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“Poem Starts Here” – This is a collaborative, community poem typed by visitors to the English Department’s Welcome Week table, August 21-22, 2017. One line per person. Solar eclipse on the mind. (Most frequent question: “Where’s the return key?” Answer: “See that big silver handle/razor-looking thing? Pull it all the way to the left.”)

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Check out this interview with Steve Henn, whose new book of poems, Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year, was published by Wolfson Press. He will give a reading at IUSB in fall 2017!

From the introduction to the interview:

Sometimes the most interesting minds are hiding in plain sight. Maybe it’s some guy at work in the break room quietly reading A Confederacy Of Dunces while FOX News blasts in the background. Maybe that guy at the local Starbucks making you a peppermint mocha has a Masters in Psychology and has written nine unpublished novels but fell on hard times. Or possibly that woman in your kitchen that wakes you up in the mornings to go to school who’s currently making your dinner. Maybe she used to travel the world and was passionate about the dada movement and had dreams of being an artist and living in a mud hut off the grid before you showed up. Or maybe that teacher of yours. The one you have for 5th period that quotes Vonnegut and you see reading George Saunders short stories at his desk before class. Maybe he’s a gifted poet that writes about life’s ironies and tragedies in a humanistic way.

Well that last one might just be Mr. Steve Henn. Henn’s a Midwestern poet who teaches high school English by day, raises four smart kids, and when time allows writes poems about life (yours and his, and everyone else’s that’s ever felt both the swelling sting and innate beauty of living.) Henn has been published in the past (check out his works at therealstevehenn.com) and he recently released his newest collection called Indiana Noble Sad Man Of The Year through Wolfson Press.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks so much to Steve Henn for visiting Kelcey Parker Ervick’s A190 and W206 classes today! He read some poems and showed some of his kids’ awesome illustrations from his new Wolfson Press book, Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year.

Here he is showing off his poetry tour t-shirt: 

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Wolfson Press Poetry News

One of the Wolfson Press poets (and an IUSB graduate), Steve Henn, has a poem coming out in *Rattle* as part of their “Poets Respond” series.
He is one of two winners of this weekly contest, and his poem appears today, the morning after the presidential debate. The contest focuses on poetic responses to current events:

http://www.rattle.com/making-sense-of-this-election-by-steve-henn/

Steve’s third book is forthcoming from Wolfson Press. It’s called Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year.

Book description:

These poems, a series of snapshots in the life of Steve Henn’s poetry alter ego, “Steve Henn,” collectively capture not just a moment, but a whole history of teaching, parenting, walking around town, getting a canned ham as a Christmas bonus, shooing away door to door solicitors, crushing on a first grade classmate, and wrestling with the world of social media. The book, dedicated to Henn’s four children, includes artwork by each of his kids. By the end of the collection you too may understand why Steve Henn is Indiana Noble Sad Man of the Year.

 

 

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42 Miles Press Book Release

TRACEY KNAPP reads from MOUTH

Thursday, Oct 22 at 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Bridge, Wiekamp Hall, IUSB

book sales and signing to follow
free and open to the public

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Tracey Knapp is the author of Mouth, winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2014. She has received scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fund. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2008 and 2010, Five Points, Red Wheelbarrow Review, The New Ohio Review, The Minnesota Review, The Carolina Quarterly and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco. Find her at traceyknapp.com

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We are happy to announce these upcoming literary events at IUSB:

WINESBURG, INDIANA book release

featuring MICHAEL MARTONE, VALERIE SAYERS, JOYELLE MCSWEENEY, & KELCEY ERVICK PARKER

Two nights:
Wed. Oct 7 at 7:30 Notre Dame Hammes Bookstore
Thurs. Oct 8 at 7:30 at IUSB on the 3rd Floor Bridge of Wiekamp Hall

book sales and signing to follow
free and open to the public

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42 Miles Press Book Release

TRACEY KNAPP reads from MOUTH

Thursday, Oct 22 at 7:00 pm
3rd Floor Bridge, Wiekamp Hall, IUSB

book sales and signing to follow
free and open to the public

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Congratulations to IUSB Faculty Member, Nancy Botkin, whose poetry was recognized in both categories of this year’s Indiana Poetry Award contest!

Indiana’s current Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras, announced the winners.

Nancy’s poems “Studebaker Wives” and “Missing” are published on the winner’s page: http://www.wabashwatershed.com/2015/08/23/julyaugust2015feature/

 

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