Events Around Indiana

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

Only Witness,
A Benefit for the Indiana Writers Center featuring Jim Powell, with an introduction by Dan Wakefield

Join us on Friday, March 8 from 6-8 PM to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Indiana Writers Center with the launch of Only Witness, a collection of short stories by its founder, Jim Powell. We’ll share drinks and hors d’oeuvres, then listen to Jim read a short selection from the book. Signing will follow. Go here for all the details.

 






The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

(www.artsforlawrence.org)
 
Tuesday, February 26 from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
Sterrett Center

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 author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured poet is Mary Sexson.


Mary Sexson, nominated for a Best Books of Indiana award in 2005, and co-author of Company of Women, New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press). Her poems have appeared in Flying Island, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Verse News, and Hoosier Lit Literary Magazine, among others, and in several anthologies, including The Globetrotter’s Companion (UK, 2011), Reckless Writing (2013), A Few Good Words (2013), The Best of Flying Island (2015), and Words and Other Wild Things (2016). She was recently a part of the DaVinci Project, and her poetry is part of a year-long installation at the Prophetstown State Park in Indiana.   She has upcoming work in Flying Island in January 2019. Find her at Poetry Sisters, on Facebook.


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

Robert Moss reading Mysterious Realities
Tuesday February 26, 5:30-7:00PM


Sigmund Freud called dreams the "Royal Road to the unconscious," but to bestselling author and world-renowned dream explorer, Robert Moss, they are more: portals to the imaginal realm, a higher reality that exists at the intersection of time and eternity.The traveler's tales in this book are just-so stories in the sense that they spring from direct experience in the many worlds. As you journey from the temple of the Great Goddess at Ephesus to an amazing chance encounter on an airplane, from Dracula country in Transylvania to the astral realm of Luna, you'll confirm that the doors to the other Other-world open from wherever you are.
Read more about Robert Moss at: http://mossdreams.com


Saturday, March 2 at 4–5PM
Join Kristin at Indy Reads Books for a reading from Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin. You’ll also hear a few poems from the forthcoming Each Darkness Inside.

Fence, Patio, Blessed Virgin is a poetry chapbook of a granddaughter's memories woven with narrative drawn from the final years of her grandmother's life.

Read more about Kristin and her work:
https://www.kristinbrace.com/


Irvington Vinyl & Books
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis IN 46219

Poets Attack ft Curtis Crisler, Allyson Horton, and & more!
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00-8:30PM


Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

Go here to get all the details.

Poetry Open Mic at the Irving Theater

Thursday, February 28 (and every Thursday)
7:30pm to 9:30pm

free
[LOCAL POETS] [ORIGINAL POETRY] [COME READ OR LISTEN]
A completely nonjudgmental and safe space to share poetry held every Thursday at the Irving Theater. Come enjoy original poetry and readings from local and regional artists.

More information at http://www.attheirving.com





The Writers Guild at Bloomington
https://writersguildbloomington.com/


First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, March 3 @ 1:00–2:45 pm
Bear's Place

1316 E Third St, Bloomington, IN
(Parking in back and also free in t
he Jordan Lot if there’s not a special event)
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
With guest readers Kalynn Brower, Lisa Kwong, and Shana Ritter

Kalynn Brower is a multi-media storyteller and educator. Her YA series chronicling the Bosque Family Adventures to Blue Grannus and Green Terra is a delight.  As is the show she’s currently hosting on WFHB, Eco Report.  She’s an eco-warrior and a feminist, the producer of the wonderful Stardust and Moonbeams. And a smart, witty presence in public school classrooms, where she shares her passion and her work.

Lisa Kwong is an AppalAsian writer in the Midwest, where she currently teaches courses in Asian American Studies and English at Indiana University. Her poems and essays are forthcoming or have appeared in A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Best New Poets 2014, the minnesota review, Banango Street, Pluck!, and other journals. Her honors include poetry scholarships and fellowships from Indiana University, The Frost Place, and Sundress Academy for the Arts, where she was the 2017 Appalachian Writer-in-Residence. Lisa will be the keynote speaker at the 17th annual Vietnamese Interacting As One (VIA-1) Conference, hosted by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations-Midwest at IU on March 22-24. She will debut a preliminary version of her keynote at this reading.

Shana Ritter’s  poetry and short stories have appeared in Lilith, Fifth Wednesday, Georgetown Review and others. Her chapbook, Stairs of Separation, is available from Finishing Line Press. Her new novel set in Spain in 1492 will be released this month.  Shana has been a recipient of the Indiana Individual Artist Grant multiple times.

Spoken Word Series
Wednesday, March 6, 6:00–9:00 pm
Bear's Place

1316 E Third St, Bloomington
Featured readers:Charles Culp,  Patsy Rahn,  Paul Smedberg, with musical guest Calib Lail
Plus an Open Mic/$5 cover

Charles Culp was born and raised in a town called Vincennes. After receiving his degree in Education from Indiana University in 2008, he joined Americorps. Since then he has been an advocate for non-profits and community education in Colorado, Tennessee, and now in his home state of Indiana. He is passionate about making a lasting connection with readers, and he believes every person has an opportunity to grow and thrive as they discover their passions through the never-ending, formative years of our lives.

Patsy Rahn‘s poetry and prose have been published in various journals and anthologies. Her book of poetry The Grainy Wet Soul is available through online booksellers. For more information visit her website at https://patsyrahn.com

She worked for many years as an actress in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles and has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Bloomington. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington.

Paul Smedberg was born early in life and, over the years, inflated to his present size and age. He enjoys long walks on imaginary beaches, getting imaginary sand in his inexpensive street shoes. Blissfully married with three hominid spawn, Paul came to Bloomington so long ago that pterodactyls could be seen lazily circling the courthouse dome. He did some higher ed at the local land grant and then founded and crashed a number of small businesses in a never ending quest to avoid real work. His first volume of poetry, “Event Horizon” was self-published in the late Cenozoic era.


University of Notre Dame Creative Writing
https://english.nd.edu/events/2019/03/06/creative-writing-reading-series-ft-sarah-chavez/

Presents Sarah Chavez
Wednesday, March 6, 7:30-9:00PM
Hammes Bookstore


Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014), selections of which were awarded the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship.  Her manuscript, This, Like So Much, was an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest and she was named one of the 2016 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) by LatinoStories.com.  Chavez holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies Xicanz: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands as well as the journals Brevity, North American Review, VIDA, Pretty Owl Poetry, Atticus Review, and The Fourth River Tributaries Series, among others.  She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses.  She serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Amherst.


