Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Gluestick Presents: Three Hole Punch! Fundraiser and Mini-Fest!

Gluestick presents Three Hole Punch Arts & Music Festival
Entry: $5 Suggested Donation

Three Hole Punch is an all day festival showcasing some of the best local & regional music and art the Midwest has to offer! It also is a fundraiser for Gluestick, Indianapolis' Zines & Small Publishing Advocate.

~*Artists & Vendors*~
Comic Carnival
Loren Bondurant (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Maria Iqbal
Doctor Doomtone's Dungeon
Alessandra DC
Divided By Zero Books
Feels So Reel Music
Spooky Girlfriend Press
Jacquie Cope
Feel And Heal Poetry
Matthew Barron
Hippie Nerd Creations
Yuri Duncan
Martin Clinch
Uyen Nguyen (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Erik Lundorf
Sean Yager
Grown Ass Kids
Chris Homa (Chicago, Illinois)
S.B. Mulryan
Katie Armentraut (Chicago, Illinois)
Charlie Lentz
Frankie Spring
Sean Dempsey (Chicago, Illinois)
Kate Dobson
Ayla Walter
rabbit v. alice
Lori Leaumont
Justin Runyan
Liana Buszka

~*Musicians*~
**Indoor Stage (Irvington Vinyl & Books)**
11am The Executive Disorders

12pm The Latin For Maple

1pm Crescent Ulmer

2pm Mark Dippel

3pm Oh Europa

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**Outdoor Stage** (Platform Across From IVB)

11am Bel and the Bad Wolves

12pm Anti-Feds

1pm Quiett

2pm D. Strange

3pm The Bee-Cydes

4pm Carmine Dusk

5pm Business Dolls

6pm neal rulez

7pm Mark Tester

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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn in a Super Special Cross-Over with For Colored Girls Book Club!

This month Queery will be pushed back one week as our selection is a new release! We'll also be reading alongside For Colored Girls Book Club in a special cross-over edition. More about the book below! Join us.

“When Patsy gets her long-coveted visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, the beautiful but impoverished Jamaican town where she was raised. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her overzealous, evangelical mother―or even her five-year-old daughter, Tru.

Beating with the pulse of a long-witheld confession, Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first―not to give a better life to her family back home. Patsy leaves Tru behind in a defiant act of self-preservation, hoping for a new start where she can be, and love, whomever she wants. But when Patsy arrives in Brooklyn, America is not as Cicely’s treasured letters described; to survive as an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to work as a bathroom attendant and nanny. Meanwhile, Tru builds a faltering relationship with her father back in Jamaica, grappling with her own questions of identity and sexuality, and trying desperately to empathize with her mother’s decision.

Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another.”

"Queery is a radical queer book club that uses fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege. We don’t stick exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We discuss texts that are not viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy. We read one book a month with rotating discussion leaders.

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation. 
This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you.

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Jun
9
5:00 PM17:00

How to Stop Being Scared and Start Getting Published: Self-Publishing verses the Small Press World

So, you want to get published. What’s the benefit of being picked up by a press as opposed to going it alone, publishing and promoting your book yourself? Are there benefits to self-publishing? How much does it cost? What should a press do for its authors? We’ll be answering these questions and more at this month’s publishing workshop. Stop being scared, join us!

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May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Frequencies: Art Show


We're back with more vibes to carry you into the Spring and Summer! Are you ready? New artwork by our crew of talented artists and new fashion by three wonderful women. Sounds by DJ Hot1ne. It's free!! So come out and support your artists and designers May 17th. 7p-11p. See you there!!

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May
12
5:00 PM17:00

How to Stop Being Scared and Start Getting Published: Plotting Along

This month we’ll discuss how to craft an effective and engaging plot structure. This lesson will apply to fiction AND *poetry! Just because a poem is short, doesn’t mean there isn’t a plot structure in play! Bring some work to submit—as always our last hour will be dedicated to getting our work out into the world. Computers are handy for the workshop, but we have one available for use if need be!

You are a writer no matter—we just hold the space. Two hours a month of dedicated time and community for your craft.

