Jun 29, 2016

Poetry landmarks in central Indiana

Note: All addresses are for Indianapolis, unless otherwise stated.

If you know of a landmark, send its location to jl.kato@sbcglobal.net and place "Poetry landmark" in the title field. The landmark must be a poetry display or a marker that refers to a poet or his/her accomplishment.


Last updated 9/3/15. New listing in the visual art section.


Cemetery

Crown Hill Cemetery, 700 W. 38th St.: Grave sites of James Whitcomb Riley, Etheridge Knight, Meredith Nicholson, and Sarah T. Bolton. Maps available at main office. 
(317) 925-3800


Museums and Homes

Indiana Humanities, 1500 N. Delaware St., was the home of Meredith Nicholson. Info: (317) 638-1500 or http://indianahumanities.org/about-us/meredith-nicholson-house/

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Visitor Center, 528 Lockerbie St., Indianapolis, (317) 631-5885. Info:  http://www.rileykids.org/about/riley-museum-home/?referrer=https://www.google.com/#.VZ_i4vlVhBc


James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum, 250 W. Main St., Greenfield, (317) 462-8539. Info: http://www.jwrileyhome.org/


Public Poetry

Cottage Home Neighborhhood features "Cottage Home," by Thomas Alan Orr, in a display at a pocket park on the 700 block of Dorman Street (south of St.Clair St.).

Indianapolis Cultural Trail features seven bus stops designed by architect Donna Sink, with poetry from local residents. The bus stops and their poems are:

  • Virginia Avenue near Woodlawn Avenue (outside of Naisa Pan Asian Restaurant): "The Painters," by Richard Pflum
  • Virginia Avenue near McCarty Street (outside of Chilly Water Brewing Co.): "Invisible Moments," by Karen Kovacik
  • Virginia Avenue near Lexington Avenue (just outside of the Mozzo Apartments): "The Bowl of Possible Peas," by John Sherman
  • Washington Street near the Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art: "Settlement," by Micah Ling
  • Washington Street, west of Illinois Street and the Indianapolis Artsgarden: "Circle, Circle," by Mitchell L.H. Douglas
  • Massachusetts Avenue at Walnut and Park streets: "Art With a Heart," by Vienna Wagner
  • Massachusetts Avenue, east of College Avenue: "Our Street in Endless Circles," by Jenny Brown


  • Poet's Place, on Alabama Street, between Vermont and New York streets, in front of Fresco Italian Sandwich Shoppe, was designated in honor of Jim Shackleford, the Cultural Trail's unofficial poet. "City Generation," by Elizabeth Weber, is displayed here.
     Info: http://indyculturaltrail.org/ictart/poets-place/

Indianapolis International Airport, 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive, features stained-glass window art by Martin Donlin, which has words and lines of poems from five Indiana writers. (317) 487-9584.

     Along Concourse A are:
  • Night, with poem "Echoes," by Ruthelen Burns
  • Midnight Flight, with poem by Joyce Brinkman
  • Back in Indiana, with poem by Norbert Krapf
     In Concourse B is:
  • Indiana Flight, with poem by Joseph Heithaus
     Note: No information on Jeannie Deeter Smith's poem. No information on Mari Evans poem.

     Photos: 
http://martindonlin.com/portfolio/new-indianapolis-airport-indiana-usa/

Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St., features Arlon
 Bayliss' artwork using dichronic
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 (317) 275-4100.

Terre Haute: Max Erhmann at the Crossroads, by Bill Wolfe, at the intersection of Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute. Visitors can pose and sit on a bench with Max. Also, excerpts from his most famous poem, "Desiderata," appear on plaques embedded in the plaza. Photos and info:  http://wabashvalleyartspaces.com/maxview1.html

Word Hunger was a project of Brick Street Poetry to encourage a discussion of food production. Poems and artwork were placed on barns and agricultural buildings throughout the state, Sponsored by Indiana Humanities.
  • Putnam County (near Crawfordsville): Joseph Heithaus' poem "What Grows Here" appears on a barn on West County Road Road 125 South. Painted by Ken Torr. http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/1674013.htm
  • Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Ruthelen Burns' poem.
  • Other site descriptions to come. (See note at bottom.)