Poetry on Brick Street
https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

Thursday, March 7 at 7–8:30 PM
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville
225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, Indiana 46077

Norbert Krapf returns to the Poetry On Brick Street microphone to share poems from his latest book. whether you are a grandparent or remember fondly being a grandchild you'll enjoy this poetic celebration of life.

“Thinking about this happy come-together of grandfather and grandson in these tender, personal poems, I was struck by the reality in this grim world: Very few children in the world get this intense kind of attention and devotion. How lucky we are to write and read poetry like this! To have the benefit of leisure and understanding! To have the right words for this closeness and affection. To have the chance of documenting these precious times that pass so quickly and irretrievably.” Helmut Haberkamm, poet & playwright.


The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI
https://www.facebook.com/events/299081497421051/

International Women's Day + Dark / / Salt Sisters Tour
Thursday, March 7 at 7:30–9 PM
IUPUI University Library

755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Join us for an International Women's Day celebration featuring Dark / / Salt Sisters Tour poets Tina Braziel and Ashley Jones. International refreshments will be served in the lobby starting at 7 p.m., and a multicultural, multilingual open-mic will follow the main performance. If you would like to be a part of this open-mic reading, please contact Terry Kirts at tkirts@iupui.edu. This event is made possible by generous support from the Reiberg Family, IUPUI's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at IUPUI.

Tina Mozelle Braziel won the 2017 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry for her book Known by Salt (Anhinga Press 2019). Her chapbook, Rooted by Thirst, came out in 2016 with Porkbelly Press. Her individual poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tampa Review, Appalachian Heritage, PMSpoemmemoirstory (where her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize) and other journals. In 2018, she was awarded a fellowship for the Alabama State Council for the Arts. In 2017, she served as an artist-in-residence at Hot Springs National Park. She was awarded an M.F.A. scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2013. She earned an M.F.A in Poetry from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in Poetry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.A. in Intercultural Studies at the University of Montevallo. She directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and she and her husband, novelist James Braziel, live and write in a glass cabin that they are building by hand.

Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University (FIU), where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. She served as Official Poet for the City of Sunrise, Florida’s Little Free Libraries Initiative from 2013-2015, and her work was recognized in the 2014 Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writer’s Exchange Contest and the 2015 Academy of American Poets Contest at FIU. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Hub City Press New Southern Voices Contest, the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award Contest, and the National Poetry Series. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including the Academy of American Poets, Tupelo Quarterly, Prelude, Steel Toe Review, Fjords Review, Quiet Lunch, Poets Respond to Race Anthology, Night Owl, The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, pluck!, Valley Voices: New York School Edition, Fjords Review: Black American Edition, PMSPoemMemoirStory (where her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016), Kinfolks Quarterly, Tough Times in America Anthology, and Lucid Moose Press’ Like a Girl: Perspectives on Femininity Anthology. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. She was an editor of PANK Magazine. Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her second book, dark // thing, won the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. She won the 2018 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize from Backbone Press, and she is the 2019 winner of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, 2nd Vice President and Membership Chair of the AWC , co-coordinator of the Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.




https://power-promise.eventbrite.com


MOKB Presents


Neil Hilborn w/ Special Guests
Thursday, May 2nd @ Fountain Square Theatre Building
Doors 7PM / Show 8PM

All shows 21+

Advance: $22
Day of Show: $24
Get Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neil-hilborn-fountain-square-theatre-tickets-56747223473

More info at http://www.mokbpresents.com/. Have a question? Email us at natalie@mokbpresents.com!

Neil Hilborn is a College National Poetry Slam champion, and a 2011 graduate with honors from Macalester College with a degree in Creative Writing.

 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 05, 2019

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.



Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.




You are invited to submit up to three previously unpublished poems for a new anthology, "Cowboys and Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon", that Brick Street Poetry Inc. will publish in conjunction with a Big Read partnership with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art.

There will be a $500 prize given for the Best of the Book Award. We are open to any style, form, length or old west subject, with the caveat that you will stand the best chance of being the Best of the Book choice if your poem is about or references one of the cocktails from the list in the submission guidelines. Help us taste these concoctions and see life in the days of the western saloon.  A number of poets who write using one of the listed drinks will also be chosen to participate in a public reading from the book at the True Grit Saloon on the night of April 25, 2019, at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. A $100 prize will be given for the poem voted the People's Choice Award at the public reading.  Entry must be received on or before March 1, 2019.
To submit your poems please see submission guidelines at http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/truegrit








Here’s an opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents in search of new voices! Prepare. Pitch. Publish.

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. You will 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 new 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.





Go here for all the details and to submit.


 


Go here  for the Submission Page



Taylor University's Professional Writers' Conference Registration is now Open!


August 2-3, 2019
Campus of Taylor University, 236 W. Reade Ave, Upland, Indiana

Nestled in central Indiana's cornfields, this conference is for all types
of writers—beginners who have never been to a conference, teens who want to
explore their desire to write, older folks who finally want to put pen to
paper, and even seasoned writers who just want to soak in some training and
be around other writers. This is a perfect conference to begin or continue
your writing journey.

The 2019 conference includes three keynote sessions with Bill Myers and
Angela Hunt. In addition, 35 breakout sessions will cover five categories:
General & First-timer, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform & Marketing, and
Specialty Writing. We have authors, editors, literary agents, and social
media specialists ready to help you. For a full list of faculty, see the
faculty page on the conference website.

Just $99 gets you two days of sessions, dinner on Friday, breakfast and
lunch on Saturday, and a one-on-one session with the agent and editor of
your choice. Housing is extra.

Registration opened February 1, so act fast! For more information and to
register for the conference, visit taylorwritingconference.com
<https://taylorprofessionalwritersconference.weebly.com/>. Email direct
questions to: TaylorPWRConference@gmail.com"

 



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. We are assembling our current issue, and we would be happy to receive your submission! Please see the guidelines under “Submissions” in the Menu.

https://theindianapolisreview.com/

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Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

Go here to learn more and submit





 
Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

Call for submissions:

 Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art.

    https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/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/



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2018-19

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    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.

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    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.  

     

     

    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 Roxanna Santoro — February 05, 2019

    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.



    Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.




