The Writers’ Center of Indiana is one of the most dynamic forces in the literary community of Indianapolis. The Indianapolis non-profit organization hosts writing workshops, readings with local authors and poets, and seminars for budding writers all over Central Indiana. In addition, they often bring nationally known authors to the Indianapolis stage for readings and interviews. On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, the Writers’ Center of Indiana will be bringing back its popular Indy Underground Reading Series at the Irving Theater. Alan Heathcock, author of Volt, and Allison Lynn, author of Now You See It, will be reading at the Irving Theater absolutely free tonight at 8:00 p.m.
|Video of Alan Heathcock reading “Smoke” from his short story collection, Volt; Alan Heathcock will be reading in Indianapolis as part of the Indy Underground Reading Series|
Alan Heathcock is a Midwesterner at heart. A Chicago native, the 39 year old writer now teaches at Boise State University in Idaho. He attended the University of Iowa, originally as a business student, and then later as a major in journalism. During his time at the journalism program, he took a required fiction course and re-discovered his love for creative writing, an urge spurred on by his professor. Nevertheless, he graduated with a journalism degree and got a job shortly after graduation. “My job was to travel all around eastern Iowa, visiting every single senior home and trying to convince directors they needed my boss’s services,” he said in an interview on The Quivering Pen, “On my sixth or seventh senior home visit, I got cursed out by some director who was having a bad day. I left dejected and angry, feeling stuck in a way I’d never felt stuck before, the kind of stuck you only feel when you realize you’d made terrible decisions along the way.” After calling it a day and relaxing in a park with a few books, Heathcock came to a life changing conclusion: “I knew what I could do, what I must do. I had things inside me, things I wanted to say, needed to say.”
|Video of Alan Heathcock discussing his short story collection, Volt; Alan Heathcock will be reading at the Indy Underground Reading Series in Indianapolis|
And say them he has. His fiction has been published in Zeotrope: All Story, The Kenyon Review, Five Chapters, The Harvard Review, Storyville, and several others. Along the way, his stories have won a National Magazine Award and been featured in the Best American Mystery Stories series, which collects the top published stories from the genre each year. His most recent publication is a collection of eight stories called Volt. Set in the small town of Krafton (originally modeled after Lynnville, Indiana, where his mother grew up), Volt deals with heavy themes in a town seemingly forgotten by time. The collection has received plenty of attention thus far: it received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and it was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Volt, published by Greywolf Press, was also selected as one of the Huffington Post‘s debuts to watch and as the Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Month. In the book’s New York Times review, Donald Ray Pollock (who has read at a previous Indy Underground Reading Series) says “Frankly, there is little to fault in any of the eight stories that make up this collection…Heathcock displays a generosity of spirit that only those writers who love their characters can summon, and Volt is galvanizing proof of his talent.”
|Video of Ken Rodgers reviewing Volt by Alan Heathcock; Alan Heathcock will be reading at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis|
Accompanying Alan Heathcock at the Indy Underground Reading Series at the Irving Theater will be Allison Lynn, a graduate of Dartmouth College and holder of an MFA from New York University. Her debut novel, Now You See It, was published by Touchstone/Simon and Schuster in 2004; the novel concerns the disappearance of a teacher at an elite Manhattan private school and her husband’s quest to find her. Called “an enthralling, chilling debut” by U.S. Weekly and a “gripping and feverish tale” by Kirkus Reviews, Now You See It was awarded the William Faulkner Medal and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Writers’ Center. In addition to Now You See It, Allison Lynn is also the author of several articles and reviews that have appeared in People, The New York Times Book Review, and Redbook.
The resurrection of the Indy Underground Reading Series will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Irving Theater on the west side of the Circle City. This historic Indianapolis music venue is the perfect venue for literature, with classic architecture and acoustics that’ll allow you to hear every word. There will be a cash bar on hand, so you won’t have to wander over to an Indianapolis bar after the reading. You can also pick up (possibly) signed copies of both Volt and Now You See It at the Indy Underground Reading Series. As an added bonus, this Indianapolis event is absolutely free for everybody. Join the Writers’ Center of Indiana on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 to hear Alan Heathcock and Allison Lynn read for the Indy Underground Reading Series on a classic Indy stage.
Indy Underground Reading Series Presents Alan Heathcock and Allison Lynn
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.