Writers Guild Spoken Word Series @  Back Space Gallery
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Spoken Word Series

presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

featuring John Burroughs, Joan Hawkins, and music by ORTET
open mic to follow
OPEN MIC following the features
BEER & WINE available for purchase
At Back Space Gallery
Join us for our first in-person event in this series since 2020!
Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association
JOHN BURROUGHS of Cleveland is the 2022-2023 U.S. Beat Poet Laureate. He also served for two years as Ohio’s Beat Poet Laureate. Burroughs is the author of Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 (2019, Venetian Spider Press) and almost twenty poetry chapbooks. He has also curated several regular reading series in the Greater Cleveland area. Since 2008, he has served as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing over 120 titles by vital independent voices from across the U.S. and beyond. Find him at crisischronicles.com.
JOAN HAWKINS is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at IU Bloomington. She has written extensively on horror and the avant-garde, and is best known for her books Cutting Edge: Art Horror and the Horrific Avant-garde, and the noir memoir School & Suicide. Her creative work has also appeared in Sand, The Ryder, Avalanches of Poetry, Fevers of the Mine and n+1. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her cat.
ORTET explores the grey area between free jazz and modern classical music, with tunnels leading in virtually any direction one can imagine. More at ortet.bandcamp.com.
Marty Belcher: saxophones, live processing
Tony Brewer: sharky, Foley table, voice
Norbert Herber: woodwinds, electronics
Chris Rall: saxophones, turntable, piano, lap steel, modular synth
Joe MF Stone: drums, samples, voice

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic @ Morgenstern's Bookstore
Feb 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

The featured readers are: Carol Edge and  Hiromi Yoshida

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Hiromi Yoshida is an independent editing and writing professional, who has contributed to Bloom Magazine, Limestone PostThe Bloomingtonian, Ryder Magazine, and Video Librarian. She teaches for the Indiana Writers Center, while serving on the editorial boards for Flying Island JournalPlath Profiles, and Gidra Magazine. She is the Literary Arts Representative for the Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington, and Coordinator of the Last Sunday Poetry & Open Mic program for the Writers Guild at Bloomington. She is the author of Joyce & Jung: The “Four Stages of Eroticism in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and her prose poems have been published in Work Literary MagazineIndiana Voice Journal, and Beorh Weekly.




Carol Edge, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, made her way to Bloomington via Illinois, Germany, and Tennessee. Along the way, she earned a certificate in graphic arts at Nashville State Technical Institute and degrees in English and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. The constants in her life are Ron, their son Tim, and a long line of cat companions.

For more than 14 years she worked in publications at the IU Alumni Association and another few years doing publications and PR for the IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

After retiring from the work world, Carol finally had time to focus on writing. Her first mystery novel — Blood Terminal — is on the local authors shelf at Morgenstern’s and at the public library. She is now editing her second mystery, which she expects to publish later this year.

On Feb 5, she’ll read a couple of pieces from a “flash memoir” she began during the pandemic and, if there’s time, a short bit from Blood Terminal.


 Book Launch for Vickers & Sloan @ Morgenstern's Bookstore
Feb 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 Book Launch for Vickers & Sloan @ Morgenstern's Bookstore

Book Launch

Terry Sloan and  Jon Vickers 

QUESTIONABLE POEMS from Beyond the Event Horizon

A book of poems and collages.

For more info, contact Terry Sloan wasloan@indiana.edu

Charlotte Zietlow: Author Talk and book signing @ Morgenstern Books
Feb 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Charlotte Zietlow: Author Talk and book signing

A talk with the grande dame of Bloomington politics, the legendary Charlotte T. Zietlow.

In her new book, 1971: How We Won.

Charlotte Zietlow recounts the history of her first run for office. The memoir is a 220-page look back at the momentous election that permanently changed the politics and governance of our city.

I’ve been eager to tell this story for quite some time,” Charlotte states. “Although the times have changed, many of the concerns of the city really haven’t.”

