September 7, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series

Writers Guild First Wednesday Spoken Word Series

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
featuring poets
Sharman Murphy, J.T. Whitehead, and Misty Joy with music by Treya Lam
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watch LIVE on the Writers Guild at Bloomington page
6pm EST
Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association
SHARMAN MURPHY spent part of her youth in Samoa and has deep attachment to Pacific Island culture. She has given poetry workshops and readings in Homer, AK; Hawaii; Auckland, NZ; Apia, Samoa; and a million places in California. Thirty-some years ago, she had a California Arts Council residency at a high school in Santa Cruz for high risk youth, where she had the honor of working with Skip Hawkins on a program we called “Writing to Save Your Life.” That year, she had her one and only baby. And she was also hired to teach writing at UCSC, where she ran the Writing Center, taught classes, and coordinated Writing Across the Curriculum in the Natural Sciences. Five years later, the overload wrecked her health, and she has been writing to save her life ever since. She currently resides in Hawaii.
MISTY JOY is a mixed-media artist and writer who lives mostly in her imagination. Physically she resides in Bloomington, IN. Her art and writing feature elements of whimsy, dark imagery, and humor. A strange and potent mix from an up-and-coming new artist. Her work is available for viewing and purchase on Instagram: @pennycoastal
J.T. WHITEHEAD earned a law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He received a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Purdue, where he studied Existentialism, social and political philosophy, and Eastern Philosophy. He spent time between, during, and after schools on a grounds crew, as a pub cook, a writing tutor, a teacher’s assistant, a delivery man, a book shop clerk, and a liquor store clerk, inspiring four years as a labor lawyer on the workers’ side. Whitehead was Editor in Chief of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, briefly, for issues 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. He is a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author and poet, and was winner of the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize in 2015 (published in Mas Tequila Review). He has published over 315 poems in over 120 literary journals. His book “The Table of the Elements” was nominated for the National Book Award in 2015. He lives in Indianapolis with his two sons, Daniel and Joseph.
TREYA LAM is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose joyously complex identity informs but does not define their work, whether solo or when collaborating with a variety of multidisciplinary ensembles. Their strident voice, politically charged songwriting and fluency on guitar, piano and looped viola recalls Nina Simone and Andrew Bird. lam’s debut Good News was created by womxn and genderqueer collaborators and released via Kaki King’s label. Smithsonian Magazine states that lam’s work “perfectly captures the mixture of love, loss and hope”. lam is currently developing otherland – an audiovisual chamber-folk album on healing in the wake of grief and loss, radical self acceptance and the relationship between individual and collective healing
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series
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