County, or Owen County.

 

Oxford American Magazine Fall 2020 Issue
Deadline: Wednesday April 1, 2020
For its Fall 2020 issue, the Oxford American is seeking submissions from writers who have not yet been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5000 copies. The editor’s primary consideration is quality, though they would be “especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South”. Limit 10,000 words.

 

Entries for the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be accepted until April 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

The 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, and The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The 2020 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things (Tin House Books, 2019).

All high school/secondary and undergraduate/college students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2019). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are simultaneous submissions.

 

Ox-Bow School of Arts and Artists’ Residency - Saugatuck, MI
Deadline: May 2, 2020
Two, three, and five week residencies, September 7 - October 11, 2020: Fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists and writers. Each fall approximately 35 artists and 6 writers participate in the residency creating a diverse community of engaged peers. At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. It’s also a great time to propose group or collaborative work.


The Indianapolis Review seeks Visual Poetry.

Deadline August 1.

Email up to 10 images to theindianapolisreview@gmail.com.

 

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

 

If your child is spending these wintry days working on their fanfiction, poetry, novel, comic book, graphic novel, or reading one...ask them if they'd like to come write with us this summer.

Registrations are open now for our writing camp for kids who will be in 3rd - 12th grades for 2020-21.

We have some exciting plans for this summer--including a partnership with The Brain Lair Bookstore, writing downtown, and using improv techniques to spark plot and create conflict in our stories. Also based on  requests, we have changed the format of the camp for our younger group to be full days for one week.

Camp dates:
Session 1: June 22-26          M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
Session 2: June 29-July 3    M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
 
Writers may choose the session that fits best within their summer plans, or opt to attend both! Also former campers can choose to return the summer after their high school graduation.

Space is limited. The registration form is attached.
Hope to see you when it's warmer.

Meanwhile, check out our featured author for this month, Stella Chrystler. You can read her work from the summer camp on our website: http://michianawriterscenter.pbworks.com/w/page/20853203/FrontPage

 

 

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

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — March 10, 2020

February 25 - Events Around Indiana

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

 

Poets Attack! Featuring Kitty Marie, Mat Davis, & Devon Ginn
Wed, Feb. 26, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books: 9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis IN 46219

Featuring Kitty Marie, Devon Ginn, and Mat Davis. Join us for this monthly series, one of Indianapolis' only curated reading events!

Kitty Marie is an Indianapolis poet, illustrator, artist and educator. Kitty has featured for multiple Face A Face events, Women317, and Indy Symposium. She’s won 3/5 slam competitions she has competed in over the last year and was a finalist in the 2019 PRIDE slam. She will be published in the 2020 issue of Sidepiece magazine and has been awarded the 2020 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, which she intends to use for expanding poetry opportunities for Indianapolis youth.

Devon Ginn (he/him/they/them) is the Visual Art & Entertainment Curator at the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center and serves as the Vice President of the board at the Indiana Writers Center. Ginn is an Americans for the Arts 2019-2020 Fellow, an Arts Council of Indianapolis 2020-2021 Creative Renewal Fellow, a 200-hour vinyāsa teacher training student, a curator, a placekeeper + placemaker, and a poet. As a freelance teaching artist, Ginn travels from state-to-state implementing his performance poetry and creative writing workshops. Deliberately collaborating with ground-breaking institutions at the forefront of change, his work as a visual artist, writer, nonprofit administrator, and performance artist is a reflection of all his learned and unlearned experiences.

Mat Davis has been a writer, performing artist, and curator in the Indy arts community for more than a decade. His favorite styles of performance are poetry, prose, and storytelling. Mat is particularly known for all age performing events in neighborhoods like the Near Eastside, Fountain Square, and Downtown Indy.