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi

For Queery this month, we'll be discussing our first poetry text, The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi--winner of the Yale Younger Prize.

Here's more about the book:

"How can a search for self‑knowledge reveal art as a site of community? Yanyi's arresting and straightforward poems weave experiences of immigration as a Chinese American, of racism, of mental wellness, and of gender from a queer and trans perspective. Between the contrast of high lyric and direct prose poems, Yanyi invites the reader to consider how to speak with multiple identities through trauma, transition, and ordinary life.

These poems constitute an artifact of a groundbreaking and original author whose work reflects a long journey self‑guided through tarot, therapy, and the arts. Foregrounding the power of friendship, Yanyi's poems converse with friends as much as with artists both living and dead, from Agnes Martin to Maggie Nelson to Robin Coste Lewis. This instructive collection gives voice to the multifaceted humanity within all of us and inspires attention, clarity, and hope through art-making and community."

Queery is a radical queer book club that uses fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege. We don’t stick exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We discuss texts that are not viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy. We read one book a month with rotating discussion leaders.

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation. 
This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you.

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May
6
4:30 PM16:30

Pride Poets Attack! ft. Sylvia Thomas <3

This month's Poets Attack! format will deviate a little from our typical structure--BUT FOR A VERY EXCITING REASON.

We'll be hosting the last reading for the Indy Pride Resident Poet competition. The final three contenders from a series that begins Wednesday May 8th at VOCAB and continues into ICONOCLAST the following week on May 16th, will feature at this reading to determine who is crowned victor.

We'll also be featuring local poet Sylvia Thomas who has just released her chapbook, Divine! Join us for this wonderful event.

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Attack! Featuring GennaRose Nethercott, Thistle, & More TBA

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. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

Mark Neely is the author of Beasts of the Hill (2012), and Dirty Bomb (2015), both from Oberlin College Press. His awards include an NEA Poetry Fellowship, an Indiana Individual Artist grant, and the FIELD Poetry Prize. He teaches at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and is a Senior Editor at River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction.  

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our April meeting. We will be discussing The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray.
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The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.

Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.

As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important. (via Goodreads)

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Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

GLIBA Spring Forum 2019

The GLIBA Spring Forum is an event to connect with booksellers, authors and publishers to promote new and upcoming book releases. Every year we look forward to bringing, authors, education and bookselling camaraderie to a different city in the Great Lakes Region. Home of some of the best and most iconic independent bookstores in the country. This year we are excited to be hosting our Spring Forum in Indianapolis! All GLIBA members are welcome to attend, as well as non-members interested in joining GLIBA.

PLEASE USE LINK TO REGISTER: https://www.gliba.org/spring-forum-2019.html

GLIBA in partnership with American Booksellers Association will present this year’s Spring Forum.

Featured Author: Jennifer Weiner
Authors: Melanie Benjamin, S.L. Huang, Emmy Kastner, Annie Sullivan, Ilana Regan and more announced soon...

Directly following Spring Forum we will head downstairs for a reception at the super cool Irvington Vinyl & Books.

For a full schedule and RSVP use the event link.

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Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

RECORD STORE DAY PARTY


Join Irvington Vinyl & Books for our first Record Store Day event! Like most record stores, we'll be hosting live music all day. But if you know us, you know there's always some funky spin on things. Of course, you can expect deep discounts and lots of fun digging crates full of budget vinyl. You can also expect to find something here for everyone on this holiest of days! Here's our schedule of events. Don't miss a thing. Get your RSD releases from our friends at Luna and Indy CD and Square Cat (we love them!) and then come here for the community celebration and the best used vinyl collection in the city! ♥

Acts in Order of Appearance Outdoor Stage!

12 PM: Clint Breeze and the Groove
1:30 PM: Sam Stone
2:30 PM: The Resource Network
3:30 PM: VV Torso
4:30 PM: Robin Goodfellow
5:30 PM: Allison Victoria
6:30 PM: TribeSouL

Acts in Order of Appearance Indoor Stage!