Nov 24, 2015

Poetry for a Cause

This from Stacy Savage on Facebook:

Is that's time.... time to announce the winner. I received the least amount of entries I have ever received for any of my contests. However, $58 was raised and two complete Thanksgiving meals, were bought, including milk, for two families. The meals were given to the families and they were very thankful. Tina Scott also donated a few items for the meals. Thank you, Tina! 

Below is a pic of one of the two meals that were given to the families. Also below is the winning poem, "Oh, Funny Owl" by Andrea Dietrich. The poem is funny and made me smile. Three Cheers for Andrea!
There were many great poems and two othere I just have to mention. They were really, really good. 
Those poems were "Two Months after Movng to Apartment #8" by Kelli Hayden and "Hip, Hip, Hooray!" by Kathy Chaffin Gerstorff,
Thanks to everyone who entered. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Oh, Funny Owl
by Andrea Dietrich
Oh, funny night owl; I relate
to you. I also stay up late!
My eyes, like yours, are mellow green
and staring too, but at a screen.
I stare at E-mails and TV
until I know that finally
I must retire myself to bed
and rest my weary night owl head.
I feel so rotten when I wake
I have to do a double take.
I see the clock. It's eight a.m.
I sit up grumbling, "Darn, oh, Darn."
Then brimming with new morning cheer,
I drag myself before the mirror.
And what I see upon my face
are little lines I can't erase.
Oh, funny night owl. We're not wise
with circles underneath our eyes!
And now I get to look like hell
because I love the night so well.

Nov 16, 2015

Shari Wagner is the new Indiana poet laureate

The Indiana Arts Commission sent out a letter Nov. 13 announcing Shari Wagner's selection as Indiana's next poet laureate beginning January.

For information about Shari, click here.

Shari Wagner

Nov 10, 2015

Calendar of events

Disclaimers, denials, and definitions: This calendar is for events in central Indiana. Please confirm events using the contact info before traveling. Not responsible for canceled or discontinued events. All listings are in Indianapolis, unless otherwise noted. Bookmark this page, which will update periodically.

To submit: To list your poetry event, email JL Kato at jl.kato@sbcglobal.net. Write "Poetry event" in the subject line and leave a phone number or email address for follow-up. Allow four weeks for submitted items to appear. And please send updates of cancellations, postponements or new information.


Corrections and comments: Send to the email listed above.

Ongoing events and permanent displays: http://jlkato.blogspot.com/2015/07/public-poetry-museums-and-displays-in.html


Calls for submissions to local journals and contests: http://jlkato.blogspot.com/2015/08/to-include-your-call-for-submissions-to.html

Last updated 11/16/15. 
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Tuesday, Dec. 1

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Katojl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

8 p.m. Poetry Salon at Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St. Conversation and critiques. Free. Meets every first and third Tuesday of the month. Info: Richard Pflum, drahcir@indy.net or 317-356-2048.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic. Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.

Thursday, Dec. 3


6 p.m.-8 p.m. Jason Ammerman at the Monrovia Writers Group, the Community Room of Morgan County Public Library, 145 Chestnut St., Monrovia, Info: http://monroviawritersgroup.blogspot.com/

CANCELED: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry on Brick Street presents children's poetry at SullivanMunce Clutiral Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville. An open mic follows. Free. http://www.brickstreetpoetry.org.


8 p.m. Open Mic Night at Books and Brews, 9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400. Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. Information: brad@booksnbrews.com (317) 288-5136. Every Thursday.

Friday, Dec. 4

5 p.m. Reception for Reimagine, a Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Retrospective at the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St. Alumni poets include JL Kato, Terry Ofner, and Wendy Vergoz. Host: Sandy Sasso, (317) 940-9293.

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Poetry at Yats, 5650 W. 86th St. (near Zionsvilel Road) in Traders Point Shopping Center. Brick Street Poetry will be announcing the names of poets included in a bicentennial book of poetry. Readings will begin at 6:30. Yats will donate 20 percent of the receipts from customers who use a special coupon issued in advance by Brick Street Poetry. (Coupon not available at Yats). 


7 p.m. Poems for the People will feature guest poets, an open mic, and a poetry slam the Garfield Eatery and Coffee, 2627 Shelby St. Host: Greggory DeBoor. Free. Events occur the first and third Fridays of each month. Non-poet performers (such as musicians and comedians) will also share the stage.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Today is Terry Ofner's birthday.


