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Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Co-presented by the Writers Guild & the Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center

Sunday, Nov. 30
3:00 to 4:30
Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room

Guest Readers: Tony Brewer & Erin Livingston

Come early to sign up for OPEN MIC

Tony Brewer is a poet, spoken word performer, screenwriter, and sound effects artistT Brewer from Bloomington, Indiana. He also is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival, chairs the Writers Guild at Bloomington, and is one-quarter of the performance group Reservoir Dogwoods. He has three books of poetry: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, and Hot Type Cold Read. He also wrote and co-produced the short film 8 Wheels of Death, the world’s first roller derby zombie romantic comedy.

 Erin Livingston is an Indianapolis based poet and performer.  She is the Assistant Erin LivingstonExecutive Director of the Spoken Word Stage at The Fourth Street Festival in Bloomington and featured artist at Oranje Indy 2014.  She is the author of two self-published poetry collections: Turning Tables and Talking to Strangers.  Erin will be performing next in January at the Slant reading series in Evansville, IN.








Join the Arts Alliance for its Seasonal Meeting
and End of the Year Social

Wed. Dec 3
at Max’s Place (108 W. 6th Street)

Meet other members of the arts community while also learning how to get involved with the Alliance and give your input into the group’s 2015 initiatives and events. Hope to see you there!
 All are invited!




a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Featuring poets Lisa Kwong and Ciara Miller Music performed by singer/songwriter Brandon Pfeiffer

Friday, December 5
7 – 9 p.m.
Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third Street

Free and open to the public

Lisa Kwong currently teaches at Indiana University and coordinates the Fountain LisaKwong-Lemonstone122014-webSquare Poetry Series in Bloomington, Indiana. She earned her MFA in Poetry at IU.  A native of Virginia, she is a two-time Frost Place scholarship recipient, Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellow, and winner of the Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing and inaugural Asian Pacific American Inspiration Award at IU. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Naugatuck River Review, Banango Street, Appalachian Heritage, pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, and other journals.

Ciara Miller, a native of Chicago, is a poetry MFA candidate and an African CiaraMiller-Lemonstone122014-webAmerican/African Diaspora Studies MA candidate at Indiana University. She has published academic essays and poems in such collections and periodicals as Callaloo, SLC Review, Alice Walker: Critical Insights, PLUCK, Chorus, Toegood Poetry, Cave Canem Anthology XII, African American Review, Muzzle Magazine, and Blackberry Magazine. She is also the co-host of a monthly poetry slam at the Bishop.  

Armed with an acoustic guitar and an open journal, Brandon Pfeiffer builds accessible ballads oscillating between the earnest and the tongue-in-cheek. His introspection revealsBrandonPfeiffer-Lemonstone122014-web a continual coming of age and lyrics reflect invitations to hope. Fine-tuned vocal melodies trace his contemporary airs, creating space for listeners to simply observe Pfeiffer’s personal work in progress or pack their belongings and move into their own. As one fan described, “You don’t attend a Brandon Pfeiffer show; it attends you.”







Writers Guild Annual Meeting, Pot Luck & Open Mic

Saturday, Dec. 6
1:00 – 3:30 pm
University Baptist Church 3740 E. 3rd Street
(entrance in the back; lots of parking)

Feel free to bring a dish or a treat to share, plus a poem or story for the open mic.
You don’t have to be a member to come, but you must be a member to Vote.

We will hear annual reports from the organizers for our regular events, and
for the following positions:
our representative on the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington.

Free parking, and the entrance is around the back on the ground floor.

Hope to see you there!

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First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild

 With Guest Readers:  Hilda Davis and Julia Karr

Sunday, Dec. 7
 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St

AbegundeAbegunde is an egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition, Reiki Master, and doula with a focus on the recovery of ancestral memory from the Earth and human body. 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/MariaHamiltonAbegunde http://abegunde.com

Hilda Davis is a first-generation American from Staten Island, New York.  She began Hilda Daviswriting to discover and develop her voice, and is enjoying the process. She is currently a first year M.A. Candidate in the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.


Julia KarrJulia Karr lives in Bloomington, Indiana with three persnickety cats and one really chill one. Julia’s first paid publications were poems, followed by her first book, XVI, a young adult futuristic thriller that began its life as a NaNoWriMo novel. XVI and the sequel entitled TRUTH are published by Speak/Penguin Books for Young Readers. She’s currently working on the XVI series final book, which is also coming out of NaNoWriMo.

 Come early to sign up for Open Mic!



 Due to the Holidays

There will be NO Third Sunday Writing workshop in December

There will be NO Last Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic in December

Back in January 2015!


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Arts Commission encourages Hoosier artists to apply for Individual Artist Program grants   

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that Hoosier artists in selected disciplines have until Friday, February 6, 2015 to submit grant applications for the IAC’s Individual Artist Program.

Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: dance, literature, music, theatre, and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines listed here. Artists with disabilities are encouraged to apply for projects related to the eligible disciplines either through the discipline directly or through the access category.

Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form of public benefit through the completed project.

The application guidelines and the online grant application system are currently accessible on the IAC website and can be found at: www.in.gov/arts/individualartistprogram.htm.

Application for IAP grants will only be available through the online grant system, and artists are encouraged to read through the guidelines completely before starting the application process. The deadline for application is February 6, 2015.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, must be an Indiana resident for at least one year prior to the date of application, and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Applications must be submitted through the Indiana Culture Grants Online at http://indianacgweb.org/.

For more information, please contact Sarah Fronczek at 317-232-1274 or email sfronczek@iac.in.gov.

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.







 Flash Fiction writing workshop at the Djerassi Art Colony

Feb 13-18, 2015

Laurie Stone is teaching a flash fiction writing workshop at the Djerassi Art Colony in Woodside, Ca, from February 13-18. All information about applying, costs, and accommodations is provided in the Djerassi link below as well as in the link to her website that includes some of her writing, flash fiction prompts, and recommendations from students





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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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: Free 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. http://nellweatherwax.com/classes-and-workshops.html For more information, and to receive an occasional email about future classes and performances, email Nell at nellwax@yahoo.com   poetryreading 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

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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 www.sweetclaire.com


Sculpture by Cherry Rahn.  Photograph by James McCaffery.

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