Salvatore Pane

The Electrostatic Showcase at the Wheeler + Vouched X UIndy w/Aubrey Hirsch, Eugene Cross, and David Blomenberg


The Electrostatic Showcase at the Wheeler, Wednesday, April 23rd, 6-10pm, Wheeler Arts Center, Fountain Square

We would love to see you attend the Electrostatic Showcase on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6-10pm at the Wheeler Arts Center in Fountain Square. The Electrostatic Showcase is an opportunity for students from the University of Indianapolis to present their work to the community-at-large and to interact with professionals in the field. For the second showcase, the university and local communities are invited to take part in the following educational and arts-related activities. Shuttles will be provided for students starting at 4:30 in Parking Lot 16, the circular guest lot with the bell tower (by Ransburg and Schwitzer). Food and drink will be provided.

Student Creative Writing Readings, 6-7pm, Theatre Space

Ten students from UIndy’s Introduction to Creative Writing course will participate in mixed-genre readings of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Bettering Indianapolis Presentation, 7-8, Theatre Space

Six students from a UIndy Advanced Composition course will present projects based around the theme of Bettering Indianapolis. Presentations will be modeled off of the TED conference in Silicon Valley, and each one will focus on how we can improve our local community now and in the future.

Literature Into Film, 7-8pm, Community Classroom

Students from UIndy’s Contemporary Literature and Culture class will present on adapting works of literature into film.

Etchings Launch, 8-9pm, Theatre Space

The latest issue of Etchings will be launched at the Electrostatic Showcase. Free copies, designed by UIndy students, will be handed out, and selections of student work published from the magazine will be read and presented to the crowd.

Vouched x UIndy Presents: Aubrey Hirsch, Eugene Cross, and David Blomenberg 9-10pm, Theatre Space

Vouched, a national literary organization with roots in Indianapolis, will present fiction and poetry readings from national writers Aubrey Hirsch, Eugene Cross, and David Blomenberg. Aubrey Hirsch’s stories, essays and poems have appeared in American Short Fiction, Third Coast, Hobart, PANK, and other venues. Her short story collection, Why We Never Talk About Sugar is available now, and she teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Eugene Cross is the author of the short story collection Fires of Our Own Choosing. His work was listed among the 2010 Best American Short Stories’ 100 Distinguished Stories, and he currently teaches at the Columbia College of Chicago. David Blomenberg has taught at Purdue and DePauw University. Recently the poetry editor for Sycamore Review, he writes poetry and non-fiction, which has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Salzburg Review, Artifice, Confrontation, Willows Wept, and other journals.

Rivercraft Launch (feat. SALVATORE PANE) *AIR HORN*

HEY. If you want to see me this Monday in Pennsylvania, I’ll be at Susquehanna University for the RiverCraft launch. The event begins in Isaacs Auditorium at 7:30pm, and I’ll be reading from Last Call in the City of Bridges. Hope to see you all there.

The UIndy Publishing Internship Network (PLUS: A Call For More Presses/Journals)


I’m so excited to announce that the UIndy English department will be teaming up with a large group of presses and journals over the next few years to offer our students onsite and offsite internships with organizations based in Los Angeles and Manhattan and hopefully everywhere else in between. This builds heavily off the work of Prof. Kevin McKelvey, and over the upcoming summer and fall, we’re placing our students into internships with Boss Fight Books, Braddock Avenue Books, and a host of other magazines and presses we shouldn’t announce just quite yet. I’m hoping to extend and build connections with other presses and journals over the coming months, and if you’re interested in having either an onsite or offsite intern in the fall, spring, or summer, please do not hesitate to contact me at This is an amazing opportunity for our students to get hands on learning in the publishing industry, but it’s also a good chance for them to show exactly how much they can do for you.

Buzzfeed Interview with Boss Fight Books


I have an interview live on BUZZFEED (!) with Ken Baumann and Gabe Durham about Boss Fight Books and Earthbound. BE AWESOME, AND CHECK IT OUT.

UIndy Young Writers Workshop


GUYS! I’m co-leading the UIndy Young Writers Workshop with Kevin McKelvey again this summer. The camp runs from June 22nd through the 27th, and it’s aimed at high school juniors and seniors. We had an incredibly successful launch last year, and we’re looking forward to an even better camp this year. Please spread the word, and if you know any parents or high school age kids, send it directly to them.

All the application information is online.