Monday, Dec. 7

Today is Liza Hyatt's birthday

5 p.m. Poetry Lab at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Prompts and writing exercises. Meets weekly in Room 311. Moderator: Penny Dunning. Check her Facebook page for cancellation notices.*

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Today is Donna Monday's birthday.

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Katojl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

*8 p.m. Vibe on Wednesdays at Tantrum, 8215 Center Run Drive. Live band, poetry, art and open mic. Doors open at 7. $5. Must be 21 or older. Meets every other Wednesday. Host: Tony Styxx. Video: https://youtube/8Nzv2eXoYX4*

Thursday, Dec. 10


7 p.m. IUPUI Student and community readings at the Thirsty Scholar, 111 E. 16th St. Open to all poets, writersm and performers. Info: Terry Kirts, tkirts@iupui.edu.

8 p.m. Open Mic Night at Books and Brews, 9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400. Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. Information: brad@booksnbrews.com (317) 288-5136. Every Thursday.

Friday, Dec. 11


*9 p.m.-11 p.m. The Green House Affect, an open mic, at Geneva's Barber and Beauty, 3041 E. 38th St. $10, includes food, wine, and soda. Meets every other Friday. For info: 317-443-2608.*

Sunday, Dec. 13

*7 p.m. An Evening With the Muse at the Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St. An open mic night. Free. Info: Richard Pflum, 317-356-2048.*

Monday, Dec. 14

Today is Carol L. Murschel's birthday.

Tuesday, Dec. 15


2 p.m.-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Katojl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

6:30 p.m. Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month at Noble Tea and Coffee, 933 Logan St., Noblesville. Info: Sarah E. Morin at sarahemorin1836@gmail.com.*

8 p.m. Poetry Salon at Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St. Conversation and critiques. Free. Meets every first and third Tuesday of the month. Free Info: Richard Pflum, drahcir@indy.net or 317-356-2048.*

Wednesday Dec. 16

5 p.m.-9 p.m. The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic. Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.*


Thursday, Dec. 17

7:30 p.m. Poetry and Prose Night at Tater and Joe's CafĂ©, 423 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute. Open mic. five minutes per slot. Free.  Advance sign-up encouraged. Contact Zann Carter at zanncarter@gmail.com or 812-236-2841. Meets every third Thursday of the month.

8 p.m. Open Mic Night at Books and Brews, 9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400. Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. Information: brad@booksnbrews.com (317) 288-5136. Every Thursday.


Friday, Dec. 18

Poetry Workshop With 
Fran Quinn. Through Dec. 20. For info and registration, click http://www.franquinnworkshops.com/workshops.html.*

7 p.m. Poems for the People will feature guest poets, an open mic, and a poetry slam the Garfield Eatery and Coffee, 2627 Shelby St. Host: Greggory DeBoor. Free. Events occur the first and third Fridays of each month. Non-poet performers (such as musicians and comedians) will also share the stage.*  


Saturday, Dec. 19
Today is Mitchell L.H. Douglas's birthday.

CONFIRM THIS EVENT DUE TO HOLIDAY SCHEDULING: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Third Sunday Writing Workshop at Monroe County Public Library, Room 214, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction and creative non-fiction. Generative writing workshop includes prompts. For Writers Guild at Bloomington members only. Free. To register, send email to thirdsundayworkshops@writersguildbloomington.com. Include name, email and phone number.*

CONFIRM THIS EVENT DUE TO HOLIDAY SCHEDULING: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The Garfield Poetry Circle meets at the Garfield Park Art Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive.  Readings and discussions. Bring poems you are trying to finish for comments. Free. Meets every third Saturday of the month. Info: Mary Godseygodseymary@gmail.com.*

Sunday, Dec. 20

Today is JL Kato's birthday.

Tuesday, Dec. 22


CANCELED (WILL RESUME OM JAN. 5): 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Katojl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

CANCELED BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Poet Laureates of Lawrence at the Lawrence Art Center, 8920 Otis Drive. Free. Info: Liza Hyatt, lizahyatt@sbcglobal.net 

Sunday, Dec. 27

Today is George Fish's birthday.