1 PM: Turntable education seminar provided by Affordable Hifi
3 PM: Panel discussion ft. Mariah Ivey, Allison Victoria, Manon Voice, moderated by Ari Beedie on building a more inclusive scene, sponsored by Musical Family Tree
5 PM: Rob Funkhouser ½ hour performance, 1 hour workshop on building your own instrument from found objects

BEER SPONSORED BY Black Acre Brewing Co.!

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Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

This month's read will be moderated by Elise Whitaker!

A synopsis from Goodreads: In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

Queery is a radical queer book club that uses fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege. We don’t stick exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We discuss texts that are not viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy. We read one book a month with rotating discussion leaders.

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation.
This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you.

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Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

Unlearn: Wild.Seed Pt. 2

This workshop was birthed from a passion for poetry, from a resistance and reclaiming of the black body and who it belongs to. An intensive, interactive 2 part multimedia poetry work series, title inspired by Octavia Butler, exploring language about the black body. In a 3 hour 1 day poetry workshop, we will look at how black writers’ classic and contemporary work explore body agency, body image, black bodies in media, and body positivity with writing prompts, activities, and more. This workshop open to lovers of language and poetry. We will unlearn body shame, inspiring creativity, and finding voice, through guided conversations Facilitated by Chantel Massey surrounding how black writers use language in their literary works to reclaim, expose, and address shame, and more. We will explore and reclaim voice through a safe space, poetry, and more!
There will also be food and drinks.

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Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club: Drinking From A Bitter Cup

Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our March meeting. We will be discussing Drinking from a Bitter Cup, and we will be joined by the author, Angela Jackson-Brown! 7pm, Irvington Vinyl and Books (9 Johnson Ave)!
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“1978. The year I turned ten and the year my mama killed herself. She was thirty-five, and dying is the last thing that should have been on her mind.”

After the death of her mother, Sylvia Butler’s father, a man she knows only from an old photo, takes her from Louisville, Kentucky to Ozark, Alabama to live with his family. But his wife resents everything about this intruder, from her out-of-wedlock conception to her dark skin and nappy hair.

When the wife’s younger brother Charles returns from Vietnam, Sylvia thinks she has found a friend and confidante, only to be hurt again, but this time, in a manner she never could have imagined.

Set under the backdrop of the Deep South in the 70s and 80s, this coming of age story of redemption and grace follows Sylvia in her journey from awkward girl to confident young woman, at last standing on her own. (via Goodreads)

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Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Spiritualism Saturday ft. Hermitic Healing and Relevant Readings

This event will feature two different local psychics, Margarette Webb and Yale Bowman. It was developed by Margarette Webb of Hermitic Healing and will serve to bring together like-minded members of the spiritual and magic community in Indianapolis. Each reader will provide affordable readings to attendees (between $10-$15). We'll also have art and collage supplies for those who'd like to make affirmations for themselves as a memento of their reading.

Margarette Webb's spirituality evolved as a way for her to better understand and therefore accept and love herself. Her practice, beyond introspection, is about faith. Faith that things get better, or rather, that your ability to create better circumstances (or bear existing conditions if you have to) will get better. Faith in herself faith and divinity itself, faith in her personal divinity. That's what her business is centered on, the idea that everyone can find this faith in themselves, for themselves. Find them on IG @HermiticHealing and her website hermitichealing.com

Adept hand analyst, palm-reader, born intuitive, and natural shaman, Yale Bowman, makes himself available worldwide from his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. His services are provided in-person, by phone, and online. Specializing in a style of personal intuitive guidance that transcends the realm of traditional psychic-mediumship readings, Yale irreverently accepts (and rejects) all titles, including: seer, medium, shaman, personal coach, psychic to the stars, and every-man's mystic. Learn more about Yale's spirituality here: http://www.relevantreadings.com.

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Chelsea Reynowsky will be moderating this month's read. Here's more on the book!

"At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once. "

Queery is a radical queer book club that uses fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege. We don’t stick exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We discuss texts that are not viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy. We read one book a month with rotating discussion leaders.

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation.
This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you

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Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

How to Stop Being Scared and Start Publishing: SUBMITTATHON!


