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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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