Vicki Adang has been an editor for more than 20 years. As owner of Mark My Words Editorial Services, she works on everything from the ubiquitous For Dummies books to children’s books written by independent authors. Read more


John David Anderson John David Anderson is the author of several award-winning and critically-acclaimed books for middle grade audiences, including Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Sidekicked, and PostedRead more


Michael Baumann is a writer, editor, speech coach, performance poet, pianist, and teacher. He’s edited and produced five anthologies of public memoir with the Indiana Writers Center, read and edited submissions for Ohio University’s literary journals New Ohio Review and Quarter After Eight, and published  Read more


Nancy Niblack Baxter is the author of eight books on Indiana and Civil War history, including the Heartland Chronicle Series. Read more

Monica Bergers is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and awarded a Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and is currently serving as a teaching and community moderator for the UI International Writing Program’s latest MOOC “How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women.” Read More


Andrew Black has an MFA from Ohio University’s School of Theatre, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Trisolini Fellowship. His first full-length play Porn Yesterday (co-written with Patricia Milton) has been produced across the country. Read more


David Blomenberg has taught at Purdue University, DePauw University, and at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, Russia. His essays and poetry have appeared in Artifice, PRESA Review, Willows Wept, Poetry Salzburg Review, DMQ Review, and elsewhere.  Read more


Andrea Boucher is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at Butler University and serves as Nonfiction Editor of the literary journal Booth. She teaches at Indiana Writers Center and Butler University and freelances as a book and cover designer. Read more



Maurice Broaddus has written dozens of short stories, essays, novellas, and articles.  His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and web sites, most recently including Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, Black Static, and Weird Tales Magazine. Read more


Kyle D. Craig lives in Indianapolis where he works as a mental health counselor. Developer and facilitator of the Indianapolis Haiku Group (IHG), his haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun have been published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond (journal of the Haiku Society of America), Shamrock Haiku Journal (journal of the Haiku Society of Ireland), ...Read More


Candace Denning has published two novels, showing that dysfunctional relationships can be humorous. Her first screenplay was produced in Indianapolis and premiered at the Heartland Film Festival. Read more


Rebecca Kai Dotlich is a poet and picture book author whose work has been featured on Reading Rainbow and has appeared in magazines such as Ladybug and Highlights, as well as in numerous anthologies, textbooks and collections. Read more


Les Edgerton is a full-time writer, with 18 books published and the last one came out in August, a black comedy crime caper titled The Genuine, Imatation, Plastic Kidnapping from Down&Out Books. His best-selling book is Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers on Page One and Never Lets Them Go, considered by many as a classic in the writer’s how-to canon. Read more


Melissa Fraterrigo’s short story collection, “The Longest Pregnancy,” was published by Livingston Press (2006) and awarded the Tartt First Fiction Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies including the Massachusetts Review, Arts &Letters, Puerto del Sol, storySouth, and Northwest Review, among others. Read more


Jeff Frawley teaches writing at Ball State University and has taught writing, creative writing and literature at several other universities.  His writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines, including Puerto del Sol, Segue and Ellipsis .Read more


Bryan Furuness the author of The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, a novel. Along with Michael Martone, he is the co-editor of Winesburg, Indiana. His stories have appeared in New Stories from the Midwest ...Read more


Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying, was selected by Stewart O’Nan as winner of the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and chosen as winner of Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer Prize. Read more

Sarah Ginter earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University and her BA in English from Indiana University. She teaches writing and grammar at a local private school. She has taught creative writing to students in elementary through the university level.  Read more



Lucrecia Guerrero’s work has appeared in literary journals such as the Antioch Review, Colorado Review, and the Louisville Review. Read more


S. M. Harding has had two dozen short stories published in various crime fiction publications, in both on-line magazines and print anthologies and magazines. Two of the most recent include “A Snake in the Grass” in Spinetingler and “Scarecrow Field” in Indiana Crime Review. Read more


Lou Harry's humor books have sold more than a million copies. Seriously. He has written or co-written more than 25 published books for a variety of publishers, his work has appeared in more than 50 publications, and his plays have been performed in four states. Read more



David M. Hassler is a long-time member of the Indiana Writers Center Faculty and holds an MFA from Spalding University. His work has been published in Maize and the Santa Fe Writers' Project. He served as a Student Editor for The Louisville Review and as Technical Editor for Writing Fiction for DummiesRead more


