Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside.

Poetry For All.

This series is organized by Gizelle Fletcher, John Leo, and Elysia Lucinda Smith

If you're interested in being considered for this series, email Elysia at

*we assist with travel expenses for out of state writers.


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Meet Gizelle

Gizelle was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and studied poetry at the University of Florida. Her work has been published in The Offing, Nat. Brut, Muzzle, and elsewhere. She is the founder of For Colored Girls Book Club in Indianapolis, IN, an organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting literature by and for women of color. She does not own a cat.

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Meet John

John Leo's writing has appeared in Tinderbox, (b)OINK, Metatron, and the bathroom stalls of several Indianapolis dive bars. He is a teacher, event coordinator, and member of the Poorhouse Collective. John released two chapbooks in 2018: The Long Weekend is Over (CWP Collective Press) and Gulag Picture Radio (Ghost City Press). He has an MFA from Butler University.

follow him on twitter @_johnleo
or send an email to


Meet Elysia

Elysia Lucinda is the owner of Irvington Vinyl & Books. When she's not pricing records and books, she writes poetry, plays pool, or eats raw fish out of the fridge like a raccoon. You can read her blog at Her first book, UNRULY, was released from BlazeVox books in October of last year.