Poet Katie Ford to Speak at Visiting Writers Series at Butler University, Tonight

Butler University brings another great writer to Indianapolis; Katie Ford will speak Monday, October 19 in the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer’s Series. This Indianapolis event is free and open to all Indianapolis people. She shares her poetry and ideas tonight at 7:30 pm in the Robertson Hall Johnson Room on Butler University’s campus.

Katie Ford’s poetry has received critical acclaim and is widely read by literary lovers everywhere. Between 2003 and 2006, Ford and her husband, novelist Josh Emmons, lived and worked in New Orleans. The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina during that time was the impetus for many of the poems in Ford’s two latest collections: Storm and Colosseum. The latter of the two was named “Best Book of 2008” by Publisher’s Weekly and was placed in the “Top Ten Poetry Books of 2008” by the Virgina Quarterly Review. In 2008, Ford received the Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Colosseum was hailed as “one of the most powerful books of poetry so far this year” by Time Out New York. After its release, Ford’s book became one of the most important collections of poems in this decade. She captures beautifully the devastation, destruction, and death that wrought the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Her literary efforts towards this topic have not only catapulted Ford into the literary limelight but has shed light world wide on the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.


And now Ford is set to share these lessons tonight in the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer’s Series. She will open the minds of Indianapolis kids enrolled at Butler University and the Indianapolis community that is invited to attend. Indy welcomes such a talented writer. This Indianapolis art event will allow anyone a glimpse into what happened during and after that fateful storm. Find out if poetry can change the United States, tonight on the campus of Butler University.

For a complete evening, why not check out the great restaurants in Broad Ripple Village, located just ten minutes from Butler University’s campus. Enjoy the comfort of the Broad Ripple Brew Pub or even the Jazz Kitchen as you discuss the merits of Ford’s poetry. Be inspired by the power of words tonight at Butler University.

For more information about the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writer’s Series, visit the Butler University Writer’s Studio website.