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Poet and IU Professor of Creative Writing Cathy Bowman will be one of three readers at this year’s Blue Light Reading. Here she discusses the inspiration behind her Blue Light Workshop, “The Kitchen Session,” as well as her recent book Can I Finish Please? (Four Way Bookos 2016) and current creative projects.
CATHY BOWMAN is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Can I Finish Please? (Four Way Books in 2016.) Her writing has been awarded the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Poetry, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and four Yaddo Fellowships. She was the recipient of a faculty teaching award and the IU President’s Arts and Humanities Award. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and Kenyon Review.
Finding a diamond in the middle of a rough draft feels like a gift – until you start editing and realize that you have to cut it. We at Indiana Review want to find a home for all of your murdered darlings. Share the line of poetry that it killed you to delete for a chance to win an IR Prize Pack and one free entry to the 2017 Poetry Prize!
@IndianaReview: But her pawn, like she, had moved on/and he found himself staring/grandmastered again. #IRDarlings
@IndianaReview: Gold pressed in between a god’s thin fingers/bone-like, too warm, thick with saliva and greed. #IRDarlings
@IndianaReview: There is forever the pull of muscle/sparking young eyes and the confidence/to keep putting one foot in front of the other. #IRDarlings
Make sure to tag @IndianaReview and use the hashtag #IRDarlings when sharing your murdered darlings. While there will only be one winner, we will also be awarding several runner-ups IR Prize Packs.
Follow us at @IndianaReview to see updates on this contest and more, and be sure to submit to the 2017 Poetry Prize! More information can be found on our website: https://indianareview.org/contests/
The deadline for the Twitter Contest is March 10th, 2017 at 12PM EST.
What My Last Man Did won the Indiana Review / IU Press 2016 Blue Light Books Prize and is forthcoming from IU Press in March 2017. Read excerpts from two of Andrea’s stories below, and pre-order your copy of What My Last Man Did today!
Andrea Lewis’s work has appeared in many literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Cutthroat, Cold Mountain Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. Three of her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a founding member of Richard Hugo House, the place for writers in Seattle. She lives with her husband on Vashon Island, Washington. More of her work is available at www.andrealewis.org.
For thirty-nine years, Indiana Review has prided itself on publishing outstanding works by emerging and established artists within a wide aesthetic. From the traditional to the absurd, flash fiction to book reviews, prose poems to graphic narratives, the editorial staff has striven to bring readers pieces that exemplify the highest craft, the sharpest language, the most “carefully strange” worldview.
We would like to take a moment to reiterate a set of different, and no less important, standards. At Indiana Review, we…
- Believe, always, in the power of art to affirm life.
- Condemn spaces where creativity is corrupted in service of hatred and violence.
- Seek out works that defy stereotypes, build empathy, challenge oppression, and inspire political and personal self-awareness, while continuing to embody the highest principles of literary and artistic craft.
- Understand the ongoing sources of oppression both in the publishing world and the wider political landscape that seek to intimidate, brutalize, and silence the voices of women, LGBTQIA individuals, people of color, and other marginalized communities.
- Maintain our commitment to creating a space for marginalized artists to share their diverse experiences through the mediums of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and visual art.
- Respect the experiences and opinions of those different from our own, without ever condoning perspectives that are racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise driven by hate.
- Endeavor to align ourselves with the publications, organizations, and individuals that are similarly committed to these goals, striving each day to create and disseminate art that is unapologetic in its quest for a more just world.
The Editors of Indiana Review