    You are invited to submit up to three previously unpublished poems for a new anthology, "Cowboys and Cocktails: Poetry from the True Grit Saloon", that Brick Street Poetry Inc. will publish in conjunction with a Big Read partnership with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art.

    There will be a $500 prize given for the Best of the Book Award. We are open to any style, form, length or old west subject, with the caveat that you will stand the best chance of being the Best of the Book choice if your poem is about or references one of the cocktails from the list in the submission guidelines. Help us taste these concoctions and see life in the days of the western saloon.  A number of poets who write using one of the listed drinks will also be chosen to participate in a public reading from the book at the True Grit Saloon on the night of April 25, 2019, at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. A $100 prize will be given for the poem voted the People's Choice Award at the public reading.
    To submit your poems please see submission guidelines at http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/truegrit






     

    Go here for the Submission Page
     





    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. We are assembling our current 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/.


     

     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/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/


     

    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2018-19

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    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.

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    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.  

     

     

    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 Roxanna Santoro — January 08, 2019

    Events Around Indiana

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


    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Lauren Groff 
    Thursday, January 31, 7:30 PM
    Schrott Center for the Arts


    Lauren Groff is a New York Times bestselling author of three novels: The Monsters of Templeton (2008), Arcadia (2011), and Fates and Furies (2015), which was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Award, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of the Year, and President Obama’s choice as his favorite book of 2015. Groff also wrote the celebrated short-story collection Delicate Edible Birds (2009), and her latest book Florida (2018) is a collection of interwoven short stories centered around her adopted home state. Groff’s work has appeared in a number of magazines, including The New YorkerHarper’s, and The Atlantic, and in several of the annual The Best American Short Stories anthologies.

    Groff’s fiction has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the Medici Book Club Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize and has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2017, she was named by Granta Magazine as one of the Best of Young American Novelists of her generation. In 2018, she received a Guggenheim fellowship in Fiction.


    Purdue University Visiting Writers Series
    https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradstudies/creativewriting/series

    Presents author Gabrielle Calvocoressi
    Thursday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m.
    Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building, Room 172

    Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia EarhartApocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn't Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Carrboro, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice.  


    The Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/
    February First Sunday Prose Reading
    Sunday Feb 3 at 3-5 p.m.

    SOMA Coffeehouse
    322 E Kirkwood (below the Laughing Planet)

    Featured readers this month are Tom Bitters, Julia Karr and Gilbert Ndahayo

     
    The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI

    A Conversation with Novelists R.O. Kwon and Laura van den Berg
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM
    IUPUI University Library
    755 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
    This event is free and open to the public in the Lilly Auditorium of the University Library. Refreshments will also be served. Books for sale provided by Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI.

    R.O. Kwon is the author of The Incendiaries, published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.). The Incendiaries is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Great Read and Indies Introduce selection, and it was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. The novel is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book and Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize, and is nominated for the Aspen Prize and American Library Association Carnegie Medal. The Incendiaries is being translated into four languages.

    Kwon’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, The Cut, Time, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Born in South Korea, she has mostly lived in the United States.

    Laura van den Berg was born and raised in Florida. She is the author of two collections of stories, The Isle of Youth (FSG, 2013) and What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), and the novel Find Me (FSG, 2015). Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish her next novel, The Third Hotel, in August 2018.

    Laura’s honors include the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize, a $25,000 annual prize given to “a young writer of proven excellence in poetry or prose.” Her debut collection was selected for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” program, and she has twice been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The Isle of Youth was named a “Best Book of 2013” by over a dozen outlets, including NPR, The Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Find Me was selected as a “Best Book of 2015” by NPR, Time Out New York, and BuzzFeed, and longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize.

    Ball State University
    https://www.bsu.edu/calendar/events/academics/english/2019/2/9/faculty-reading-series?date=2019-02-06

    Faculty Reading Series: Christman & McKinney
    February 6, 2019 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
    Art and Journalism Building

    To find venues and buildings on Ball State's campus, see the campus map. https://www.bsu.edu/map

    Every year, the Creative Writing Program at Ball State features two of its faculty who write in a particular genre. This year, that will be creative nonfiction writers Jill Christman and Todd McKinney.

    Jill Christman is the author of two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure, an AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction winner, and Borrowed Babies: Apprenticing for Motherhood (Shebooks 2014). Her work has been published in numerous journals and magazines including Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Oprah Magazine, River Teeth, TriQuarterly, and True Story, and in anthologies including Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture and Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. Visit her at www.jillchristman.com

    Todd McKinney teaches a variety of classes for the Ball State English Department, including workshops in creative nonfiction and has served as the faculty advisor for the Writers Community since its inception in 2007. He has published work in a variety of journals including The Cimarron Review, SmartishPace, Monkey Bicycle, and elsewhere. His chapbook, A Matter of Public Record was published in 2007.


    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    Presents featured guest poet Lylanne Musselman
    Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m.
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 W. Hawthorne St, Zionsville
    An open mic follows. The event is free


    Lylanne Musselman is an award-winning poet, playwright, and artist, living in Indiana. Her work has appeared in Pank, Flying Island, Tipton Poetry Journal, The New Verse News, and The Ekphrastic Review, among others, and many anthologies. Musselman is the author of five chapbooks, including the recent Red Mare 16 (Red Mare Press, 2018), a co-author of the volume of poetry, Company of Women New and Selected Poems, (Chatter House Press, 2013) and author of the new full-length poetry collection, It’s Not Love, Unfortunately (Chatter House Press, 2018).

     

     

    The #IconoSlam takes place every second Thursday of the month with Dante as your host. This month, we will be at the Circle City Industrial Complex in the Schwitzer Gallery! Doors at 7, show at 7:30, and it's ONLY $5! Devon Ginn and Dante Fratturo facilitate an inclusive, safe space for artists to do & say whatever the f** they want.

    The open mic/ slam is first come, first served. There is a cash prize for the slam winner. Competing in the slam provides an opportunity to represent Indianapolis on the national stage! Tickets will be available online and at the door (cash only) until 8 PM the day of the show. This event is brought to you by the Indiana Writers Center and the Circle City Industrial Complex.

    February 14th's featured artist is Okara Imani!

     



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    Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 08, 2019

    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.



    Join IWC board members, staff, and writers for first Fridays that give an *F! Write your own flash fiction, submit for prizes or even for publication in our online magazine the Flying Island, learn about IWC, meet other writers, and explore the CCIC. Each month will feature something special.




