It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally moving all my blogging to Tumblr like it’s 2011. You can find me here, and I hope if you’ve read any of my ramblings from 2010-onward, you’ll stay with me. The truth is I’ve had significantly less time to blog ever since taking a job at UIndy as an Assistant Professor. Any free writing time I do have is usually spent on my novel, and it’s been difficult to muster up the energy to write the kind of posts I used to do when I was a graduate student or even when I was adjuncting. Instead, my time on the web has been diverted into livetweeting Knicks games and reposting pictures of cashmere socks or Short Circuit 2 gifs, and that’s something more in line with the Tumblr set.
However, I’m definitely going to keep this site as a kind of repository for links to published work, upcoming readings, and general bio information. I’ve fixed all the links–guys, web journals change their URLs maybe every two years, and it’s hard to keep up with–and switched to a static front page. More than anything, I just want to thank all of you who have read any of this at any point. When I started blogging in January 2010, I knew so little of the indie lit scene. I didn’t know about the myriad of venues available to us outside of the big, traditional journals, and I can’t tell you how life-affirming it’s been to meet so many young and like-minded writers from all across the country. I never thought when I started this site that it would eventually lead to making all sorts of real life friends who produce work I love and admire. The last four years have really been wonderful, and if you’ve been any part of that whatsoever, I want to thank you. You are all the John Starks of my heart.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.