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Speaker Program

Want to host an Indiana author in your community? For nearly 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 2020 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.

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. The deadline to apply is Nov. 20, 2020.

Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements and cover any travel expenses. Author events must take place in calendar year 2021.

Please contact Bronwen Carlisle at with any questions.

2021 participating authors

Lindsey Alexander Poetry Shortlist Honoree
Crystal AllenChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
John David Anderson Children’s Shortlist Honoree
Gabrielle BalkanChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
Axton Betz-HamiltonNonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Robert BlaemireNonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Maurice BroaddusGenre Winner
Callista BuchenPoetry Shortlist Honoree
Debra Kang DeanPoetry Shortlist Honoree
Helen FrostChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
Bryan FurunessFiction Shortlist Honoree
Eugene GloriaPoetry Winner
Katie HestermanEmerging Shortlist Honoree
Michael HomoyaChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
Sofi Keren (Summer Keown) Emerging & Genre Shortlist Honoree
Nancy KriplenNonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Brian LeungFiction Shortlist Honoree
Robin Lee LovelaceEmerging Shortlist Honoree
Michael MartoneFiction Shortlist Honoree
Chantel MasseyEmerging Shortlist Honoree
Kevin McKelveyPoetry Shortlist Honoree
Saundra Mitchell Young Adult Winner
Nate PowellGenre Shortlist Honoree
Melissa StephensonEmerging Winner & Nonfiction Shortlist Honoree
James StillDrama Winner
Annie SullivanEmerging Shortlist Honoree
Bill SullivanNonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Larry SweazyGenre Shortlist Honoree
Shari WagnerPoetry Shortlist Honoree
Sharon Biggs WallerYoung Adult Shortlist Honoree
Chris WhiteFiction Winner


If your organization is hosting a speaker program event in 2021, 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 Bronwen Carlisle at or 317.616-9103.