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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

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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