Poetry Prompt #5
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #5

Inspiration: Allison Joseph’s “Alternative Facts”             Prompt: Write a poem about something that someone has stated, and that irks you.

April 9, 2019
Interview with Curtis L. Crisler
National Poetry Month
Interview with Curtis L. Crisler

Adrian: First off, congratulations on your new collection THe GReY aLBuM [PoeMS]. Can you talk a little bit about the book and what inspired you to write it? How does it differ from your previous collections? Curtis: I wanted to replicate/play off the black and white albums that were spun off The …

April 8, 2019
Poetry Prompt #4
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #4

Every year, I change up the reading list in my poetry class at University of Indianapolis to include recently published poetry books. This year, I included Pitch Dark Anarchy by Randall Horton, who visited UIndy for the Kellogg Writers Series, and Bluewords Greening by Christine Stewart-Nuñez, who UIndy students chose …

April 5, 2019
Poetry Prompt #3
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #3

Long after I should have, I learned of Lorine Neidecker, a Wisconsin poet who lived most of her life on rural Blackhawk Island, a peninsula along the Rock River in south-central Wisconsin. Her spare poems are in some ways inspired by the sparse beauty of rural natural areas and the …

April 4, 2019
Poetry Prompt #2
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #2

This poem by Todd Davis, “Logjam on Lookout Creek,” is from one of the reflection sites at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon, home to 200-year scientific studies and Long-Term Ecological Reflections, a program to combine arts and humanities with the sciences, which has inspired similar programs around …

April 3, 2019
Poetry Prompt #1
National Poetry Month
Poetry Prompt #1

Indianapolis has a long poetic tradition from Sarah T. Bolton and James Whitcomb Riley to Etheridge Knight and Mari Evans. Indianapolis and Indiana were integral to their work, and I was glad to see Adrian Matejka continue this tradition in his book, Map to the Stars. That book features the …

April 2, 2019
Interview with Kevin McKelvey
National Poetry Month
Interview with Kevin McKelvey

Adrian: Thanks so much for talking with me about poems, Kevin. I’m happy that we’re going to get to share your work with the state-wide literary community, especially since you do so much for the writers and readers in Indianapolis. Let’s start with something basic. You’re one of the rare …

April 1, 2019
National Poetry Month 2019
National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month 2019

Week 1 Interview with Kevin McKelvey Poetry Prompt #1 – Anchor a poem to place. Poetry Prompt #2 – Find the oldest thing. Poetry Prompt #3 – Neidecker rules. Poetry Prompt #4 – Write a sonnet.

April 1, 2019