My Glorious Return to Pittsburgh


AYO! I’m returning to Pittsburgh on April 12th as the main reader for Chatham University’s Minor Bird magazine launch. I can’t tell you how humbled I am that my former students have invited me back. It was only two years ago when I MCed the Minor Bird launch, and in many ways, this isn’t unlike Will Ferrell triumphantly returning to SNL as the host, only it’s not like that at all.

I’ll be reading from Last Call in the City of Bridges, and there will be books for sale. The event runs from 4 to 6:30, and I can’t wait to see all you Pittsburgh pals again. Chatham has been extremely supportive of me, and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this event.

Success After Susquehanna Interview


In 2006, I got my finger stuck in a Molson bottle. In 2014, I was interviewed as part of the Success After Susquehanna series.

Started from the bottom.

Party W/Me at AWP or I Came From Nowhere and Now They’re Mad ‘Cuz I’m Doing a Little Stunting

riff raff

AWP! AWP! AWP! Let’s hang out and be forever buds. I’m reading with glorious people. LET’S CONNECT ON THIS NEXT LEVEL ISH.

Featuring readings from

Andrew Booth
Gabe Durham
Lucy Hitz
Brian McGuigan
Brian Oliu
Salvatore Pane
Sheryl St. Germain
Dillon J. Welch
Joshua Young

Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Braddock Avenue Books with PANK

patrick-stewart-bday“We’re 1 year old (more or less). And what a year it’s been! Help us celebrate with cocktails and readings at the Wigle Whiskey Distillery. All BAB backlist titles will be available at a 50% discount and our forthcoming title, Flannery O’Connor Prize-winning author, Gary Fincke‘s first novel, HOW BLASPHEMY SOUNDS TO GOD, will be available for pre-order.

BAB authors Aubrey Hirsch (WHY WE NEVER TALK ABOUT SUGAR) and Mason Radkoff (THE HEART OF JUNE) will be on hand to read and sign books.

AND! we’re incredibly excited to be joined by a contigent of PANK magazine writers who will be joining us behind the microphone:

Erik Schuckers
Crystal Hoffman
Melissa Dias-Mandoly
Leslie Anne Mcilroy
Sheila Squillante
M Bartley Seigel

Come join us (and give us a swift kick into our second year in business)”

LOCATION AND DETAILS HERE! You should go. I wish I could go. Cool.

Enter UIndy’s First Ever Chapbook Contest


Etchings Press Chapbook Contest

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, invites submissions for its first annual chapbook contest. In this inaugural year, UIndy students will consider chapbook submissions in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. All submitted work should be in a single genre of 15 to 30 pages. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible, but not mixed-genre works. The winner in each category will receive a $100 honorarium and 15 copies of the published chapbook.

UIndy graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted manuscripts and choose a winner in each genre. The students will then edit, design, publish and promote the chapbooks. A limited press run of each chapbook will be printed. In future years, the genres or categories will change based on criteria developed by students.


This spring, students are interested in editing and publishing books from authors in our region. The students are using the 370 miles between Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville, Georgia, and William Faulkner’s Oxford, Mississippi, as the relative mileage for a regional literature. Using UIndy’s campus on the southside of Indianapolis as a starting point, that distance makes a circle which includes all of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, most of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri, and parts of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Ontario. To see if you’re eligible for submission, please see the circle on the map.

Contest details

  1. Please submit chapbook manuscripts in poetry, fiction and nonfiction using the Submittable content submissions manager for Etchings. You will be prompted to create a free user account that will allow you to submit your manuscript and monitor its status.
  2. Please submit manuscripts as a single file and include a title page (without name) and a table of contents. We ask that your name be removed from the manuscript for blind reading.
  3. Manuscripts should be 15 to 30 pages in length (up to 7,500 words in fiction and nonfiction).
  4. Collaborative works (two or more authors) are eligible. Mixed-genre works are not eligible at this time.
  5. For fiction and nonfiction, a single piece or multiple pieces can be considered (multiple flash pieces, thematically connected pieces, etc.).
  6. The manuscripts or authors must have a connection to the geographic area shown on the map.
  7. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Indianapolis will read all entries and choose a winner in each genre to publish. Students will then edit, design, publish and promote each winning book.
  8. Winners will be notified in March 2014. Chapbooks will be released and available for sale in May 2014.
  9. The reading fee is $10 (payable via
  10. The deadline is February 10, 2014.
  11. Alumni and current students of University of Indianapolis and former students of its faculty are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin McKelvey.


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