Jerry Holt is a novelist and playwright.  His thriller The Killing of Strangers was a finalist in the St. Martin's First Mystery Competition and his stage play Rickey has been performed across the United States. Read more 


Angela Jackson-Brown is an award winning writer and poet who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is an editor with the literary journal 94 Creations. Her literary work has been widely published in journals like The Louisville review, New Southerner Literary Review,  Read more


Darolyn “Lyn” Jones is the Educational Outreach Director of the Indiana Writers Center, where she facilitates several urban outreach writing programs including Girls in Prison Speak, Sitting at the Feet of our Elders at Flanner House, Recording War Memories, and Special Needs Moms Writing. Read more


Rachel Kartz directs the Humanities Department at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. She earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University, where she served as Fiction Editor for Willow Springs. Her work has appeared in The Portland Review, The Adirondack Review, and Fifth Wednesday, among other places. Read more


Robert Kent has interviewed hundreds of literary agents (one of whom represents him), editors, and other publishing professionals at his popular blog, Middle Grade Ninja, and yet he still chose to self-publish his books in electronic, paper, and audio formats.


Brad King earned his masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. While there, he won the “Excellence in Technology Writing” award. He worked for Wired and Wired.com and was the producer and senior editor for the MIT Technology Review web operation. Read more



John King teaches screenwriting at Ball State University, as well as conceptual storytelling, storyboarding, and audio/video production at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. Read more


A graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, Terry Kirts hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE IndianapolisIndianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007.  Read more


Claudia Labin writes for the theatre and the screen. Her plays have been produced and given staged readings in a variety of local theatres and published in the Indiana Theatre Journal. Read more



Sarah Layden's fiction and poetry appear in Stone Canoe, Blackbird, Gargoyle, The Evansville Review, PANK, the anthology Sudden Flash Youth, and elsewhere. Read more


Tracy Line has written columns and feature articles on faith, family, travel and life for nearly two decades.  Her work has been published in over 75 magazines, newspapers, websites and books. Read more


Sean Lovelace lives in Indiana, where he directs the creative writing program at Ball State University. In 2011, he published two flash fiction collections, Fog Gorgeous Stag (Publishing Genius Press) and They Could No Longer Contain Themselves (published with other flash fiction authors by Rose Metal Press). Read more


Bonnie Maurer holds a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language and an MFA in poetry from Indiana University. Her book, Reconfigured, came out in 2009 from Finishing Line Press. Read more


Jim McGarrah,  Jim McGarrah's poems and essays have appeared most recently in Bayou Magazine, Chamber 4, Cincinnati Review, Elixir Magazine, and North American Review. He is the author of three books of poetry; Running the Voodoo Down, which won a book award from Elixir Press in 2003; When the Stars Go Dark, which became part of Main Street Rag’s Select Poetry Series in 2009; and, newly released from Ink Brush press, Breakfast at Denny’s (Jan. 2013). Read more


Norman “Buzz” Minnick was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His second collection of poems is Folly. He is the editor of Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press, 2010). Read more


Nancy Olson has an MA in clinical counseling and is a professional certified life coach. For Nancy, writing has long been a tool and a process for self-discovery, for gaining understanding and compassion for others and in helping to make meaning in one’s life. Read more



Chris Paynter is the author of six novels, including the Playing for First baseball series. Her Survived by Her Longtime Companion was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and winner of the 2013 Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. Her short stories have appeared in two anthologies: Read More



Tony Perona is the author of a mystery series featuring stay-at-home dad/former investigative reporter Nick Bertetto, who has a knack for solving mysteries with a supernatural element. Read more


Nelson Price is the author of Indiana Legends: Famous Hoosiers from Johnny Appleseed to David Letterman, Indianapolis Then and Now, Legendary Hoosiers and Indianapolis Leading the Way. Read more


Alicia Rasley is an award-winning writer of nine novels, several non-fiction books, and many articles. She has been a pioneer in teaching writing online, creating and nurturing writer networks, and analyzing independent publishing trends. She teaches and tutors college writers at University of Maryland  Read more


Jeff Rasley has published numerous articles and photos in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review and Pacific Magazine. Read more


Jessica Reed has a MFA in Poetry and a BS in Physics, both from Purdue University. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review; Bellingham Review; Conjunctions; Waxwing; 111O; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Spiral Orb; The Fourth River; Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing and elsewhere. Read more