Zietlow, who served as a Monroe County commissioner for two terms in the eighties and ran for Congress and mayor of Bloomington,

is still active in local politics as an octogenarian. This isn’t even her first book; her autobiography, “Minister’s Daughter,” co-authored with Michael Glab, was published in 2019.

For more information, visit pennandink.us or contact info@pennandink.us. ## #


Poetry Matters at Morgenstern’s @ Morgenstern's Bookstore
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Poetry Matters at Morgenstern’s


will feature Alex Chambers



 Alex is a Bloomington writer and poet, as well as host and producer of Inner States, a weekly arts and culture series on WFIU.

Come hear him read from his book BINDING: A PREPARATION, published by Ledge Mule Press,

followed by a conversation about his book, poetry, writing, and anything else that catches his fancy.

The event will take place at Morgenstern Books in the back at the conference table.

The store will have copies of his book for sale prior to and during the event.

Hope to see you there!

Writers Guild Monthly Business Meeting @ Monroe County Public Library
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Writers Guild Monthly Business Meeting @ Monroe County Public Library

Writers Guild at Bloomington

Monthly Business Meeting

This will be a hybrid meeting- in person and on zoom
There will be an in-person meeting in Monroe County Public Library
And a Zoom option for people who can’t meet face to face.
For the Zoom link,
please contact Joan (jchawkin93@yahoo.com) or Kyle Quass (kylequass@gmail.com)
a few days prior to the meeting.
Please Note:  The Writers Guild at Bloomington will need new people on their Board of Directors starting in 2024.
If you are interested, please start attending the monthly business meetings to see how we run.
The positions are: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer
Here is some information:

The Writers Guild is a nonprofit and the Board are not paid. That said, it’s rewarding work, and you can make the positions as complex or simple as you want them to be.
The job descriptions are:

a) The Board of Directors of the Writers Guild consists of three members elected annually. They are the Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Their responsibilities are:
b) Chair: Calls and presides over Board meetings, business meetings, membership meetings, and elections. Coordinates the committees and calendar for Writers Guild produced events and co-produced events. Leads any fundraising efforts. Has signatory power on checks. The Chair may make temporary appointments for an assistant for specific tasks and projects.
c) Treasurer: Collects and banks income, keeps books, prepares annual financial report, and submits tax reports. Has signatory power on checks.
d) Secretary: Keeps minutes of Board meetings and makes them available to the membership. Keeps administrative, meeting, and membership records.
e)  Terms & Limits:  Board Members will serve until the end of December of the year they were voted into their position. Board Members will serve one-year terms, and may serve five (5) consecutive terms.  Additional terms in the same position may be served after a one-year absence from the Board position.
f)  Board members are required to attend at least sixty percent of all business meetings. Any Board member who cannot make this commitment will not be eligible for election the following year.
The Writers Guild at Bloomington is committed to fostering diversity equity and inclusivity.
Susan Neville at Coffee with Friends @ Monroe County Public Library room 1B
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee with Friends

with author Susan Neville

Join us in a conversation with Susan Neville, the author of essays and stories inspired by the history, culture, and people of Indiana.
She has won numerous literary awards, including the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Richard Sullivan Prize from the Notre Dame Review,
and her newest book, The Town of Whispering Dolls, won the Catherine Doctorow Award for Short Fiction.
She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and the winner of two Pushcart Prize awards.
Neville graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis, DePauw University, Bowling Green State University,
and in 2021, she retired from teaching at Butler University after 38 years.
A Historical Fiction Sampler @ Morgenstern's Bookstore
Feb 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A Historical Fiction Sampler 

with Carol Edge, Wendy Teller and Karen Wyle

What do a Western romance, a Southern murder mystery, and a Hungarian social upheaval have in common?

Whatever the story, the historical fiction genre offers intriguing settings — and makes similar demands on the author.

These three authors will speak about their writing processes, present readings, and welcome questions from the audience.

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