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Spring 2012

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KAREN KOVACIK

 

reading
THURSDAY
APRIL 26
, 2012

4 PM

 Peeler Art Center
Auditorium

 

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) recently announced the selection of Indianapolis resident Karen Kovacik as the Indiana State Poet Laureate. 

Kovacik was born in East Chicago and grew up in Highland, Indiana in Lake County. She is a professor of English at IUPUI, where she directs the creative writing program.

“We often hear about ‘academic’ poetry versus spoken word or slam poetry. But I don’t believe in a town-gown divide,” Kovacik said. “I want to break down barriers and get diverse groups of poets talking together.”

She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Metropolis Burning, and her work has received numerous honors, including the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

 

 

 

 

JOE HEITHAUS

 

reading
Wednesday
April 11, 2012
Thompson Recital Hall
Green Center for the Performing Arts


photo by Jessica Tampas

Joseph Heithaus won the 2007 “Discovery”/The Nation Prize for a group of sonnets about poison plants that are now the central thread of his first book, Poison Sonnets (David Robert Books 2012).  Professor Heithaus earned a Ph.D. and an M.F.A. from Indiana University and his work has appeared in numerous journals including Poetry, The North American Review, The Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner.   His poem “Indiana Flight” is etched in the stained glass art of Martin Donlin in the Indianapolis International Airport.  And his poem “What Grows Here” can be found painted on a barn just outside of Greencastle  on West Walnut Street.   He’s taught at DePauw for 14 years.  

 

 

 

Danielle Evans photo

DANIELLE EVANS

reading
Wednesday
March 14, 2012
Peeler Art Center
Auditorium

Danielle Evans is the author of the short-story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, which was a co-winner of the 2011 PEN American Robert W. Bingham Prize for a first book, the winner of the 2011 Paterson Prize for Fiction, was named one of the best books of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and O Magazine, won an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway award, and was longlisted for The Story Prize.My work has appeared in magazines including The Paris Review, A Public Space, Callaloo, and Phoebe, has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2010, and in New Stories from the South. She received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, was the 2006-2007 Carol Houck Smith fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and now teaches literature and creative writing at American University in Washington DC.



IAN FRAZIER


reading
T U E S D A Y
F E B R U A R Y   1 4,  2 0 1 2
7:30 P M
Thompson Recital Hall
Green Center for the Performing Arts

 Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish's Eye, On the Rez, and Family, as well as Coyote v. Acme, Dating Your Mom, Lamentations on the Father, and Gone to New York. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he's been called the greatest living humorist as well as also being classified as a journalist, an essayist, a memoirist, a travel writer and a nature writer. His latest book is Travels in Siberia, and parts have recently been serialized in The New Yorker.