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 is the author of several award-winning and critically-acclaimed books for middle grade audiences, including Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Sidekicked, and Posted. A former writing instructor at the University of Illinois, he currently lives with his wife and two kids in Indianapolis... Read 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. The Movers was the Waldenbooks Preferred Reader selection for Atlantic states 1987; Lords of the Rivers was the National Association of Presswomen Best Novel of the Year 1990. 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 Read More


Andrew Black, playwright, 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 in 2001) has been produced across the country.  Read more

With more than twenty books and numerous articles and short stories published since the 1980s, Brent Bill has learned a thing or three about writing. His book titles include Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace, Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality, and  Read more



Andrea Boucher has won multiple contests including the Redivider Blurred Genre contest judged by Jerald Walker, the Redivider Beacon Street Prize in Nonfiction judged by Ned Stuckey-French, and The Wind Prize for Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & ArtRead more


Laura Briggs is a former inner city teacher turned freelance writer. Since launching her online freelance career in 2012, she’s worked with hundreds of clients all over the world, including Microsoft and TrueCar. She now teaches other freelancers how to launch and grow sustainable and fulfilling businesses. 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


Danny Chan is a managing director of Iconic Private Equity Partners based in Hong Kong which specializes in US and China cross border transactions, Mr. Chan is also the CEO of Almost Never Films, a publicly traded film production and financing company based in Los Angeles. He was a Co-Producer of the film Pali Road which was the first China-US film co-production filmed in Hawaii. Read more.

Kyle D. Craig
is a licensed mental health counselor, a Butler MFA student in Poetry, and an instructor for the Indiana Writers Center. His book *Invisible Tea* (Red Moon Press, 2016), a collection of haiku, haibun, and tanka, won an honorable mention from the Haiku Society of America. ...Read more


Leslie D. Davis is a book marketing consultant, editor, and writer specializing in metadata and Amazon marketing to drive online book sales. With a background in book publishing, publicity, and digital marketing, she has worked with numerous New York Times bestselling authors and was mentored by seasoned publishing professionals at a mid-size publisher in New York. Read more


Candace Denning has published two novels, one of which won the Virginia Prize for Fiction. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing and a Creative Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, among other literary awards. Read more


Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days (University of Nebraska Press). She is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press) awarded the Tartt First Fiction Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah.  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



Lucrecia Guerrero’s work has appeared in literary journals such as the Antioch Review, Colorado Review, and the Louisville Review.  Chasing Shadows, her collection of linked short stories, was published by Chronicle Books.  Tree of Sighs, her debut novel won, in-progress, the Christopher Isherwood Fellowship Award, and recently the Premio Aztlán Literary Award.   Read more

Silas Hansen’s essays have appeared in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Slate, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literary publishing at Ball State University 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, poet and playwright and a graduate of the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She is also a transplanted southerner who still wonders, at times, how she ended up in Indiana, but slowly, she is embracing her Hoosier status. She is the author of the novel Drinking from a Bitter Cup and has published in numerous literary journals. Read more

Ashley Mack-Jackson is a poet, writer, teacher, and native Hoosier. She has an M.A. in English from Ball State University and an M.S. in nonprofit management from University of Maryland University College. Currently, she teaches composition and developmental reading and writing at Ivy Tech Community College, is the Co-CEO of Word As Bond, Inc. Read More


Lyn Jones is the Education Outreach Director of the Indiana Writers Center, where she has facilitated over 50 urban outreach writing programs including I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write about Their Lives, Girls in Prison Speak, Sitting at the Feet of our Elders at Flanner House, Recording War Memories, Special Needs Moms Writing, and with Homeless Women of Wheeler. 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 is the author of the horror novels The Book of David and All Together Now: A Zombie Story, the middle grade novel Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees, and the novellas Pizza Delivery and All Right Now: A Short Zombie Story. 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’s plays have been produced in various theatres in Indianapolis. She was a finalist for the Arts and Letters prize in Drama and the winner of the Drury University One-act play competition. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and Chicago Dramatist. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in KY.  Read more



Sarah Layden is the author of the novel Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), and her short stories appear in Boston Review, Booth, PANK, Artful Dodge, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, and The Humanist, among others. The Story I Tell Myself About Myself, flash fiction, won the Sonder Press 2017 Chapbook Competition.  Read more

Karen Lee is an art educator, graphic artist, writer and painter. She has a Master degree in Education and a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. She has been teaching graphic design for the last 8 years. In addition she is on her own creative journey and would like to help you as she helps herself along the way. Read more