    A new event offered by the Central Library -
    Monthly Meet Up : Black Women's Writing Society
    Tuesday, January 8, 2019  5:30-7:30 PM
    Center for Black Literature and Culture/Central Library
    40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Founded by Ebony Chappel and Tamara Winfrey-Harris, The Black Women’s Writing Society is a collective of sisters who share a love for the written word. Poets, playwrights, essayists and storytellers gather on the second Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Center for Black Literature and Culture, Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E St Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Welcoming all cis / trans women and nonbinary black writers. Sessions include time for writing, education and sharing.

     

    Go here for the Submission Page
     

    Go here for the December Submission Calendar




    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. We are assembling our current 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/.


     

     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/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/


     

    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: December, January, and February 2018-19

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    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.

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    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.  

     

     

    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 Roxanna Santoro — December 04, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

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

    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Stephen L. Smith reading The American Dream
    Friday, January 4    6pm – 8pm

    This new books falls into the literary genres of thriller/suspense/crime drama, similar to a John Grisham novel. "The American Dream" takes the reader on a page-turning joyride as one young man embarks on a tense, desperate pursuit for justice against a vicious criminal organization in an unforgettable battle of wits. 
    https://www.theamericandream.biz/


    Join Us this Friday for the first Tea’s The Artist a Youth Open Mic Night from 6pm-9pm!!!

    Tea’s The Artist is every First Friday of the Month and is a great way to celebrate our Youth and the amazing talents they hold.

    $5 Donations at the door and a $4 Raffle with Great Prizes Every Month!!!

    Tea's Me Cafe

    140 E. 22nd Street,

    Indianapolis, IN
    317-920-1016

     

    The Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/


    First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
    Sunday, January 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Soma Coffee House

    (Kirkwood and Grant- under The Laughing Planet) Backroom/Bloomington, IN
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

    With featured readers Zilia Balkansky-Sellés, Wendy Teller and Eric Rensberger

    Zilia Balkansky-Sellés is a Bloomington-based writer, and occasional dancer and actor. She has a Ph.D. in folkloristics from Indiana University and an M.I.S. from The University of Michigan. Zilia has written for Wild Swan Theater, which produces plays for Michigan schools and libraries. She has two poems forthcoming in the journal Comparative Woman from Louisiana State University. She does freelance work as an English language editor and developmental editor. She works as an academic advisor for the Groups Scholars Program at Indiana University.

    Wendy Teller, a retired systems and software engineer, writes fiction, memoir, and history. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Naperville Sun, and Rivulets. Her story Dusting the Towels received the Richard Eastman Prose Award. Wendy’s debut novel, Becoming Mia, takes place in the 1960s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Berkeley, California.

    Her work in progress, The Sorrows of Sex, takes place in Hungary in 1905. She’s made important discoveries researching this novel, including several books by her grandfather – all in Hungarian – how to use Google translate, and a kissing cousin.

    Wendy lives on a cliff in the woods near Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband.

    Eric Rensberger is a local poet. He has lived in Indiana for almost all of his life, and in Bloomington since 1979. A slightly out of date version of his collected poems may be found at Poems of Eric Rensberger

    He also occasionally writes prose, but this comes at unpredictable intervals, almost always because he needs material for a prose reading series. On the other, he enjoys talking to you, which you have to admit is a form of prose, and he does this every day of his life.


    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

     

    Dr. Richard Moss reading from "A Surgeon's Odyssey"
    Tuesday, January 8,  3:00pm – 4:15pm

    In his new memoir, A Surgeon's Odyssey, Dr. Richard Moss tells his story of traveling extensively through Asia while working as a cancer surgeon. His work was voluntary, however the "payoff" was in the rich, fascinating, and often bizarre experiences he had both as a surgeon and a wanderer. The book is centered around Dr. Moss' quest to serve others and learn valuable life lessons along the way.

    For more information on Dr. Moss, please visit: http://www.exodusmd.com/


    Max Felker-Kantor reading Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD
    Saturday, January 12,   2pm – 4pm


    A history of policing and anti-police abuse movements in Los Angeles from the 1965 Watts uprising to the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion.
    https://www.maxfelkerkantor.com/


      


    The Fear Symposium: Open Mic and Slam
    https://www.facebook.com/events/347039432515105/

    Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM
    Black Circle Brewing Co.

    2201 E 46th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205

    Welcome to the first of the Symposium series!
    The theme for tonight’s readings is Fear. What are you afraid of, or, conversely, what AREN’T you afraid of? What are some tactics you have in place to combat what you can’t know, can’t prepare for?

    Come listen to the community speak, both casually and competitively, and enjoy some drinks and food with a bunch of people who know how important words are.
    ***FIRST PLACE PRIZE FOR SLAM COMPETITORS IS $50***
    If you want to compete, email v.corsaro95@gmail.com or DM Vinny Corsaro on Facebook. Cash and beer prize!

    The tentative schedule of events is as follows…
    5:30-6:30pm Open Write (with prompts).
    -Some Butler MFA students will facilitate an open (and free!) workshop where we can collaborate as a community with academic and non-academic fiction/poetry/narrative writers. We will provide writing prompts and offer advice to people who may not have an accessible audience or mentors.

    7-7:30pm Open Mic
    -We'll invite members from the crowd in the beginning to put their name in a hat, and we'll have a community open mic. The readings should follow the overall symposium theme, facilitated by MC (me).

    7:45-9ish Poetry/Story Slam begins
    -Before the event, we will have contestants signed up for the Slam. We will have judges picked from the audience and we have a scoring scale. After the slam is over we will have a tally and have half the first round moving on to the finals.

    9:00pm Featured Reader
    -Tonight, we'll have the editors of Turnpike Magazine sharing some related pieces from their journal/themselves. Turnpike is a local publication (www.turnpikemagazine.com) two issues old, and they've bene killing it. Come hear a little about/from them!

    9:30pm Final Round of slam
    -We will have half the contestants from round 1 going up (with a second performance piece), and we will get a winner through that. There will be a prize for the winner, and that will conclude the evening. Probably around 10/10/30ish!

     

    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Gregory Orr
    Tuesday, January 22, 7:30 PM
    Schrott Center for the Arts

    Considered by many to be a master of short, lyric free verse, Gregory Orr is the author of eleven collections of poetry. His most recent volumes include The River Inside the River (2013), How Beautiful The Beloved (2009), and Concerning the Book That Is the Body of the Beloved (2005).