Art & Soul 2020


Spoken Word by Manon Voice
Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:15 pm

Indianapolis Artsgarden in Circle Center Mall
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Notre Dame MFA Reading Series: Ahmad Aljawad, Maxime Berclaz, Elise Houcek, and Jasmine Ortiz
Wed. Feb 26, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Hall Gallery A|AH|D Gallery
233 Decio Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Depauw University Kelly Writers Series: English Department Faculty Reading
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:30 P.M.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
10 W. Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Join us at this annual event to hear English Department professors reading from their latest works.

 

Dr. Joy Ladin reading The Soul of the Stranger
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
7:00 pm, $10
Jewish Community Center (JCC Indy)
6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Dr. Joy Ladin is a professor of English. A nationally recognized speaker on gender and Jewish identity, she has spoken around the country and has been featured on a number of NPR programs including "On Being with Krista Tippet." In her latest book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy reads some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience. She explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another.

 

Laura Dassow Walls: “The Terrennial Turn from Humboldt to Gaia”
Thu. Feb 27, 2020
5pm
Indiana Memorial Union Bldg - University Club Presidents Room: 900 E 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47405

For more than 20 years, Laura Dassow Walls has been telling us that you cannot explore humanity’s place in the cosmos without bringing in poetry and science. A Ph.D. from IU English, she visits this month.
 

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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.

Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Cost:
Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission

Bloomington Writers Guild: First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
featuring Zilia Balkansky-Selles and Joan Hawkins
Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bear's Place
1316 E Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Zilia Balkansky-Sellés is a Bloomington-based writer, and occasional dancer and actor. She earned a master’s in information science degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in folkloristics from  the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. She has worked as an academic advisor for the Groups Scholars Program at Indiana University and currently works as the Extracurricular Coordinator for the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University. Her poetry has appeared in Comparative Woman, from Louisiana State University. She has written for Wild Swan Theater, which produces plays for Michigan schools and libraries.

Joan Hawkins is the Chair of the Writers Guild and an Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at Indiana University. She works mainly in creative memoir and Spoken Word; her creative work has appeared in Sand, Avalanches in Poetry, n+1,and Performing Arts Journal. Her most recent book, a critical anthology on the writer William S. Burroughs, has been nominated for an Indiana Author Award and a Modern Language Association Award.

Purdue Visiting Writers Series: Rebecca Makkai
Tue. March 3, 2020
featuring two events:
Q&A held at 4:30 pm in Brown Laboratory of Chemistry room 1154
500 Oval Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907

Reading at 7:30pm in Fowler Hall
128 Memorial Mall Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. The Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.


Bloomington Writers Guild: First Wed Spoken Word Series
Wed. March 4, 2020
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bear's Place: 1316 E Third St
Bloomington, IN 47401

Featuring storytellers Nell Weatherwax and Mary Armstrong-Smith, stand-up comedy with Shanda Sung, music by Trillium (structured improv), + an open mic
$5 suggested donation
TRILLIUM is a perennial herb with three bracts and three petals which grows from a rhizome. The band Trillium is a collaborative musical project featuring Kyle Quass, Norbert Herber and Julian Douglas. The trio, like the perennial, grows from the rhizome:  non-hierarchical with no beginning or end; always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo. Each piece is a character study in which ideas transform and develop, new ideas emerge and recede, form dissolves and re-emerges, a multiplicity in which each idea can and must be connected to any other.

 

Depauw University Kelly Writers Series: Matthew G. Frank
Wed. March 11, 2020
7:30 P.M.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
10 W. Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s FoodPreparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks“Preparing the Ghost” was a New York Times Editors' Choice, an NPR Notable Book, and a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For.  “The Mad Feast” was selected as a Staff Pick by The Paris Review, a Best Book of 2015 by PloughsharesThe Millions, and Paste Magazine, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Entertainment Weekly. His forthcoming nonfiction book, A Brief Atmospheric Future, is due out in 2021 from W.W. Norton. His work appears widely in journals and magazines, including The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Guernica, The New Republic, Iowa Review, Salon, Conjunctions, The Believer, The Normal SchoolThe Best Travel Writing anthologies, The Best Food Writing anthologies, The Poetry Foundation, and as Notable selections in The Best American Essays anthologiesAfter spending 17 years in the restaurant industry, he now teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction/Hybrids Editor of the literary magazine, Passages North.

