Events at Butler
Join Mindy Dunn for a fun, insightful poetry discussion. Open to all Butler students, faculty, and staff, these lunches are a great opportunity to meet new people and have passionate and intelligent conversation about poetry. This discussion will feature the work from Ocean Vuong’s book Night Sky with Exit Wounds. If you’d like to learn more about Ocean Vuong check out his Divedapper conversation with MFA alum Kaveh Akbar. A selection of poetry is emailed to all who RSVP with at least 24 hours’ notice, so no book purchase is necessary to participate. You do not need to have any experience studying poetry. Lunch is also provided! Please RSVP to Mindy.
Join fellow MFA students for food, festivities, discussion, laughs, and, okay, some casual workshopping. Bring a few pages you’d like to read aloud for feedback, or just bring your beverage of choice and enjoy. Email Tristan for questions and RSVP on the Facebook page.
10/12, 10/19, 10/26 – Write Group
ECCW, 11:00 AM
The #1 rule all successful writers follow? They write. Join your writing community for one hour of writing. No Facebook, no talking, lots of coffee, and sometimes bacon. Email Natalie if you have questions.
10/15 & 10/29 – Butler Poetry Group
ECCW, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Poetry MFA students, alums & brave prose writers all welcome. We discuss a poem that we admire, spend some time on a writing prompt, and then informally workshop poems by anyone who brings copies. Contact Tracy for more information.
conversations@effroymson is hosting our second Sunset Story hour and we want YOU to participate! The story hour is a live storytelling contest, featuring three finalists performing their work in front of an audience for a prize. Think “The Moth” or “Snap Judgement” or any of the other awesome storytelling podcasts that are so popular right now.
The contest is open to submissions now, with a deadline to submit of Nov 2nd, and the slam performance will happen on Friday, Nov 11th at 7pm. Our inaugural slam last year was a huge success, and we’re hoping to get even more involvement this year. The slam is also a party, so we encourage you to join in on the fun as an audience member if nothing else.
“Miracles” is our chosen theme. Please submit audio/video files to Mindy Dunn. More details can be found on our blog page.
10/25 -Robert Wrigley
Atherton Union, Reilly Room, 7:30 PM
Robert Wrigley will visit Butler as a Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer. His collections of poetry include Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems, winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award; Beautiful Country; Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems; Lives of the Animals, winner of the Poets Prize; Reign of Snakes, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award; and In the Bank of Beautiful Sins, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Wrigley’s poems are concerned with rural Western landscapes and humankind’s place within the natural world, and he aims to “tell all the truth, but make it sing.” He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. His poems have been widely anthologized, twice included in Best American Poetry, and featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.
10/28 – Poetry Lunch Hour
ECCW, 12:30 PM
Join Mindy Dunn for an insightful and passionate discussion of poetry over a free lunch. All levels of poetry readers are welcome and appreciated. A selection of poetry is emailed to all who RSVP with at least 24 hours’ notice, so no book purchase is necessary to participate. The featured poet of this discussion will be determined from input and recommendations taken from participants. Please email Mindy to RSVP.
Events in Indy
Descriptions and details are taken from event websites.
Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers features seventy-eight notable Indiana poets, fiction writers and essayists, including Marianne Boruch, Jared Carter, Mari Evans, Karen Joy Fowler, Helen Frost, John Green, Philip Gulley, Patricia Henley, Susan Neville, Scott Russell Sanders, and Dan Wakefield. The most experienced writers here are in their nineties, the youngest in their twenties. Some are best-selling authors, some widely known in literary circles, some just beginning. Many were born and raised in Indiana, others found their way here and stayed. Join us to celebrate! Special guest authors will read and present their work.
Ben H. Winters joins us again for his latest release, Underground Airlines. Imagine an America where the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists. Acclaimed author Ben H. Winters has done just that, and the result is his stunning and audacious thriller, Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books, July 5, 2016)—the lead summer title from Mulholland Books for 2016.
Ben is a huge supporter of the mission of Indy Reads; he is also featured in Indy Writes Books! Learn more on his website: www.benhwinters.com Follow him on Twitter @benhwinters
10/26 – Lili Wright
DePauw University, 7:30 PM
Lili Wright spent ten years as a journalist in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Utah, and Mexico. Her work has appeared in newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun. A graduate of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in nonfiction, she currently teaches creative writing and journalism at DePauw University and lives in Greencastle, Indiana. She is the author of a well-received travel memoir, Learning to Float. Her novel Dancing with the Tiger will be published by Random House in 2016. The writer and ecologist Rick Bass says of the novel: “Dancing with the Tiger is built on beautiful sentences the way a spider web is built on silk. Pleasing also is Lili Wright’s wisdom regarding the human condition, present on every page. Her elegant and vital sentences also travel in service to what is surely one of the most intricate plots of the year; but first and foremost, the sentences: one will follow them almost anywhere.”
10/29 – Indy Author Fair
Central Library, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Celebrate Indiana’s rich literary tradition with activities for writers and book lovers of all ages! Presented by The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library. FREE and open to the public, the day includes workshops and lectures for adults and children, awards, book signings, and sit-downs with authors including this year’s Indy Authors Award National author winner Karen Joy Fowler. See a schedule of events and more information here.