    Orr is also a writer of nonfiction and personal essays. This past year, he published A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry, in which, as a review in the Washington Post put it, Orr “serves as a sage and gentle guide, sharing wisdom about the creative process and how poetry can enrich those who embrace it.” Orr’s memoir The Blessing was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the fifty best non-fiction books of 2002. His personal essay “This I Believe” was broadcast on National Public Radio in 2006 and included in the anthology This I Believe (2007). His essay about working as a teenager for the Civil Rights movement in the Deep South was selected for The Best American Creative Nonfiction (2009).

    Much of Orr’s early work is concerned with seminal events from his childhood, including a hunting accident when he was twelve in which he accidentally shot and killed his younger brother, followed shortly by his mother’s unexpected death, and his father’s later addiction to amphetamines. In the opening of his essay “The Making of Poems,” broadcast on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Orr said, “I believe in poetry as a way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusions, and traumatic events that come with being alive.”

    Orr has received many awards and fellowships, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and a Rockefeller Fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Violence. He was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Prize.

    Orr teaches at the University of Virginia where he founded the MFA Program in Writing in 1975 and served from 1978 to 2003 as Poetry Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review.


    Written by Roxanna Santoro — December 04, 2018

    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
    (www.artsforlawrence.org)
     
    Tuesday, November 27 from 7-9 pm
    The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
    Sterrett Center

    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 author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured author is Norbert Krapf, former Indiana Poet Laureate.
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    Norbert will read from his twelfth poetry collection, The Return of Sunshine: Poems by a Laureate for Ecstatic Grandparents, about his Colombian-German-American grandson. He will read poems dealing with Peyton’s multicultural heritage, his evolving skills in speaking English and German, and spending time with his grandson in his outdoor kindergarten deep in the woods near Regensburg, Germany.  Norbert received the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Glick Indiana Author Award, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis to combine Poetry and the blues. He released a poetry and jazz cd with pianist-composer Monika Herzig, Imagine, and combines poetry and the blues with bluesman Gordon Bonham. He taught American Poetry as a Fulbright Fellow at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and is an emeritus professor of English at Long Island University, where he directed the C.W. Post Poetry Center.  Norbert is completing an adaptation of his poetry collection Catholic Boy Blues into a play with music.
     


    Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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    Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from November 27 to November 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. 
    Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

    The tour will serve as the closing program for Indiana Humanities’ two-year thematic initiative called Quantum Leap which explores the spirit of possibility and problem solving that happens when we bridge the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields with the humanities (poetry, literature, history, philosophy, religion, world languages and culture, etc.). 

    Smith, whose book of poetry Life on Mars won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2011, was in part inspired by her father’s work as an engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope and includes science fiction and cosmic themes.

    INconversation with Tracy K. Smith: Hanover
    Tuesday, November 27  7:30-9:00pm
    Hanover College Science Center

    607 Ball Dr, Hanover, IN 47243
    Doors open at 7 p.m. and a book signing will follow (a limited number of books will be available for purchase). Smith will be joined by Dr. Dee Goertz of Hanover College for the conversation.
     
    INconversation with Tracy K. Smith: DePauw University
    Wednesday, November 28  7:30-9:00pm
    Moore Theatre, Green Center for the Performing Arts

    313 South Locust St, Greencastle, IN 46135
    Doors open at 7 p.m. and a book signing will follow (a limited number of books will be available for purchase). Smith will be joined by Dr. Joseph Heithaus of DePauw University for the conversation.

    INconversation with Tracy K. Smith: Indianapolis
    Thursday, November 29  6:30-8:00pm
    Indianapolis Public Library - Central Library

    40 East Saint Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Smith will be joined by Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka. Matejka, who grew up in Indianapolis and now teaches at Indiana University, has also written about space themes in his critically acclaimed book of poetry Map to the Stars. The INconversation will be held in the Clowes Auditorium at the Central Library. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a book signing will follow (a limited number of both Smith's and Matejka's books will be available for purchase).



    Where the Colors Blend
    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Where the Colors Blend Book Release & Author Event
    Tuesday, November 27  5-7 PM

    Come hang out at my favorite bookstore in Indianapolis on the RELEASE DATE of my first book in my own voice, "Where the Colors Blend: An Authentic Journey through Spiritual Doubt and Despair ... and a Beautiful Arrival at Hope." I'm excited to come home to the state where this journey began! Swing by to get a copy for the first time, discuss themes from the book like doubt, spirituality, and suffering, or simply hang out and re-connect. This book might also make for a good Christmas gift for anyone who is questioning their faith, needs some inspiration, or feels alone in their suffering. We'll be continuing the conversation after the event at St. Joseph's Brewery down the street. I can't wait to see you at Indy Reads Books!

    About the Book:
    Stephen's present-tense narrative, mysteriously unfolding all the way, is free-thinking and free-flowing, swinging from humor to complex theology, from someone else's story to sudden introspectiveness and application, creating a unique experience for readers as it challenges them to adopt their own lifestyle of introspection and contemplation. 
     
     

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

    Presents poet Natalie Diaz
    Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.
    Krannert Auditorium,
    Room 140, on the Purdue campus.
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    Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. She teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. Q&A to be held in BRNG 2290 at 4:30pm.  Event sponsors include the Purdue Native American Educational and Cultural Center and the Purdue LGBTQ Center. This event is free and open to the public.


    University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program
    https://english.nd.edu/events/2018/11/29/writers-in-the-no-mans-land-literary-translation-as-anti-colonial-practice-in-israel-palestine/

    “Writers in the No-Man's Land: Literary Translation as Anti-Colonial Practice in Israel/Palestine.”
    Thursday November 29, 2018, 6:30PM - 7:45PM

    1030 Jenkins-Nanovic Hall, Notre Dame University

    Dr Hana Morgenstern is a scholar, writer and translator. She is University Lecturer in Postcolonial and Middle East Literature at Cambridge University and a Senior Fellow at Newnham College. Dr Morgenstern is co-director of the Documents of the Arab Left Project. She is currently at work on a book manuscript titled, A Literature for All Its Citizens: Aesthetics of Coexistence in Israel/Palestine.




