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First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic

presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Guest readers:  Joan Hawkins, Richard Durisen and Karen Wyle

Sunday, August 3
3:00 to  5:00 pm
Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street

Come Early to Sign Up for Open Mic

Joan Hawkins is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Communication and Culture at IU, where she teaches Film Studies. Most of her professional writing has been scholarly Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHwork. She published Cutting Edge: Art Horror and the Horrific Avant-garde with University of Minnesota Press in 2000. Her essays appear in the journals CTheory, Film Quarterly, FlowTV and Jump Cut; as well as in Underground USA; Defining Cult Movies; Contemporary American Independent Cinema; Life in the Wires; The Horror Reader and other anthologies. But she began her writing career as a poet, publishing in small ‘zines and broadsheets throughout the 1970s. She has read and performed in Bloomington; San Francisco; Berkeley; Germany; Switzerland; and Paris; and is happy to return to creative writing. She is currently editing an anthology on Downtown and Punk filmmakers; co-editing an anthology for The Burroughs Century; and writing a series of creative nonfiction pieces about the 1960s. She will be reading “Freeze Tag,” a creative non-fiction piece set in 1963.

durisenRichard Durisen is a Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington. Since his retirement he has been writing poetry and short fiction. His poems usually concern mortality, nature, and metaphysics, while his stories so far have had fantasy, dark fantasy, or science fiction components. 

 If you would like to be a guest reader at: First Sunday Prose and Open Mic:
please contact   firstsundayprose@writersguildbloomington.comFirst Sunday Prose

Karen A. Wyle is the author of four novels of science fiction and other genres. She habitually deals with themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling Karen Wyleevents, and the persistence of unfinished business. (Every once in a while, politics finds its way in as well.) She lives in Monroe County with her husband of (almost) twenty-five years. They have two adult daughters.





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presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Friday, August 15
7:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Featuring Doris Lynch, poet; Mary Sexson, poet; Scott Kellogg, musician

Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third Street


Doris Lynch has lived in five states and spent a year in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A Doris Lynchformative experience for her was living with her family above the Arctic Circle without running water or electricity in an Inupiat village. She has won four Indiana Art Commission fellowships and has recent work in Willow Springs, The Atlanta Review, Haibun Today, and Contemporary Haibun Online.

Scott Kellogg is a songwriter, composer, and improvisor based in Bloomington, Indiana. scott kellogg When he is not on the road with seminal Indiana hardcore punk band Zero Boys or working with noted dance choreographer Selene Carter, he can be found developing and deepening his relationship to the Muse.


Mary Sexson’s first book, 103 in the Light, Selected Poems 1996-2000 (Restoration Press, 2004) was nominated for a Best Books of Indiana award in 2005.  Her newest book mary sexsonis Company of Women, New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press, 2013).  Her poems have appeared in many literary publications, including the Tipton Poetry Journal, and The Globetrotter’s Companion (UK), and in online literary sites, such as New Verse News and Flying Island.  Her work has been included in the Poetry in Paint and Arts Kaleidoscope projects.  Her newest work was released in the anthology Reckless Writing (Chatter House Press, 2014).



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Third Sunday Creative Writing Workshop

presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Free and for Members Only

Sunday, August 17
1:00 to 2:30
Monroe County Public Library in room 214

To register: Send an email to thirdsundayworkshops@writersguildbloomington.com

Please include your phone number.





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Spoken Word Stage at 4th Street Festival

Labor Day WeekendSave the Dates!

Saturday, Aug 30 : 10:00 am-6:00 pm and
Sunday, Aug 31 : 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
for the 4th Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts !

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More details coming in July!




IU Art Museum is Looking for
Musicians, Poets, and Dancers
for September 5

The IUAM is looking for musicians, poets, and dancers, who focus on traditional and/or folkloric music from around the world, to perform at the museum on September 5, 2014  from 6:30 to 8:30 at a new event “MIX”. The performers would be playing in the galleries mirroring the cultures displayed in the gallery exhibits, fusing art, music, dance, and poetry. This is a paid opportunity for the performers.
If interested, please contact: Anita De Castro of the IU Art Museum. Manager of events, anidecas@umail.iu.edu







Charles Wright:  new national poet laureate

 The Library of Congress has appointed Charles Wright from Virginia as our new national poet laureate. He is also the recipient of the following awards: Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.




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See what’s going on at Writers Guild events.



The Writers Guild at Bloomington
presents the following ongoing events & programs:

For more information look for newsletter announcements and website listings

Lemonstone Reading Series
Lemonstone is a reading series in an intimate setting featuring one or more invited authors and usually one guest musician. The event takes place six times a year at Sweet Claire’s Gourmet Bakery.

Fountain Square Poetry Series
The Writers Guild collaborates with By Hand Gallery to present the Fountain Square Poets Reading Series.  For this event, four invited poets read in the atrium of Fountain Square mall, often with a musical group, while By Hand Gallery opens a new exhibit as part of gallery walk night. This event takes place three times a year.

The Writers Guild and the Monroe County Public Library
The Writers Guild collaborates with the Monroe County Public Library to present workshops at the public library several times a year.

First Sunday Prose Readings and Open Mic
Each month: 
Three authors are invited to read, followed by an Open Mic. The focus is on prose writing. This event is held at Boxcar Books from 3 to 5 pm. Arrive early to sign up for Open Mic.

  Last Sunday Poetry Readings and Open Mic 
Each month: two guest poets will read, followed by a poetry open mic at the Bloomington Convention Center.  Arrive early to sign up for Open Mic.

