Presented by the IU English Department
Tuesday, March 11
State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union (IMU)
a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Featuring poets Debra Kang Dean and Nancy Chen Long; and clarinetis Lisa Kwong
Friday, March 14, 2014
7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third Street
Debra Kang Dean’s poetry has appeared in many magazines, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. She is the author of two full-length collections of poetry from BOA Editions, two prize-winning chapbooks, and a chapbook of collaborative poetry. Her essays have most recently appeared in the expanded edition of The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World and in Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W. S. Merwin. “Song of the Tastes,” a sonnet sequence for her late father, is forthcoming in Bamboo Ridge, and “Archaic Mysteries,” an essay on Robert Hayden and “The Night-Blooming Cereus” was accepted for inclusion in Love and Logic, a collection of essays on the life and work of Robert Hayden. She has taught in the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University since 2003 and lives in Bloomington.
Lisa Kwong is currently a 3rd year MFA student in Poetry at Indiana University. In 2005, she earned a BA in English and minor in clarinet performance from Appalachian State University. Prior to becoming an English major, Lisa played clarinet in performances ranging from marching band to chamber music to solo recitals.
Nancy Chen Long is the author of the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone published by Red Bird Chapbooks. You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Boxcar Poetry Review, Sycamore Review, RHINO, and other journals. In addition to receiving two Pushcart Prize nominations, she is a past nominee for the AWP Intro Journals Project. As a volunteer for the Writers Guild, Nancy coordinates reading series’ and panel discussions, as well as conducts poetry workshops. She received a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA.
Presented by Windfall Dancers
Friday, March 14
Windfall Dance Studio, 1101 N. Dunn St.
Windfall Dancers, Inc.is delighted to offer another opportunity for area artists via their Early Drafts series!
Early Drafts offers area artists of all genres an opportunity to present their works-in-progress to a live audience and, if desired, receive feedback on their work. (Feedback is offered via index cards that are collected and given to artists who wish to receive feedback. Some audience discussion is also acceptable, though it must fit within the artist’s allotted time.) Interested artists may present up to 10 minutes of work. The entire event is scheduled to fit within one hour, so respond quickly while times are still available!
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Studio at 812-334-0506.
Third Sunday Writing Workshops
Sunday, March 16
Registration Now Open
Creative Writing Workshop
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm.
Enjoy meeting with other Writers Guild members to write in this friendly, generative writing workshop. We work from writing prompts; all styles and genres welcomed. (max 8 people)
2:45 pm – 4:45 pm.
This workshop gives you the chance to get feedback on a piece you’ve been working on or have completed. We use the WOW (Working on Our Work) workshop style that is led by a facilitator. The emphasis is not focused on “critique” but rather “feedback”. Each author has their work heard and then receives comments on what worked well. From there, the author can request further feedback using various formats so that the writer can see the impact of what s/he wrote. The author can also present questions about the work that they would like feedback on. Participants do not try to “fix” another person’s art/writing. All styles/genres welcomed. (maximum 4 people)
Send an email to email@example.com (and remove the asterisks from the email address)
Include the title of the workshop you’d like to attend (creative-writing, feedback, or both), your name, email and telephone number.
Once you register, you will receive an email confirming your registration.
Workshops will be held at the Monroe County Public Library. Room 1A
For WG Members only – Free
We look forward to seeing you at a workshop!
Saturday, March 15
3:00 to 4:15
Monroe County public Library
Everyone is welcomed to attend.
Indiana Review Blue Light Reading
Saturday, March 29
The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut St.
With Kise Laymon, Alissa Nutting, Katheen Rooney
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Presented by the Writers Guild
With guest readers: Abegunde and Patsy Rahn
Sunday, March 30
Bloomington Convention Center
3:00 to 4:30 pm
first floor, Rogers Room
Come early to Sign Up for OPEN MIC
Her writing has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Kenyon Review, Best African American Fiction 2010, Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, and nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts.
She is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Sacatar (Brazil), Ragdale, and Norcroft. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at IU.
More information about her work can be found at: http://iub.academia.edu/MariaHamiltonAbegundehttp://abegunde.com
Patsy Rahn is a poet and prose writer. Her work has been published in various journals and anthologies. She has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Bloomington, and looks forward to reading in New Orleans this summer. She worked for many years as an actress in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, and currently works at the IU Art Museum. She was a founding member of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and was its chairperson for several years, as well as a founding member of the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington.
At this event, Patsy will be joined for one poem
by singer, composer Thea Bransby.
Come and join us! Read at the Open Mic!
Please Note! We are starting a new tradition at this event: we will have a table for LITERARY SWAP. Bring your literary magazines, journals, books that you’d like to pass on. And please take home any of your items not taken by others.
Indiana University Writers’ Conference
June 1 – 6, 2014
Registration begins February 1, 2014
The IUWC is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction
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
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 invited author 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 NEW
Coming in 2014, two guest poets will read, followed by a poetry open mic each month at the Bloomington Convention Center. Arrive early to sign up for Open Mic.
Third Sunday Writing Workshops
Each month: These free writing workshops are for Writers Guild Members Only. We provide a Creative Writing Workshop, and a Feedback Workshop. For more information go to the Member tab above, then the Workshop link.
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.
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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 email@example.com
is now on TWITTER
is now OPEN TO THE PUBLICand accessible via theMember News TAB at the top of the homepage.
This means the public will be able to view your latest
publications, awards, etc.
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 book: http://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
Want to become more involved in the local poetry/literary scene?
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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.
Writers Guild at Bloomington
P. O. Box 3445
Bloomington, IN 47402
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, as well as search out and feature local writers on our website, 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. We do a lot on very little! Thanks for your help.
You can make the check out to:
Writers Guild at Bloomington, Inc.
and mail it to the above post office address.
Support Our Writer Friendly Businesses
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sculpture by Cherry Rahn. Photograph by James McCaffery.