Regional Writers Series

The Regional Writers Series provides opportunities to meet, work with, and learn from established and published writers active in this region.  The series highlights the remarkable diversity of writers in the Midwest: from rural bards to Afrilachian poets, Rust Belt essayists to post-apocalyptic novelists, slam poets to true crime short story writers, and more. In addition to the diversity of genres and sub-genres, Midwest writers are made up of a wide diversity of race, gender, socioeconomic class, age, ability, veteran status, and more.  It is to shine a light on that depth and breadth of excellent writing and writers in the Midwest that IU East hosts and provides space for the Regional Writers Series.  This event is generously funded by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Mindful Explorations.

VIRTUAL EVENT October 2020: Novelist Jessica Anthony

We are delighted to bring Jessica Anthony to campus virtually this fall! Her newest book, Enter the Aardvark, was released by Little, Brown and Company in March 2020; find further work in venues like Best New American VoicesMcSweeney’sMid-American Review, and New American Writing.  Winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest, and past fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among other accomplishments, she currently resides in Portland, Maine.

Check our site for details on how to access Jessica’s virtual workshop (open to all IU East students) and reading (open to everyone) as we get closer to the date, or contact Brian Brodeur at for more information on how to attend!

ON CAMPUS Spring 2021: Essayist Angela Palm

Raised in the rural Midwest, Angela Palm earned a BA in English Literature and a BS in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph’s College. Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, recipient of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Graywolf Press, Aug. 2016). Riverine was short-listed for the Vermont Book Award and the Indiana Author Award/Emerging Author Award. It was an Indie Next selection, winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, a Kirkus Best Book of 2016, and a Powerful Memoir by Powerful Women selected by Oprah. Palm is the editor of a book featuring work by Vermont writers, called Please Do Not Remove (Wind Ridge Books, 2014).