News & Events & Meetings
Chris Mattingly / Matt Hart
May 22nd, 2013, 7pm
Chris Mattingly and Matt Hart are coming to Boxcar to poem for us. Come support these wonderful poets!
Matt Hart is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012) and Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013), as well as several chapbooks. Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Big Bell, Cincinnati Review, Coldfront, Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review, jubilat, Lungfull!, and Post Road, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.
May 24th, 2013, 7pm
Brando Chemtrails is a poet from Denver, Colorado. Brando was on the first two Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Teams and the 2011 Denver Slam Nuba team which won the National Poetry Slam. He has put out six chapbooks, a crime novella poem, and two cds. He has shared the stage with such acts as Dead Prez, Saul Williams, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Blackbird Raum and Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, and toured in every region of the country. You can find him in depressing places, getting ideas.
Laura Bates: Shakespeare Saved My LifeMemoir Reading
June 4th, 7pm
Shakespeare Saved My Life (April 2013) is the memoir from Laura Bates, who created the world’s first Shakespeare class for prisoners in solitary confinement.
Many people told Laura that maximum-security prisoners are “beyond rehabilitation” – most prisons don’t offer any education programs for these inmates. But Laura wanted to find out for herself. She started with the most notorious inmate at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility: Larry Newton. When he was 17 years old, Larry was indicted for murder and sentenced to life with no possibility of parole. When he met Laura, he had been in isolation for 10 years.
What follows is a story of redemption in one of the most unlikely places, and shows that books really do have the power to transform lives.Laura Bates is an English professor at Indiana State University, where she has taught Shakespeare for over 15 years. A Chicago native, she has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago with a focus on Shakespearean studies, and began teaching Shakespeare study courses in the Cook County Prison System. Shakespeare in Shackles has been featured in national media, including NPR and MSNBC's Lock Up.
All events are at Boxcar Books and Community Center, unless otherwise noted.
Please see below for regularly scheduled meetings and events.
Bloomington Writing Project meets every Tuesday from 3:30pm-6:30pm at Boxcar Books in the meeting space and offers free writing consultation for writers of all levels.
The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project now meets at 118 S. Rogers Suite #2
Visit: www.pagestoprisoners.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book and monetary donations should still be dropped off at Boxcar Books.
Mondays: 7-9pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project (during school year)
Thursdays 7-11pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project
Sundays 2-5pm The Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project