Third Sunday Writing Workshop
Each month: F
ree Creative Writing Workshop for Writers Guild Members Only.  For more information go to the Member tab above, then the Workshop link. We will also occasionally have a Feedback workshop. Keep on the look out for news about these special workshops.

The Spoken Word Stage
As part of the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts on Labor Day weekend, the Writers Guild presents its Spoken Word Stage with a two day lineup of artists including poets, storytellers, radio drama, comedy, street theatre, and Poetry On Demand.

Workshops and Panels
The Writers Guild may also provide special guest Workshops.

Socials for WG members
Once or twice a year we gather for a pot luck social, often in an outdoor location, to share food, discussion, and an open mic reading.

Our website provides up to date information on literary events around town as well as information about its members, and information on publishing and local opportunities.

Contact us at:  contact@writersguildbloomington.com   Follow us on Facebook!

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Want to help others?

Bloomington Writing Project
Volunteer to help others write.
meets every Tuesday from 3:30pm-6:30pm at Boxcar Books
and offers free writing consultation for writers of all levels.
Located at Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street.


 Story Play Workshops

Nell Weatherwax offers Story Play workshops. Her unique blend of physical movement, imagination, and storytelling can open up your creativity and  allow your true, creative self to come out and play. Visit her website for comments by folks who have taken her workshops, and discover a fresh path to your inner storyteller.


For more information, and to receive an occasional email about future classes and performances, email Nell at nellwax@yahoo.com



Letter Writing Alliance    http://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/


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Every Wednesday is Poetry Open Mic
Hosted by the Grant Street Musicians Co-op
Wednesdays at 9:30 to 10:30  pm

Every Monday is Open Mic for anything creative
Hosted by the Grant Street Musicians Co-op
Mondays at 6:00 pm

114 1/4 Grant Street
See Grant Street Musians’ Co-op on Facebook

multi booksFirst Book:  a good cause

First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 100 million free and low cost books in thousands of communities. First Book now has offices in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit the First Book website: http://www.firstbook.org/


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Information Corner


Trans Artists, a resource listing domestic and international artist residencies: http://www.transartists.org.

https://duotrope.com/    Duotrope:  A a searchable database of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry markets. Good Writers Resource to help search publications. Lots of interesting and useful features. Began charging a $5 per month fee in 2013. Offers free trial period.

http://www.tribalauthor.com/enhanced-e-book/#comment-702  points to an article about iBooks Author.  It was developed to create e-textbooks, “enhanced” with audio, video, images and interactivity.

Actual iBooks Author site is at http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/

Blurb.com has expanded its photobook self-publishing offerings to encompass text-based books. They have made an add-in for Word 2007 and 2010 that makes it really easy to compose pocket- and trade-sized with soft or hard covers and then upload the book to its site and have as many printed as you want. The prices are quite reasonable when compared to working with a rip-off vanity press. It’s a great idea for those who want to move their writing into a more professional looking format and aren’t interesting in chasing traditional publishing.  Here’s the link:  http://www.blurb.com/word-addin

They will also help you sell your bookhttp://www.blurb.com/sell-your-book

For those who want ISBN numbers, they can be purchased independently. Here’s the link: http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/index.asp

Free guides for authors:   http://www.bookbaby.com/free-publishing-guides

Publishing e-books option from  BookBaby e-Books

Kickstarters:  A Fundraising “How To” for Writers

Want to become more involved in the local poetry/literary scene?
click here for information



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Information on this website:

Check out local literary happenings on our homepage, and feel free to submit your event. The Publishing Information section highlights publishing opportunities. We invite you to Join the Writers Guild and get the added benefits of being a Member (see Join tab above). And whether you are local or not, check out the Resources section for interesting websites and information. Also take a look at the Quick Note message (see right side) to see highlighted events at a glance.

We look forward to sharing information and ideas with you, and hope to see you at many of the literary events around town.

 If you’d like to support our efforts to provide timely and accurate information on literary events, produce readings series, workshops, open mics and more, please make a contribution. Your support pays for our website, post office box, as well as our slim and trim budget for events such as our Spoken Word Stage, Writers Guild readings and workshops, and Writers Guild socials. We are volunteer run,managed, and creatively imagined, and we do a lot on very little! Thanks for your help.

You can quickly and easily make a donation by clicking the PAYPAL button at the top right of the page. Or, you can make a check out to:
Writers Guild at Bloomington, Inc.
and mail it to:

Writers Guild at Bloomington
P. O. Box 3445
Bloomington, IN 47402

Thank you!






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  Support Our Writer Friendly Businesses

Rachael’s Café
300 East Third St Bloomington

 A place frequented by artists, this café is one of the few places in town that offers a free stage for readings and performances. There is a minimal fee to have a sound person set up the sound system. Let’s support Rachael’s Café and keep this writer-friendly venue open and healthy. Stop by for lunch, dinner, to see an event or just sit and write.  Open Mon-Fri at 8am, Sat-Sun at 9am and stay open until events end, or 9 pm if no event is scheduled.
For all general inquiries, please call: 812-330-1882.
For all booking requests, please email Rachael’s Cafe at this email address: rachaelsbooking@gmail.com
For event information go to: facebook page

Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery
309 East Third Street

We thank Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery for hosting our Lemonstone reading series.
This is a lovely place to sit and read, write, chat with friends. It’s a good place for writers!

Open Tuesday through Saturday 7 am to 6 pm. Open Sunday 9 am to 6 pm.
Call 812-333-6000


Sculpture by Cherry Rahn.  Photograph by James McCaffery.

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