3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic in the Rogers Room, Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington. Featured readers TBA. Free. Info: www.writersguildbloomington.com *

Monday, Dec. 28

Today is Helen Townsend's birthday.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Katojl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Today is Doris Lynch's birthday.


Nov 2, 2015

Project 411 poems unveiled

Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras reveals the two poems he created by using lines submitted for the project. He also explains how he created the poems.


http://www.wabashwatershed.com/2015/11/01/project-411-unveiled/






Embracing the Marvelous: An Introduction to Project 411

Nearly two years ago when I began my term as Indiana Poet Laureate, I set for myself the central goal, through a variety of activities, of bringing together the diverse voices of poets throughout the state. Because the writing of poetry is most often a solitary activity, that sense of solitude can often permeate a poet’s consciousness. Solitude, of course, is good. It allows one to enter into a deeper relationship with one’s core. Isolation, on the other hand, can turn the experience of the self into one of solipsism. As I have said repeatedly during the last two years, “poetry is utterly about community.” How and in what way that sense of community is expressed is, of course, one’s choice, but we’d do well to remember that our thoughts and language are shaped in social contexts. If we are fortunate enough to take up poetry as a vocation, then it is important to see ourselves as interwoven with our fellows, as well as with the animals and plants and rocks—even the galaxies.
I established The Wabash Watershed: Where the Rivers of Tradition Meet the Rivers of Innovation as not only a site in which various poets in Indiana could be brought together but also as a key metaphor for our shared enterprise. As I mentioned in my introduction to the website, “The Wabash River is a central image in the mythos of our great state. As a river it has always intrigued me, in part because it flows freely for a great distance. . .” That distance is 411 miles, before it is dammed.

Oct 29, 2015

NUVO feature on Adrian Matejka

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/the-all-encompassing-poetry-of-adrian-matejka/Content?oid=3587994

The All-Encompassing Poetry of Adrian Matejka 

From Rap poetics and Jack Johnson to the Indy skyline

So I was driving to work a few weeks ago and WFYI’s public affairs program No Limits was on the radio. But the topic being discussed this time around was, let’s just say, more poetry than public affairs.

The author being interviewed was Adrian Matejka, born in Nuremberg, Germany, who’s spent half his life in the Hoosier state. Matejka was being interviewed because he’s the Regional Author winner of the 2015 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Author Award. A graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, he’s now the Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at his alma mater. In that capacity, he teaches a course each fall in rap poetics. He can talk to you about the rap stylings of Chuck D and Rakim but he can also talk to you about the sonnet structures of Charles Baudelaire.

Matejka’s also a huge boxing fan, which certainly has something to do with his choice of subject matter for The Big Smoke, his third book of poems, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2013. It’s about the life of turn-of-the-twentieth-century heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. Matejka’s also hard at work on a graphic novel about Johnson.

When I pulled into the parking lot, I had already made up my mind to talk to Matejka. I got my chance last Tuesday when we had an hour-long conversation by phone.

NUVO: What about Jack Johnson, the boxer and the man, spoke to you? 

Matejka: What got me interested in Jack Johnson is that he’s a quintessentially America figure. He’s a self-made man. He was self-educated; his parents were slaves. He came from as nothing as you can have to become the most famous athlete in the world. Everyone knew who Jack Johnson was when he was alive. So to be able to that seems very American to me... But at the same time, he’s doing this in the face of the most intense racism imaginable. Somebody could have killed him and nobody would have blinked about it. And a lot of people wanted to kill him because here was this black man with all this money. He’s bold. He wears all these nice clothes. He’s out there traveling the world and that’s not supposed to be in Jim Crow America. So I was really interested in how someone like that, someone who was had such magnetism, who was such an outsized figure could exist in turn of the twentieth century…

NUVO: I heard you on WFYI’s No Limits a couple of weeks ago. You were talking about a new book of poems about Indianapolis. 

Matejka: Indianapolis is in my new book called Collectable Blacks... It’ll be out in April of 2017… It’s funny. I spent so much time thinking about Jack Johnson’s story. I spent so much time thinking about how to craft it and how to make a contemporary narrative out of it that when I went back and tried to write my own poems, all of a sudden, place mattered in a way that it hadn’t mattered to me. Writing about Jack Johnson and thinking about geography, the geography that he existed in, made me think of my own geography.