    Thursday, November 29 at 5 PM – 7:30 PM
    The Indianapolis Propylaeum
    1410 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Grab a drink at the bar and start your holiday shopping early at this beautiful, historic mansion elegantly decorated for the season. Come discover titles for all ages and interests by local authors and get your books signed and personalized! What better gift for the readers in your life?
    Featuring special themed readings by:
    Rj Sullivan, author of Blue Christmas
    Matthew Barron, author of Temple of Secrets



    Holiday Author Fair
    Saturday, December 1 at 12 PM – 4 PM
    Indiana Historical Society
    450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    A signed book is a one-of-a-kind gift!

    Author Fair has something for everyone on your shopping list – and for you, too! More than 70 Indiana authors will pack the William H. Smith Memorial Libray for this fun-filled day of mixing, mingling and book signing.

    Book topics range from sports and biographies to youth historical fiction and politics and more. Meet your favorite local authors such as basketball star and Olympic athlete Tamika Catchings, Philip Gulley, and James Alexander Thom and Dark Rain Thom. This year, meet 8-year-old author Samiah Turner and pick up a copy of her book, My Life as an 8 Year Old Engineer, to inspire the child in your life.

    Author Fair is a day of fun for all ages. Join in the Festival of Trees fun, including photos and storytime with Santa and book-themed crafts for kids and kids at heart. Be sure to enter to win an Author Fair gift basket, too!

    Free admission includes the Indiana Experience and Festival of Trees. Complimentary parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    See list of authors https://indianahistory.org/wp-content/uploads/Author-Fair-2018-Catalog.pdf



    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/

    First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
    Featured readers are: Bill Breeden, Glenda Breeden and Tonia Matthew
    Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Thomas Gallery

    107 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404
    (The Thomas Gallery is tucked in the little entry patio that belongs to Darn Good Soup.  Walk boldly in as though you were heading for soup- -and then look to your right.  We’ll post signs.)

    Bill Breeden is a native Hoosier born and reared about five miles east of Odon near theborder of the Naval Surface Warfare Center locally known as Crane.  He is one half of the third and last set of twins his mother bore along with scattered singles or “spares” as his Pappy called them.
    He began preaching at the age of fifteen in tent revivals, and holiness meetings.  His religious beliefs have changed over the years, and taken him from the sawdust trails to several jails for acts of civil disobedience.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and an Master of Divinity in the same.  He also did graduate work at IU in Criminal Justice.

    Bill is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister, an agnostic and hell-raiser.  He is continuing to work on his memoirs, entitled “Billy Pilgrim and the Black Female Jesus.”  It has consumed much more time than he expected, and hopefully will consume less time than he has.  He lives in Owen County with Glenda, his partner of nigh on to fifty years, and Obi, the best dog in the world.


    Glenda Breeden,
    lover of peace and kindness, people and critters, and this beautiful Mother Earth,  writes songs, poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction.  She embraces Mary Oliver’s sentiment “My work is loving the world… which is mostly standing still and being astonished.” She gives thanks for the many gifts life has offered her and aspires to pass them on whenever she can. Glenda lives in a cabin in the Owen County woods with her husband Bill, her dog Obi, and just down the path from her son Dietrich


    Antonia Matthew,
    born in England, grew up there during WWII.  She has been in Bloomington since 1968, is a member of Five Women Poets, a writing group that has been going since 1974.  They have put out three chapbooks, a Renga poem and a cd.  She has been a member of the Writers Guild since the beginning.  She mostly writes poetry but is also writing memoir, and has a short play Home Front which will be staged by the Writers Guild sometime in 2019.



    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    Presenting Jenny Kalahar
    Thursday, December 6 at 7 pm
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 West Hawthorne, Zionsville, IN

    We can only guess what intriguing thoughts Jenny will share with us as she reads from her book "I Imagined a Dragon", but we know Jenny's keen wit and imagination will take us on a literary adventure. Bring the kids, bring grandma, Jenny's writing entertains all ages.
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    Jenny Kalahar is a used & rare bookseller in Elwood with her husband, Patrick. She is the author of Shelve Under C, The FInd of a Lifetime, Bindings, This Peculiar Magic, One Mile North of Normal, I Imagined a Dragon, All the Dear Beasties, and The Soggy Doggy. These are four novels, a collection of poetry, a children's story/poetry book, an anthology of magazine columns, and a children's picture book. Jenny is on the executive board of the Poetry Society of Indiana and is their publisher, she helms Last Stanza Poetry Association and has begun work as the president of the Youth Poetry Society of Indiana. She is taking submissions for an anthology of Indiana poets age 12 to 18 that will be published early in 2019 as a joint project of PSI and YPSI. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. Jenny has been published in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies' annual prize-winning anthology, Encore, in The Poets of Madison County, Words and Other Wild Things, The Polk Street Review, Bards Against Hunger, Diamonds, Indiana Voice Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Trillium, in newspapers, and her radio play was performed and broadcast in Michigan. She has been a proofreader for a publishing company, has owned and operated bookshops in Michigan and Ohio with Patrick, and is the humor columnist for Tails Magazine.

     



    Written by Roxanna Santoro — November 06, 2018

    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:

     

    Go here for the Submission Page
     

    Go here for the November Submission Calendar




    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. We are assembling our current 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/.


     

     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/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/


     

    Greetings from Brad King & The Geeky Press Partners:

    I’m sad to write that—after much internal deliberation and conversation with the partners—The Geeky Press experiment has come to an end.

    I started The Geeky Press on April 3, 2014 as a birthday present. I had recently moved to Indianapolis and wanted to find a writing community. While I met scores of great people, I didn’t find the community I’d longed for. And so I decided to see if I could build the thing I wanted

    Without any idea of what would happen, I put together a reading series—The Downtown Writers Jam—that asked writers of all genres to set aside their work and instead TELL a story to a crowd of onlookers who would respond to them in real time. I was terrified that nobody would show up, that writers would tell me no, and that I’d be standing in a mostly empty room after hours at Indy Reads Books.

    But came out you did. More than 50 people came to our first event. And in the next year, you continued showing up.  And with your help, The Geeky Press went from an idea to a thing.

    But I never wanted this thing to be something I ran. I wanted this to be a community of ideas! And so I sought out other writers who were looking for the same thing. Before too long, The Geeky Press had four other amazing partners: Elise Lockwood,and Jessica Dyer Campbell.

    I seriously cannot imagine my life without these amazing humans! And The Geeky Press would not have grown into the community it did without their tireless energy, work, and love!

    With their help and guidance and energy and effort, The Geeky Press went from that little reading series and to a group that hosted weekly writing meetups and day-long and weekend-long retreats. We ran a podcast. We hosted other series besides my weird Jam. We published books and a literary magazine.