Join us on March 10th for what will become our annual SUBMITTATHON event! This night of all nights, we'll spend hanging with fellow writers, submitting as much work as we can to different online journals. If you're still in editing mode and don't feel ready to submit, bring your poems and engage in peer review! This workshop is open to all levels and genres. Its goal is to demystify the online writing and publishing world while also carving out an intentional time, once monthly, to work on your writing with your peers.

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Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Attack! Featuring Allyson Horton, Curtis Crisler, Kole Konopka, & Frankie Spring

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. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

Curtis L. Crisler was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He received a BA in English, with a minor in Theatre, from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), and he received an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Crisler’s book, THe GReY aLBuM [PoeMS], was picked by Steel Toe Books for their 2016 Open Reading Period, and published in 2018. His recent poetry books are Don’t Moan So Much (Stevie): A Poetry Musiquarium (Kattywompus Press) and “This” Ameri-can-ah (Cherry Castle Publishing). His poetry chapbook, Black Achilles, was published by Accents Publishing. His previous books are Pulling Scabs (nominated for a Pushcart), Tough Boy Sonatas (YA), and Dreamist: a mixed-genre novel (YA). Other chapbooks are Wonderkind (nominated for a Pushcart), Soundtrack to Latchkey Boy, and Spill (which won a Keyhole Chapbook Award). He is the recipient of residencies from the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh (COA/P), a Cave Canem Fellow, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Soul Mountain, a guest resident at Hamline University, and a guest resident at Words on the Go (Indianapolis). Crisler has received a Library Scholars Grant Award, Indiana Arts Commission Grants, Eric Hoffer Awards, the Sterling Plumpp First Voices Poetry Award, and he was nominated for the Eliot Rosewater Award and the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award. His poetry has been adapted to theatrical productions in New York and Chicago, and he has been published in a variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies. He’s been a Contributing Poetry Editor for Aquarius Press and a Poetry Editor for Human Equity through Art. He’s the creator of the Indiana Chitlin Circuit, and an Associate Professor of English at IPFW. He can be contacted at www.poetcrisler.com.

Allyson Horton is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University. Her poetry has been published in the anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop! Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth and also featured in The Wabash Watershed, a journal highlighting six Indiana women poets, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and most recently, It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop (Arcana Press). Her work will also be featured in the upcoming anthology: Brilliant Fire! a collection of literature on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka. Quick Fire, her first book of poetry, was published by Third World Press in 2018.

Cole Konopka is a poet and translator originally from Woodstock, IL. A longtime traveling academic, Cole most recently earned his MFA in poetry from Colorado State, where he organized the campus reading series. Cole currently lives in Indianapolis and works at a local nonprofit organization. His written work can be found on gramma weekly, oxidant|engine, and forthcoming, a translation on Hawai’i’ Review.

Frankie Spring is a poet and zine maker living in South Bend, Indiana and working towards an undergraduate degree in English and philosophy. They spend most of their free time experimenting with new art forms, printing the work of poets and artists they love, and hosting hybrid poetry, music, and art shows. Frankie's work has appeared in Soft Cartel, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Brave Voices Magazine. They are on Instagram and Twitter @popemodernist.


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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club: Well Read Black Girl

Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our February meeting, in which we will be discussing Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves. 7pm at Irvington Vinyl and Books (9 Johnson Ave). This meeting will be moderated by Indy's own, Chantel Massey
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Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging can stick with readers the rest of their lives--but it doesn't come around as frequently for all of us. In this timely anthology, "well-read black girl" Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black female writers and creative voices to shine a light on how we search for ourselves in literature, and how important it is that everyone--no matter their gender, race, religion, or abilities--can find themselves there. Whether it's learning about the complexities of femalehood from Their Eyes Were Watching God, seeing a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, each essay reminds us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her incredible book-club-turned-online-community Well-Read Black Girl, in this book, Edim has created a space where black women's writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world, and ourselves. (via Goodreads)

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Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

WILD.SEED//Unlearn by Chantel Massey

This workshop was birthed from a passion for poetry, from a resistance and reclaiming of the black body and who it belongs to. An intensive, interactive 2 part multimedia poetry work series, title inspired by Octavia Butler, exploring language about the black body. In a 3 hour 1 day poetry workshop, we will look at how black writers’ classic and contemporary work explore body agency, body image, black bodies in media, and body positivity with writing prompts, activities, and more. This workshop open to lovers of language and poetry. We will unlearn body shame, inspiring creativity, and finding voice, through guided conversations Facilitated by Chantel Massey surrounding how black writers use language in their literary works to reclaim, expose, and address shame, and more. We will explore and reclaim voice through a safe space, poetry, and more!


