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.
Noah Baldino's poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. They are a poetry editor for the Sycamore Review. They were a finalist for the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Prize.
Adrian Matejka is the author of four books, including Map to the Stars and the Big Smoke, which earned him a nomination for the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Indianapolis's own hometown hero, his long list of prizes includes a Pushcart, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and many many more. He is the poet laureate of Indiana.
Manon Voice, is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is a poet, spoken word artist, event host, freelance writer, hip-hop emcee and social justice activist. She has performed on many diverse stages in the power of word and song and has taught and facilitated art, poetry and spoken word workshops through organizations such as Regeneration Indy and WomIN’s Festival 2017. She had been a featured poet and performer in noteworthy Indianapolis productions such as “The Wake” and Village Voices Notes from a Griot. She has been a featured panelist for Indianapolis based organizations, Indy10 Black Lives Matter,Don’t Sleep and events such as IUPUI’s 2017 Social Justice Symposium, focusing on the intersections of race, gender, art and activism. She is actively the Mentor Match Coordinator of Homelessness Prevention at the Indianapolis based organization, Trusted Mentors, which seeks to reverse homelessness and incarceration through the power of relationships. She is a proud board member of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, a private, non for profit organization whose mission is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education and outreach. She has volunteered for organizations such as Life Bridges and Global Gifts, and is a facilitator and hip-hop music instructor for Kuumba Academy, an organization that seeks to promote positive behaviors through the teaching of music and examination of musical influences. She is co-founder founder ofthe Hear Me Project, which uses civic dialogue to create spaces for individual and collective transformation. In 2017, Manon Voice was awarded the Power of Peace Award from the Peace Learning Center of Central Indiana for her work in the community. Manon Voice seeks to use her art and activism to create a communal space where dialogue, transformation, discovery and inspiration can occur.