Bridgette Richards is an actor, writer, teacher, and speech coach here in Indianapolis. She has been published in several on-campus publications during her studies, including Butler's Archives Entertainment Magazine and the University of Edinburgh's 50 [] Square, where she also served as copy editor Read more


Kip Robisch is a professor of creative writing and literature at The University of Indianapolis with an MA from Purdue University's creative writing program and a PhD concentrating on the study of American nature writing. For the past year and a half Kip has taught courses for the Indiana Writers Center and led book discussions for the Center in conjunction with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Libraries. Read more


Kyle Robison is a seasoned storyteller with more than thirty years of sharing tales across the country. She won the Parent’s Choice Award for family stories with her CD “Tales of Japan” and tours with Kamishibai story presentations. Read More


Barbara Shoup, is the author eight novels, including Night Watch, Wish You Were Here, Stranded in Harmony, Faithful Women, Vermeer’s Daughter, Everything You Want, An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters. . Read more



Eva Grouling Snider is an Instructor at Ball State University and Arizona State University, where she teaches professional writing, web design, and visual communication. She has been making websites for more than a decade, starting back in the rough and tumble 1990s. Read more


Natalie Solmer is a poet who majored in horticulture and minored in creative writing (why not?) as an undergrad at Clemson University. While at Clemson, she was a reader for Semantics, Clemson’s on campus literary magazine. After many years of working as a florist, she earned her MFA in poetry from Butler University, where she served as a reader for Butler’s literary journal, Booth.  Read more

Chris Speckman is an instructor at Butler University, where he received his MFA. He serves as the director of the university’s Writing in the Schools program and is the assistant editor for Booth.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Passages North, PANK, Harpur Palate, Word Riot, Stirring, Rust + MothRead more

Cameron Steiman has an MFA in creative writing and has published both non-fiction and fiction. She is a “winner” of NaNoWriMo, with five “wins” between National Novel Writing Month in November and Camp NaNoWriMo. Cameron has ten years of teaching experience in corporate, university, and community settings.   Read more


Annie Sullivan graduated in December 2012 with her MFA in creative writing from Butler University. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnel’s. Her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Books Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. Read more



Larry D. Sweazy is a multiple-award author of twelve Western and mystery novels and over sixty nonfiction articles and short stories.  He is also a freelance indexer and has written back-of-the-book indexes for over eight hundred and fifty books... Read more


Julianna Thibodeaux is a writer of art criticism, journalism, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published locally and nationally. She has received feature writing and criticism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and was awarded an Arts...Read more


Tim Timmons is an author and newspaperman, having worked in newspapers from North Carolina to California, and all over Indiana, including as the vice president of The South Bend Tribune. He is one of the owners of The Paper, a small newspaper company headquartered in Crawfordsville...Read more



Wendy Vergoz’s poems have been published in Cleaver Magazine, Flying Island Journal, Ground, The Christian Century, Literary Mama, and Anglican Theological Review, and have appeared in exhibitions at the Harrison Center for the Arts, “Spirit and Place,” “Art of the Moving Image & Spoken Word,” “Wrestling with the Infinite,” and “Religion, Spirituality and the Arts.” Read more


Shari Wagner is Indiana Poet Laureate for 2016 and 2017.  She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and has taught writing in universities, grade schools and retirement homes. She is the author of two books of poems: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana Read more


Dan Wakefield's best-selling novels Starting Over" and "Going All The Way" were produced as feature films. His memoirs include "New York in the Fifties," which was the basis of a documentary film that aired on Showtime, and "Returning" A Spiritual Journey"which Bill Moyers called "One of the most important memoirs of the spirit I have ever read."  Read more


Emily Watson earned her MFA in nonfiction at West Virginia University. Her essays have been published in AGNI, River Teeth, and Work in Progress. Read more


Liz Whiteacre teaches writing at the University of Indianapolis. She was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from Ball State University in 2015. Her poems have appeared in WordgatheringDisability Studies QuarterlyDisabled World, and other magazines. Read more


Nathan Day Wilson writes weekly for The Star, teaches annually in Indiana and New York, and has more than 500 stories, columns, essays and book chapters published in Europe and North America. Read more



Ben H. Winters is the author of seven novels, including most recently Countdown City, an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award. Countdown City is the sequel to The Last Policeman, which was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate. Read more


Joanna H. Woś is the winner of the 4th Indiana Short Fiction Award for her collection A House of Butter. Read more

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