 

 

 

Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

 

Butler Visiting Writers Series: Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 25, 2020

February 25 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:  

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

Sustainable Arts Foundation: 2020 Individual Awards
Deadline: February 28, 2020, 5pm ET
This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers with children. Additionally, we will name twenty finalists. Our program is an award program that rewards excellence in a creative field. Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Our application fee is $20.

 

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library’s So It Goes Journal
Deadline: March 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
The year 2020 marks another big national election for the people of the United States of America, and we know some of our friends in other countries around the world also will be electing national leaders. As such, the year’s journal theme is civic engagement. We are looking for work that celebrates, critiques, or works for positive change related to democracy, freedoms, ideals, and country. Submissions are limited to one work of prose (1,250 words max or you’ll be automatically disqualified) OR up to five poems (1,250 words max for all five or you’ll automatically be disqualified) OR five photographs or artwork.

 

Great Midwest Writing Contest
Deadline March 1, 2020

We’re looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.

$500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Enter the contest via Submittable by March 1, 2020. There is a $15 entry fee.

 

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

Indiana Review 2020 Poetry Prize

Send us up to three poems for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final Judge: Javier Zamora!

Indiana Review 2020 Fiction Prize

Send us one short story, up to 6K words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final judge: Angela Flournoy!

 

The Ryser Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Annual support for a writer from South Central Indiana to pursue excellence by attending a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing. The $350 2020 Ryser Scholarship will be awarded to a High School junior or senior student in Monroe County, Brown County, Lawrence County, or Owen County.

 

Oxford American Magazine Fall 2020 Issue
Deadline: Wednesday April 1, 2020
For its Fall 2020 issue, the Oxford American is seeking submissions from writers who have not yet been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5000 copies. The editor’s primary consideration is quality, though they would be “especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South”. Limit 10,000 words.

 

Entries for the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be accepted until April 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

The 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, and The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The 2020 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things (Tin House Books, 2019).

All high school/secondary and undergraduate/college students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2019). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are simultaneous submissions.

 

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

 

If your child is spending these wintry days working on their fanfiction, poetry, novel, comic book, graphic novel, or reading one...ask them if they'd like to come write with us this summer.

Registrations are open now for our writing camp for kids who will be in 3rd - 12th grades for 2020-21.

We have some exciting plans for this summer--including a partnership with The Brain Lair Bookstore, writing downtown, and using improv techniques to spark plot and create conflict in our stories. Also based on  requests, we have changed the format of the camp for our younger group to be full days for one week.

Camp dates:
Session 1: June 22-26          M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
Session 2: June 29-July 3    M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
 
Writers may choose the session that fits best within their summer plans, or opt to attend both! Also former campers can choose to return the summer after their high school graduation.

Space is limited. The registration form is attached.
Hope to see you when it's warmer.

Meanwhile, check out our featured author for this month, Stella Chrystler. You can read her work from the summer camp on our website: http://michianawriterscenter.pbworks.com/w/page/20853203/FrontPage

 

 

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

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 25, 2020

February 18 - Events Around Indiana

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

Chrissy Stroop and Lauren O'Neal Reading

"Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church"
Wed. Feb 19, 2020
5pm – 7pm
Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

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.

Spring 2020 IUPUI Student Readings
Thursday, February 20,2020, 7 p.m.
The Athenaeum Damenverein Room
401 E. Michigan St, Indianapolis IN 46204

* Parking is available on New Jersey Street, Michigan Street, and nearby Massachusetts Avenue, as well as at Needler’s Fresh Market

 

The Inaugural Carol Schuck
#IvyWrites Workshop

 

Art & Soul 2020

Poetry Performance by Devon Ginn
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 12:15 pm

Spoken Word by Manon Voice
Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:15 pm

Indianapolis Artsgarden in Circle Center Mall
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Notre Dame MFA Reading Series: Ahmad Aljawad, Maxime Berclaz, Elise Houcek, and Jasmine Ortiz
Wed. Feb 26, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Hall Gallery A|AH|D Gallery: 233 Decio Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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.

