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
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
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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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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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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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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Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Attack! Featuring Callista Buchen, Bob Sykora, and 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.

Join us this month for features from Bob Sykora or Chicago and local poet, Callista Buchen—more TBA!

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Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club: Training School for Negro Girls

Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our October meeting at Irvington Vinyl and Books! We will be discussing Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker.
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As unapologetic and resilient as the DC neighborhoods they live in, these women challenge monolithic assumptions of black identity.

A TSA agent who has never flown, a girl braving new worlds to play piano, a teacher caught up in a mayoral race. In this debut collection of stories, each of them navigate life’s “training school”—with its lessons on gentrification and respectability—while fighting to create a vibrant sense of self.

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Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

Gluestick Presents Comic Book Coven

For November's Comic Book Coven we'll discuss the impact of comics throughout waves of feminism with a focus on the 1970s. 

Comic Book Coven is a group designed to bring women and non-binary individuals together through comics and we hope to meet at least once a month. You are encouraged to bring comics you are currently reading, comics you are working on, or if you are completely new to the world of comics you're welcome to show up and learn! 

This event is FREE and brought to you by Gluestick and Irvington Vinyl & Books.

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Nov
23
11:00 AM11:00

Black Friday and Board Games

IVB will not be participating in traditional Black Friday habits like opening at the butt crack of dawn and encouraging stampeding sheeple to trample our store. Instead, we'll welcome you in for some smooth jazz, a hearty bout of board games, and fellowship. Not to mention, all new vinyl and books will be 20% off for the day. Stock up on what you need for hygge season in a comforting atmosphere away from the mania that will be American shopping on this the unholiest of days.

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Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

Gluestick presents Counterpack Erratum: Letters to Prisoners

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 methods of printing, distribution, and promoting community within publishing!

Last month we hosted a reading by national and local zinesters, this month we are putting into motion our desire to write letters to those falsely imprisoned. We will discuss the dangers of the prison system and how one can become active in educating others on the subject. Come ready to discuss and write; supplies will be provided!

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Nov
17
11:00 AM11:00

Spiritualism Saturday

This event will feature three different local psychics. 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. 

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.

Malikah Briah is an Indianapolis-based tarot reader, dream interpreter, and Zen meditation guide. At the core of their work is a belief in the power of presence and practice. As we are constantly pulled away from attention to distraction, what do we have for the body, mind, spirit? Through their work they try to open people's eyes to their intuition, power, and light! Malikah Briah is available for personal sessions and can be contacted by email at malikahbmcmillan@gmail.com.

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Queery: Radical Queer Book Club

You are invited to join Queery, a radical queer book club! This month we'll be reading and discussing, The Miseducation of Cameron Post!

We will 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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Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

How To Stop Being Scared and Start Getting Published: SUBMITATHON!


This month we'll finally be sitting down together to submit our work! We'll break into small groups based on interest and we'll collaborate as peers to help each other find the best online magazines to submit our writing to. Please bring some finished or near finished work as well as your computer! We have one computer at the shop for community use as well.

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Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

UnLearn: A Poetry Workshop Hosted by Chantel Massey

A 3 hour 1 day poetry workshop, designed to explore self-expression, identity, social/emotional learning, and self-esteem building through poetry, theater skills, literary writing skills, and discussion by looking at black women writers.

This event serves 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.
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

Register on Eventbrite

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Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

GRAVEYARD SMASH

Join us for a spooky, collaborative zine making event! Anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute a page to our annual Halloween zine, Graveyard Smash! Supplies will be provided but you're welcome to bring your own utensils. This event is FREE and open to all age groups. 

If you missed getting a copy of last year's issue we will have a new print run available. We will have copies of the 2018 issue in store shortly after the event! 

💀 Come by in costume for free candy! 🎃

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Poets Attack! Featuring Ariel Francisco, Kristine Esser-Slentz, and Bree Jo'Ann

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.

