June 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series  virtual version

First Weds Spoken Word Series

virtual version

featuring poets Jason Ammerman, Joseph Kerschbaum, Jill Kelly Koren with music by The Chestnuts


Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission

Bloomington Arts Commission

and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association – Indiana



Watch LIVE on THIS EVENT page https://www.facebook.com/events/260042468688593/

Send us an email and we'll send you the Zoom link: beatnik_a_go_go@yahoo.com


JILL KELLY KOREN is the author of THOUGH THE WORD IS A LIE (Dos Madres Press, 2020), THE WORK OF THE BODY (Dos Madres Press, 2015), and While the Water Rises Around Us (Finishing Line, 2011). She is the recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant and emcees poetry nights at Village Lights Bookstore. She teaches poetry, literature, and writing at Ivy Tech Community College, where she was awarded the 2019 President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. She lives with her family in Madison, Indiana.



JASON AMMERMAN is a poet from Indianapolis, Indiana.  He began writing poetry in high school during the late 80s at the urging of his English teacher after an assignment to write a poem. He began reading publicly in 1991 in downtown Indianapolis. He caught the bug to host and organize poetry readings during those early years of the 90s. He participated in local poetry slams and readings always longing to take his work on the road. He received the opportunity in 2000 when he attended and competed in the Dayton Poetry Slam for the first time. He has performed his work at the Green Mill Lounge at the Uptown Poetry Slam, the Bloomington Poetry Slam in Bloomington, Indiana 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). The most recent, Battle Scarred, is available through Chatterhouse Press. He released his first full length spoken word album, Revival, in 2018 through Perfect Mix Records. At present, Jason is beginning work on two new written collections and a new spoken word album. He lives in Indianapolis and has one son and a dog.



JOSEPH KERSCHBAUM is a poet and spoken word artist based in Bloomington, Indiana. He has published 7 books of poetry (and his 8th book is forthcoming in 2020) and two spoken word albums.  Joseph has performed at numerous venues around the country. He has been a featured performer at festivals such as the Bucktown Arts Fest, the Etheridge Knight Festival of the Arts, as well as Heartland Incantations, a reading series that celebrates Hoosier poets. He has been the captain of the Bloomington Poetry Slam and competed in the Midwest Poetry Slam League.  Joseph was 1/4 of the bombastic touring group, The Reservoir Dogwoods. The Reservoir Dogwoods is a collective of 4 Hoosier poets who tour the Midwest extensively. And they happen to be some of Joseph’s favorite people.  Joseph has been awarded the Greer Foundation Fellowship for Creative Writing from the Bloomington Area Arts Council for completion of his book Dead Stars Have No Graves. Joseph has also been awarded an Individual Artistic Grant from The Indiana Arts Commission and The National Endowment for the Arts.


THE CHESTNUTS, an acoustic folk trio from Madison IN, are Tony Schroeder, Jill Kelly Koren, and Paul Kelly.

First Wednesday Spoken Word Series virtual version
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