August 3, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series

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
featuring poets Ian Uriel Girdley, Steve Deutsch, and R. Flowers Rivera 
with music and poems by Wendy Eisenberg
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R. FLOWERS RIVERA completed her Ph.D. at Binghamton University and an M.A. at Hollins University. Xavier Review Press published her debut poetry collection, Troubling Accents (July 2013), which received a nomination from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and was selected by the Texas Authors Association as its 2014 Poetry Book of the Year. Her second collection, Heathen, has been selected by poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller as the winner of the 2014 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize (Wayne State University Press, March 2015). Her short story, “The Iron Bars,” won the 1999 Peregrine Prize. Rivera is a Callaloo as well as an Idyllwild fellow. More of her work is available at http://rflowersrivera.com
STEVE DEUTSCH lives in State College, PA. Some of his recent publications have or will appear in Santa Clara Review, Sangam, Poetica Review, Lothlorien, Muddy River Poetry Review, Silver Birch, Backchannels, Red Weather, The Drabble, Sheila-na-gig, The Rush, Pirene’s Fountain, Evening Street Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. He is poetry editor of Centered Magazine. Steve was nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. His Chapbook, “Perhaps You Can,” was published in 2019 by Kelsay Press. His full length book, Persistence of Memory was published in 2020 by Kelsay. Steve’s third book of poetry, Going, Going, Gone, was published in 2021.
IAN URIEL GIRDLEY is an aspiring poet … since 2002. He has hosted multiple reading series and open mics in Bloomington, IN and the Louisville, KY area. His two books are Collecting the Girl (2013) and This Poem Drank the Wine (2015), and he is currently working on a collection of children’s poems. His work has appeared in various publications and public bathroom stalls.
WENDY EISENBERG is an improviser and songwriter who uses guitar, pedals, the tenor banjo, the computer, the synthesizer, and the voice. Their work spans genres, from jazz to noise to avant-rock to delicate songs; their performances span venues, from international festivals to intimate basements. Though often working solo as both a songwriter and improviser, with acclaimed releases on Tzadik, VDSQ, Out of your Head, and Garden Portal, they also perform in the rock band Editrix, and in endless other combinations of their heroes and peers including Allison Miller, Carla Kihlstedt, John Zorn, Billy Martin, and Caroline Davis. They are also a writer on music and other things, with published essays on music in Sound American, Arcana, and the Contemporary Music Review.
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series
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