    More than 150 people participated in our reading series. We published more than 50 writers, many of those who published for the first time. We had more than 600 people on our email lists. We’ve had more than 3,000 listeners on the podcast. We were lucky enough to watch Jim Naremore and Linda Mansfield write—and publish—books.

    In short, The Geeky Press became the writing community I so longed to be a part.

    But in 2017, I took a job as an editor in Pittsburgh. And Elise moved to Portland. And Nicole began working on a national podcast. And Amber’s writing company expanded. And Jessica grew her family by +1.

    I promised the partners that the day The Geeky Press felt like a job—and not a community—that we would re-evaluate the project. And in the last few months that is what happened. We found ourselves actively avoiding conversations because we knew—we knewthat we would eventually end up talking about the end of The Geeky Press.

    As much as I loved The Geeky Press, I loved my partners more. I missed them. And I wanted us to get back to our friendship.

    And so here we are: at the end of the road.  Don’t despair. The Geeky Press will live on in spirit over at my newsletter.

    Until then: Goodbye, Farewell, Amen.


     

    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    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.

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    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.  

     

     

    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 Roxanna Santoro — November 06, 2018

    Events Around Indiana

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

    Ann Katz Festival
    Oct 17-Nov 12, 2018

    The JCC’s 20th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts presented by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation with generous annual support from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, films and filmmakers, performing artists and fine artists!

    Go here to see all the events: https://jccindy.org/community/festival-books-arts/


    Indiana University-Department of English
    https://apps.iu.edu/ccl-prd/events/view/17889295?pubCalId=GRP22041&type=month

    Reading with Jesse Lee Kercheval and Silvia Guerra - Tuesday October 30th, at 8pm (Faculty Club - IMU)

    Silvia Guerra was born in 1961 in Maldonado, Uruguay. Her books include Un mar en madrugado (Hilos Editora, Buenos Aires, 2018), Pulso (Amargod ediciones, Madrid, 2011), and Estampas de un tapiz (Plaquette, Pen Press, New York, 2006). She is also the author of Todo comienzo lugar, co-edited with the Cuban poet José Kozer (Editorial Casa Vacía, RichmondVirginia, 2016) and Fuera del relato (Bassarai, Spain, 2007), a fictionalized biography of Lautréamont. From 2009-2011, she was the co-editor of the seminal Uruguayan poetry press La Flauta Mágica. In 2012 she was awarded the Morosoli Prize in Poetry for her career.

    Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of fourteen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction including the poetry collection America that island off the coast of France, which won The Dorset Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Her other books include Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; and the memoir Space, winner of an Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren. She is also the editor of América invertida: an anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets and Earth, Water and Sky: A Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry. She is the Zona Gale Professor of Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directors the Program in Creative Writing.


    Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam Dan Wakefield
    October 31 at 6:30pm
    The Jazz Kitchen

    5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

    We will feature the great saxophone player Sophie Faught and I will talk about our own favorite mentors, and our guest will be Steve Allee, the piano player/composer who has been a mentor to many of the musicians of this city (including Sophie herself, and all-star drummer Kenny Phelps).
    I hope you can come if you haven't already purchased tickets. You can learn more and buy tickets here.

    Yes, the Jam is Halloween night and no, we're not dressing up. But it'll be a great time with great friends. I hope to see you there.
     


    Poetry on Brick Street
    https://www.facebook.com/poetryonbrickstreet/

    We welcome wonderful poet and IUPUI Associate Professor Mitchell L.H. Douglas!
    Thursday, November 1  at 7 PM
    SullivanMunce Cultural Center

    225 West Hawthorne
    Zionsville IN.
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    Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow’s arms, \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award, and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. In her review of dying in the scarecrow’s arms in the April 2018 issue of O: The Oprah Magazine, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says Douglas’ latest is among a crop of recent poetry collections that “deliver truth with originality and grace.”

    His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop(Haymarket Books), Crab Orchard Review, and Ninth Letter, and among others. He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem graduate, and Associate Professor of English at IUPUI.



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    Go here to view all the festival events.



    Indy Reads Books
    https://www.facebook.com/IndyReadsBooks/
    911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

    Abe Aamidor reading Letting Go
    Saturday, November 3, 6pm – 8pm
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    Memory of war always loomed large for Dwight Bogdanovic. After all, his immigrant grandfather volunteered to fight in World War I and his working-class father joined up with the Canadian Army to fight the Nazis early in World War II. Yet it is only when Dwight's soldier son, Bertrand, is killed under mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan that he really tries to understand why men fight and die.

    You can learn more about book and the author here.



    Writers Guild at Bloomington
    https://writersguildbloomington.com/


    First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
    November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Thomas Gallery

    107 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404
    The Thomas Gallery is tucked in the little entry patio that belongs to Darn Good Soup.  Walk boldly in as though you were heading for soup- -and then look to your right.
    We’ll post signs.
    Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
    FREE!
    Guest readers are:  Amy Cornell, James Dorr and Lisa Shanahan.
     

     
    Kellogg Writers Series/UIndy
    https://events.uindy.edu/events/category/kellogg-writers-series/


    Indiana Writers Spotlight featuring Angela Palm
    Wednesday, November, 7, 
    7:30-8:30 p.m
    Schwitzer Student Center, Trustees Dining Room (University of Indianapolis)

    FREE, open to public

    Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, which won the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Short-listed for the Vermont Book Award and the Indiana Author Award/Emerging Author Award, Riverine was also noted for being an Indie Next selection, a Kirkus Best Book of 2016, and a Powerful Memoir by Powerful Women selected by Oprah.


    University of Notre Dame/Creative Writing Series
    https://english.nd.edu/events/2018/11/07/sayers-gernes-alumni-reading-featuring-peter-twal-and-thirii-myint/

    Sayers/Gernes Alumni Reading, featuring Peter Twal and Thirii Myint
    Wednesday, November 7, 7:30-9:00PM
    Hesburgh Center Auditorium/Notre Dame

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    Peter Twal is a Jordanian-American, an electrical engineer, and the author of Our Earliest Tattoos which won the 2018 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in The Believer, Best New Poets, Kenyon Review, West Branch, and elsewhere.
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    Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven (Noemi Press, 2018) and the family history project Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver, the associate editor of Denver Quarterly, and an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where she teaches hybrid/experimental forms.



