Thank you to the editors of Natural Bridge for including my poem, "Wildcat," in their Spring 2017 issue. I am pretty jazzed that Josh Brewer (a Butler MFA alum) is also in this issue.
If you are interested in subscribing to the journal, please visit their website. I would also like to encourage everyone to send them a submission. While they do not read during the summer, they remain open for submissions all year long.
A short creative non-fiction piece of mine was published yesterday in Word Riot. Being in this issue is especially important to me as it is Jackie Corley's last issue as the publisher of Word Riot. Jackie co-founded the magazine 14 years ago and established it as a well respected online publication in the literary community. I have been a big fan of this publication, so this means a lot to me.
This evening, New York Times Best Selling Author, Ben H. Winters, read from his smash summer hit, "Underground Airlines" and answered questions for the audience at Indy Reads Books in Indianapolis.
"Undergrounds Airlines" takes place predominately in Indianapolis, in what feels like a present day world only with the historical modification that slavery never ceased to exist. It is a mystery novel on one level, but also a societal commentary about racism in America. Ben elegantly explained his inspiration for the novel and I feel to rephrase his words would only muddle them further. Instead, I will direct your attention to Ben's website where you will find several posts detailing his research process for the novel.
Ben was previously an adjunct professor in the Butler MFA program that I now attend. I did not have the opportunity to have him for workshop or class as he left before I came on board. I did take a one time writing class with him through the Indiana Writers Center and...
As of today I am exactly four weeks from beginning my MFA program. The nerves have turned into excitement (for now!).
In terms of preparing for the MFA, I have not done anything special since applying. I have continued to write, but frankly it has been more inconsistent than I would like to admit. I am happy that I have done a better job of workshopping stories. My local, in person workshop group is on a hiatus, but I have been participating in the MFA Draft Fiction Workshop on Facebook. That group has some pretty powerful up and coming writers.
The biggest disconnect I feel with other MFA students is that I work full time and I am in a part time program. While others are thinking about financial packages and considering teaching loads, I'm off on my own. There are quite a few people like me that are not fresh out of undergrad, but I still feel a little bit like a lone wolf in the (online) MFA community.
I am hoping that I can channel this experience into something helpful for other...
"We invite poets everywhere to submit an original poem inspired by the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The contest revives a tradition from the 1920s, when a poem was included in the race day program. The poet who captures the checkered flag will receive a cash prize of $1,000, two tickets to the big race, the opportunity to read the poem at the track at some point during the month of May, and will have his or her work featured in the official 2016 program. A second-place prize of $500 will also be awarded."
For more information: http://indianahumanities.org/500poet.
I am happy to announce that I have been accepted into Butler University's MFA program for Creative Writing (fiction).
I decided in early January to apply to Butler. While Indiana is blessed with several great MFA programs, I felt confident that Butler’s program was best suited for me. First of all, it’s local to me and I can go part-time and continue to work. I'm married and have a job, so frankly that was a big consideration. But convenience aside, Butler has a phenomenal faculty and one of the best visiting writers series in the country. I know people at each of the MFA programs in the Indiana and I have found that hands down, the Butler students are the most enthusiastic about their program.
The MFA Application Process
With the deadline set at the beginning of March, that gave me a little less than two months to complete my application. The short time span between deciding to apply and actually applying is not indicative of my interest level or dedication. Rather, I initially ha...
Indiana University Press is celebrating the Indiana bicentennial in 2016 with a book that is as unique as our state. Next fall, Indiana University Press will publish Undeniably Indiana, a crowd-sourced book written by the people of Indiana for the state of Indiana. Current and former Hoosier residents are invited to share offbeat, interesting, and unusual facts and stories about things that could only happen here. Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 1 via the Undeniably Indiana Facebook page.
The Indiana Writers Center is hosting a writing retreat that begins Friday evening, January 9th through Sunday, January 11th. The retreat will take place at Oakwood Retreat Center in Selma, Indiana (near Muncie).
Registration is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to register soon if interested. Registration is due by January 1, 2015. More information can found at: http://www.indianawriters.org/products/winter-writers-retreat
The first Monday of the month Indy Reads Books sponsors a writers workshop known as the "Indy Word Lab." At each meeting the group spends 30-40 minutes writing a prompt provided at the meeting. The remainder of the time is spent in small groups discussing one another's work. Each meeting is facilitated by a local author.
The group meets from 7-9 p.m. at the bookstore, which is located at: 911 Massachusetts Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46202. Indy Reads Books is a non-profit bookstore that supports the mission of Indy Reads, an agency dedicated improving adult literacy in Indianapolis.
Writers of all ages and experience levels are welcome. It is a free event. However, you are asked to register in advance by visiting: http://www.meetup.com/IndyWordLab/