107 N College Ave
Bloomington, IN 47404
First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
The featured readers are: Bill Breeden, Glenda Breeden and Tonia Matthew
Thomas Gallery (107 N. College; on the square)
The Thomas Gallery is tucked in the little entry patio that belongs to Darn Good Soup. Walk boldly in as though you were heading for soup- -and then look to your right. We’ll post signs.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Bill Breeden is a native Hoosier born and reared about five miles east of Odon near the border of the Naval Surface Warfare Center locally known as Crane. He is one half of the third and last set of twins his mother bore along with scattered singles or “spares” as his Pappy called them.
He began preaching at the age of fifteen in tent revivals, and holiness meetings. His religious beliefs have changed over the years, and taken him from the sawdust trails to several jails for acts of civil disobedience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and an Master of Divinity in the same. He also did graduate work at IU in Criminal Justice.
Bill is a retired Unitarian Universalist Minister, an agnostic and hell-raiser. He is continuing to work on his memoirs, entitled “Billy Pilgrim and the Black Female Jesus.” It has consumed much more time than he expected, and hopefully will consume less time than he has. He lives in Owen County with Glenda, his partner of nigh on to fifty years, and Obi, the best dog in the world.
Glenda Breeden, lover of peace and kindness, people and critters, and this beautiful Mother Earth, writes songs, poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction. She embraces Mary Oliver’s sentiment “My work is loving the world… which is mostly standing still and being astonished.” She gives thanks for the many gifts life has offered her and aspires to pass them on whenever she can. Glenda lives in a cabin in the Owen County woods with her husband Bill, her dog Obi, and just down the path from her son Dietrich
Antonia Matthew, born in England, grew up there during WWII. She has been in Bloomington since 1968, is a member of Five Women Poets, a writing group that has been going since 1974. They have put out three chapbooks, a Renga poem and a cd. She has been a member of the Writers Guild since the beginning. She mostly writes poetry but is also writing memoir, and has a short play Home Front which will be staged by the Writers Guild sometime in 2019.