January 6, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Soma Coffee House

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild

With featured readers Zilia Balkansky-Sellés, Wendy Teller and Eric Rensberger

Soma Coffeehouse (Kirkwood and Grant- under The Laughing Planet)   Backroom

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Zilia Balkansky-Sellés is a Bloomington-based writer, and occasional dancer and actor. She has a Ph.D. in folkloristics from Indiana University and an M.I.S. from The University of Michigan. Zilia has written for Wild Swan Theater, which produces plays for Michigan schools and libraries. She has two poems forthcoming in the journal Comparative Woman from Louisiana State University. She does freelance work as an English language editor and developmental editor. She works as an academic advisor for the Groups Scholars Program at Indiana University.

Wendy Teller, a retired systems and software engineer, writes fiction, memoir, and history. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Naperville Sun, and Rivulets. Her story Dusting the Towels received the Richard Eastman Prose Award. Wendy’s debut novel, Becoming Mia, takes place in the 1960s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Berkeley, California.

Her work in progress, The Sorrows of Sex, takes place in Hungary in 1905. She’s made important discoveries researching this novel, including several books by her grandfather – all in Hungarian – how to use Google translate, and a kissing cousin.

Wendy lives on a cliff in the woods near Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband.

Eric Rensberger is a local poet. He has lived in Indiana for almost all of his life, and in Bloomington since 1979. A slightly out of date version of his collected poems may be found at Poems of Eric Rensberger

He also occasionally writes prose, but this comes at unpredictable intervals, almost always because he needs material for a prose reading series. On the other, he enjoys talking to you, which you have to admit is a form of prose, and he does this every day of his life.


First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
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