Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

It Is Hard Being a Person: Self-Care and Journaling

Does "self-care" mean anything anymore, now that it's showing up as a hashtag, the subject of Buzzfeed listicles, and, well, as workshop topics like this one? We think so, but we need to do some work to discover what it actually means. Join us for a night of learning, discussion, art-making, and journaling to discover self-care for yourself! Social worker and educator Mary-Margaret Sweeney will guide us through an interactive discussion on what self-care has come to mean, and how to claim it as a meaningful practice. Local artist Megan Hart will guide us in creating an inspiring and beautiful journal as an element of a self-care practice. Not a writer? That's okay! Our journals will incorporate the visual arts of drawing, collaging, found objects, and anything you dang well please. $5-$15 sliding scale donation to participate. Please bring a blank journal (whatever form of that you want!), though we will have a couple on hand just in case.

 

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Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Pursuing the Writing Life

 

Are you a writer? Come meet other local writers and check out this lovely bookstore venue! Take advantage of our writer's panel including both traditionally-published and independently-published authors with a wealth of writing knowledge and advice! If you have questions about writing and/or publishing, this is the event for you!

Learn more about our panelists!

Author Matthew Barron spends his days mixing and analyzing human blood as a medical technologist in Indianapolis. His diverse stories have appeared in Outposts of Beyond, Sci-Phi Journal, Ill-Considered Expeditions, House of Horror, Roboterotica, Gifts of the Magi and Welcome to Indiana. 
He also wrote and produced a short play in the 2015 Indianapolis Fringe Festival. Matthew has written and published three graphic novels. His sword sorcery book, Valora; dystopian novella, Secular City Limits; and kids book, The Lonely Princess, are also available. For more information, visit http://www.submatterpress.com

YA fantasy novelist and professional dragon wrangler, Savannah J. Goins, fell in love with the genre through C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia many years ago. Since then, it’s been nothing but dragons, sword fights and talking animals. She spends her days in a veterinary hospital working with real animals, and her nights giving voices to the ones in her stories. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, The Gwythienian, was released in November of 2017. Savannah enjoys sketching, drinking tea and coffee, and discovering new bookshops.

Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels, and her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Books Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter (@annsulliva).

Hailing from Indianapolis,IN, Chantel Massey is a poet, actress, educator and the author of Bursting At The Seams: A Collection of Poetry (VK Press) with a B.A. in English from the College of Wooster. Massey has performed across various local platforms. Chantel Massey has opened for Co-founding member of Black Lives Matter Movement, Elle Hearns, two time National Poetry Slam Champion, Anis Mojgani, and has spoken, performed, hosted, and lead workshops for organizations, schools, and programs in Indiana. Currently, she teaches at a middle school, where she encourages students to independently critique ideas, self-advocate, work hard, and to be resilient. Chantel Massey is authentic and original in her writing and performances. Chantel Massey facilitates spaces for her audience and reader to experience the words for themselves. As a passionate writer and poet who loves to play with imagery exploring human rights, social justice, womanhood, sexuality, religion, spirituality, and more. Chantel Massey wishes to inspire others through art to think better and higher about themselves and each other through self-expression.

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches in the Creative Writing, Writing and Honors Programs at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is a graduate of the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She is the author of the novel Drinking From A Bitter Cup and has published in numerous literary journals. Recently Angela’s play, Anna’s Wings, was selected to be a part of the IndyFringe DivaFest her play Flossie Bailey Takes a Stand was part of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. She also wrote and produced the play It Is Well and she was the co-playwright with Ashya Thomas, a BSU grad, on a play called Black Lives Matter (Too). In the spring of 2018, Angela co-wrote a musical with her colleague, Peter Davis, called Dear Bobby: The Musical, that was part of the 2018 OnxyFest in Indianapolis, IN. Next spring, she will be directing and producing a play she wrote called Still Singing Those Weary Blues and her book of poetry called House Repairs will be published by Negative Capability Press this fall.

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Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club, Moderated by Ariana Beedie!

 

Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our August meeting! We will be discussing Hunger by Roxane Gay, a body memoir. This meeting will be moderated by Ariana Beedie of Face A Face!

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"In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself." (via Goodreads)

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Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Attack! ft. Eloisa Amezcua

Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. Once a 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. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

This event will feature poet, Eloisa Amezcua along with two local poets TBA.

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others. Eloisa lives in Columbus, OH and is the founder of Costura Creative.

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Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Counterpack Erratum

Gluestick presents: Counterpack Erratum; FREE//All Ages//Each participant will leave with a folder of information and resources. 

A series of discussions and workshops focusing on DIY publishing. Zines, chapbooks, comix, art books etc. We will discuss the methods of printing, distribution, and promoting community within publishing!

 

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Vinyasa, Vinyl, Balance, and Flow

 

What if you could do all of your favorite things in the same dang space? Join us for a monthly all levels yoga class at Irvington Vinyl and Books led by Mary-Margaret Sweeney, RYT. Bring your mat and flow to the vinyl soundtrack and delight in that awesome bookstore smell as we breathe together to restore our balance. Have a question about your yoga practice? Mary-Margaret will be available for a half hour after each class to field specific questions and address concerns one-on-one. Sliding scale, $5-$15; pay what you can.

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Aug
12
5:00 PM17:00

How to Stop Being Scared and Start Publishing: A Workshop

This event will hopefully become a series. But after teaching and interacting in the Indianapolis creative writing community I've seen a lot of very talented individuals who aren't yet published--or who've never done a professional reading. I'd like to help change that.
If you're a local writer with a desire to perform and publish, this event is for you. We'll discuss everything from how to find the right literary journals for you, to how get comfortable with a microphone, and how to take up space on stage. 

I'll be using my eight years experience in the professional writing world to answer your questions and be a resource. 

For this first event: we'll discuss both how to know when work is ready to submit, and I'll give a quick and dirty guide to the world of publishing online. 

**If you're feeling brave, please bring one piece you consider finished or near complete to this event, along with your computer. By the end of this workshop, you'll have submitted your first work!

 

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Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club Hosted by Gizelle Fletcher!


Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our July discussion of Sula by Toni Morrison

Nel Wright has chosen to stay in the place where she was born, to marry, raise a family, and become a pillar of the black community. Sula Peace has rejected the life Nel has embraced, escaping to college, and submerging herself in city life. When she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel and a wanton seductress. Eventually, both women must face the consequences of their choices. Together, they create an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be a black woman in America.

For colored girls who consider not reading anymore because all the protagonists are straight white men and you've had enuf.

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Jul
10
5:00 PM17:00

Irvington Vinyl & Books Welcomes Nylon Otters and Friends!

 

Tuesday, July 10th, Irvington Vinyl & Books will be opening its doors to native New York bands, Nylon Otters and Filthy Gorgeous. The evening will also feature performances by local acts, Mess and Brandon Wadley. If you'd like to hear some of their music to milk your curiosity, below are links to each band!

Mess: https://messysongs.bandcamp.com/releases

Brandon Wadley: https://brandonwadley.bandcamp.com/

Nylon Otters: https://nylonotters.bandcamp.com/releases

Filthy Gorgeous: https://filthygorgeous.bandcamp.com/

 

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