Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Photography Exhibition
Jun 27 @ 12:00 am – Jul 31 @ 12:00 am

Last Sunday Poetry Reading  & Photography Exhibition


presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

With guest poets Allison Joseph and Jessica Reed

And  guest photographers Pat Petro and Patsy Rahn

With music by Wade Van Orman


This event will be available on the Writers Guild’s You Tube page and Face Book page .


Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, IL, where she is on the faculty at Southern Illinois University. The author of many books and chapbooks of poetry, she counts Lexicon (Red Hen Press), Professional Happiness (Backbone Press), The Last Human Heart (Diode Editions) and Smart Pretender (Finishing Line Press) among her latest releases. She is the widow of the late poet and editor Jon Tribble, to whom Professional Happiness is dedicated.





Jessica Reed’s chapbook, World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), was a finalist for the Etchings Press Whirling Prize. Her work has appeared in Quarterly West, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, North American Review, Bellingham Review, New American Writing, Scientific American, Waxwing, Pank, Inverted Syntax, Exposition Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Fourth River, Diagram, The Indianapolis Review, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and elsewhere. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, two-time Best New Poets nominee, and Best of the Net nominee. She was a finalist for the Omnidawn Revealed Identity Poetry Book Prize and the Quarterly West chapbook prize, and a semi-finalist for the Cleveland State University First Book Prize.

She has an MFA in poetry and a BS in physics, and has taught science poetry in Saudi Arabia and China as well as all over the United States. She currently teaches a seminar at Butler University on physics and the arts. She grew up across the US, from the Mojave Desert to the Chesapeake Bay, and now lives next door to her parents in rural Indiana with her husband, solar panels, worm composting, and chickens. @jreedscipoet  https://www.jessicareed.info/ 


Pat Petro  Patrick Petro • Photographs

Patsy Rahn  Skillfully Curled Photography

Wade Van Orman  Zen Lullabies and Other Songs | Wade Van Orman (bandcamp.com)

Tony Brewer Book Launch Reading
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tony Brewer Book Launch Reading


featuring Tony Brewer

The Runcible Spoon Restaurant & Café
TONY BREWER is a poet, live sound effects artist, and event producer. He is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival; co-producer of the Writers Guild Spoken Word Series; and president of the National Audio Theatre Festivals. His writing has appeared in Ryder Magazine, Laureate, Seppuku Quarterly, Voices from the Fire, Rye Whiskey Review, Fevers of the Mind, Northwest Indiana Literary Journal, Pulp Poets Press, The Beatnik Cowboy, Punk Noir Magazine, and elsewhere, and he has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. He frequently collaborates with experimental audio collective Urban Deer Recording Cvlt and he has produced and recorded for KKFI, KOPN, and WFHB community radio and WFIU public radio, as well as NPR Playhouse and the HEAR Now Audio Fiction & Arts Festival. His books include: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, Hot Type Cold Read, Homunculus, and most recently, The History of Projectiles. His work also appears in the anthologies A Linen Weave of Bloomington Poets; And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana; Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite; Death by Punk, and on the Urban Deer album Paris Suite. Tony has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, cemeteries, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over a decade, and he is a founding member of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods.
First Sunday Prose is back in August!
Aug 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
First Sunday Prose is back in August!

First Sunday Prose

is returning, live and in-person!

 James Dorr and Kalynn Brower will be the featured readers.

At the Monroe County Public Library room 2A

Spoken Word Series
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Spoken Word Series
Spoken Word Series

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association


poets JL Kato, Antonia Matthew, Hiromi Yoshida

music by Michele Rosewoman

Drop a note on Facebook or email demand4poetry@gmail.com and we will send you the ZOOM link
watch LIVE on the Writers Guild at Bloomington Facebook page
HIROMI YOSHIDA, one of Bloomington’s finest and most outspoken poets, is a finalist for the 2019 New Women’s Voices Poetry Prize for Icarus Burning (Finishing Line Press, 2020) and a semifinalist for the 2020 Gerald Cable Book Award for Green Roses Bloom for Icarus. She is a freelance writer and editor, who has contributed to Limestone Post and The Bloomingtonian. She is also the diversity consultant for the Writers Guild at Bloomington, and the poetry workshop leader for the award-winning VITAL program at the Monroe County Public Library, while serving as a poetry reader for Flying Island Journal and for Plath Profiles, and as a copy editor for Gidra. Her poems have been nominated for inclusion in the Sundress Best of the Net anthology, and have been added to the INverse Poetry Archive. Her second poetry chapbook, Epicanthus, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, her third one, Icarus Redux, from Alien Buddha Press. Preorder Epicanthus at: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/epicanthus-by-hiromi-yoshida/
ANTONIA MATTHEW, originally from England, has lived in Bloomington since 1968. She is a member of Five Women Poets and with them has published three chapbooks and put out a CD. She grew up during WWII and this informs much of her work. Her play “Home Front,” which is built around the letters that she received from her father, who was fighting in Burma in WWII, has been performed live in Bloomington and is currently being produced in London as a full-cast audio dramatization.
JL KATO is a native of Japan who was adopted by an American serviceman and his Japanese bride. As a child, he became so assimilated into American culture that, to this day, he doesn’t know how to handle chopsticks. His poems have appeared in The Tipton Poetry Journal, The Flying Island, Country Feedback, Paterson Literary Review, Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, and A Cocoon for the Pages: Matrix Anthology. He lives in Indiana, where he works as an editor. His book Shadows Set in Concrete won the poetry prize for Best Books of Indiana 2011.
MICHELE ROSEWOMAN, a vanguard and pioneering artist in her field, creates a distinct musical experience by digging deep into her vast reservoir of acoustic modern jazz, sophisticated funk, dynamic electric fusion, and elements of Cuban folkloric music. Her command and rich vocabulary elegantly expand the horizons and boundaries of jazz while remaining firmly rooted in tradition. With a more-than-40-year history, Rosewoman stands out in her class as a visionary pianist, composer, educator, bandleader and gifted performer. CD Now said: “No other pianist-composer in jazz brings the music of the African diaspora together quite like Michele Rosewoman. Simply put, she’s one of the most creative and fully realized jazz artists on the scene today.”
WG Business Meeting Live & In Person!
Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
WG Business Meeting Live & In Person!

The Writers Guild’s Monthly Business Meeting

is returning to Live and In Person

At the Monroe County Public Library in room 2A

Join us to discuss events, productions, scholarships, innovations, and all good things that make us run.

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic Live and In-Person!
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic  Live and In-Person!

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Returning Live and In-Person!

At the Monroe County Convention Center

More information soon!

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