Poet Antonia Mathew says a poem begins with a tap on the shoulder from the muse. Helen May describes the impetus as more of a kick from her surroundings.
Chicago's Poems While You Wait project comes to Bloomington.
Almost two decades after his death, Beat writer William S. Burroughs is being feted by Bloomington literati on what would have been his 100th birthday.
Poets, playwrights, novelists and short story writers put their words on stage at Fourth Street.
An Indiana University historian has discovered and restored what might be the oldest gramophone recording in the world, using a technique he developed himself.
"The shorter the story is, the more is at stake with every single word, every single image that you choose, and there’s really no room to take a breather."
"I wanted to write in proximity to these lives because they are part of my community. So many of their anxieties were anxieties that I shared."
Will the crowd at the Fourth Street Festival be interested in slowing down, pulling up a chair and taking a listen to the performers at the Spoken Word Stage?
"You see this incredible blossoming in these young women, as writers and as girls who are really thoughtful, and who have something to say about the world."
"Rather than lamenting the loss of that older world," explains poet Maurice Manning, “I want to imagine its recreation.”