Mark Harvey Levine is one of the most produced writers of short plays in the world.  He has had over 1600 productions of his plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London.  His work has won over 35 awards and been produced in ten languages.  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. A graduate of Hanover College, Line is the author of Chasing God, Finding Faith from the Outside In  (Hawthorne Publishing, 2015).  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. She is the author of three previous chapbooks: Ms Lily Jane Babbitt Before the Ten O’clock Bus from Memphis Ran Over Her, Old 37: The Mason Cows, and Bloodletting: A Ritual Poem for Women’s Voices. Read more

Michael McColly’s essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun, NUVO, and In These Times.  He is the author of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir, The After-Death Room: Journey into Spiritual Activism (Soft Skull Press), which chronicles his journey reporting on AIDS activism in Africa, Asia and America. Read more


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;  Read more


Norman Minnick’s collections of poetry are To Taste the Water (winner of the First Series Award from Mid-List Press) and Folly (Wind Publications). He is the editor of Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press) as well as Jim Watt’s landmark study of William Blake, Work Toward Knowing: Beginning with Blake (Kinchafoonee Creek Press).    Read more

Saundra Mitchell is the author of nearly twenty books for tweens and teens, Mitchell's work includes SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE series, ALL THE THINGS WE DO IN THE DARK, a novel forthcoming from HarperTEEN and the forthcoming CAMP MURDERFACE series with Josh Berk. She is the editor of three anthologies for teens, DEFY THE DARK, ALL OUT and OUT NOW. She always picks truth; dares are too easy. Read more

Jim Naremore began his creative and fiction writing practice by writing screenplays in the 1980’s. His debut novel, “The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts (Belle Lutte Press, 2016)” was awarded an Independent Publisher Book Award in the category “Best First Novel” in 2017.  Read more


Michelle Niemann discovered her love for consulting with writers one-on-one about their work in progress while teaching in the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin, where she was a graduate student. After earning her PhD in English literature in 2014, for two years Michelle served as a postdoc at UCLA, 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


Alicia Pattison is an Indiana native, a true Hoosier, as she discovered when she ventured off to San Francisco for graduate school. She teaches Creative Writing at Ivy Tech Community College. Her writing, from her poetry to creative non-fiction focuses of family, rural America and what it means...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. The latest, Saintly Remains, was called “a compelling read” by Library Journal. Tony also co-edited and contributed a short story to the anthologies Racing Can Be Murder and Hoosier Hoops & Hijinks. 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. and is a free-lance journalist, writing for magazines and for the Indianapolis Star, where he was a feature writer for twenty-one years. 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 is the author of eleven books; the most recent is You Have to Get Lost Before You Can Be Found, a Himalayan memoir. He has published numerous articles in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, The Journal of Communal Societies, and Friends Journal.  Read more


Nick Reading is the author of Love & Sundries (Split Lip Press) and The Party In Question, winner of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared in many journals including Barrow Street, Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly and jubilat.  Read more

Jessica Reed’s forthcoming chapbook, World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), is a dialogue with the ancient poet Lucretius about atoms. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; The Indianapolis Review; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Spiral Orb; The Fourth River; 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.  Her one-woman story of Amelia Earhart was performed at the National Storytelling Festival and she hosted the fairy ring of stories at Minnetrista (Muncie, Indiana). 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

 Natalie Solmer is a poet, editor of The Indianapolis Review, Instructor of English at Ivy Tech and IUPUI, and a mother of boys. Luckily, she enjoys all of those roles (some more than others). She earned her MFA in poetry from Butler University in 2012. Read 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 in nineteen years, which served as inspiration for the Marjorie Trumaine Mystery series.  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; her work is forthcoming in American Tensions: The Literature of Social Justice. 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 has more than 500 stories, columns, essays and book chapters published in Europe and North America. He writes regularly for The Indianapolis Star and serves on the board of Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends. Read more


When Luke Wortley was a kid, he wanted to be an interventional radiologist. After several concussions, he forgot calculus and figured out he loved words instead. He has a B.A. in Spanish from Wright State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University, where he was the former fiction editor at Booth: A Journal and the student editor of Pressgang. Read more


Joanna H. Woś is the winner of the 4th Indiana Short Fiction Award for her collection A House of Butter.  Her stories have appeared in over twenty-four literary magazines including Quarterly West, The Malahat Review, and as an editor’s pick on WebDelSol.  Read more


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