NUVO: I read a poem of yours entitled “& Later” after a painting by Basquiat and you have in it a great line; “Indianapolis’s three-skyscrapered smile.” Does that relate to a particular memory of yours, growing up in Indianapolis? 


Matejka: That’s in the new book. There’s a series of poems that respond to Basquiat’s paintings in the book. And yeah. I used to live in Carriage House East, way out of Mitthoeffer and 42nd street and it was a neighborhood that was severely lacking in resources. Just a busted up basketball court and that kind of thing. But when you could see the skyline, when you could Indianapolis from a distance it was just these three skyscrapers. That’s all you could see from out there. And then when we moved out to Pike Township there were like five skyscrapers that you could see from that angle. Pike was really affluent: we got to see more of it from out there. There’s no way that was intentional. It’s just kind of funny how those kind of things work out.

NUVO: What got you interested in poetry in the first place?

Matejka: Well, I wanted to be a rapper. In the mid-80s, my buddy Che and I were like this little rap group. And we’d record ourselves on these little tape decks. And we were really bad at it. So I had this idea that I wanted to work with language… And when I realized that my career as an emcee was never going to take off, I was casting about for other opportunities for self-expression. And then I got a chance to hear [poet] Yusef Komunyakaa read and that was it. Whatever he’s doing, I want to do that. And so that was kind of the beginning of it for me.


Reading: Alyce Miller & Adrian Matejka
Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
The Back Door
207 S College Ave. Bloomington

Oct 26, 2015

The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:


Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement."
Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears.
Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org
Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril:

Local calls for submissions

To include your local call for submissions to publications, contests, etc., send the information to jl.kato@sbcglobal.net. Write "Poetry" in the subject heading. Allow up to four weeks for your notice to appear.

You may bookmark this page to check for updates.

Last updated 10/2/15.


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Ongoing / Flying Island

https://indianawriters.submittable.com/submit

NEW!! Ongoing / The Freeman

http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelinehs/

Ongoing / Indiana Voice Journal

http://www.indianavoicejournal.com/p/blog-page_3914.html

Ongoing / Punchnel's

  http://www.punchnels.com/guidelines/

Ongoing / Tipton Poetry Journal

 http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/submission.html

New listing! Deadline: Dec. 16 / Poetry for a Cause

Editor Stacy Savage is seeking submissions for the "Three Cheers Poetry Contest." Poems must be 16-24 lines and describe something cheerful. In other words, the editor is seeking poems that bring smiles, whether it be humorous, heartfelt, or just a good ol' happy poem. The contest is open to everyone and there will be $1 per poem entry fee, which will be used to buy Thanksgiving meals for families of Madison County, Indiana. No limit on number of entries submitted. Previously published works are acceptable. 

Send submissions, along with the entry fee and a cover sheet with name, address, email address, and titles of poems submitted, to: 

Three Cheers Poetry Contest 
3121 Mounds Road 
Anderson, Indiana, 46016. 

*Make check payable to: Stacy Savage. 

The winner will receive a copy of the antique book: Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, published in 1859, the winning poem published in an issue of "Lone Stars Poetry Magazine" (Lone Star's email: lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com) and a $25 Amazon gift card. 

The deadline for entries is November 16, 2015. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page, Poetry Contests for a Cause, on November 23, 2016.



Deadline: Dec. 3 / Branches

    Theme: Inner Work. Send poems to editor@branches.com. Info: branches.com/submissions or (317) 253-7752.


Deadline: Oct. 31 / Slammin' Rhymes Challenge X

Ten young poets (Grades 9-12) are invited to write and perform to the challenge "Still I Rise!" Selected poets will perform at Central Library during Fall Fest 2015 and will receive their awards from Nikki Giovanni. Time limit: three minutes. Selected poets will receive $25 gift cards. Details: http://www.imcpl.org/teenscene/?p=7244

Deadline: Oct. 18 / Indiana Voice Journal

Theme of the November/December issue is "Grace: Encountering God's Presence." Submit poetry to Indianavoicejournal@gmail.com. Info: IndianaVoiceJournal.com. 