Join us this month for features from locals poet Bree Jo’Ann and Devon Ginn, and NYC poets Ariel Francisco and Kristine Esser-Slentz.

Ariel Francisco is the author of All My Heroes Are Broke. A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2016, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He lives in East New York.

KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.” KRISTINE is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing. Currently, KRISTINE is earning her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at City College of New York. She is also the Assistant Editor for the online poetry publication Unfold Magazine, and the Features Manager for The Speakeasy Project. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Yes Poetry, Philosophical Idiot, and then Flying Island Journal where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

For Colored Girls Book Club: The Hate You Give

Join For Colored Girls Book Club for our October meeting at Irvington Vinyl and Books! We will be discussing The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Donations welcome!

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Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

Counterpack Erratum, ft. Sara Century

This month's Counterpack Erratum will feature the usual discussion group, but also a reading by zinester Sara Century who is stopping through Indiana to table at Bloomington Zine Fest!// FREE

"I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but it got a little more serious when I started making zines as a teenager. I would go to shows and introduce myself to people and try to get them to buy my zines for $2. I did a little bit of music writing for local publications in Denver, as well as their chapter of the A.V. Club back when that existed. I started writing through Bitch Media, which led to work through The Establishment, Autostraddle, and Bitch Flicks. Currently, I’m mostly writing through SYFY’s Fangrrls site, covering comic books and movies."

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Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

How to Stop Being Scared and Start Publishing

For this month’s event, we’ll be discussing the art of editing, building our own editing checklists looking for regular errors we make or ways we want to improve our individual writing, and submitting our work online together! Bring something you feel is complete or near complete and we’ll discuss editing, do peer reviews, and submit. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

IVB October First Friday Sidewalk Sale

Join us on First Friday in October as we host local singer/songwriter Draken Mogollon! This kid's got pipes for the ages and is only 12 years old to boot! We've been working with Draken over the last month to record his very first professional tape and we'll be releasing more info about purchasing your own copy at the event. Not only will we have live, local music, we'll have a glorious sidewalk sale to whet your book and record buying appetites without hurting your wallet. 

For those that know the IVB history, you'l be excited to hear that for this sale, we've been sorting all our basement inventory. We NEED to clear space so you can expect very reasonable deals extending into Saturday. More info TBA.

Meet Draken!

Meet Draken!

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Oct
2
11:30 AM11:30

Borrowed Mic Night: October

Come read someone else's work at Borrowed Mic Night with For Colored Girls Book Club and Irvington Vinyl and Books!

How it works: bring a book of poems/a short short story/a stand-alone excerpt and introduce folks to the work by reading from it. If you don't have a book at home, come to IVB and choose a book to read from (then feel free to buy the book). 

A night of sharing stories/poetry without the pressure of performing your own work. A win-win!

Sign-ups available at the beginning of the night. Donations welcome!

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Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

Unlearn: Poetry Workshop on Language Through Black Women Writers

Hosted by Chantel Massey, this is a 3 hour 1 day poetry workshop, designed to explore self-expression, identity, social emotional learning, and self-esteem building through poetry, theater skills, literary writing skills, and discussion by looking at black women writers.

To inspire creativity, find voice, and guide and demonstrate conversations surrounding how black women writers use language in their literary works to reclaim, expose,and address about shame, vulnerability, race, gender and more. We will 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unlearn-a-poetry-workshop-on-language-through-black-women-writers-tickets-48695598847

 

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Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Kill the Beast Book Release!

Join us in celebrating the release of Kill the Beast, a lovely Beauty and the Beast retelling by Michele Israel Harper!

Kill the Beast and its prequel novella, Beast Hunter, will be available for a discounted price at this event only. Kill the Beast will be just $15, and Beast Hunter a mere $5. So you don't want to miss this!

Nothing beats a book signed by the author! It's never too early to be thinking about Christmas presents for the bookworms in your life. (Or yourself!) :)

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