On Saturday, August 14, poetry events await your presence:
- Micah Ling
The folks who sponsor Writer's Bloc will be hosting a block party and poetry-in-the-park event at Douglass Park (1616 East 25th Street; the nearest major cross streets are 25th Street and College Avenue). The block party and various festivities begin at 12:00 p.m.; the poetry will kick off at 5:00 p.m. A number of performers, including spoken word artist Adam 'Henzbo' Henze, one-third of the talent behind Metric Mondays, will be in attendance. Visit the block party's Facebook page for more detailed information. Get a sample of what you might hear by attending Writer's Bloc at Urban Element (901 North Pennsylvania Street) on Thursday, August 12, beginning at 9:00 p.m.
Poet Micah Ling will be reading at the Johnson County Museum of History (135 N. Main Street) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. I'm not familiar with her work, so I'm especially interested in hearing a new voice.
Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the voices behind the poetry-and-prose anthology Ichabod's Sketchbook 2 will be hosting a launch party at Bookmamas (9 Johnson Avenue). The contributing authors will be reading from the newly-published journal in the Underground 9 Studio (in the basement of the bookstore).
Also at 7:00 p.m., poet, fiction writer, and columnist Dan Carpenter will be the featured reader at the Midsummer's Night Reading (First Mennonite Church, 4601 Knollton Road). The event will be hosted by The Indy Menno Writers Group, whose members include Ryan Ahlgrim, Rod Deaton, Martha Yoder Maust, Dan Hess, and Shari Wagner, all of whom will also be reading short selections from their works. In small-world news, the group was founded in 2004 by Kate Chaplin. We're all so connected I feel like grabbing someone's hand and bursting into a chorus of "Kum Bah Ya." But I won't.