It’s not every day that you find stellar literary events in Indianapolis. Yes, the city was the birthplace of everyone’s favorite off the wall sci-fi genius, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and the most famous Hoosier bard of them all, James Whitcomb Riley, but other than that the Circle City doesn’t have too much of a literary tradition. Luckily, there’s the Writer’s Center of Indiana, an Indianapolis non-profit organization that seeks to promote writers and readers in Indy. The Writer’s Center of Indiana used to host a recurring reading series showcasing Indiana authors, but somehow that fell by the wayside in recent years. But now the series is back; the resurrection of the Indy Underground Reading Series takes place tonight at the beautiful Irving Theater and will feature two great writers from Indianapolis, Sun King beer at the bar, and live Indianapolis music.
This month’s incarnation of the Indy Underground Reading Series will showcase the talents of two up and coming writers in the Midwest literary scene: Donald Ray Pollock and Andrew Scott. Donald Ray Pollock grew up in Ohio; his fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Washington Square Review, The Berkeley Fiction Review, and more. His first collection of fiction, 2008’s Knockemstiff, won a PEN/Robert Bingham Award in 2008 and the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Award for Prose, not a bad set of accomplishments for a debut work. Knockemstiff is a darkly funny, sprawling set of stories set in the heart of Appalachia, stories of desolation, despair, and vivid imagery. Pollock’s reading tonight at this literary Indianapolis event should be full of surprises.
The second writer who will be reading at the Indy Underground Reading Series is Indianapolis’ own Andrew Scott. Scott released a chapbook (a small collection) of short fiction in 2006 entitled Modern Love, dealing with a music promoter’s last ditch cross country trek for fame, love, and redemption. Andrew Scott has degrees in writing both from Purdue University and New Mexico State University. A homegrown Hoosier, Scott currently teaches at Marian University, an Indianapolis college, but he’s previously taught at other Indianapolis schools like Ball State University and Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI). Aside from Modern Love, Andrew Scott’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Esquire, The Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, and more.
Though the Indy Underground Reading Series will be interesting for fiction lovers and budding writers, it’ll also be fun for Indianapolis music lovers. The Brick Windows are coming all the way from L.A. to showcase their blues tinged garage rock sound at the Irving Theater, aptly fitting the evening’s theme of edgy, grungy literary works. Similar to the Black Keys and the Heartless Bastards, as well as Indianapolis bands like Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors, and, to an extent, Burnt Ones, The Brick Windows should show music lovers in downtown Indianapolis a good time.
And of course, what’s a gathering of writers and musicians without a little booze? That’s where the Indianapolis bar at the Indy Underground Reading Series comes in. Serving Sun King beer all night long, the bar is there to make sure this event’s patrons have the best time possible. The Indy Underground Reading Series featuring Donald Ray Pollock, Andrew Scott, and The Brick Windows takes place tonight, Wednesday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the Irving Theater. General admission tickets to this literary Indianapolis event are free, but it’ll cost you to drink at the cash bar. There will also be merchandise available from the participants in the event, including books from the authors and CD’s from The Brick Windows. This reincarnation of the Indy Underground Reading Series will definitely live up to the event’s slogan: stories, revelry, and rock n’ roll.
Indy Underground Reading Series w/ Donald Ray Pollock, Andrew Scott, and The Brick Windows
Wednesday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m.
|Donald Ray Pollock
|The Brick Windows
The Irving Theater
5505 E Washington St