Deadline: Oct. 2 / 2015 Art, Poetry and Creative Writing Competition

     Hamilton Center Inc. invites middle through high school students and the general public to participate in the 2015 Art, Poetry and Creative Writing Competition.      Artists and writers from all 10 Hamilton Center counties in Indiana are encouraged to participate. The artwork must be original and created with the theme, "Light the Way," in relation to understanding and accepting mental illness.     The Hamilton-served counties include Clay, Greene, Hendricks, Marion, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.     All participants will have their artwork or writing displayed at the HCI Annual Dinner at Hulman Center on Oct. 27. The top winner in each category will receive an award package and an invitation to bring a guest to the dinner.
     Entries must be received by Oct. 2 and should include a 2015 Light the Way entry form.        Forms and additional information can be found at www.hamiltoncenter.org or by contacting Stacey Totten at 812-231-8314 or stotten@hamiltoncenter.org.

     Hamilton Center is a community mental health center that provides behavioral healthcare, wellness and human development services.


Oct 22, 2015

4th Friday Spoken Word event rescheduled to Oct. 30

The following event has been moved back from Friday, Oct. 23, to Friday, Oct. 30, according to host Gregg DeBoor.


7 p.m.-10 p.m. 4th Friday Spoken Word and Open Mic at Coal Yard Coffee, 5547 Bonna Ave. Featured poets include Dante Fratturo, Helen Townsend, and Lisa Devon. Free. Host: Gregory DeBoor. Info: (317) 777-1161. This is the last poetry program before the coffeeshop is closed for construction.

Oct 21, 2015

Venue changes


The Lawrence Art Center, home of the Poets Laureate of Lawrence readings, has moved to 8910 Otis Avenue in the former Fort Benjamin Harrison complex. 

Coal Yard Coffee, home of monthly poetry readings hosted by Greggory DeBoor, will close for construction after its last event Friday, Oct. 30. According to DeBoor, the shop will move farther south at the Ice House complex, 400 block of South Ritter Avenue. According to a barista at the shop, no decision on moving has been made.

A new poetry venue has open at the Garfield Eatery and Coffee, 2627 Shelby St. Greggory DeBoor is hosting two poetry events on the first and third Fridays of the month. Besides featured readers and an open mic, a poetry slam for cash prizes will be offered. Non-poet performers (such as musicians and comedians) will also share the stage.  



Oct 19, 2015

Award for Helen Townsend



Helen Townsend garnered a third-place award in the Poetry Super Highway poetry contest. Read her winning poem here.


Oct 14, 2015

List of contest winners for the ISFPC's 37th Annual Fall Rendezvous

Winners’ List of 37th Annual Fall Rendezvous Poetry Contest Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs (ISFPC) ~ October 9 through 11, 2015.



Indiana Authors Award wrap-up

http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/aroundtown/article_766436da-71bb-11e5-876c-dfa2e77ebfcb.html


Winners are...

Four authors with Indiana ties have been honored as winners of the 2015 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Winners were recognized at the Indiana Authors Award Dinner on October 10 at Central Library.
Widely-acclaimed poet and Purdue University Professor of English Marianne Boruch was recognized as the National Author Award Winner. Fellow poet and Pike High School graduate Adrian Matejka was recognized as the Regional Author Award Winner. Short story novelist and Indiana University graduate Clifford Garstang was named Emerging Author Winner. A Lifetime Achievement Honor, only the second ever given to an author who has exemplified great achievement over several decades, was presented to Indianapolis’ Mari Evans, a monumental figure in poetry and education who helped shape women’s history, politics and drama.

Each Indiana Authors Award winner receives a cash prize and can select an Indiana public library to receive a $2,500 grant from The Indianapolis Public Library. Since the Award’s inception in 2009, winning authors have received a total of $157,500, and their designated libraries have received $57,500 in grants.
“The Glick Fund is proud to celebrate these talented authors,” said Marianne Glick, Director at the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. “We hope that the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award serves as an inspiration and encouragement for the next generation of Indiana writers.”
Indiana Authors Award nominations were submitted in the spring of 2015, and an eight-member statewide award panel selected the winners. Any published writer born in Indiana or who has lived in Indiana for at least five years was eligible.
Nominations for the 2016 Indiana Authors Award will open on February 1, 2016. To learn more, contact the Library Foundation at (317) 275-4700 or visit Indianaauthorsaward.org.