October 5, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

First Wednesday Spoken Word Series

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington


Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association


The featured readers are: Dodie Bellamy, Josh Coonrod and James Dorr

Music by Ed Pettersen

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Dodie Bellamy’s latest books—both from Semiotext(e)—are Bee Reaved, a essay/memoir collection circling around grief, loss and abandonment; and a new edition of her 1998 PoMo vampire novel The Letters of Mina Harker.  With Kevin Killian, she co-edited Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997.  In 2018-19 she was the subject of On Our Mind, a yearlong series of pubic events, commissioned essays and reading-group meetings organized by the CCA Wattis Institute.  She is based in San Francisco.







Josh Coonrod is a horror writer and English instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds an MA in English from the University of Florida and a PhD in Communication & Culture from Indiana University. October 31, 1985: Six Stories of Halloween is his first book.







James Dorr specializes in dark fantasy/horror, with forays into mystery and science fiction. His THE TEARS OF ISIS was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, with his latest book, TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, a novel-in-stories from Elder Signs Press. Dorr has been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician. He currently harbors a Goth cat named Triana, and counts among his major influences Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Allen Ginsberg, and Bertolt Brecht.




Ed Pettersen
As an artist, Pettersen has worked long and hard to develop his craft and in doing so has achieved a depth and sophistication that is just now being recognized. An emerging Americana artist in the 90’s still driven by the twin influences of Springsteen and the country rebel artists of his youth, Pettersen gained attention for his second release “Somewhere South of Here”. Steeped in Americana and country rhythms, the album fell somewhere between the traditional sounds of Americana and the rocking slide guitar of country radio and the tongue in cheek single “DWIOU” (Driving While Intoxicated on You) found a place in jukeboxes worldwide and on the country line dance charts.

His recent release I Curse the River of Time: A Norwegian American Tale represents a wonderful blend of Norwegian American culture, drawing heavily on Norwegian literature for inspiration as well as his own observations of small town life in Norway. He has released over 20 CDs



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First Wednesday Spoken Word Series
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