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Poet Laureate

Karen Kovacik
Karen Kovacik the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Metropolis Burning, and her work has received numerous honors, including the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

More information on this state's laureateship

Featured Poets

Clayton Eshleman

Clayton Eshleman
Born in Indianapolis and educated at the University of Indiana, Clayton Eshleman is the author of several books of poems and prose, and the recipient of the National Book Award for his translation of César Vallejo's Complete Posthumous Poetry

Mari Evans

Mari Evans
Author of four books of poetry, including A Dark and Splendid Mass Mari Evans is also a children's book writer and playwright who lives in Indianapolis.

Other Indiana Poets
Etheridge Knight
John P. Welle
Literary Organizations & Centers

The Indiana Arts Commission
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), an agency of state government, is a public catalyst, partner, and investor in the arts, and serves the citizens of Indiana by funding, encouraging, promoting and expanding the arts.

The Writers' Center of Indiana
The Writers' Center of Indiana is the only comprehensive community-based literary arts organization in Indiana. The Center offers classes and workshops; collaborates with the University of Indianapolis to provide education services to the local community; hosts "A Gathering of Writers," a day-long celebration that brings writers, publishers, and literary agents to Indianapolis to participate in workshops, public readings, and panel discussions.

Arts Council of Indianapolis
When the council was founded in 1987, it served as the arts granting agency for the City of Indianapolis, and had a primary focus of overseeing funding for arts organizations and artists. In addition to grants, it now also provides marketing, technical, legal and other business-related services to artists and arts organizations throughout central Indiana. Its sister website provides an online database featuring over 600 artists involved in art’s major disciplines, including dance, visual arts, theater, spoken word and storytelling, music and more.

Readings Series, Conferences & Literary Festivals

Indiana Arts Calendar
A state-wide events calendar.

Indiana University Calendar of Readings
Readings and talks about the craft of writing, and regular readings of poetry and prose from The Creative Writing Program's graduate students and faculty.

The Indiana University Writers' Conference
The Indiana University Writers' Conference believes in a craft-based teaching of writing, emphasizing an exploration of creativity through a variety of approaches, offering workshop-based craft discussions, classes focusing on technique, and talks about the careers and concerns of a writing life.

Poems about Indiana

July in Indiana
by Robert Fitzgerald
The wispy cuttings lie in rows...

Dead Center
by Rachel Contreni Flynn
August in Indiana:...

Writing Programs & Colonies

Indiana University Creating Writing Program
The Creative Writing Program at Indiana University in Bloomington offers both the Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) and the Masters of Arts (M.A.) degrees in fiction and poetry.

Purdue University Creative Writing Program
Established in 1987, the English Department's graduate program in creative writing gives poets and fiction writers the opportunity to develop their work in a serious, non-competitive atmosphere which values originality and a vital literary tradition.

University of Notre Dame Creative Writing Program
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Notre Dame is a two-year degree program centered around workshops in poetry and fiction and offering literature courses, translation, a literary publishing course, and twelve credits of thesis preparation with an individual faculty advisor.

University of Southern Indiana Creative Writing
The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis as well as a Creative Writing Minor and a Creative Writing Certificate. Students publish the Southern Indiana Review as well as the The Aerie, a student journal of arts and letters.

Literary Journals & Small Presses

African American Review
Quarterly with a focus on African American literature and culture.

Indiana Review
A biannual literary review that considers previously unpublished essays, fiction, graphic arts, interviews, poetry, and reviews. The Indiana Review also administers two poetry prizes.

Notre Dame Review
An independent, non-commercial magazine of contemporary American and international fiction, poetry, criticism and art.

Sycamore Review
Published biannually by Purdue University's English Department.

Southern Indiana Review
The Southern Indiana Review presents a cross-section of emerging and established artists and writers whose work is both regional and national in scope, ambition, and degree of recognition. The Review features the annual Mary C. Mohr Award, and issues are published in the spring and autumn.

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