Postcards from Imaginary Indianapolis

Instructor: Michael Martone
Date: Friday, October 12
Time:  1–3:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $63 nonmembers, $40 members, $35 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Indianapolis was (and is) an imaginary city, created by fiat in the middle of the middle of an imaginary state of an imaginary country.  The course will consider ways to defamiliarize the received notions of this place called Indianapolis and attempt, through the constructing of art, to open up spaces of wonder by means of postcard-sized messages on actual postcards.  We will attempt to create or expand or comment upon the rich hidden mythology of Naptown, change the geometry, square the circle of Circle City, and inscribe a universe on a 4x6 card.  These analog tweets we will then “publish” sending them away by means of little known delivery device service maintained by the federal government.


Michael Martone, native of Fort Wayne, has been writing fiction and nonfiction about indiana and the Midwest for 40 years.  His newest books are BROODING and THE MOON OVER WAPAKONETA: FICTIONS AND SCIENCE FICTIONS FROM INDIANA AND BEYOND. He has taught creative writing at Iowa State, Harvard, and Syracuse universities and currently teaches at the University of Alabama.


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