    November 7 – 10, 2018
    VonnegutFest 2018, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is a city-wide festival in Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis that champions the power of the the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society.  Go here to see all the events.


    Ball State University

    https://www.bsu.edu/calendar/calendars/academics/english

    Visiting Writers Series: Reading by YA Author and Alumnus Jay Coles
    Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
    Arts and Journalism Building #225

    1001 N McKinley Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
       
    English alumnus Jay Coles reads from his work. Jay is the author of "Tyler Johnson Was Here," an acclaimed young adult novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.


    The Return of Sunshine Reading by Norbert Krapf

    http://www.krapfpoetry.com/sunshine.htm

    Saturday, November 10 , 2:00 pm
    Dubois County Museum

    2407 N. Newton St., Jasper,Indiana
    (812) 634-7733.
    Books for sale before, during, and after the reading at the Gift Shop, http://www.duboiscountymuseum.org/.

    My new and recently retitled The Return of Sunshine: Poems by a Laureate for Ecstatic Grandparents, is now out. The volume of 67 poems deals with my grandson, Peyton’s multicultural heritage, his evolving skills in speaking English and German, visiting with his American grandparents in both Indianapolis and Regensburg, and his adventures in Germany and Europe with his Colombian-American mother and Franconian (northern Bavaria) father. The third and last section describes Norbert’s visit for a day with Peyton in his outdoor WaldKiga, a kindergarten deep in the woods near Regensburg, Germany.


    Second Flight Books
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/SecondFlightBooks/events/?ref=page_internal
    2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

    The Great Big Birthday Reading at Second Flight
    Saturday, November 10, at 2 PM – 3:30 PM


    IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY, so we're bringing lots of our friends together for our biggest reading yet. Hear from lots of Indiana writers including:  Melissa Fraterrigo, Silas Hansen, John Leo, Lauren Mallet, Susan Neville, and Emily Jo Scalzo..
    Also, there will be cake!


    Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
    https://www.butler.edu/vws

    Teju ColeTeju Cole
    Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 PM
    Schrott Center for the Arts

    A prodigious novelist, critic, and photographer, Teju Cole was born in the United States and raised in Nigeria—a biographical fact that informs much of his work. His first novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and the Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction and was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. Additionally, Open City was named to “best of the year” lists in many publications including The Guardian, Newsweek, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

    His novella Every Day Is for the Thief  has been “widely praised as one of the best fictional depictions of Africa in recent memory” (The New Yorker) and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, and NPR.

    Named one of Time’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2017, Cole’s most recent book, Blind Spot, is a synthesis of his own full-color photos, each accompanied by selections of lyrical prose. His previous title, Known and Strange Things, was named to that same Time list in 2016 and also was chosen for Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction of 2016 list and Harper’s Bazaar’s 13 Best Books of 2016.

    Cole teaches literature and art history at Bard College, where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence and Achebe Fellow.


    Brick Street Poetry South

    Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm
    Featuring Poetry in Free Motion, a collaboration of quilters and poets
    Tube Factory artspace
    1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis.

    The final session of the Brick Street Poetry South series will feature a reading and display of 14 art quilts and 14 poems. Poetry in Free Motion is a collaboration between local poets and quilters in response to the theme "Transitions."

    Featured poets are LeVonda Brown, Dawn Fable, Kyle Hunter. JL Kato, Elizabeth Krajeck, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Teresa Middleton, Tracy Mishkin, Lylanne Musselman, Mary Sexson, John Sherman, Christopher Stolle, and Ayla Walter.

    Quilters include Jeanette Bagley, Tina Brauer, Wilma Davidson, Myrtle Duty, Jo Ann Gates, Mary Hawn, Cynthia Holman, Mary Kenworthy, Suzanne Miller, Tracy Mishkin, Karen Ratliff, Linda Rowda, Ann Ward, Sandra Wilson, and Mary Beth Wren.

     

    Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith
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    Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at: http://quantumleap.indianahumanities.org/qlpoetrytour/…

    Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 02, 2018

    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:

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    First Fridays at the Indiana Writers Center Come Write in!
    Come in to write, and meet other writers.
    FREE!

    No membership required. Fresh baked goods will be provided. BYOB
    Bring snacks to share if you want.
    1125 E Brookside Ave., Ste B26 Indianapolis, IN 46202
    First Fridays, 6-9 p.m.

    Over sixty artists have galleries and exhibits open First Fridays at Circle City Industrial Complex.

     




    Go here to enter the 2018 Slammin' Rhymes Challenge


     

     

    Go here for the Submission Page
     

    Go here for the October Submission Calendar





    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. We are assembling our current 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/.


     

     
    Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

    We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and people with disabilities. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising.

    As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.
    Go here to learn more and submit



     
    Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

    Call for submissions:

     Poor Joker Press publishes literary fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. We only accept submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines are considered. Please submit to poorjokersubmissions@gmail.com and ensure:

  • Name, email, phone number and brief bio are included on first page
  • PDF file (no other file types are accepted)
  • Page numbers are included
  • Genre is listed (non-fiction/fiction/memoir, etc.)
  • Get all the details here: https://www.poorjokerpress.com/submissions


     

    The Northwest Indiana Literary Journal is seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, humor, photography, and art. https://northwestindianaliteraryjournal.wordpress.com/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/


     

    Has many opportunities for writers.  Check their website: http://thegeekypress.com/

    Check here for submissions: https://thegeekypress.submittable.com/submit

    Join the #WritersHack Meet Up Group.

    The biggest impediment to writing: making time. Need motivation? The Writers Hack (#WritersHack) is a group of Indianapolis writers who gather in local coffee shops and eateries for short bursts of awesomeness.

    Our gatherings are sometimes as small as two people and sometimes as large as ten. We usually do some quick introductions, and then start writing. We keep talking to a minimum until there’s about 10 or 15 minutes left. Then all bets are off.

    Here’s what is important for you to know: There are no requirements for attending. We aren’t just looking for professionals (although some of us are). We aren’t looking for people who can help us get published (although some of us might). This is just a group of people who want to carve out time to write without justifying why. This is a group of people who want to commune with other writers over words, coffee, beer, or food.



    Entrophy Magazine

    Where to Submit: September, October, and November 2018

    Static submission guidelines can always be found here, as well as on our current calls for submissions page. Thanks for considering us as a home for your work!





    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.

    Click here for more information.

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

     

    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.  

     

     

    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 Roxanna Santoro — October 02, 2018


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