There will also be food and drinks.

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Feb
17
5:00 PM17:00

Youth Creatives Meet-Up

In collaboration with community partners like Voices, IVB is bringing our youth a safe space to meet and brainstorm what they want out of the arts in Indianapolis. The goal will be to provide space one Sunday a month from 5-7 PM for young creatives to grow their craft, whether that's creative writing, visual art, comedy, music, theatre, etc. But, we want to listen first! If you know a person between the ages 13-18 that might like to participate in this discussion and opportunity, let us know! Contact Elysia@irvingtonvinylandbooks.com for transportation information and parental waivers.

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Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Spiritualism Saturday

This event will feature two different local psychics, Margarette Webb and Yale Bowman. It was developed by Margarette Webb of Hermitic Healing and brings together like-minded members of the spiritual and magic community in Indianapolis. Each reader will provide affordable readings to attendees (between $10-$15). We'll also have art and collage supplies for those who'd like to make affirmations for themselves as a memento of their reading.

Margarette Webb's spirituality evolved as a way for her to better understand and therefore accept and love herself. Her practice, beyond introspection, is about faith. Faith that things get better, or rather, that your ability to create better circumstances (or bear existing conditions if you have to) will get better. Faith in herself faith and divinity itself, faith in her personal divinity. That's what her business is centered on, the idea that everyone can find this faith in themselves, for themselves. Find them on IG @HermiticHealing.

Adept hand analyst, palm-reader, born intuitive, and natural shaman, Yale Bowman, makes himself available worldwide from his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. His services are provided in-person, by phone, and online. Specializing in a style of personal intuitive guidance that transcends the realm of traditional psychic-mediumship readings, Yale irreverently accepts (and rejects) all titles, including: seer, medium, shaman, personal coach, psychic to the stars, and every-man's mystic. Learn more about Yale's spirituality here: http://www.relevantreadings.com.


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Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

"In Man Alive, McBee asks, “What does it really mean to be a man?” by focusing on two of the most impactful men in his life – the father who abused him as a child, and a mugger who threatened his life and then released him in an odd moment of mercy. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these fallen icons of manhood as he cobbles together his own identity.

Man Alive engages an extraordinary personal story to tell a universal one – how we all struggle to create ourselves, and how this struggle often requires risks. Far from a titillating, transgender tell-all, Man Alive grapples with questions of legacy and forgiveness, love and violence, agency and invisibility. Written with the grace of a poet and the intensity of a thriller, McBee’s story will haunt and inspire." --Goodreads

We’ll use fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege.
We won’t be sticking exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We hope to discuss texts that are not traditionally viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy.

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation. This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you.

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Jan
27
5:00 PM17:00

UnLearn II: A Poetry Workshop Hosted by Chantel Massey

Happy New year again! I hope you all are off to a great start! Sometimes after the holidays it can be hard to jump start on some of the writing ideas in our head. I want to present to you the first workshop of many this year. This is the continuation of the UnLearn: Language Through Black Women Writers workshop series. It is a 3 hour 1 day intensive poetry workshop with intentional exploration of identifying black women writers deconstructing oppressive language in the literary canon through both contemporary and classic literary works with new activities, prompts, and more. We are the creators of our stories and define our narratives on our own terms. Designed to explore self-expression, identity, social/emotional learning, and self-esteem building, this workshop will utilize poetry, theater skills, literary writing skills, and discussion by looking at black women writers. We are the creators of our stories and define our narratives on our own terms. For those who have already come to Part I, this will definitely be different!