 

Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Cost:
Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission

 

 

 

Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

 

Butler Visiting Writers Series: Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 18, 2020

February 18 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:  

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

Sustainable Arts Foundation: 2020 Individual Awards
Deadline: February 28, 2020, 5pm ET
This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers with children. Additionally, we will name twenty finalists. Our program is an award program that rewards excellence in a creative field. Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Our application fee is $20.

 

Great Midwest Writing Contest
Deadline March 1, 2020

We’re looking for thoughtful and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the wide spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.

$500 prize and publication in Midwest Review for the winning entry in each category: nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.

Enter the contest via Submittable by March 1, 2020. There is a $15 entry fee.

 

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

Indiana Review 2020 Poetry Prize

Send us up to three poems for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final Judge: Javier Zamora!

Indiana Review 2020 Fiction Prize

Send us one short story, up to 6K words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. Submissions open February 1-March 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST. Final judge: Angela Flournoy!

 

The Ryser Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2020
Annual support for a writer from South Central Indiana to pursue excellence by attending a formal workshop or conference in the craft of writing. The $350 2020 Ryser Scholarship will be awarded to a High School junior or senior student in Monroe County, Brown County, Lawrence County, or Owen County.

 

Entries for the 2020 Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose will be accepted until April 1st, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.

The 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry will be selected by Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, and The New Testament (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The 2020 Adroit Prize for Prose will be selected by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things (Tin House Books, 2019).

All high school/secondary and undergraduate/college students are eligible, including international students and students who have graduated a semester early (in this case, in December 2019). Submissions may include up to six poems (maximum of ten pages single-spaced) and/or up to three works of prose (combined word limit of 3,500 words). Excerpts of longer works are acceptable, as are simultaneous submissions.

 

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

 

If your child is spending these wintry days working on their fanfiction, poetry, novel, comic book, graphic novel, or reading one...ask them if they'd like to come write with us this summer.

Registrations are open now for our writing camp for kids who will be in 3rd - 12th grades for 2020-21.

We have some exciting plans for this summer--including a partnership with The Brain Lair Bookstore, writing downtown, and using improv techniques to spark plot and create conflict in our stories. Also based on  requests, we have changed the format of the camp for our younger group to be full days for one week.

Camp dates:
Session 1: June 22-26          M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
Session 2: June 29-July 3    M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
 
Writers may choose the session that fits best within their summer plans, or opt to attend both! Also former campers can choose to return the summer after their high school graduation.

Space is limited. The registration form is attached.
Hope to see you when it's warmer.

Meanwhile, check out our featured author for this month, Stella Chrystler. You can read her work from the summer camp on our website: http://michianawriterscenter.pbworks.com/w/page/20853203/FrontPage

 

 

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

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 18, 2020

February 11 - Events Around Indiana

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

VOCAB: The New New
February 12, 2020
7:00PM-10:00PM
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

 

 

Poetry Open Mic
Every Thursday
7 p.m.
Irving Theater
5505 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219

 

75th Anniversary of the Firebombing in Dresden
February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm    $12
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
543 Indiana Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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


IUPUI Difficult Conversations Series: Multilingual Writers: Supporting Agency in Academic Institutions
Thu. Feb 13, 2020
4-5pm
Cavanaugh Hall Room 427: 425 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Faculty/Alumni Reading featuring Sarah Layden and poet Drew Blanchard
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
4:30 PM
Cavanaugh Hall 508: 425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Poetry at The Yard
Mon. Feb 17, 2020
7 PM – 9:30 PM
Coal Yard Coffee: 5547 Bonna Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46219

We are back for our February installment of the Poetry at the Yard open mic series. Come join us and enjoy some great spoken word and poetry from Indy's freshest poets. We are free and open to everyone. But do enjoy a cup of some of the best coffee you will ever experience from the folks at Coal Yard Coffee. We have a special treat this month. Badfaerie will be warming us up with some great spins from her deck of many beautiful mood setting tracks. Tell friends, family and random folks on the street! Let's fill this place up and shake the dust off of a seemingly mediocre winter as we begin the build up to April, National Poetry Month!

