August 5, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series  virtual version

First Weds Spoken Word Series

virtual version

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watch LIVE on the Writers Guild at Bloomington page
6pm EST
a Hiroshima Day observance by Hiromi Yoshida
authors Laurie Stone, Katy Yocom, and poet Jason Ammerman
with music by Sarah Cassidy
Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association – Indiana
LAURIE STONE is author of 5 books, most recently of Everything is Personal, Notes on Now, about which Masha Gessen recently wrote in The New Yorker, “The title of the book references one of the central arguments of nineteen-sixties feminism, from which Stone hails intellectually: ‘The personal is political.’ It also describes our current predicament–everything that is not personal has vanished–and suggests a way of thinking sharply, imaginatively, beautifully, from right here.”
KATY YOCOM was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas. Her debut novel, Three Ways to Disappear, won the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and the First Horizon Award, among others, and was named a Barnes & Noble Top Indie Favorite. In researching the novel, she traveled to India, funded by a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. The book’s release received coverage in India’s leading newspaper, the Times of India, and made the front page of the Jaipur Times. Katy was a 2019 recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship Award for artistic excellence from the Kentucky Arts Council. She has written for Newsweek, Salon, LitHub, American Way (the American Airlines in-flight magazine), Terrain.org, and elsewhere. A graduate of the low-residency MFA in Writing program at Spalding University, she lives in Louisville and serves as associate director of the graduate programs of Spalding’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.
JASON AMMERMAN is a poet from Indianapolis, Indiana and has performed at the Green Mill Lounge at the Uptown Poetry Slam, the Bloomington Poetry Slam in Bloomington, and coached a slam team for the inaugural Midwest Poetry Slam League. He is the author of three collections of poetry: All Grown Up (2006), Microphone or Bust! (2008), and Battle Scarred (2012). He released his first full-length spoken word album, Revival, in 2018 through Perfect Mix Records. He lives in Indianapolis with his son and dog.
HIROMI YOSHIDA, one of Bloomington’s finest and most outspoken poets, was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have been published in The Indianapolis Review, The Asian American Literary Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Evergreen Review, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. She is the author of Joyce & Jung: The “Four Stages of Eroticism” in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the chapbook Icarus Burning.
SARAH CASSIDY is a singer-songwriter who idolizes guitar-wielding women and personal, poetic, and eccentric storytelling. Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette, Dodie Clark, and Jack Johnson, Sarah has been performing her original music around Indiana since her freshman year of high school. At Indiana University, she currently studies Voice at the Jacobs School of Music, with an outside field study in Arts Management, but if you asked her nicely to put all that on hold to do a big ol’ tour she would probably say yes.

First Wednesday Spoken Word Series virtual version
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