The Unlearn workshop's purpose is to inspire creativity, find voice, guide, and demonstrate conversations surrounding how black women writers use language in their literary works to reclaim, expose, and address shame, vulnerability, race, gender and more. We’ll be exploring the process of reclaiming voice through safe space, poetry, and more!

There will also be food and drinks.
Register and claim your spot today!
Spots are limited.

7$ donations
5$ early bird special to reserve your spot

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Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Attack! ft. Mitchell Douglas, Too Black, Wendy Spacek, and Chris Thibodeau

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. We believe poetry is meant for everybody; that’s why we keep our readings short and our admission free. Poetry For All.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow’s arms, \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books), Crab Orchard Review, and Ninth Letter, and among others. He is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem graduate, and Associate Professor of English at IUPUI.

The name is a truth, an interrogation both external and internal. How to be black, black enough, Too Black in a world built through black subjugation but not made for black people?
Too Black is a spoken word poet, traveling and teaching artist, and public speaker fusing together historical context, current events, creative practice, and interpersonal interaction on international stages.

Wendy Lee Spacek (WLS) is a 3rd year MFA student in poetry. She was born and raised in Indiana and received her BFA in poetry from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first book, Psychogynecology, was published by Monster House Press is 2015. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming online at Poets.org, deLuge Journal, The Portland Review, TL;DR, and LVNG Magazine (Flood Editions). Honors include two Vera Meyer Strube Academy of American Poets Awards and a Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing.

Chris Thibodeau is a queer mentally ill poet from Indiana, currently living in Muncie. Their work explores the intersections of those identities and their specific experiences. They continually strive to break down the stigma around mental illness. They have been featured in Nat Brut., thread, and The Broken Plate. In their free time, Chris plays roller derby and goes to therapy.


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Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our first meeting of 2019! We will be discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama.

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In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. (via Goodreads)

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Jan
19
11:00 AM11:00

Spiritualism Saturday ft Tarot Reading and Palmistry

This event will feature two different local psychics, Margarette Webb and Yale Bowman. It was developed by Margarette Webb of Hermitic Healing and brings together like-minded members of the spiritual and magic community in Indianapolis. Each reader will provide affordable readings to attendees (between $10-$15). We'll also have art and collage supplies for those who'd like to make affirmations for themselves as a memento of their reading.

Margarette Webb's spirituality evolved as a way for her to better understand and therefore accept and love herself. Her practice, beyond introspection, is about faith. Faith that things get better, or rather, that your ability to create better circumstances (or bear existing conditions if you have to) will get better. Faith in herself faith and divinity itself, faith in her personal divinity. That's what her business is centered on, the idea that everyone can find this faith in themselves, for themselves. Find them on IG @HermiticHealing.

Adept hand analyst, palm-reader, born intuitive, and natural shaman, Yale Bowman, makes himself available worldwide from his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. His services are provided in-person, by phone, and online. Specializing in a style of personal intuitive guidance that transcends the realm of traditional psychic-mediumship readings, Yale irreverently accepts (and rejects) all titles, including: seer, medium, shaman, personal coach, psychic to the stars, and every-man's mystic. Learn more about Yale's spirituality here: http://www.relevantreadings.com.

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Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. Inferno by Eileen Myles moderated by Elysia Smith

You are invited to join Queery, a radical queer book club! This month, Elysia, owner of Irvington Vinyl & Books will be moderating a discussion on Inferno (A Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles.

We’ll use fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege. 

We won’t be sticking exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We hope to discuss texts that are not traditionally viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy. We will be reading one book a month with rotating discussion leaders. 

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation. 

This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you.

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Jan
13
5:00 PM17:00

How to Stop Being Scared and Start Publishing: On Dialogue

For this month’s event we’ll be discussing the weirdness that’s “writing” what’s meant to be spoken aloud. What are good strategies for creating convincing dialogue? Why is it so gosh darn hard? As always, for the first hour, we’ll be engaging in conversation and writing exercises to help strengthen our work and then we’ll spend the second hour submitting work to online journals or peer reviewing for each other.

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