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
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

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.


Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Cost:
Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission

 

 

 

Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 11, 2020

February 11 - Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

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

 

*Advice on Writing Contests:  

When considering contests, look to see how they handled winners' work from previous years: Is there a list of previous winners? Where you can go to read or have access to the winning pieces of writing? Who are the judges? Are they people who you would read yourself? If you win, what kind of audience would you receive for your work? Research contests and their reputations online. Use places like duotrope.com, Poets and Writers (pw.org), the New Pages (newpages.com), or The Review Review (thereviewreview.net), to see whether there is any other information about the contest from other sources.

Applications are now open for Taleamor Park's 2020 artists' and writers' residencies. www.taleamorpark.org




Prepare. Pitch. Publish. #preppitchpub

You want agents. We’ve got agents.

Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another MWW success story.

Connect with literary agents who are actively searching for the next big thing across all genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adult and more. During the Agent Fest, you’ll have a chance to meet agents one-on-one and capture their attention with the basic concept of your book.

We’ve assembled a dynamic roster of top-tier agents to participate in our Agent Fest. We have two days of valuable sessions on how to write a query letter and a synopsis, what agents are looking for, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the sessions will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome.

Our Agent Fest is designed to squeeze as much into two days of learning as possible. You can ask any questions you like during the sessions, and get your specific concerns addressed. The literary agents will give feedback and take pitches from writers. We also have a Query Letter Critique Team — an opportunity for a one-on-one consultation! Our faculty includes: (Read their bios & wish lists),

AGENTS:

  • Ian Bonaparte, Janklow & Nesbit Associates
  • Kerry D’Agostino, Curtis Brown, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Grimaldi, Charlberg & Sussman
  • Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor & Luedeke
  • Eric Myers, Myers Literary Management
  • Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  • Abby Saul, The Lark Group
  • Dani Segelbaum, New Leaf Literary & Media

EDITORS:

  • Loan Le, Assistant Editor, Atria Books

You’ll meet one-on-one with at least two agents and possibly three depending on the number of registrants. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90-second pitch and a 90-second response from the agent with feedback.

Go here to get more details and sign up.

 

Etchings Press Whirling Prize

Each winner will receive $500 and 25 copies of a letterpress broadside designed and produced by students from UIndy’s Hullabaloo Press, and each winner will be invited to participate in an episode of a literary podcast with the student judges, which will air winter 2021. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners. The postmark deadline for submission is Friday Sept. 4, 2020.

 

If your child is spending these wintry days working on their fanfiction, poetry, novel, comic book, graphic novel, or reading one...ask them if they'd like to come write with us this summer.

Registrations are open now for our writing camp for kids who will be in 3rd - 12th grades for 2020-21.

We have some exciting plans for this summer--including a partnership with The Brain Lair Bookstore, writing downtown, and using improv techniques to spark plot and create conflict in our stories. Also based on  requests, we have changed the format of the camp for our younger group to be full days for one week.

Camp dates:
Session 1: June 22-26          M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
Session 2: June 29-July 3    M-TH 9:00-3:00/ F 9:00-noon
 
Writers may choose the session that fits best within their summer plans, or opt to attend both! Also former campers can choose to return the summer after their high school graduation.

Space is limited. The registration form is attached.
Hope to see you when it's warmer.

Meanwhile, check out our featured author for this month, Stella Chrystler. You can read her work from the summer camp on our website: http://michianawriterscenter.pbworks.com/w/page/20853203/FrontPage

 

 

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

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com  


Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go Here

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 11, 2020

February 4 - Events Around Indiana

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
7:30-9p
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
7pm
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
7:00PM-10:00PM
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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