Ryser Scholarship open to Writers Guild Members
The Writers Guild at Bloomington is offering the Ryser Scholarship to Writers Guild members to attend
a writing workshop or conference in 2022. The scholarship will cover costs up to $350.
A couple of examples are:
The IU Writers Conference in Bloomington, or A Gathering of Writers at Indiana Writers Center, Indianapolis.
You are welcome to attend a virtual or in-person workshop or event.
The Ryser Scholarship is named for Joan Ryser, an English teacher who taught at Bloomington High School South for many years. Before she passed away, she instructed her children to direct memorial contributions to a local program to encourage writers. The Writers Guild was honored to be the recipient, and created an ongoing scholarship to help writers attend a workshop or conference. Each year we offer this award to one of the following: an English teacher, a junior or high school student, a member of the Writers Guild at Bloomington.
Last Sunday Poetry Reading
& Open Mic
Live and In Person!
With a Mask!
With guest poets Josh Brewer and Patsy Rahn
Followed by an Open Mic
At the Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave
We ask that you wear a mask.
Parking is in the back and free. Entrance is in the back.
This event is presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington.
Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission and the Bloomington Arts Commission.
Josh A. Brewer’s writing appears in RHINO, Poetry Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Booth, Southeast Rev., Yemassee, Poets Against War, and Sargasso. He published a book, Writers Resist, with Chatter House Press (2017).
An English faculty member at Purdue University, he has also taught writing at University of Miami, University of South Carolina, Tennessee State, Ivy Tech, and Aquinas College.
Patsy Rahn’s poetry and prose have been published in various journals and anthologies. Her book of poetry titled The Grainy Wet Soul (2018), is available through several bookstores online. You can visit her author website at www.patsyrahn.com to hear some of her readings and sound works. You can also visit her photography website at www.skillfullycurledphotography.com.
Patsy Rahn worked for many years as an actress in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. She has a degree in political science from UCLA and a Masters degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Indiana University. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington.
First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
The featured readers are: Kalynn Brower and Amy Cornell
Sunday, October 3, 2021
3:00 to 5:00 pm
849 S. Auto Mall Road
(old Pier 1 Imports)
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Under the pen name K. H. Brower, Kalynn writes SolarPunk stories for ages 10 and up. SolarPunk, a positive subgenre of Science Fiction, imagines a flourishing future, where humankind seeks to live in harmony with natural worlds.
Recently, she returned to her motion picture storytelling love and is currently shopping a family feature and a TV series for kids. Brower is also planning the release of book 2 of her YA series about teenage cousins, interstellar restoration ecologists, who are on a mission to put their family back together again.
is a local freelance writer who moonlights in career services at IU. Amy co-leads writing circles at the Monroe County Corrections Center and leads creative writing and memoir circles at Women Writing for a Change-Bloomington. Amy writes poetry, creative non-fiction, novels, blog posts, book reviews, short stories, and loves to hear others tell stories both real and imagined.
Contemporary American Poetries
with Shana Ritter
First Wednesday Spoken Word Stage
OBSERVING NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Shana Ritter, Zilia C. Balkansky-Sellés, Rosebud Ben-Oni
TWO WAYS TO EXPERIENCE:
Email email@example.com and we will send you the ZOOM link
watch LIVE on the Writers Guild at Bloomington page
Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban
A Pushcart Prize nominee, Shana Ritter has been awarded the Indiana Individual Artist Grant multiple times, and has taught poetry and writing workshops in various settings. Her short stories and poems have been published in journals and magazines that include Lilith, Fifth Wednesday, and Georgetown Review. While her mother’s journey as an immigrant in the early 1920’s provides the underlying narrative of her poetry chapbook, Stairs of Separation (Finishing Line Press, 2012), her novel, In the Time of Leaving (independently published, 2019), is a “story of exile and resilience,” set in 1492 during the Inquisition in Spain.
A poet, freelance writer, and occasional actor and dancer, Zilia C. Balkansky-Sellés is also the Extracurricular Coordinator and Academic Advisor at Hutton Honors College, Indiana University Bloomington, where she earned a PhD in Folklore Studies. Zilia has co-directed, written, acted in, and composed music for Monroe County Civic Theater productions, her most recent MCCT role being Miss Prism in the light comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest in a Pandemic, an online adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic.
A Latina-Jewish American poet and writer, Rosebud Ben-Oni won the 2019 Alice James Award for If This is the Age We End Discovery (March 2021). She was also awarded a 2021 City Arts Corps grant, and a poetry fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts in 2014, and from CantoMundo in 2013. Her two other poetry books are: Turn Around Brxght Xyxs (Get Fresh Books LLC, 2019) and Solecism (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013), and her poems have been published in journals and magazines that include POETRY, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Guernica, Frontier Poetry, The Adroit Journal, Prairie Schooner, and Waxwing. Her 20 Atomic Sonnets chapbook that was published online in Black Warrior Review (2020) is evolving into The Atomic Sonnets, a larger writing project that celebrates the periodic table’s 150th birthday. She currently lives in New York City, and teaches online poetry workshops for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Coffee with Friends
with author Dawn Knight
Talking about her new book,
Race and Football in America
At the Monroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Meeting Room 1B
This is a live, in-person event.
There will be time for Q&A and book signing!
All ages welcomed.
Race and Football in America tells the
story of George Taliaferro, the first
African American drafted by the NFL
and its first Black quarterback, who
also distinguished himself as a scholar,
educator, social worker, husband,
father, and Big Brother who fought for
equal rights and opportunities.
This event is presented by the Friends of the Library for the Monroe County Public Library