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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.



Indianapolis Lit Events or Stuart Dybek, Jennifer Egan, Frank Bill, and More!

Allstarswall-NEWThis is going to be an absolutely crazy week for readings here in Indianapolis. We’ve got major events Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Instead of droning on about how excited I am (very), I’ll just list the details below. I’ll be at all of them. Maybe I’ll see you?

Stuart Dybek 3/19 7:30pm at the University of Indianapolis

Jennifer Egan 3/20 7:30pm at Butler University

Frank Bill 3/22 7pm at the Service Center

Vouched Presents Andrew Scott and Michael Nye 3/23 7pm at Indy Reads

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1) Check out this awesome interview I did with Teddy Wayne over at The Millions. His novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, just dropped and we discussed the function of pop culture in fiction.

2) New review of Last Call in the City of Bridges over at NUVO, the independent voice of Indianapolis.

3) New Review of Last Call in the City of Bridges over at Fiddleback.

4) I did a podcast with the excellent writers Jay Varner and Patrick Culliton on their site Talus, Or Scree. Subjects include retro video games, Kanye West, and why Kevin Garnett is the worst.

5) I starred in a promotional video for UIndy’s English Department which focuses on my novel AND my pedagogy!

6) Braddock Avenue Books released the cover for their second release, a short story collection from the immensely talented Aubrey Hirsch. See above. IT’S SO DOPE.


Indy Lit Events or MATT BELL/KEVIN MCKELVEY/ME or Ya like to dance at all the hip hop spots And ya cruise to the crews like connect da dots Not just urban she likes the pop Cuz she was livin la vida loca

Thursday, November 15th: Matt Bell Reads for UIndy’s Kellogg Writers Series. “The series event features author Matt Bell, who will read from his work and answer questions at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in UIndy Hall A of Schwitzer Student Center. Bell teaches at Northern Michigan University, and his published work includes Cataclysm Baby, a novella, and How They Were Found, a collection of fiction. His book reviews and critical essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, American Book Review and The Quarterly Conversation.

ALSO Thursday, November 15th: “Thursday, at 7 p.m., Assistant Professor Kevin McKelvey will be among 20 Hoosier poets reading original works inspired by historic places at the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 N. Central Ave.”

Friday, November 16th: I read from my novel with Matt at Indy Reads from 8pm to 9:30. “Vouched knows how sad you are all going to be that the elections are over, meaning no more debates as excuses for drinking games. So, in true Vouched fashion, we are giving you one more debate–a literary debate. (And probably a drinking game.) It’ll go like this: Matt Bell and Sal Pane will each give their opening statements, and then Vouched founder Christopher Newgent will moderate a 15 minute debate over today’s most contentious literary controversies: the rise of the eBook as a new world superpower, the dwindling word economy, and what’s the difference between flash fiction and prose poetry anyway? Afterwards, the crowd will vote, and 5 lucky audience members will win a copy of the victor’s book.”

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Hang Out With Me On November 5th, One Day Before My Novel Is Published

Time to get excited, Word Scientists. For our November 2012 meetup, we’ll be welcoming a newcomer to the Indianapolis scene, Salvatore Pane (be sure to click that link to read his bio – very impressive stuff). He’s a Creative Writing professor at the University of Indianapolis, so come ready to have your minds expanded.

Perhaps most exciting of all is that his debut novel – Last Call in the City of Bridges – is set to release on November 6, the day after WordLab. Come on out to Indy Reads Books for a literary night full of reading, writing, and sharing!

Monday, November 5th. 7PM. Indy Reads Books. 911 Mass Ave. Indianapolis, IN.

Indy Lit Events or Me and Matt Bell: Uhh used to be my dog you was in my left titty/Scream RYDE OR DIE I thought you would die wit me/Found out you a bitch you can’t even ryde wit me/Now it’s a war you ain’t on the side wit me


Retro Video Game Finds IX or How I Bought Metal Storm For Two Dollars

Big news on the retro gaming front this weekend. I was in Minneapolis with my girlfriend for a wedding, and we had just gotten breakfast at this amazing bowling alley/theatre/brunch place. We walked outside, and I made a joke about doing some light game chasing, and lo and behold, there was a retro game arcade/store next door. Unfortunately, some twerp kid–who clearly wasn’t old enough to truly appreciate Track and Field II or Rampage–was throwing a birthday party inside, and the arcade wouldn’t open for another few hours. So we toured the neighborhood as planned and when we returned, I saw a guy on a bench in front of the arcade waiting to go in. He had two NES games and a Super Nintendo game. I figured he was planning on selling them, so I kept trying to angle myself for a better look, but he had them back label out. Finally, we were all allowed inside, and I saw him sell the games for some quarters to play the machines. I wandered over. The first title was Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt--of course–but the second was Metal Storm.


If you don’t know Metal Storm, I feel sorry for you. It’s one of the most underrated gems on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it’s pretty hard to find too. On eBay, prices routinely hover around $35, but I’ve seen them go for a lot higher and a lot lower. I’ve only seen one other copy in the wild during eight years of collecting and that was only a few weeks earlier in Indianapolis at an Exchange that wanted $45 for it. I almost picked it up then. So you can imagine how sweaty and nervous I was as I approached the counter. The games weren’t individually priced, and if you’re a collector, that’s one of the best signs. Most retro stores either inflate already ridiculous eBay prices or they mark up the common games everybody wants–Contra, Super Mario 3, Zelda–and don’t put the correct value on the harder to find games that stink. I asked the woman at the counter if I could buy Metal Storm even though it just came in. She said they usually cleaned them first, and I said I didn’t care. I think they were worried I’d return it if it didn’t work, and she even tested it in a Retro Duo. It didn’t work, but I clean all of my NES games before playing them anyway. She said the game was in poor condition–it was–but finally, she took it over to her husband and they decided to sell it to me for two dollars.


I was hoping to get it for $25. I would have gladly paid $25. To get it for $2, my god, my god. This was my best NES game find ever, right in front of finding six of the seven Bible games at a record store for $2 each. Pictures below of all my recent finds plus my girlfriend with Metal Storm and a stuffed bear cub that my grandfather murdered in cold blood.

Indy Lit Events or I love when you shake it like that, ah, ah, ah/I see that you like it like that, oh, oh, oh

Indianapolis Lit Events or It is a weeping, and a moaning, and a gnashing of teeth/It is a weeping, and a moaning, and a gnashing of teeth/When it comes to my sound which is the champion sound/Believe!/Believe!

A Reading with Greg Schwipps and Kevin McKelvey
Greg Schwipps, winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the Emerging Writer category, will read from his novel, What This River Keeps, and talk about how the White River influences his writing and life. Kevin McKelvey will read recent poems about the White River, both as a natural ecosystem and an industrial, agricultural, and municipal waterway. After reading, the writers will host a Q & A about the river and its literary interpretations.

This Friday. 7pm. Indy Reads. In the words of John Matrix in the film Commando, “Let’s party.”