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Speaker Program

Want to host an Indiana author in your community? For 10 years, Indiana Humanities’ Speaker Program has sent former and current Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists to organizations across Indiana for readings and discussions with local audiences.

Nonprofits interested in bringing a winning or shortlisted author from the 2022 round of the Indiana Authors Awards to their community (either in-person or virtually) to speak to a public audience can apply for funds to cover speaking fees as part of the Indiana Authors Awards Speaker Program. The program, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers, prisons and other nonprofit organizations, is made possible by Glick Philanthropies.

Each year, Indiana Humanities will select up to 30 host organizations and match them to their preferred authors through an application process. Application guidelines, author bios and an event toolkit are available below. Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements, as well as planning and promoting the event.

Applications for the 2023 round of programs are now closed. For awarded organizations, Indiana Humanities will pay the author’s speaking fee directly. Host organizations are responsible for covering any travel or lodging costs for the author, or other event expenses.

Please contact Grace McDowell at with any questions.

2023 participating Organizations

Host SiteCityAuthor
Allen County Public LibraryFort WayneAngela Jackson-Brown
AMB FoundationEvansvilleTamara Winfrey-Harris
Center for Inquiry 2IndianapolisHelen Frost
Center for Inquiry 70IndianapolisKim Howard
Clear Creek Elementary SchoolBloomingtonKim Howard
Crown Point Community LibraryCrown PointRay Boomhower
Franklin CollegeFranklinAngela Jackson-Brown
Heartland Society of Women WritersIndianapolisMarianne Boruch
Highland Arts CouncilHighlandMichael Martone
Highland High SchoolHighlandPaul Allor
Impact AcademyIndianapolisJohn David Anderson
Indiana State LibraryIndianapolisJohn David Anderson
Indy ReadsIndianapolisTamara Winfrey-Harris
LaGrange County ArtsLaGrangeJudith Roth
Liberty Elementary SchoolLibertyJohn David Anderson
Maple Seeds Preschool Co-opIndianapolisRebecca Mullin
Marquette Park Playground CommitteeGaryKenneth Kraegel
Morrisson-Reeves LibraryRichmondSusan Neville
MSD of Wayne TownshipIndianapolisRebecca Mullin
Paragon Elementary SchoolParagonKim Howard
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public LibraryPlainfieldJohn David Anderson
Princeton Community Middle SchoolPrincetonLaura Martin
Shelby County Public LibraryShelbyvillePaul Allor
Sheridan Public LibrarySheridanRob Harrell
St. Joe County Public LibrarySouth BendAshley C. Ford
The Community Learning CenterKendallvilleCraig Fehrman
Tri-North Middle SchoolBloomingtonLaura Martin
University of Southern IndianaEvansvilleCraig Fehrman
Valparaiso University- Dunes Lit FestValparaisoRob Harrell
Walton & Tipton Township Public LibraryWaltonGabrielle Balkan
Westchester Public LibraryChestertonTyrone McKinley Freeman
Writers Guild at BloomingtonBloomingtonJL Kato
Zionsville Middle SchoolZionsvilleLaura Martin


If your organization is hosting a speaker program event in 2023, use these resources to help organize, promote and report your event. If you’d like to attend a speaker program event, check our events page for details.


For more information, contact Grace McDowell at